A wonderful stay A review of Hanalei Colony Resort
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.
Having read the recent less-than-enthusiastic reviews before arriving, we were a little wary. However, our oceanview unit was very clean and well-kept. (Looking for any possible flaws, we found three dime-sized rusty spots on the carpet under one couch. That was it.) The view from the lanai was outstanding, through palm trees and along the rocky shore, with waves sending up occasional sprays of white as we looked toward Princeville. Although it was summer, the constant trade winds kept the unit cool. We were less than a mile from Tunnels Beach, which had very good snorkeling and stunning views of the Makana peak. Kepuhi Beach, on which HCR sits, was not swimable but was pretty and provided good walks. We enjoyed the grill, wireless internet access in the common area. We had cell phones with Verizon that worked very well on the grounds, so the lack of telephones was not an issue. Everyone from my seven-year old daughter to her grandparents had a great stay.
Why not five stars then? Because of the remote location, it has a sceptic system rather than sewer connections. As a result, there was sometimes an unpleasant odor near the back of the of the property. (We never noticed it in our unit, because of the ocean breeze, but often did near the office). The staff was pleasant, but didn't go out of their way for anything. The pool is in the back with no view, although there seems to be plenty of room for it along the beach. And it is the only place we stayed in Hawaii without tiki torches--perhaps this is just an idiosyncrasy of mine, but I think they add considerably to the charm in the evenings. These are all minor points, however. We were sorry to leave, and would not hesitate to return.