Hanalei Colony Resort
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... recommended, but the trail is very widely used and I was not alone, so no worries. The weather today was all over the place….cloudy, sunny, misty, more cloud, more sun, more rain - just depends where you are on the island. The rain made the trail a little slippery in spots when navigating up and down rocks and on the switchbacks….my hiking poles were a definite asset today as they prevented me ...
... the street @ Safeway - some items are quite expensive. Just to give you an idea - apple juice (1L) was about $3, box of cereal $6, litre of milk is $2.69.…the price of gas is about $4.50/gallon. I am actually not sure what the going rate is state-side at the moment.
In the morning, I logged onto my computer to check on the status of my luggage and I received a Skype call from my brother - it was nice to chat with someone back home….even if it was ...
... unless you were re booked. In hindsight the re booking forced by HA probably saved our chance to depart that day.
At the gate the chaos and mayhem was finally broad-casted. If your boarding pass scanned red, no seat. Two flights were offered to San Francisco that evening with an overnight stay, and connection at 10:00am or 1:00pm to HNL the following day. I was never so happy to see three green lights in a row as Rob, Meg and I boarded UA219. On board there were ...
... into the pool with his wallet and phone in his pocket. Well he went with a bag to go get rice and comes back with the phone and rice in a ziplock bag. Momma asked him if it was dry rice and he looked puzzled. Then he felt the rice and he had stuffed his phone in a bag of cooked rice. I busted out laughing and he got so mad at me but he'll laugh about it later. Maybe a few years. It is probably of note that this morning we had to get up really early ...
... picnic table pretty far from the water. There was a nice tree for shade and no one else was around. There was plenty of room for people to spread out, so I did not think being crowded would be a problem. That is until a large family decided to plop their lawn chairs down literally 2 feet from where I was sitting at the table. The park is huge. There was plenty of space for these people to go, even shady spots available for them. Why did they have to come sit down so close to a ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hanalei Colony Resort Haena
My husband and I rencently returned form a trip to Hawaii. We stayed 3 ngihts Oct. 3-7 at Hanalie Colony REesort. This is an excellent choice for those who want to stay on the north shore but don't want to pay exhorbident prices and don't mind doing with out Air condition and bell men.
We spent 8 days at HCR in late June and early July, 2004. It is in an isolated location, near the end of the road on the North Shore, away from the crowds and amidst spectacular scenery. We loved it.
We spent five nights here with mixed feelings. First, it's not a "resort." I would describe it as an 80's condo/apartment complex with nice tropical flowers, an average pool and hot tub. However, the apartment we had was large, clean, bright and sunny. The furniture and décor have been updated. Although, there was some evidence of maintenance laxness - the screen door fell off when we tried to open it, closet doors were stuck open, the light next to the bed wouldn't work due to a severely corroded outlet. These seemed to be related to the humid salt air - which is surely an uphill battle for a 20+-year-old seaside place. It was skirting the edge of not-okay for $180/night.
Loved The Place
This was the most relaxing, beautiful place we ever stayed at. The staff was very helpful and friendly. The area is the only resort on the beach. You sleep to the sounds of the waves and gentle trade winds. A great place to spend time with your kids, getting to know them again. No TV, and no phone.
You spend time with each other and enjoy the world.
Resort it is not! Don't be fooled by the name. It is a condo complex with each unit individually owned. Therefore, some have been repaired from a bad storm that struck there several years ago and some have not.
Hot, humid, Noisy in Paradise
If only the resort lived up to the scenery, it would be great. We were there over Christmas and New Years and were very hot and not at all happy with the lack of fans to help the humidity/heat situation.
Room is only cleaned every 3 days and there is no air conditioning.
Finally, occupants of apartment below were very noisy and inconsiderate and kept us up most nites.
Would not recommend this place. It is overpriced for little or no amenities.
Hanelai Bay, Colony Resort
If you are looking for a place to escape to, Hanalei Bay is the spot. Quiet, surfing village with good food and friendly people. Even the animals are laid back. However the town rolls up at 8pm and the roads are dangerous. The Colony Bay resort was clean, but there was a terrible stinch coming from the underground sewer system that totally ruined the stay. If you want a place to stay on the beach it is one of the few in Northern Kauai with fair beaches, and no tv or phones. Not quite worth the price.
We've stayed in several places in Hawaii, but none as special as this.
HCR motto: How do you find paradise? Just cross 7 one-lane bridges! It's very fitting. This resort is truly a find! The condos are nice, spacious and very close to the water's edge. Also, the location is great - only ~10 minutes from Hanalei and only 2 miles from the end of 560 (Ke'e Beach - superb, and the Na Pali Coast). Was very impressed w/ the front desk folks and all the planned weekly activities (Mai Tai party, lei making, continental b'fast, etc.). One of the best aspects of the resort is the pool area. No view from the pool, but it's very clean and is surrounded by tropical trees and flowers. It's really a nice way to finish up a day of snorkeling or soothe the muscles in the jacuzzi before bed. We liked the pool area so much - I proposed to my gal right there on the pool steps! Overall, a great place to stay!
Hanalei Colony Resort is a fantastic place to stay - if you love rest, relaxation, the sound of the surf and truly amazing scenery. We stayed in one of the ocean front condos, and the view of the sun rising over the bay in the morning was so so beautiful. We actually had our wedding on the lawns there - a perfect day - we organised it through the wedding co-ordinator at the Resort (Krystal) - she could not have been more helpful, and the setting and the weather was superb. On the subject of the weather - note that the guide books tell you that during the winter the north of Kauai gets a lot more rain than the South - believe them!! It did rain every day at some point, and although most were brief showers, one day in particular it rained non-stop and there was generally a lot of lingering cloud around during the week. So if it's non-stop sun that you want, then head to the south. So saying, it's easy to jump in the car and head south for the day to avoid the rain, whilst staying at this great place. The condo's are self catering, and there are several bar-b-q's dotted around which are great for the evenings if there's a group of you - one of the bar-b-q's is next to the pool and jacuzzi and we had all had a great evening drinking, eating and swimming. I'd totally recommend having a bar-b-q evening. The condo's are a good size - the bedrooms are separated from the living area by partitions so that it feels open and light during the day. Some of the condos had more windows than others which obvioiusly made a fair amount of difference to the amount of light coming in - it's worth noting which direction the condo's face in relation to the sun and asking for one in a particular block - some of the condos have windows on the ends as well as the sides - again it's worth asking.There are no tv's or telephones in the condos so this really is the place to relax. The people are very friendly and helpful, the scenery is beautiful, the rooms are clean and spacious and generally I would thoroughly recommend this resort.