Big hotels with hundreds of rooms have their place, but when you want to chill out on a quiet beach without the crowds, it’s better to stay at a smaller place. The Hanalei Colony Resort, perched on a secluded beach on Kauai’s North Shore, is ideal for families, couples, or anyone looking for a relaxing retreat.
The five-acre property is a selection of low-rise condos on the beach in Haena, Kauai’s northernmost town—near the end of the road. The 48 two-bedroom units all have a fully equipped kitchen, one-and-a-half or two bathrooms, living room, dining area, and a private lanai. My lanai was just inches from the surf. I felt like I could touch the water with my toe every time I walked out there.
Concierge service is available to assist guests in arranging dining, activities, or special requests on the island. There’s maid service twice a week (but you can arrange daily service for an additional cost), complimentary beach towels, ice and soda machines, free parking, and a lending library offering books, puzzles and games.
Hanalei Colony Resort also has a swimming pool, whirlpool spa, barbecue/picnic areas and a coin-operated laundry facility. Right next door, the oceanfront Mediterranean Gourmet serves lunch and dinner, and the Na Pali Art Gallery & Coffee House has not only art and jewelry, but also morning coffee and snacks. When you need a little more island flavor, head 10 minutes down the road to the town of Hanalei, where there’s ample shopping, dining, and nightlife.
There are no telephones, stereos or TVs in the units, so you’re truly getting away from it all. But if you must stay in touch with the world, the complimentary Wi-Fi helps.
See more at the official website for the Hanalei Colony Resort.
Check prices online at Expedia.
Article and photo by Jill K. Robinson of Danger Jill Robinson
I was a guest of the Kaua’i Visitors Bureau during my stay in Kauai.