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Luxury vacations on Kauai offer the finest in pampering and relaxation as well as amazing sight-seeing and unparalleled adventure. Hawaiian Beach Rentals offers the highest quality in Kauai luxury rentals and we are happy to help you plan an amazing Kauai vacation. Below is information about everything you need for a luxurious and relaxing stay on the "Garden Isle" of Kauai including private jet service, the top restaurants, personal chefs, luxury car rentals, the best adventures and natural attractions, private yacht charters, helicopter tours and high-end shopping. Also noted are some of Kauai's famous residents and visitors as well as annual Kauai events where you can experience authentic Hawaiian culture, entertainment and food as well as an abundance of the "aloha spirit" displayed in the kindness of Kauai's residents.
Private Jet Service To and From Kauai
Luxury private flights to Kauai are available through numerous companies with exclusive and first-class service. Paramount Business Jets offers jet charter services to and from Kauai on small and large jets including the Challenger 604 and Gulfstream IIB with special deals on one-way trips, VIP airliner service and economical turbo prop options. You can also book your private jet with E1Jet which assists with travel arrangements and works with a network of FAA approved operators who manage private jet charter fleets.
Aircraft Management Group arranges jet charter service and private flights to and from Kauai International Airport and manages both turbo-props and jets. You can search for an empty leg, and if your desired aircraft is not available they work with a network of qualified operators to broker one for you. Step from your jet onto premium ground transportation. Dreamline Aviation also offers private jet charter services to Kauai and operates out of Van Nuys and the San Francisco Bay area with a fleet of large cabin jets, light jets and turbo props. Private jet service to Kauai is also offered by Monarch Air Group which is a U.S. FAA Part 135 aircraft operator based out of Fort Lauderdale International Airport.
Kauai's Finest Restaurants
Kauai is home to numerous five-star chefs creating innovative and delicious cuisine at various locations around the island. On the Poipu Coast enjoy Pacific Rim and Asian food at Red Salt with a lovely atmosphere right on the ocean and great sunset views. The decor is modern with a tropical ambiance, and they also serve up a sumptuous breakfast buffet.
The Sheraton Kauai on Poipu Beach offers gorgeous sunset views. They serve up traditional bar & grill items with a Hawaiian style and have a range of festive cocktails and delicious pupus (appetizers). Two notable fine cuisine restaurants nearby at Kukuiula Village include Merriman's Poipu and Josselin's Tapas Bar & Grill, as well as the Living Foods Market & Cafe.
Ilima Terrace at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort in Poipu is known for its gourmet Sunday brunch including quiche, omelets and delicious crepes in a lush and tropical open-air venue adorned with waterfalls and koi ponds. The Grand Hyatt Kauai Luau offers a traditional Hawaiian feast beginning with a torch-lighting ceremony at the ocean's edge and featuring music and dance performances accompanying authentic Hawaiian foods.
In Hanalei town on the north shore is Bar Acuda Tapas & Wine which offers a romantic ambiance with a worldly menu. Owner and chef Jim Moffat has earned many accolades for Bar Acuda's fine cuisine and creates such dishes as lobster-stuffed squid with romesco sauce and roast chicken panzanella that will tantalize your taste buds.
Hanalei Dolphin Restaurant & Fish Market has the freshest local seafood served in a lovely setting alongside the meandering Hanalei River. Their Fish Market also offers fresh filets you can cook at your vacation accommodation. The elegant Kauai Grill at the St. Regis Princeville Resort offers a private dining room that seats up to 8 people and provides an exquisite setting overlooking Hanalei Bay.
Another exceptionally charming north shore restaurant is Postcards Cafe focusing on fresh local produce and seafood including vegetarian fare prepared with a fusion of flavors. They also create some amazing desserts, and the pleasant atmosphere in a restored plantation-era building is tastefully adorned with vintage postcards and photography. Another notable north shore restaurant for fine dining is the Lighthouse Bistro in Kilauea town.
Oasis on the east side of Kauai in historic Kapaa town serves up locally-sourced Pacific Rim cuisine right on the sandy shore and is also known for gourmet desserts like white chocolate chiffon cake. Also on the east side is Duke's Canoe Club in Lihue which honors the iconic Duke Kahanamoku and features fresh, local seafood, an indoor waterfall and live Hawaiian music. Located on Kalapaki Bay, Duke's is also a great spot for dancing after dark.
Kintaro is a celebrated east shore restaurant with a reputation for amazing sushi and sashimi along with elegant Asian decor. Their tempura, teppanyaki, yakitori and hot pot dishes are delicious, with some items prepared at the table and others in the open kitchen. Both table seating and tatami are available as well as a sushi bar.
Personal Chef Services On Kauai
Kauai has many excellent chefs that will cater to your every culinary need including finding the finest local produce and seafood to utilize for colorful and nutritious gourmet meals. Arrange whatever food service you desire including private sunset dinners, breakfast served on the beach, meals cooked in your accommodation or delivered to you ready to eat. You can also have your vacation rental pre-stocked with groceries so when you arrive you will have everything you need fresh and ready to use. Below is an overview of some of Kauai's finest personal chefs.
Paige Krest offers personal chef services and catering that specializes in creative dishes and meals that are authentic and delicious. She supports sustainable agricultural practices on the island and cooks in a wide variety of styles to match your personal tastes and dietary needs. Paige can cook private dinners, large events and retreats, and she also offers a meal drop-off service.
Dani Felix offers gourmet cuisine with an extensive menu including such treats as local ahi tartare on Okinawan sweet potato crisps, panzanella summer salad with local sweet tomatoes, and homemade seasonal fruit sorbet. Kiki Alexander creates meals for your special occasion and catered to your individual taste. Kiki also bakes everything from bread to cakes and pies, and will arrange beachside picnics, business events, family gatherings and more.
Cory Stokes has honed his skills as a chef at some of Kauai's finest restaurants including the Grand Hyatt Kauai. He specializes in utilizing fresh local ingredients that include many herbs, greens and vegetables from his own organic garden. From private romantic dinners to family meals he is available for on-site breakfast, lunch or dinner as well as parties. Cory will also pre-stock your vacation accommodation, and offers cooking lessons that can add to the dining experience.
Exotic and Luxury Car Rentals On Kauai
Tour the Garden Isle of Kauai in style with luxury and exotic upscale car rentals. Hawaiian Riders offers a wide variety of luxury sedans, SUV's, convertibles and more including the popular Cadillac DeVille and Chrysler 300M. Airports Car Hire also offers a variety of exotic and special cars including Mercedes, Jaguar, BMW, Porsche, Bentley and Hummers.
Kauai's Finest Vacation Adventures
Kauai is a place of amazing beauty with numerous adventures and sights that should not be missed. Many would agree that the top two must-see natural attractions on Kauai are the Na Pali Coast and Waimea Canyon. The Na Pali stretches for fifteen miles along the western coast with steep seacliffs rising up into monumental peaks and pinnacles separated by deep, verdant valleys. View it on an air or sea tour.
Waimea Canyon on the southwest side of the island is a scenic 10-mile-long red-rocked gorge. At the top rim of the canyon is Kokee State Park with many different hikes. Trek into the canyon or along the coastal bluffs with expansive views of the famed Na Pali Coast including a stunning vista from the Kalalau Lookout. Another must-see Kauai destination is the tropical paradise of the north shore with its string of pristine beaches. Equally jaw-dropping is the waterfall-lined summit crater of Mt. Waialeale, known as the wettest spot on Earth and seen only by helicopter.
The historic Kilauea Lighthouse is set on a north shore peninsula bluff providing panoramic vistas, and is also a great place to see native birds on the surrounding Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge. Kauai also has numerous botanical gardens that offer both guided and self-guided tours. On the east shore you can take a riverboat cruise up the Wailua River to the Fern Grotto, or go wakeboarding or water skiing. Both Wailua Falls and the nearby twin cascades of Opaekaa Falls can be seen from roadside overlooks.
Private Yacht Charters On Kauai
Boating adventures on Kauai are spectacular including sunset cruises, dolphin and whale watching excursions and tours along the picturesque Na Pali Coast including the famed sea caves. Captain Andy's offers personalized Kauai yachting on the Southern Star and helps you design a custom itinerary including destinations, menu items and activities for your dream adventure. Private parties, fishing and visits to sea caves are just some of the options.
Hawaii Sailing Adventures offers private charters on luxury catamaran sailboats including snorkeling excursions, dinner cruises, Na Pali Coast tours and visits to remote beaches. You can also enjoy the magnificent sight of breaching humpback whales during the winter months. Work the sails if you wish, or just relax and enjoy the sunshine and views. Hawaii Yachts charters sailing yachts as well as motor yachts offering the ultimate in luxury standards with proven USCG safety and reliability.
Kauai Helicopter Tours
Few adventures are as breathtaking as a helicopter tour over Kauai giving a birds-eye view of remote waterfalls, spectacular beaches and the famed Na Pali Coast as well as the waterfall-lined summit crater of Mt. Waialeale. Jack Harter Helicopter Tours offers flights in a luxurious, 6-passenger A-Star helicopter with air conditioning and floor-to-ceiling windows for ideal viewing on either a 60-minute or 90-minute tours. Other amenities include a two-way intercom system and live narration. They also fly 4-passenger Hughes 500 helicopters with the doors off. Exclusive tours and charters are available upon request.
Blue Hawaiian Helicopters also flies the A-Star and offers private helicopter charters on Kauai with custom-designed itineraries. Doors-off flights are offered for cinematography and professional photography. Safari Helicopters provides tours on the luxurious A-Star 350 with extra-large side windows and an exclusive "Safari Skylight" window great for viewing waterfalls. Onboard video and a DVD souvenir are also offered.
Kauai's Finest Shopping Experiences
Kauai offers a variety of high-end shopping opportunities from upscale gift and apparel shops with designer labels to lovely boutiques offering one-of-a-kind items. At the St. Regis Princeville Resort on the north shore as well as the nearby Princeville Shopping Center you will find numerous art galleries, clothing, gift shops and fine jewelry including Tahitian South Sea Pearls and precious stones. Just down the road in Hanalei town are more upscale shops to browse including exquisite crafts by Hawaiian artists, vintage items and art galleries. Also on the north shore in Kilauea town is Kong Lung Historic Market Center in a historic stone building with numerous shops including art, crafts, antiques and exotic imports.
The South Shore's newest shopping experience can be found at Kukuiula Village which is home to chic shops, art galleries, fine dining and a gourmet grocery store. They also host the Kauai Culinary Market on Wednesday afternoons with a beer and wine garden, vendors and entertainment.
Nearby in Poipu Resort you will find upscale boutique shopping at the posh resort hotels. Also worthy of a visit is Hanapepe with quaint stores and art galleries in an Old West setting of rustic wooden facades that were the inspiration for the Disney movie "Lilo and Stitch." Live music and vendors add to the scene on Friday evenings for the weekly "Art Night."
On the east side of Kauai stop in at Koloa Rum Company at the Historic Kilohana Plantation which has a distillery and historical displays about the history of sugar cane and rum on Kauai. Sample their premium rums at the plantation-style tasting room and browse for island-style and Kauai-made gifts at the gallery and store.
Kauai Celebrities & Stars
Kauai has long been known as an exotic hideaway for the rich and famous. Sports and music stars, Hollywood celebrities and the super wealthy are all frequently seen enjoying Kauai's beauty. Many own homes on the island and many others are frequent visitors. One place they are often seen is the St. Regis Princeville Resort on the north shore which has entertained such guests as Alicia Keys, Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck, Kelly Clarkson, Olivia Munn, Avril Lavigne, Matt Damon and George Clooney. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have often been seen surfing the waves with their wives Luciana Barroso and Jennifer Garner.
Clooney stayed at the St. Regis when he was filming The Descendants, just one of a long list of Hollywood movies shot at locations around the island: Jurassic Park, Raiders of the Lost Ark, South Pacific, Soul Surfer, Six Days and Seven Nights, and many more.
Among Kauai's many famous homeowners past and present are Pierce Brosnan, Ben Stiller, Julia Roberts, Todd Rundgren, Natalie Merchant, Sylvester Stallone, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Will Smith, Bette Midler, Jeff Bridges and Graham Nash.
Kauai's Annual Events
Kauai has a variety of annual events and festivals that provide a memorable glimpse into the island's history, people and culture. Music and film festivals, town celebrations, hula dancing and traditional Hawaiian cultural events all offer a rich addition to any Kauai visit.
In February the Waimea town celebration includes entertainment, canoe racing and a ukulele playing contest. The Prince Kuhio Festival in March features hula performances and cultural events. Lei-making competitions and museum exhibits are the hallmark of Lei Day on May 1 which celebrates island flowers. The Kauai Polynesian Festival is also held in May with Polynesian arts, crafts and amazing dancing.
Taste of Hawaii is an annual event held in June offering culinary delights prepared by the island's finest chefs. The O Bon season also starts in June when Japanese temples invite visitors to join in commemorating their ancestors with ceremonial dances and the lighting of small lanterns that are then sent out to sea in tiny boats making a memorable sight in the Kauai night. Koloa Plantation Days is a week-long celebration in July including a rodeo and Hawaiian luau as well as a parade.
In August the International Tahitian Dance Competition called Heiva I Kauai Ia Orana Tahiti features spectacular dance and music performances. The Kauai Mokihana Festival is an eight-day arts and culture celebration in September and features Hawaiian music, dance and artwork. The Kauai Marathon is also held in September.
In October don't miss Kauai's popular Coconut Festival which offers food, entertainment and cooking demonstrations. Also in October is The Emalani Festival held at Kokee State Park showcases hula, crafts and cultural events including a re-enacting of Queen Emma's historic visit to the area. In November the Hawaii International Film Festival features Pacific Rim films. The Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival is also held in November and includes workshops as well as performances.
Kauai Luxury Vacation Destinations
Kauai has posh resort areas and prestigious neighborhoods with elegant estates set amidst breathtaking scenery and beautiful beaches. Luxury destinations include the sun-soaked Poipu Resort lined with golden-sand beaches, and nearby Kukuiula Village, a master-planned resort community with a tropical plantation-style architecture. Aliomanu Estates on the east shore along scenic Aliomanu Bay is another top-tier location. In 2011, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith sold their 3-bedroom, 3-bath home here for $20 million.
On the north shore the prestigious Anini and Anini Vista neighborhoods are among the most desirable on the island with stunning ocean views and also close to one of the island's finest beaches. Princeville Resort is home to two immaculate golf courses and sits on a high plain overlooking the northern coast including the miles-long sandy crescent beach of Hanalei Bay. Just to the west are Wainiha and Haena tucked between emerald mountains and gorgeous beaches.
Planning Your Luxury Kauai Vacation
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