We’re taking you to the island of Kauai on this beautiful Travel Tuesday! Have you ever been? We went for Jeanette’s 30th birthday – it was an amazing celebration and one of the highlights was discovering a little gem called Hideaways Beach (without a doubt, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world).
We were staying at a hotel in Poipu and decided to venture over to Princeville (the “rainy” side of the island) for a day, not knowing what we’d find. Princeville gets about 82 inches of rain per year (get your swimsuits ready, people!) and, luckily, we hit the northern side of the island on one of its sunny days. We saw this gorgeous water from the road and knew our trip to Kauai wouldn’t be complete without a swim in this turquoise heaven.
Oh, but how to get down there??? We quickly learned from the courteous staff at the St. Regis Princeville that this beach is called Hideaways Beach. It’s kind of a secret beach and we almost don’t want to tell you about it because we don’t want the secret to get out. But it’s just too juicy not to share…and we want you to experience this little piece of bliss for yourself someday.
Getting down to Hideaways Beach is a little treacherous, so we hope you’re up for adventure. Hideaways is located next to the St. Regis Princeville tennis courts and there’s very limited parking available. So, to make your trek a little easier, we’re going to let you in on another secret. The St. Regis Princeville is so awesome and customer friendly that they will let you valet your car with them for FREE.
The tennis courts are just a quick walk from valet and this is where the adventure starts to get fun. Ladies, do not wear heels, wedges or any sort of nice clothing on this adventure. It’s a bit of a steep hike down to the beach at the bottom, but we promise it will be well worth it because you’ll get to see this…
There’s a metal railing and a rope that you’ll have to hang on to make it down the hill and it can be a bit of a tango if someone’s trying to go up the path while you’re going down, but hey, it’s a good way to meet fellow travelers! The climb actually looks a lot more treacherous from the top than it really is, so don’t be discouraged.
The thing we enjoyed most about this beach is that it felt very isolated – there was hardly anyone there (guess a lot of people gave up when they saw they’d have to do a little hiking) and it felt like we’d discovered our very own private beach. The sand here is super soft and the water, well, the pictures kind of say it all. Warm. Beautiful. Invigorating. You’ll be tempted to stay there all day.
But after you’ve had enough sand and surf, we recommend heading back to the St. Regis – the poolside Nalu Kai Grill & Bar is the perfect atmosphere for lunch or afternoon cocktails. The sumptuous food (we had juicy burgers and an assortment of delicious appetizers) is matched by an equally breathtaking view. And in case you’re up for more water action, the St. Regis offers scuba diving lessons right on this beach (and you’ll be learning from the best – the scuba instructor’s former students include Chelsea Clinton).
Hideaways Beach will always be one of our favorites and it was definitely the most memorable part of our Kauai trip.
What’s your favorite beach?
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Until next time, wishing you adventurous travels!