Hotel at a Glance: Wyndham Kauai Beach Villas
Nicknamed "The Garden Isle," Kauai is more rustic than other Hawaiian islands, sporting valleys and mountains carpeted in lush vegetation. The Wyndham Kauai Beach Villas sit along Kauai's eastern coast—often referred to as the "Coconut Coast" due to its large groves of coconut trees—between rolling mountains and white-sand beaches.
- A taste of Hawaii: Throw your own luau in the resort's barbecue-and-picnic area.
- In-room amenities: private balcony or patio, washer and dryer, cable TV, furnished kitchen, and free WiFi
- Go for a swim in the outdoor pool or relax in the hot tub.
- Play a match on one of the two tennis courts.
Kauai Island, Hawaii: Garden Isle with Waterfalls, Green Valleys, and the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”
Kauai is the oldest and northernmost island in the Hawaiian chain—and arguably one of the greenest, thanks to its lush tropical forests. From waterfalls spilling over jagged cliffs to the misty mountains framing the beaches, the peaceful landscape here inspired Travel + Leisure to rank Kauai as 1 of the top 10 islands in the world. It’s where you’ll find the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific”—the 14-mile-long, 1-mile-wide Waimea Canyon. More colorful than the comparable Arizona site, the gaping gulch mystifies visitors with red lava beds, green overgrowth, and brown walls that change hue with the light.
Along the shore, Kauai’s reef-protected waters make it popular for surfing, boogie boarding, and snorkeling. Several adventure-tour companies rent out sea kayaks for exploring shoreline caves or the rivers cutting through the island’s interior rainforests. Oceanfront golf courses offer a more laid-back alternative for outdoorsy types.
The Na Pali Coast, "one of Hawaii's most spectacular natural attractions" according to Frommer's, is a 16-mile stretch of sea cliffs that tower above the Pacific. It's possible to take a helicopter or boat tour of this landmark, but one of the best ways to experience it is by foot on one of the hiking trails. Kalalau Trail, one of the most popular, starts at a sea-level beach and then climbs steadily uphill along the coastline with sweeping views along the way (albeit with sometimes treacherously narrow pathways).