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The tropical paradise of Kaua'i sits amidst the deep blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, about 20 minutes from Honolulu by plane. Formed some six million years ago, and encompassing about 550 miles, it is the oldest and
most northerly of the main Hawaiian Islands. A visit to Kaua'i can easily immerse you in the quiet majesty of the island's lush tropical setting and extraordinary natural heritage.

At the island's southern most point in the area known as the South Shore is Poipu. It is also the island's most developed area with its share of inviting sandy beaches and exciting resorts.

Most available rooms are medium to high-priced condos. However, there are two first-class hotels, a handful of cottages and bed and breakfasts, and even a private mountain park. Here are a sampling of the accommodations available.

Garden Isle Cottages

Located along the west end between Poipu Beach and Spouting Horn, these cottages sit right on the beach. All studio's and two bedroom apartments are self-contained and fully equipped. Phone 808-742-6717 for reservations or more information.

Gloria's Spouting Horn Bed and Breakfast

This remodeled Plantation worker's house is closest to the beach. Tasteful decorations make it feel like home. Rooms are not large, but cozy and comfortable, just right for newlyweds. Reservations are necessary. Call 808-742-6995.

Poipu Bed and Breakfast Inn

This also a renovated Plantation House, but is larger and more spacious than Gloria's. However, you won't find the beach right outside your door. If you like carousel rides, you'll really love this place because there are several
carousel horses in the house. For reservations and information, call 808-742-1146 or 1-800-52-0095.

Halemanu Bed and Breakfast Inn

Often revered to as "House of Birds," Halemanu Inn will offer you seclusion in a rustic setting with nothing but clean air and sweeping vistas of the ocean. It's more expensive, yet more tranquil. For information and
directions, call 808-742-1288.

Poipu Kai Resort

With 110 acres, this resort has the largest grounds in the area with one corner running directly to the ocean. Daily maid service is provided here and kitchens are fully equipped with electric utilities and sufficient cookware
to prepare a meal. Across the walkway from the resort office is the House of Seafood. It is considered the area's premier seafood restaurant, open only for dinner. For reservations or more information, call 1-800-367-6046.

Kiahuna Plantation Resort

This resort surrounds the Kiahuna Gardens and all units have full bathrooms, kitchens and enormous lanais. You get a lot for your money here with up to five to seven people at no extra charge in some units. Aside from enjoying
the beach, other activities include surfing and scuba lessons, golf, tennis and swimming. Call 1-800-367-7052.

Poipu Shores Condo

Located at the east end of the beach, these are slightly less expensive than the rest. All units are clean, spacious and airy with the area's best beaches a short stroll away. Call 1-800-367-8047.

Poipu Kapili

This is a three story condo across the road from the beach. Most units have ocean views with large bedrooms and private lanais. Call 1-800-443-7714.

Sheraton Kauai

This is a deluxe hotel with the buildings all constructed around a fresh water lagoon. You either get a garden or ocean view, with the vistas and price rising as you move toward the beach. You'll find a wide choice of restaurants, lounges and snack bars in the hotel. There is an excellent
Polynesian Revue and Dinner. Call 1-800-325-3535