Pali Ke Kua 112
Just the two of you. Off to leave the world behind somewhere on the edge of an endless blue sea. The view must be magnificent, an uncrowded beach within walking distance is a basic requirement, the living space will be clean and attractive - and, of course, you must be totally comfortable and content in your tropical surroundings.
That place is an immaculate, newly remodeled, one-bedroom condo in a small resort called Pali Ke Kua. Located in Princeville on Kauai's North Shore, it captures that sense of seclusion you're after without the inconvenience of being stranded on a deserted island.
The view from the condo is an uninterrupted landscape of ocean, sky and mountains. That beach you're looking for is at the end of a hiking path along a sea cliff outside your door. The locals call it Hideaway's, and it's actually two sandy coves about 15 minutes away.
Decorated in shades of yellow with touches of orange, this condo features gleaming hardwood floors and stainless steel appliances. It's airy and cheerful and a good place to observe the patterns of the day, particularly sunset when the sun falls over Mount Makana, hits the sea and bursts into the last hurrah of the day.
A fully equipped kitchen makes cooking easy, and eating out is no trouble either. There are several restaurants within walking distance, one in the resort, others in the nearby Princeville Hotel. A large market and a number of other retail stores are available in the Princeville Shopping Center, and nearby Hanalei is populated with restaurants, clothing and gift shops and another market. If the mood strikes, there are plenty of things to do on the North Shore including hiking, horseback riding, helicopter rides and dancing.