Hawaii packages offering adventures, pampering or both

The Villas at Poipu Kai offer surfing lessons with the booking of a poolside villa.

A scalp-to-toes massage, decadent dinner or relaxing day by the pool is all the more rewarding after some exercise or an adventure. Hawaii, with its plethora of both luxury accommodations and range of adventure opportunities, is a natural tourist destination to feature packages joining top-end resorts with hair-raising, or at least sweat-inducing, activities.

Vegan chef, author and entrepreneur Matthew Kenney is bringing a wellness program to Kauai's south shore. The Matthew Kenney Wellness Getaway will take place at the 1,000-acre Kukuiula retreat and club, with sessions scheduled for May, September and October.

The retreat includes daily yoga and meditation sessions, a one-on-one nutrition session, guided hikes and a tour of the Na Pali coast. Also included is a beach excursion with snorkeling and stand-up paddleboarding. The resort and residential community also offers a spa, a golf course and pools.

Meals come straight from the Matthew Kenney stable of nutritious, plant-based meals, and the ingredients will come from the on-site farm, which cultivates 78 different items, such as lettuce, beets, beans, strawberries, pineapples and bananas. Guests will learn about organic farming and help pick some of the vegetables and fruits that will go into their meals.

Pricing for the program starts at $7,200 for shared accommodations and is $8,500 for a single room.

The wellness program "achieves our mission of shaping the future of wellness with a fully realized holistic lifestyle program," said Kenney, who owns restaurants in New York, Milan and Los Angeles. "Combined with a delicious and beautiful plant-based diet, we believe we are providing an integrated experience like no other in the world."

While the Kenney program is a highly curated experience, the Villas at Poipu Kai provide ample accommodations for setting your own agenda with a little nudge toward trying the quintessential Hawaiian sport: surfing. The Villas at Poipu Kai offers two surfing lessons with the booking of a poolside villa. Lessons are offered by the nearby Blue Seas Surfing School and instructor Charlie Smith. Three-bedroom villas start at $599 per night. The four-bedroom options start from $699.

"It's been a brilliant promotion for us," said Gary Taylor, the Villas' marketing director. "Most of the people have never been on a surfboard before, but they have so much fun doing it that they come back the next year looking to do it again."

In addition to the villas, Poipu Kai features three private rental houses, including the Kiahuna house with its own pool, a gazebo and a barbecue grill. The property, which features 32 villas and accommodates groups from six to 25, is in its fifth year.

"It's really nice because we are starting to see repeat guests, including whole family reunions," Taylor said. "It's a great property for big groups, because everyone can stay together and coordinating isn't so difficult. You have big, outdoor lanais where everyone can hang out at night for activities or watching movies."

Five-day bookings at the Kauai Marriott Resort get four activity vouchers.
Five-day bookings at the Kauai Marriott Resort get four activity vouchers.

If a visitor is looking for a little more leeway in their adventure activity selection, the Kauai Marriott Resort may have just the right promotion for them. Guests get four activity vouchers with a five-night booking. The vouchers can then be used for a variety of outdoor activities, including a zipline, a three-hour ATV tour, a Na Pali coast snorkeling and sailing tour and a backcountry tubing trip.

The Kauai Marriott faces Kalapaki Beach in a cove along Nawiliwili Bay. The resort features a 26,000-square-foot pool complex with five Jacuzzis and children's pool; a championship, Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course next door; and access to kayaking, surfing and snorkeling from the beach.

This year, the Four Seasons Hualalai on the Big Island's Kona-Kohala coast is offering multiple five-day triathlon coaching clinics with Dave Scott, the first six-time Ironman Hawaii winner. The clinic will touch on all elements of a triathlon, including swimming, running and biking technique; conditioning; and nutrition. Participants will receive new gear, video analysis of their form and personalized training programs for when they return home. The resort offers canoe, paddleboarding and snorkeling excursions, and a private luau, too. The clinic costs $2,000 in addition to the room rate. Clinics are scheduled for March, May and August.

Spa specials

Other luxury properties offer promotions this year that include activities.

The St. Regis Princeville is offering a Pursue Your Passion package, a $1,000 resort credit when guests book for at least five nights in its premium oceanview rooms and suites. The credit can be used for any number of activities, from spa treatments to golf or a meal at one of the handful of restaurants.

At the Fairmont Kea Lani there is a new Stay and Play package. The promotion offers a fifth night free and a $250 resort credit. Guests can spend the credit on spa programs, a personal training session or other resort amenities.

For the traveler with all relaxation and no adventure in mind, the Sullivan Estate, which sits on cliffs overlooking the north shore of Oahu, has the Restore and Refine package. The deal, which runs $1,750, includes aroma- steam sauna and cold-plunge hydrotherapy, an organic lunch, a specially designed massage program and a facial.

Paradise from above

For an adventure experience independent from lodging but still cloaked in luxury, Paradise Helicopters offers a full-circle helicopter tour of Oahu. The helicopter takes guests over Pearl Harbor, Waikiki, Diamond Head Crater, Makapuu Lighthouse, coral reefs and waterfalls. The 75-minute tour is $419 per person, but for additional fees guests can also experience spectacular vistas at an exclusive landing zone on Kualoa Ridge on Oahu's north shore while enjoying a picnic with Champagne. Paradise Helicopters also offers tours on the Big Island and Lanai, many of which include additional activities such as zipline rides. The tour leaves from Kalaeloa Airport.

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