Departures: Amazing Kauai Stays
Kukuiula recently opened as a 409ha residential community in Poipu, albeit with a produce farm, spa garden and 15 plantation-style cottages available to nightly guests. It’s also home to the buzzy new Eating House 1849 from chef Roy Yamaguchi, serving upscale comfort foods inspired by the islands’ diverse culinary history.
Not far from Lihue airport, Timber Resorts (behind Italy’s Castello di Casole) has broken ground on Hokuala, whose stylish bungalows will be ready for sale and overnight stays as early as next year, surrounded by lagoon-style pools, kilometres of hiking and biking trails and a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course with the longest stretch of oceanfront holes in Hawaii.
Next, after sitting closed for more than two decades in one of the state’s biggest coconut groves, nearly destroyed by Hurricane Iniki but with its iconic lagoon intact, Wailua’s 1950s-era Coco Palms Resort – the former home of Deborah Kapule Kekaiha`akulou, the island’s last queen – is set to relaunch as part of the new Unbound Collection by Hyatt in 2018.