Kauai’s Scenic Coastal Path: Yet another Reason to Visit the Garden Isle

July 8th, 2013

There are many reasons to choose Kauai over Hawaii’s other islands, including its spectacular landscape filled with an abundance of waterfalls, lush gardens and picturesque beaches.  The opportunity to participate in nearly an endless number of outdoor activities can be found here, and just a few years ago yet another was added to that already long list.

kauai-coastal-path-kauai-attractionsThe Kauai Coastal Path offers the opportunity to take a gentle stroll or a casual bike ride along the island’s spectacular shores with expansive views of the dazzling Pacific. The path begins at Kappa town north of Wailua on the island’s east side and heads north past Kealia – it continues to be extended each year.

While there are opportunities for more thrilling, challenging bike rides such as through Wailua Canyon, this path is fairly flat with few hills, making it ideal for people of all ages and abilities who want to get out and cycle

Walk, ride or run and experience breathtaking scenery as it stretches the coastline for miles. From December to May, when the magnificent humpback whales are in the area you might just see these gentle giants put on an exciting display as they tail slap or breech through the water.

is a prime place found along the Kauai Coastal Path for whale watching while dolphins and turtles can be seen year round.

Don’t forget your bathing suit as well as a picnic lunch. Kealia Beach is a beautiful crescent shaped beach over a half-mile long offering sheltered picnic tables. This is also a popular place to swim when the surf is calm. You might remember this beach from the film “The Descendants.”

Along the entire Kauai Coast Path you’ll find numerous pavilions with the opportunity to enjoy outdoor dining and stunning ocean views.

At the end of the path, be sure to take the short hike to Secluded Cove, a beautiful spot filled with brilliantly-colored fish among black lava rock and coral formations.

Bike rentals

You’ll find a number of bike rental shops in the area, including Coconut Coasters. Rent a classic style cruiser starting at $8.50 per hour, with special deals for a half-day, full-day or even an entire week. For a romantic ride, check out the bicycle built for two!

Those with small children can rent a trailer that attaches to an adult bike, while kids ages six through 12 can choose from bikes meant especially for their size.

Kapaa Beach Shop is another great place to rent bikes.  Most shops require you to return your bikes by 4pm, which means having to miss the beautiful sunsets at the beach.  Owner Janie and her husband live behind their shop, so bringing their bikes back after the sun sets is no problem.  Just let them know when you leave that you’ll be coming back after dark.  If you are going to watch the sunset and ride home afterward, please be sure and bring a flashlight as the bike path does not have lights and is very dark in places.

Come to Kauai and see for yourself why so many travelers return to the island again and again.

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Oceanview Three Bedroom Two Bath Video

July 1st, 2013

The 2300 sq. ft. in the Oceanview seems even larger due to the fourteen foot open beam ceilings in every room.  There are eight foot tall sliding glass doors (most sliders are six feet) in two different directions, which really opens up the ocean views.  Hardwood oak floors in the living room, dining room and kitchen compliment the wood ceilings.  Bedrooms are carpeting with berber carpeting.

This is a great accommodation for large groups.  Since we first started in business in 1999, we have hosted a large number of family reunions and wedding parties in the Oceanview.  We’ve recently added (2013) a fifty inch HDTV in the living room and HDTVs in all three bedrooms.  There is also a new dining table and chairs for six on the lanai, which together with the main dining table inside that seats eight, provides ample seating for guests.

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Sweepstakes Winner Announced!

July 1st, 2013

Congratulations to Matthew Adams from Slidell, Louisiana! He’s the winner of our Kauai Aloha Sweepstakes for a free $1260 one week stay in our Beachcomber Studio at Hideaway Cove Poipu Beach here on Kauai.   He did not suscribe to our newsletter, FYI Kauai, so did not win an eighth free night.

Our new Facebook Sweepstakes, Holiday Summer Fun, started on July 1st and will end on September 30th. Be sure and “Like” the Hideaway Cove Poipu Beach Facebook page then enter for your chance to win a free seven night stay in our Beachcomber Studio, a $1260 value. If you also subscribe to our FYI Kauai newsletter, you’ll win one additional night, for a total of eight, a $1440 value.  To enter, go to the Hideaway Cove Poipu Beach Facebook page and, at the top of the page, click on “Win Free Week”.

If you’re our lucky winner, you can also bring along some friends and apply your winning dollar amount ($1260 or $1440) toward a larger accommodation. So let all your friends know you’ll bring them along if you win and tell them to enter and bring you to Kauai if they win.

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Aloha Two Bedroom Two Bath Video

June 13th, 2013

The ten foot ceilings in our Aloha Two Bedroom Two Bath make the 1350 square feet seem even larger.  The dining table seats six and there are four bar stools at the kitchen counter.  Also don’t miss our new outdoor table for six on the covered lanai, which also has, like all of our accommodations, a stainless steel barbecue.  Put some fresh Aji (tuna) from the nearby Koloa Fish Market on the grill and you can’t go wrong.

Kauai Beach Vacation Rental 2BR / 2BA

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Top Things to Do at Poipu Beach: The Options are Nearly Endless

June 13th, 2013

Top Things to Do at Poipu Beach: The Options are Nearly Endless

Kauai’s stunning South Shore offers visitors nearly endless options for things to do at Poipu Beach. Its breathtaking coastline and expansive climate often lures travelers from other islands. Here you’ll find everything from heart-pounding adventures to more gentle pursuits, with activities to suit the tastes and requirements of nearly all.

Consider these top things to do at Poipu Beach as a great start for creating your “must-do” activities list.

Oceanfront Luaus

The island’s only oceanfront luaus can be found right at Poipu Beach via the Grand Hyatt and Sheraton Kauai Resorts; both are excellent. When the White House put together a luau, they called in the performers from the Grand Hyatt Luau as the evening’s entertainment.

A luau is a must experience for travelers to Hawaii and an ideal way to delve into the rich Hawaiian culture and traditions. Enjoy music, dance, incredible traditional cuisine like kalua pig, poi, fresh fruit and lomi lomi salmon, and of course, most importantly, the Aloha spirit.

The amazing hula performers and fire dancers make for what many refer to as the best luau throughout all of the islands – with the unsurpassed sunsets of Kauai and the dazzling Pacific as the backdrop.

Poipu BeachSwimming at Poipu Beach

The Garden Isle’s alluring southern coastline offers some of the most pristine white sand beaches in the islands. Some of the best swimming, surfing, stand up paddle boarding, snorkeling and boogie boarding can all be found within a one mile stretch of shoreline. Poipu Beach has a large protected area and is the only beach on the south shore that is lifeguarded seven days a week. This ideal place for young children and infants is sometimes called “baby beach.”

Poipu Beach was also named “America’s Best Beach” by the Travel Channel as well as Dr. Beach with its series of golden sand crescents that are strung together to create an idyllic place to advantage of the many water activities available. A lifeguard keeps a watchful eye here seven days a week.

Biking

One of the best ways to enjoy the crisp ocean breeze and spectacular beauty of Poipu Beach is to get out on a bike. Outfitters Kauai, located at the traffic circle (look for the yellow submarine) has bicycles and helmets available for rent.

For a heart-pounding thrill, join Outfitters Kauai on their guided downhill bike ride through nearby Waimea Canyon. They’ll drive you there in an air conditioned Mercedes van while your bikes are towed in a trailer behind. At the top, your guide takes the lead on her bike while the van follows the last rider in line, blocking traffic and making this a very safe ride. You’ll take in the magnificent views of “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” a breathtakingly beautiful canyon that is ten miles long, a mile wide and over 3,500-feet deep.

Scuba Diving

Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach is an excellent location to shore dive. Rent gear and tanks from Seasport Divers (located next door to Outfitters Kauai.  Remember the yellow submarine just after the traffic circle.  If you prefer a boat dive or would like lessons, Bubbles offers both plus a certification program.

Surfing and Stand Up Paddle Board Lessons

Poipu Beach is a great spot to learn to surf and stand up paddle board (SUP). Charlie, a former professional surfer, is one of the most patient instructors we know.  With an hour to cover the basics, you’ll be “hanging ten” in no time.  Nu Ka Moi Surf Shop, right at Poipu Beach, also rents surfboards and offers lessons.

Kauai Paddleboard

Dine Alfresco at Brenneckes Beach Broiler

Enjoy open air dining with a fabulous view of all of Poipu Beach at this popular restaurant.  It features a varied menu with everything from burgers to fresh fish.  Speaking of fish, you can’t go wrong with the fish tacos. There is also a large bar area with lots of HDTVs for sporting events.

Eat a Shave Ice

One of the most popular taste treats in the Hawaiian Islands is shave ice and it’s available right at Poipu Beach at Brenneckes Deli. Located downstairs from the restaurant, the deli also has sub sandwiches, sodas, potato chips and beer.  What more could you ask for?  Try one of the giant brownies at the counter where you pay for your purchases; homemade and very good.

Watch the Sunset by Land or by Sea

The best place to watch the sun set into the water is at The Beach House Restaurant.  You can sit in the newly redecorated bar, have a pupu (appetizer) and a glass of wine and watch the sun sink into the sea.  If you’d like to stay for dinner, be sure and call for reservations first. Or you can bring your beach towel and sit on the grassy area in front of The Beach House.  If you’d like to watch the sunset from the sea, there are sunset sailing trips that depart from the Kukuiula small boat harbor in Poipu Beach.

With nearly an endless number of things to do at Poipu Beach, you’ll likely be planning your return trip before you embark on your journey back home.

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New Poipu Beach Casual Dining

June 13th, 2013

Where to go to grab a quick bite?  Fortunately, all of these new casual dining options are located in Kukuiula Village Shopping Center, about a five minute drive from Hideaway Cove.  Just follow Poipu Road to the traffic circle and you can’t miss the Village.

CASUAL DINING

Bubbas Burgers-808-7452-6900.  What a pleasant surprise to see Bubbas open a new third location (their other two are in Kapaa and the original in Hanalei) here in Poipu.  What’s even more surprising is they’ve maintained their low prices in spite of being located in a pretty high end center.  Their sign says they “Cheat tourists and attorneys”, which gives you an idea of the irreverent vibe here.  Great burgers and fries.

Dolphin SushiDolphin Sushi and Fish Market-808-742-1414.  This is also the second location for this iconic restaurant from Hanalei.  The Dolphin has an excellent reputation for quality fish and this outpost will continue in the same tradition. Sushi is inherently expensive if premium, fresh fish is served.  If you’re looking for one of those sushi restaurants where the fish is on little plates on a conveyer belt, you can find that at the Kukui Grove Shopping Center.  This is definitely not mass produced sushi.  The fish market has a good selection and the fish always looks top notch.

Dude Dogs-808-742-9438. I’m pulling for this restaurant because I like hot dogs and they serve about twenty different kinds here.  You can get a hot dog, bag of chips and soda for about six or seven bucks.  What’s not to like about that?  It’s a casual beach decor and would be a great place to take the kids if you’re in a hurry.

 Lappert’s Ice Cream & Coffee-808-742-1272.  Lapperts moved here from their old location in Koloa Town.  The new location is much more upscale, compared to the plantation decor of the old shop.  Same great ice cream and coffee.

Living Foods Market & Cafe-808-742-2323.  Open at 7am for breakfast, they also serve lunch.  Seating is outdoors and you can order at the counter and take out.

Merriman’s Downstairs Cafe-808-742-8385.  This is the downstairs component of the upstairs fine dining Merrimans Fish House.  The Cafe did not have table service when it first opened and the menu was pricey.  They’ve adjusted and now serve wood fired oven baked pizzas plus a variety of other casual entrees.  Go during happy hour for half priced pizzas and reduced price drinks.

Savage Shrimp-808-742-9611.  This is what the name implies, a shrimp place.  From humble beginnings as a food truck, they’ve graduated to this great location. I haven’t tried it myself, however there always seems to be a crowd here.

Tortilla Republic Margarita Bar-808-742-8884.  If you like margaritas, don’t miss this place.  Many different kinds, all of them good.  The loaded nachos are also top notch and the guacamole, made by hand at your table, is not to be missed.  There is also a casual dining menu.

Uncle’s Shave Ice & Smoothies-808-742-2364.  The name says it all.

Da Crack-808-742-9595.  Just off the new traffic circle in Poipu Beach, look for the small strip center with the yellow submarine in front.  The center consists of two buildings with a covered sidewalk in between.  There was a Mexican restaurant here called Nortenos, but everyone called it “The Crack”, because it was no more than a take out window located in  the crack between these two buildings.  It went out of business and several years later new owners decided to open a new Mexican Restaurant and wisely named it “Da Crack”.  For those of you who don’t speak pigin, Da means The.  Good food, large portions and reasonable prices ensure there is normally a line a the window.  Take out only.  If you’d like a beer with your food, Kukuiula Market is right next door.

 

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4 Reasons to Choose Hideaway Cove for Your Romantic Getaway

May 13th, 2013

If you’ve made the decision to visit the Garden Isle for your romantic escape, you probably already know that the breathtaking isle is often referred to as the best when it comes to a tranquil, romantic setting filled with spectacular scenic wonders. From awe-inspiring sunsets to cascading falls, translucent freshwater pools, picturesque beaches and emerald colored-mountains that dip dramatically down to turquoise waters, the scenery is hard to beat.

When it comes time to choose the idyllic place to stay, there is no doubt you’ll want accommodations that meet or exceed the best of what the island has to offer for the ultimate Kauai romantic getaway, including a blend of the ultimate in relaxation as well as romantic activities and more thrilling adventures.

We believe Hideaway Cove is the ideal answer for honeymooners, those who are celebrating an anniversary, or any type of romantic holiday – here is a look at just four of the reasons why.

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A special vacation deserves special treatment and the ultimate in pampering. We’ll go out of our way to ensure each guest has an unforgettable, fantastic experience by providing the services that will help you to do just that.

Looking for the best beach to view the most gorgeous sunsets on the island? Do you desire an intimate, upscale dining experience? Want to know where the best tours or activities can be found? Our concierge services will make recommendations based on your needs and even make the reservations for you so that you can spend your time enjoying each other’s company and your ideal Kauai romantic getaway.

Private Chef

Have you ever fantasized about having a private chef? You can make that dream come true at Hideaway Cove – what better time to utilize this incredible amenity than on a Kauai romantic getaway? Concierge Services will make all the arrangements while you indulge in Hawaiian-inspired cuisine featuring fresh, local ingredients without having to leave the comfort of your home away from home.

In-room massage

A couples’ massage is an especially enjoyable way to spend time relaxing together, allowing your cares to melt away in the presence of each other’s company. If you don’t want to head out to a spa, an in-room massage is another option you can choose at Hideaway Cove. A side-by-side massage is a wonderfully romantic experience.

Luxurious rooms

Of course, your ultimate Poipu Beach romantic vacation must include a luxurious room to come back to after a day of enjoying what the island has to offer. Elegant furnishings here are top of the line including four-poster carved pineapple, canopy and sleigh beds with high thread count Egyptian cotton linens. Baths offer Jacuzzi tubs and rainfall showers, just right for two.

Enjoy the endless sunshine by dining outdoors in your covered lanai, or cuddle up together indoors and enjoy the entertainment center featuring a large cable television, cable radio, CD player and DVD player.

We think you’ll agree that Hideaway Cove is the best choice for a romantic getaway on the Garden Isle.

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Beachcomber Video

May 13th, 2013

What better way to show the Jacuzzi tub in our Beachcomber Studio than a video that shows it bubbling away?  Kind of makes you want to jump right in.  Also new is the very large HDTV and entertainment center.  Same cozy comfort love seat, out door dining and stainless steel barbecue with side burner.  Check it out by clicking here.

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New Poipu Beach Fine Dining

May 13th, 2013

The Poipu Beach area, where Hideaway Cove is located, has always had a large concentration of restaurants.  Several years ago I would mention to potential guests that there were 10 restaurants within a mile of our property.  Although not all of the new locations are within a mile, they’re probably within two miles.  That’s because the majority of them are in the new Kukuiula Village Shopping Center.  Here’s a quick run down of what’s new on the fine dining front.

FINE DINING

Kauai RestaurantJosselin Tapas Bar and Grill-808-742-7117.  Owned and operated by Jean Marie Josselin of Pacific Cafe fame, this is a fun, well decorated restaurant with a full bar.  Don’t miss the sangria, which is served on a cart that is wheeled to your table.

Merriman’s Fishhouse- 808-742-8385.  Merrimans became pretty famous on the Big Island as one of the first pioneers of the farm to table movement in the Hawaiian Islands.  Peter Merriman located his restaurant literally out in the middle of no where and it required a 45 minute drive from Kona to get there.  His Kauai location has struggled, changing from the original steakhouse (with locally sourced beef, of course) to the present fish house.  The decor is plantation style, you have any ocean view and the food is fabulous.  The only caveat is that the prices are high, even by Kauai standards.  We have foodie friends who come to Kauai twice a year and rave about their experience there.  See Casual Dining for the downstairs cafe.

Tortilla Republic Grill-808-742-8884.  Located upstairs from the Margarita Bar and open only for dinner.  This is not your traditional Mexican restaurant, with tacos, tamales, rice and beans.  The chef trained in New York and brought back with her a variety of recipes that are sure to delight anyone who likes good food.  Some of these tables also have ocean views.  Be sure and try one (or more) of the margaritas.

 

 

 

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