Located at the beautiful Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa in Poipu, the restaurant Tidepools is an experience for the senses. Featuring contemporary Hawaiian fare with Asian flavors the cuisine is simply delectable. The only thing that may top the food is the beautiful setting.
Situated in an open-air thatched roof hut above a koi-filled lagoon surrounded by flickering Tiki torches, Tidepools is definitely romantic. Ask for a table beside the waterfall for ultimate views. It is hard to find a restaurant with more beautiful surroundings anywhere on the island.
Begin with a lychee martini and savor the scenery. When you are ready take a look at the wine list offering mostly high end California selections as well as a few quality Oregon, and Washington wines. Select a bottle and move onto your first course. Try the Ahi Sashimi in a white soy and habanero sauce followed by a Kauai Farms organic salad with shaved Maui onions, Kiawe smoked bacon, blue cheese with balsamic dressing.
Tidepools is known for fresh fish, and the signature dish is macadamia-nut-crusted mahi-mahi stuffed with crabmeat and served with roasted banana butter sauce. They also offer delicious steaks and prime rib, as well as entrees for vegetarians. Really, you can’t go wrong-all the dishes coming out of the kitchen when I was there looked amazing.
For desert try the Tropical Sensation; a pineapple-strawberry parfait with a macadamia nut crust. After a leisurely dinner, take a stroll through the grounds. The Grand Hyatt Kauai is an absolutely beautiful property with amazing landscaped gardens, paths, bridges, rivers and pools.
Afterwards head to Stevenson’s Library for a night cap, live music and if you are in the mood play a game of pool. The elegant, dark wood decor has a Victorian feel creating a bit of an old world meets Hawaii feel. Order from the large selection of Cognac and Port or enjoy a Keoke coffee. Sit back, relax and let the sounds of live jazz sweep over you.
What & Where:
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa (1571 Poipu Road, Koloa; 808 742 1234)
Alexa Meisler is the editorial director of 52 Perfect Days. Born in Paris, France she has since lived in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon. She currently resides in San Diego with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring California and Mexico.
Travel has always been a part of her life; traveling to such places as Morocco, Tangiers and Spain as a young child as well as taking many road trips to Mexico with her grandparents as a young girl. Since then, she has traveled abroad to locations such as Russia, Taiwan and throughout Europe.
Prior to working at 52 Perfect Days she was a freelance travel writer; focusing on family and women’s adventure experiences.