Sprawling green peaks captivate visitors as they make their aerial approach towards the wild island of Kauai. For travelers whose idea of a vacation is escaping society and reconnecting with nature, Kauai is the ideal choice. Still retaining much of its rugged and pristine landscape, Kauai takes you back to a simpler time, before five-star restaurants and shopping strips (though both can be found on the island). Kauai is geologically the oldest island of the chain, creating an almost Jurassic feel as much of Kauai is still untamed and untouched. Most restaurants and shopping areas are situated around the hotels, of which there are fewer than on Maui or The Big Island. There are also several places to camp for those who prefer to sleep beneath the Milky Way.

A rainbow over the stunning landscape of Kauai.

Explore And Adventure
Unlike Maui, most of the scenic coastlines are not visible from roads and require some hiking to get to. Great for those who are active and enjoy the outdoors, not ideal for those who just wish to admire from the car. With several types of beaches, some more easy to access than others, the one thing they all share is beauty and seclusion. For adventure, hiking, and camping connoisseurs, Kauai is a magical playground with an abundance of selfless beauty to give to those who will appreciate it. Waimea Canyon and Koke'e State Park is a must-see for nature tourists. Ten miles long, two miles wide and 3,600 feet deep, this canyon is one of the most stunning sights in the world. Nicknamed "the Grand Canyon of the Pacific" by Mark Twain, there is a tangible energy here that is as invigorating as it is respectful. What Kauai lacks in luxury it makes up for in untouched, natural beauty. For experienced hikers, the Kalalau Trail is a must-do. Definitely not for the casual walker, this 11 mile trail is riddled with muddy terrain, steep and rocky inclines, and fast moving river crossings. Though unappealing to read about, those who have faced the challenge of the Kalalau Trail have listed it as one of the most rewarding and beautiful experiences of Kauai.

The immense beaches of Kauai stretch out before you.

Luxury Dining and Spas
While you are less likely to find a multitude of five star dining establishments on the wild island of Kauai, there is no shortage of fresh and epicurean fare. Gaylord's is a highly rated and unique restaurant that serves only the freshest ingredients from locally sourced farmers and fisherman. The most endearing quality of Gaylord's is their 67 acre fully sustainable farm that supplies the kitchen with the majority of its produce and herbs. Simple recipes and fresh ingredients are what attract diners, known for dishes such as ahi poke, seafood spring rolls, Molokai purple potato crusted Mahi Mahi and hoisin glazed spare ribs. Gaylord's also offers an extensive brunch buffet and signature deserts. For the avid golfer, there are 10 courses located at seven different venues on the island, all boasting peace, tranquility and top of the line facilities. Unwinding is a necessary aspect of vacationing. The Hyatt's Anara Spa in Poipu is an idyllic locale to relax and get pampered. A popular place for romantic retreats, the Anara Spa boasts private couple massages in an open air garden. In addition to familiar spa accouterments such as sauna, pool and jacuzzi, Anara also offers a unique lava rock shower that takes the natural beauty and resources of Kauai and incorporates it into a luxurious, spa experience. Kauai may be known for its wild and untouched wilderness, but there are still plenty of private and luxurious places to get pampered and indulged, tucked away amidst the majesty of mother nature.