We (family of four -- two adults, two kids ages 7 and 9) are planning a trip to Kauai next April, and frequent flier seats open up on May 20th, so even though it's far out, I've got a few decisions I need to make . . .
We have never been to Hawaii, and our current plan is to spend the entire two weeks in Kauai -- one week at the Hyatt in Poipu, and one week at the St. Regis in Princeville. We are trying to keep this trip low cost, and are using accumulated Star Alliance, Starwood and Amtrak points to pay for all of our flights and lodging. We may pay out of pocket for 2-3 structured "day trips", but otherwise, I think we will rent a car and hike/swim/explore on our own.
Having just completed a VERY active vacation (we just returned last week from two weeks in Borneo -- I'll be posting a trip report and reviews in the next week or two), we are thinking that we'd like next year's vacation to be a little more relaxed. That said, our family loves hiking, wildlife (not our main goal in visiting Hawaii) and natural beauty. . . I, particularly, love lush, green vistas.
I think that staying on Kauai will suit us just fine, but will we regret not visiting another island? There are a lot of places in the world that we want to see, and we will probably only take a big trip like this roughly every two years (this is an exception because of our accumulated points!), so I'm honestly not sure if/when we will return to Hawaii. . .
Thanks for your thoughts!