Līhuʻe, Hawaii

Photo: Timbers Resorts

Are you starting to worry about the holidays? It isn’t the travel time that bothers you. Delays should always be expected. It isn’t decorations or the menu either. Those will eventually fall into place. The most stressful part of the celebration is always your family. There’s no avoiding it—at least when you gather at someone’s house.

So maybe it’s time to take away the home-court advantage. If everyone is away from home, then the burden doesn’t fall on one person. If everyone is traveling, then no one gets to be the boss. If everyone is trying something new, then no one can be the expert. And if everyone is having fun, then no one has to worry about cleaning up a mess.

Everyone can agree on Kaua’i. The Garden Isle is the oldest Hawaiian island. It’s known for its deep canyons, lush rainforests, steep cliffs, and white-sand beaches. It has plenty to keep everyone occupied. Hike the Hanakapi`ai Trail to the powerful waterfall or the Kuilau Ridge Trail for views of Mount Waiʻaleʻale. Bike from the rim of Waimea Canyon down to the Pacific Ocean. Kayak the Wailuā River to the lava-rock Fern Grotto. Ride a helicopter along the cliffs of the Nā Pali Coast. Or explore caves and lava tubes while snorkeling. The island is also home to a new, family-friendly resort.

Photo: Timbers Resorts

Timbers Kaua’i Ocean Club & Residences sits on the sunnier, southeast coast of Kaua’i (so your sister won’t complain about the weather). It’s in Līhuʻe, the island’s little capital (so your brother-in-law can explore when he gets antsy). It’s close to the main airport (so your mother won’t have to travel very far after the long flight). It’s part of a 450-acre estate (so there’s plenty of room to spread out). Plus the resort, at least the first phase of it, just opened last year (so it has all the amenities that you require of a hotel).

The resort sounds ideal for your family. It’s even better in person. Timbers Kaua’i Ocean Club is perfectly situated between Līhuʻe, Kalapaki Beach, Nawiliwili Harbor, and the Haupu Mountain Range. The lobby feels like a huge living room. It has a view of the Ninini Point Lighthouse and the sparkling Pacific. The rooms are more like apartments. Each one features two to four bedrooms, an open dining and living area, and a private lanai.

Since no one wants to be in the kitchen, Hualani’s, the main restaurant, serves farm-to-table dishes with flowers, fruit, and vegetables from the resort’s 30-acre Farm at Hokuala. The Spa at Timbers incorporates its produce into treatments, as well. The farm offers tours of the orchards and the gardens. While a special farmer’s tasting menu, focused on traditional Hawaiian cuisine, is served on Thursday nights. Your family has a lot to be thankful for this year.


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