Kauai Offers A President’s Club Trip Experience Unlike Any Other
As soon as you touch ground in Kauai, you’ll quickly understand why it’s referred to as ‘The Garden Isle.’ Mostly undeveloped, Kauai is saturated with undisturbed rainforests, towering waterfalls, and a vast range of native wildlife. Hollywood has come calling countless times to take advantage of the striking natural beauty that can’t be found on the mainland. Jurassic Park, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Avatar are just a few blockbusters that have used Kauai’s stunning environment to create the most unforgettable landscapes in the film.
When your President’s Club trip or incentive trip starts to get weighed down by a tourist-heavy destination, Kauai is an attractive option. Kauai retains all of the amenities and activities of the bigger islands without the crowds of leisure travelers and tourist traps.
Kauai Hotels and Resorts
The island is home to three exceptional, first-class resorts: The Princeville Resort, the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, and Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort at Poipu Beach. Because so much of the island is non-commercial, each of these resorts has gone to great lengths to offer exceptional luxury and privacy around the Napali coastline.
The Princeville Resort
The Princeville Resort is a fantastic blend of five-star elegance and Hawaiian hospitality. Located on the exclusive North Shore of Kauai, the hotel has 251 guest rooms and is a tropical oasis in the middle of astounding natural beauty. There are lots of activities for guests to choose from, including the Napali Snorkeling Adventure, the Jungle Valley Adventure, Tidepool Explorations, and Hanalei Star Gazing. The nearby Princeville Ranch Adventures also offer zip lining, kayaking, and hiking along the 2,500 acres of private land along the North Shore. The renowned Makai Golf Club provides challenging obstacles and picturesque scenery. The Princeville Resort is also well known among guests for its eclectic cuisine, featured in the property’s several restaurants. Locally sourced crops are reflected on the restaurants’ menus each day.
There is the recent news of a big change coming to Princeville Resort. Starwood has recently acquired the property and will be renovating and rebranding as 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay. With this development comes a new modern wellness center and ‘oversized’ fitness area. We’ll be keeping a close eye on how this affects group incentive travel. Still, with the latest trend of wanting to incorporate more wellness into programs, it’s likely this is going to make the property even more attractive for President’s Club Trips.
Meeting Planner Tip: 95% of the rooms have ocean views, so your entire group feels like a VIP. They will be enjoying postcard-perfect views of picturesque Hanalei Bay with the ‘Bali Hai’ mountains for a backdrop (from the movie South Pacific.) Lots of fantastic and unique activities are nearby: hiking the Napali Coast, Waimea Canyon helicopter tours, and oceanview golfing.
The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
The Grand Hyatt Kauai is one of the star attractions of the beautiful beaches of Poipu. Known for its lavish grounds and gardens and pristine lagoons, the resort is a favorite of many. The 602 guestrooms and suites all feature gorgeous views of the ocean, gardens, or pools. The Grand Hyatt Kauai Spa offers a full menu of pampering and specialty treatments. The restaurants of the Grand Hyatt Kauai are popular and varied, offering a
traditional grill menu, Italian cuisine, and the always well-received Grand Hyatt Kauai Luau which takes guests through the Polynesian history and the celebration of its culture. Performers interact with diners tableside. Additional activities offered by the hotel are tours of Moir Gardens, shopping at nearby Poipu Shopping Village, and trips to Shipwreck Beach.
Meeting Planner Tip: This is a popular choice for groups. Located on the sunny side of the island, it has a large beach with big, crashing waves. The pool is massive, so your group can spread out. The swimmable saltwater lagoon and landscaping are equally stunning.
Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort
The southern shores of Kauai are home to the Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort, a 121-room boutique hotel. The exceptional beaches of Poipu Beach are just one of the reasons it is considered one of the top resorts of Kauai. Opened in 2009, the Ko’a Kea has become especially well known for its Red Salt restaurant, which presents a diverse menu against the backdrop of a stellar view of the Pacific Ocean. The fusion of contemporary simplicity and authentic Hawaiian comfort provides guests with an exceptionally intimate and enjoyable experience. Though smaller than the mega-resorts, the Ko’a Kea is located close to many activities such as biking and hiking in and around the Waimea Canyon, helicopter tours of the island, and golfing at any of Kauai’s 12 golf courses.
Meeting Planner Tip: Ko’a Kea is an excellent option for smaller groups looking for top-notch service and quick access to the best Kauai has to offer. You can even catch Humpback Whales breaching out of the water directly offshore!
If you’re seeking outdoor adventure for your group, Kauai is the perfect choice. Kayaking the Wailua River, snorkeling along Poipu Beach, or rafting through the many sea caves are always favorites. Hiking, zip lining through lush forests, and taking a helicopter tour over Waimea Canyon, the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” are also extremely popular. Being a smaller island, you can fit many of these activities into one President’s Club trip. Take a look at our Kauai Itinerary for an example of what a typical program accommodates.
Napali Coast Zodiac Raft Ride
Rafters are sure to be exhilarated on this white-knuckle ride along the rugged Napali Coast as they take in amazing views of sea life, waterfalls, and 3,000-foot cliffs and pinnacles.
Hiking Kalihiwai Falls
When you ascend the “Green Hill” of the Kalihiwai Falls region, you are treated to breathtaking mountain and ocean views. Hikers take in both the lowland rainforest of the Kalihiwai Valley before trekking to the spectacular five-tiered Kalihiwai Falls. Hearty souls can continue up the valley to a second, idyllic waterfall and swimming area, perfect for a picnic lunch.
This amazing adventure will take you onto the private lands of the Lihue Sugar Plantation via an oversized inner tube and traveling down a 140-year-old irrigation canal. As you meander through the open ditches, past overhanging foliage, and through five dark and mysterious tunnels, you’ll enjoy a leisurely one-hour float over two miles of tropical waterways.
Mud Bug Waterfall Tour
These tours combine the beautiful scenery of mountain and coastline views with the adventure of tackling rugged terrain through winding trails and thick vegetation. The reward is the opportunity to enjoy rope swings and swimming hole locations inaccessible to the public.
Koloa Zipline Adventure
The beauty of this Grove Farms area is the highlight of this adventure. The eight-line course is Kauai’s longest zipline, traveling over 2,000 feet and across the largest inland body of water in Hawaii.
Zip and Dip
The ‘Zip and Dip’ experience is an incredible adventure combining nine picturesque zipline crossings, a suspension bridge, and a stop atop an idyllic waterfall swimming hole for lunch and more fun.
Helicopter Flight Deluxe
This flight will take you over a world of lush tropical rainforests, jagged mountains, sea cliffs, beaches, and craters including the Mount Waialeale (weather permitting) crater. Soar above the Waimea Canyon and see countless waterfalls, some falling over 2,000 feet.
Kayak Hidden Valley Falls
The beautiful and secluded waterways of Hidden Valley Falls take kayakers downstream almost two miles through the Huleia National Wildlife Refuge, home to many of the rare and endangered Hawaiian water birds. Visitors will also pass the Alekoko, the Menehune Fishpond, a wonderful example of the ancient Hawaiian fishing and aquaculture.
Kauai is an incredible destination with a lot to offer incentive trip winners, but if you are looking for some more options nearby, we recommend checking out our Hawaii Incentive Travel Guide with additional information on Lanai and the Big Island.