Upscale Resort Area Features Fine Dining and Family Fun
Averaging more than 300 sunny days each year, Poipu is known for its string of crescent white-sand beaches, elegant homes, upscale resort accommodations, and of course the wonderful sunny weather.
Ocean activities in Poipu include snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, kayaking, and deep-sea fishing. On land enjoy tennis, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and ATV tours. Helicopter tours are also a great way to see the south shore as well as the rest of the beautiful Garden Island.
Poipu is also a golfer’s dream resort with two 18-hole championship courses. Former home to the Grand Slam of Golf, the Poipu’s links are known as much for their spectacular ocean and mountains views as the challenging layout.
The newly renovated Kiahuna Golf Course is designed around ancient archaeological sites with rolling fairways, undulating greens and deep bunkers. Kiahuna means “special place” and you will see why as you enjoy views of Mt. Kahili as well as the blue Pacific. Playing at nearly 7,000 yards, the par 70, 18-hole course provides a range of tees from junior to expert.
The Poipu Bay Golf Course is undergoing renovation at this time and will reopen on December 15, 2010. The oceanfront championship course is located adjacent to the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa.
Poipu Beach Resort has plenty of great dining including the Beach House Restaurant on Lawai Road. This Poipu landmark offers great ocean views and serves specialty dinners of Pacific Rim cuisine with an Asian influence.
Enjoy casual beachfront dining at Brennecke’s Beach Broiler at Poipu Beach Park where the specialties are fresh fish, prime rib, pasta. In the new Shops at Kukuiula Village there are numerous shops and restaurants including the Kauai Living Foods Market & Cafe, Josselin’s Tapas Bar & Grill, and Lappert’s Ice Cream & Coffee.
At the Grand Hyatt Resort overlooking the Poipu Bay Golf Course you can dine at the Poipu Bay Grill & Bar which serves great breakfast as well as lunch sandwiches. Kupono Cafe is located near the resort’s spa pool and combines good nutrition with fine cuisine. Dondero’s at the Grand Hyatt has an Old World ambiance and is one of Kauai’s finest Italian restaurants.
At the Sheraton Kauai Resort enjoy lunch alongside the pool and ocean at the Oasis Bar & Grill, and for dinner try the Naniwa Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar featuring Japanese specialty dishes as well as various fresh fish preparations.
A south shore highlight is a visit to the National Tropical Botanical Gardens in Lawai Valley. The McBryde Garden includes many rare and endangered species including the world’s largest native Hawaiian plant collection.
The Allerton Garden is a marvel of landscape design with an array of themed areas featuring native as well as exotic plants. Garden tours can be arranged through the Visitor Center.
On the way to the Gardens you can see Spouting Horn where ocean waves crashing beneath a lava shelf creating a loud sound and sending up huge spouts of air and water through a hole in the surface of the rocks.
The oceanfront Shell’s Restaurant at the Sheraton Kauai Resort serves Pacific Regional Cuisine while The Point offers cocktails and dining and has one of the south shore’s best views. The Point is also where the resort holds their evening Torch Lighting Ceremony and Hawaiian Show.
Sample local flavors of organic and gourmet gelato and sorbetto at Papalani Gelato in the Poipu Village Shopping Center which has various restaurants, gift shops and art including Poipu Fine Arts for connoisseurs. The shopping center often features live music as well as Tahitian fire knife dancing and drumming.
At the Kiahuna Plantation Resort enjoy Pacific Rim cuisine at the Plantations Gardens Restaurant & Bar in a historic mansion surrounded by a lovely botanical garden.
Roy’s Poipu Bar & Grill in the Poipu Shopping Village is a favorite local restaurant known for its fresh fish, produce and meats. At the same location is Poipu Tropical Burgers offering family style dining including their famous Poipu Surfer burger and Rum-Guava burger.
The Point at Poipu offers the Poolside Grill & Bar serving breakfast and lunch as well as cocktails overlooking the resort swimming pool near the beach. At the Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club you can enjoy comfort foods at the affordable Kiawe Grill which serves breakfast as well as dinner.
Discover the rich cultural history of Kauai’s south shore on the Koloa Heritage Trail, a 10-mile trek that you can drive, walk or ride on a bicycle. The trail includes fourteen different stops and monuments that explain the cultural and historic significance of the various sites.
On the Mahaulepu Heritage Trail you can explore a wild coastline from Keoneloa Bay to Kawailoa Bay including numerous important archaeology sites.
These are just a few of the things to do in the Poipu Beach Resort area. There are also luxurious spas, great shopping, fish markets, seaside luaus, nightlife, and much more on Kauai’s sunny south shore.
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