Travel Agent breaks down the latest tourism products for clients planning a Kauai vacation this winter and beyond. Read on for the latest hotel and flight news, as well as four deals worth checking out.
Air Canada to Launch New Service to Kauai
Air Canada has announced it will be launching new service to Kauai with its new mainline Boeing 737 MAX-8 fleet this winter.
The airline will also be doubling the frequency of its flights from Western Canada to Hawaii, and all flights from Western Canada to Honolulu, Maui and Kona, and other popular sun destinations will feature Air Canada's new 737 MAX aircraft. All 737 MAX flights are now available for purchase via the Air Canada app, at www.aircanada.com and through travel agents.
Features of the new 737 MAX aircraft include premium comfort and ambiance with improved seats and LED mood lighting along the ceiling; an upgraded in-flight entertainment system with a sleek, new 15-language user interface; faster Wi-Fi; and the latest quiet engine technology for up to 40 percent less noise, meaning more peace and quiet for customers when flying. The 737 MAX also uses 20 percent less fuel per seat than the original Next-Generation 737.
New, Refreshed Suites at the Sheraton Kauai Resort
Located alongside the white sands of Poipu Beach, the 20-acre Sheraton Kauai Resort recently announced a transformation of guest rooms and suites in its Ocean Wing.
The resort, which already features views of the island’s south shore coastline, will also feature modern furnishings with an island-inspired color palette throughout its guest rooms and suites. Refreshed room categories will encompass deluxe garden view, deluxe oceanfront, luxury oceanfront and ocean suite categories. Renovations of the resort’s Beach Wing are expected to be completed in April.
New Private Tours Offered at Limahuli Garden and Preserve
Beginning this spring, families bound for Kauai will be able to set up private tours of Limahuli Garden and Preserve on the island’s north shore. The 2.5-hour tour offers participants an opportunity to take in the garden on a private walk exclusive to them. The tour is available weekly, Tuesday through Friday, and is priced at $100 per person. Advance reservations are required. For reservations, call the Limahuli Garden and Preserve Visitor Center at 808-826-1053.
Steelgrass Farm Changes Name
Steelgrass Farm, a large cacao farm owned by Kauai’s Lydgate family since the 1860s, recently changed its name to Lydgate Farms. Farm tours and business hours remain the same with its Botanical Garden Tour and Chocolate Tasting available weekdays, Monday through Friday.
Explore Kauai Museum’s New Multimedia Table
The Kauai Museum recently unveiled its Multimedia Table, a new interactive tool showcasing the island and its deep history and culture. Guests of the museum utilizing the Multimedia Table will be able to learn more about the island and hear from some of its cultural representatives alongside song and chant. Kauai Museum is open Mondays through Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 808-245-6931.
Kauai's Latest Deals
Toast to Ten at The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas
The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a special "Toast to Ten" package. Guests reserving the package can select from studio, one-bedroom or two-bedroom villa accommodations, and purchase a single five-course Journey Tasting Menu at the resort’s Nanea Restaurant and Bar with two glasses of sparkling wine at half-price.
The package also includes a complimentary resort activity for two and a signature welcome amenity. The Toast to Ten package is available through December 31 with a minimum three-night stay required. Rates start at $380 per night for an island-view category studio villa. For more information or to make a reservation
Baby Boomer Special at Waimea Plantation Cottages
Relax and unwind on Kauai’s south shore at Waimea Plantation Cottages with a special discount for Baby Boomers. With the discount, guests ages 53 through 71 will receive 15 percent off the property’s best available rate for a weekend getaway on the Garden Island. The discount is valid through April 30 and based on cottage availability.
Kids Save Big at Kipu Ranch Adventures
Kipu Ranch Adventures invites families to explore and discover its Kauai acreage on the adventure company’s Jungle Waterfall Tour. The two-hour 4x4 scenic adventure traverses Kipu Ranch’s historic trail system, with views spanning the ranch’s more than 3,000 acres.
For a limited time, the Jungle Waterfall Tour is available with a 50 percent discount for youth ages 7-17. Kipu Ranch Adventures provides water, light snacks, helmets, goggles and bandanas. Guests must wear closed-toe shoes to participate.
Tasting Kauai Food Tours Offers Online Promotion
Tasting Kauai Food Tours is offering 10 percent off its ticket price for foodies booking its Tuesday tour online. The weekly tour transports participants to several of the island’s specialty food stores and popular local restaurants.
The tour also visits food trucks for tastings from grass-fed beef and traditional Hawaiian food to handcrafted desserts. Guests can select from three tours offered by Tasting Kauai – visiting the north shore, south shore or east Kauai. When booking, use the promo code ONLINE2018 for a 10 percent discount.
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