This was our first trip to Kauai, second in Hawaii. The island absolutely took our breath away and I know we will be back, however, not to Hanalei Bay.
The room was the basic studio room. It had a pull out couch to sleep on (didn't expect that). The kitchen amenities were dated but clean and in good working order. Space was limited but sufficient for the two of us. They came to change our towels and sheets every 3 days which was nice as well as restock the coffee, dish soap and single use laundry detergent packet if you asked. The bathroom was a great size and so was the lanai. The room was private, quiet and there were no insects. The room was not awful by any means, it was just dated, small, and the pull out couch was not enjoyable.
The staff at the resort were excellent, always cordial, always smiling. The pool was very nice, and the beach was great as well. The fitness room did not have weights, we supplemented our workouts with bands. They no longer have a restaurant on the resort but the St Regis next door does. There are other dining options in Hanalei (5 minute drive), Kaylpso was our favourite. The area the resort is located is the most beautiful on the island and the best surfing is in Hanalei Bay.
Now saying that, the beauty came with a price, atleast for us it did. The location of the resort was difficult. First of all, it rained every single day we were there (all 11 days). Yes it was winter time and it is a very lush island, but it was not pleasant. We drove down to the South end of the island (under 2 hrs) every day to see the sun and hang out on a beach. In the South end, the dining options were plenty and the prices were more competitive. There were more activities as well. The next time we travel to Kauai we will be staying in the South end.
If you enjoy hiking, Kauai's trails will blow you away. We bought a detailed map from a local shop that outlined every one. We also did a plane tour with Air Ventures and a Zodiac raft tour of the NaPali coast with Capt Andys. Seeing the NaPali coast is a must, whether you choose to lay back on a catamaran or cling to a raft. It was by far the best day of the trip. I went from never seeing a whale or dolphin (out of capture atleast) from seeing 3 dozen of them. The scenery, caves, snorkeling, isolated beaches were all what made Kauai the most beautiful place we've ever seen.
If I were to offer any advice to other travelers, I do not suggest this resort if you are without a rental car, especially in the rainy season. I also recommend that if you want a bedroom and not a pull out couch, do not book the 'studio' style room. Any questions feel free to ask.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aloha Guests, Mahalo for choosing Hanalei Bay Resort. We’re delighted to have you as our guests! Lush, relaxing, and as comfortable as your own home, our Princeville accommodations offer all the perks of a vacation rental along with award-winning service from our friendly staff. Located on Kauai’s North Shore, Hanalei Bay Resort captures the island’s beauty inside and out. A Daily Resort Fee of $20 plus tax will be collected at time of booking. Please note repairs to a select group of lanais will be taking place January 5, 2018 through April 27, 2018. You may notice a minimal amount of noise between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. Every effort will be taken to reduce the sound as much as possible and respond to any concern. Once again, mahalo for your understanding and cooperation during this emergency repair work. Warmest Regards, Resort Management ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hanalei Bay Hotel Princeville
- Hanalei Bay Princeville
- Hanalei Bay Resort Princeville, Kauai