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When my friend Thomas and I first stepped onto Kauai we were greeted by the floral aroma of the mango trees, which along with coconut trees, leave a consistent scent of perfume in the air.

My first morning at the St. Regis Princeville, I felt relaxed and rejuvenated. When I looked out the window and saw nothing but miles of green mountains, turquoise water and lush landscape, I felt completely removed from my busy life back in New York City.

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The sand on the beach is as soft as snow and so white it’s almost silver. We snorkeled in the bay, which has large coral reefs at both ends. The reefs house numerous types of fish, in every color imaginable. We began counting all the different shades of neon that swam by. My favorites were the yellows and blues. We also saw sea turtles while snorkeling, and, later, kayaking.

Each day, we took walks and hikes and were amazed at how fragrant and healthy the foliage on the island is. We quickly became familiar with the varieties of hibiscus, as well as the pink and purple bougainvillea vines, the gardenias, the red ginger and the torch ginger. The vibrant plants attract brightly colored birds, which we often saw flying low amongst the trees. They were as drawn to the beautiful colors and smells of the plants as we were.

The weather kept us guessing. In one single day on Kauai there could be 10 changes in the weather pattern. The occasional rainstorms gave us time to explore the hotel’s extensive video library, which houses all of our old favorites but has newer movies and TV shows, as well.

As we left the resort, I wondered why anyone would ever want to leave such a perfect part of the world, so secluded and ideal. But I guess the only way to appreciate such complete relaxation in a beautiful spot is to experience it rarely.

Alexis Bittar

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