On our last morning at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, we took it easy for once! After we woke up, we headed to the Seaview Terrace for a light breakfast. They offer delicious pastries, coffee, and other cafe-style breakfast options, and there were plenty of comfortable couches to relax on while enjoying the great weather.
After breakfast, we headed over to the luxurious Anara Spa for a ‘Lōkahi Garden Couple’s Massage’ session. The spa itself is a truly impressive location, and I recommend browsing their website to see all it offers. I didn’t take many photos while in the spa out of respect for the privacy of the other guests, but here is one shot of Ed I took before our massage:
Once we checked in for our appointment, we were taken to the separate men and women’s locker rooms, fully stocked with supplies such as lotions, hair products, and even hair brushes! There were stations offering fresh juices, fruit-infused waters, and granola, and we were given soft robes and slippers to change into. I particularly loved the outdoor lava rock showers, as I dream of having something similar should we ever buy a house! The spa’s winding paths through its gardens are gorgeous, with waterfalls and flowers lining the walkway. After leaving our things in the locker room, Ed and I met up again and we were escorted by our massage therapists to a private hut for 50 minutes of amazing, relaxing massages. I got chided a bit by my therapist for how badly I treat my back (because between hauling gear around and hunching in front of my computer all day, I really do!), and was encouraged to do more yoga and get massages more often…which I definitely can’t complain about! The massage therapists we had were wonderful, and I highly recommend browsing all the spa’s services. Lunchtime was coming up, so we went to check out, and headed to meet the rest of the group at Gaylord’s Restaurant at Kilohana. I must have been so hungry that I forgot to take photos, because I don’t have anything except this Instagram photo of my lunch:
After lunch, Ed and I headed out on our own for some adventuring. We were originally going to Kapaa to shoot, but I wasn’t thrilled with how the light was at the time, so instead we headed up to the Kīlauea Point Wildlife Refuge to the excitement of my inner wildlife-conservation geek! It was late in the season for albatross chicks, but there were several shearwater chicks visible in and around their burrows, and tons of red-footed boobies, red-tailed tropic birds, and Great frigatebirds were constantly soaring overhead. There were also several Nēnē geese around the parking lot! Having grown up doing the Nēnē surveys at Haleakala National Park, it was exciting to see these endangered birds all over the North side of Kauai.
It was super hot at the wildlife refuge, so after I’d had my fill of wildlife photography, we drove past Princeville and Hanalei to the end of the road. However, parking up there was a nightmare, and since we didn’t have much time left before we needed to check into our next hotel, we turned around and came back. We did stop at a lookout to take this photo of the gorgeous taro fields:
Our next hotel was the glorious St. Regis Princeville Resort. Before our stay, Ed and I were unfamiliar with the St. Regis style of personalized service, and we often feel luxury is wasted on philistines like us, but the experience was phenomenal, so we highly recommend the hotel to anyone who has the means to splurge on it!
Once we were settled in, we met with the rest of our group for a sushi dinner at Bouchons Hanalei in Hanalei’s Ching Young Village. I recommend the Geisha martini and the Cheeky Monkey specialty sushi roll. Once again we were dining in a dimly-lit restaurant so I didn’t take food photos, but I assure you that it was quite delicious.