Condos with Comforts of Home Overlooking Shipwreck Beach on Kauai Coast
Years ago, a wooden ship was once tossed from the surf and onto the Kauai shore. Though the wreckage has since been removed, Shipwreck Beach's churning surf and breaking waves continue to call to those with an adventurous spirit. The often-tumultuous waves and strong undertow can be too strong for kids, but adult swimmers, boogie boarders, and surfers frequently dive head-first into the warm Pacific waters. This secluded beach is known as being less crowded than others in Poipu and is just steps from the Point at Poipu complex, where many of its 219 condos look out to the crashing sea.
The comforts of home abound in the two-bedroom garden-view suite, including a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, marble-clad master bath, and spacious living room. Each of the rooms offers a different view of the island that puts the focus on Hawaii’s natural beauty, whether vacationers are peering out over the palm-tree-clad garden or onto the frothy surf at Shipwreck Beach.
Great care has been taken to create a relaxing resort environment. Taking a note from hot-tub design, the outdoor heated pool has a seating area where guests can gaze out to the ocean or at the bubbling, tiled fountain that sits at the pool's center. A poolside bar and barbecue area are just outside to pacify hunger pangs; visual nourishment awaits at Point at Poipu's garden, where palm trees stand tall among multilevel pools, surrounded by rock waterfalls, red flora, and swallows carrying commemorative postage stamps of Monet's Water Lilies.
Poipu, Kauai: The Garden Isle
Kauai is the oldest and northernmost island in the Hawaiian chain, and home to many of the state's biggest thrills. Called the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” Waimea Canyon presents bikers and hikers with panoramic views of the 12-mile long, 1-mile wide gaping gulch, which is colored by red lava beds and green overgrowth. Majestic cliffs and emerald valleys vie for attention with the 50 miles of beaches that surround the island. Reef-protected waters set the stage for surfing, boogie boarding, and snorkeling, and a wealth of adventure tours outfit thrill-seekers with sea kayaks to explore mysterious shoreline caves and inactive whale blowholes.