Family-Friendly Resort on Secluded Bluffs of Kauai’s North Shore
Where visitors once looked out over sugar plantations and cattle ranches, today Princeville, Hawaii, draws guests for its white-sand beaches, jungle hikes, and golf courses, all accessible from the town’s location on Kauai’s north shore. Occupying 22 acres of Princeville’s tropical landscape, The Cliffs At Princeville takes its name from the high, secluded bluff that it sits on. The resort has an activities desk to help arrange adventures throughout the gorgeous surrounding area, from zipline tours through the forest to kayaking down a tropical river.
There’s plenty to do onsite as well. Relax at the outdoor pool area, complete with two hot tubs, a trickling waterfall, and a keiki area. Quiet time is observed here from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. nightly—one of the ways the resort preserves its tranquil atmosphere. You could join an ocean bluff yoga class on Monday afternoon or a gong meditation session on Friday night. Sporty types will appreciate The Cliffs’ basketball court and pair of tennis courts, and complimentary rackets are available at the front desk. The staff also provide beach towels and chairs for those headed to the nearby Hideaways Beach, about five minutes away. Check the events calendar](http://gr.pn/105HeWe) for more ideas on things to do.
Customers who choose Option 1 or 4 will receive a $50 dining credit to use at the The Bistro, just 6 miles away. There, chefs craft Pacific Rim fusion cuisine in an open-air eatery surrounded by tropical vegetation. Dig into seafood risotto ($24), grilled strip loin ($24), and linguini con pollo ($15).
Those choosing Option 2 or 3 will attend a special winemaker’s dinner (a $200 value) featuring wines from Inspiration Vineyards. After a tasting on May 31, guests will enjoy wines as well as specially-made dishes from Nanea. Wines will be available for purchase following the event, and proceeds will be donated to the local Rotary club.
Each of the family-friendly suites—renovated in early 2012—accommodates up to four people and comes with a full kitchen with granite countertops and a separate living area. Suites have hardwood flooring and Polynesian hardwood furniture, as well as private balconies that open up off the main rooms and showcase views of the manicured gardens and the cliffs overlooking the ocean.
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 in 2012. 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).
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