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Koa Kea

Island Time: Sleepy Towns, Natural Wonders and Luxurious Lodging on Unspoiled Kauai

The majority of Kauai, the oldest of the Hawaiian islands, is comprised of lush, dense rainforest, accessed by intrepid hikers, kayakers, and helicopters flying over. It’s a place to relax on unspoiled beaches, and no trip would be complete without some of that, but it’s also a respite for the restless nature enthusiast. If you’re staying on the south shore, where the majority of the larger hotels are located, make the recently opened Koa Kea resort your base camp. The sea-inspired rooms all have patios that overlook the landscaped grounds, and from there you can walk the full length of the white beaches, including Poipu Beach, a fine spot for snorkeling on calm days.

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