Hanalei Colony Resort
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... lots of sea spray. Snorkeling was OK. Not a lot to take pictures of but Ann managed to get about 5 seconds of video of a seal. Otherwise just a fun day splashing around.
Now we are off to see some waterfalls and hang at the beach. Later all...
... finally decided to leave because when the tow guys get there it is going to be a mess and we might be blocked for a long time!! Back down the road to a beach I liked but by now it is raining! OK, on we go to Hanalei for something to eat at the Tahiti Nui- A great burger, and it should be for $12!! On home where I stayed here and Phil walked for his swim. Showers and ready for the walk to Bobby V’s for dinner. It is nice out and no wind so we elected to ...
... Hawaiian Monk Seals napping on the beach as well a big sea turtle, at various times.
A bit further up we went to Shipwreck Beach, which is fronted by the Hyatt Regency hotel, and a walking trail that runs north from there along the coast. It’s nice that even though the Hyatt has the property ...
... to go home around 2 and went for lunch to Kilauea Fish Market. What an amazing place. The fish tacos here were absolutely delicious. If we had discovered this place earlier we would have been eating here every day! Went back home to suntan by the pool and start packing for home. 12 days goes by quickly!
Some of you ...
... served, all we wanted, weak but good. The dinner was fantastic-About 20 different items and I tried them all. The pork was the best I have had, even with no sauce on it (you know how I love BBQ sauce!) and the chicken and beef were also excellent. Coconut rice pudding and coconut cake for dessert. Really a good dinner. Then we moved to an outdoor theater for the show, and what a show it was! Well done and beautiful costumes - this was Phil’s 4th time here but ...
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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.