An amazing place to stay that is very close to nature and real (old) Hawaii! Hanalei Colony Resort is in Haena, near Wainiha Bay. It is close to "the end of the road".
We've always eaten at the restaurant on site, Mediterranean Gourmet, which is our FAVORITE restaurant on Kaua'i. Having been to the restaurant, we were always intrigued by the condo type accommodations at HCR and wanted to stay there. We stayed 3 nights and we wish it was longer....
A terrific location if you want Northshore Kaua'i. Close to the Kalalau Trail, Ke'e Beach ("the end of the road"), Tunnels Beach and Haena Beach Park. Also close to Limahuli Gardens -- which is a must see National Tropical Botanical Garden.
The staff at HCR is incredibly friendly and warm. Excellent concierge. Beautiful grounds. Relaxed feel. Lovely swimming pool. Great spot for rugged, rustic, unspoiled beach walks. HCR is not air conditioned but the ocean breeze and cross ventilation as well as ceiling fans makes it delightful.
We had a fabulous stay!