The St. Regis Princeville Resort is known for luxury and elegance. From lavish rooms to exceptional service, the pampered experience is elevated by dramatic views of Hanalei Bay. In keeping with this opulence, the St. Regis offers several ways to indulge in more than 30 types of champagne.
The sunset sabering is a St. Regis Princeville ritual. Every night, as the sun dips behind Mount Makana, a bottle of champagne is opened with a saber at the St. Regis Bar. The saber, a sword that’s slid along the bottle’s body, breaks the cork and collar, leaving the neck open and ready to pour. As the bubbly cascades into guests’ pre-ordered glasses, champagne sagas are shared.
“Legend says that Madame Clicquot, who inherited her husband’s small champagne house at the age of 27, used to entertain Napoleon’s officers in her vineyard,” says Antonio Palomares, Kauai Grill general manager. “As they rode away in the early morning with a complimentary bottle of champagne, they would open it with their saber to impress the rich young widow.”
At this year’s Taste of Hawaii on Sunday, June 1, Palomares will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for sabering bottles in one minute. The record is 26, which Palomares matched during the 2013 Taste of Hawaii.
If your wife is an exceptional mom, spoil her with a romantic weekend and tickle away frayed nerves with the Champagne Passport this weekend ($250 for two people, includes tax and gratuity). Sip six glasses, or one bottle per person, at the St. Regis Bar, Kauai Grill, Makana Terrace or Nalu Kai and get your passport stamped each time.
“The Champagne Passport enables our guests to celebrate special occasions,” says Leanne Kamekona, director of food and beverage for the St. Regis Princeville, “and allows our guests to have a journey through our entire property and enjoy the cuisine at each place, or just sit at one location and enjoy an entire bottle.”
On Mother’s Day, Makana Terrace will feature a champagne brunch ($85 for adults, $35 children). The extravagant buffet includes one glass of champagne and offers more than 60 choices including chilled strawberry watermelon soup with amaretto Chantilly, basil compressed melon and toasted coconut; roasted beet and arugula salad with Kauai Kunana Dairy feta, macadamia nuts and tarragon dressing; smoked salmon, jumbo shrimp, king crab, sashimi, poke and sushi; hand-carved beef Wellington; kalua pork Benedict with lilikoi hollandaise; sautéed fresh snapper with shiitake mushrooms, peppers, Maui onions, crispy noodles and Hawaiian chili water ponzu and an incredible array of decadent desserts.
The St. Regis Princeville Resort is at 5520 Ka Haku Road in Princeville