For gorgeous, spacious luxury, Hanalei excels. Here, resorts and rental homes are large, sprawling affairs focused on the pure enjoyment of your surroundings, making them the perfect escape. You’ll also find all the conveniences of home and more in your immediate area.
Nearing the end of the road and all of the north shore’s wonderful beaches is the Hanalei Colony Resort (5-7130 Kuhio Hwy., 808/826-6235 or 800/628-3004, $204-352 low season, $220-352 high season). The hotel stakes claim to one of the best locations to stay. Here you will find 48 condominium units on five oceanfront acres with ocean or mountain views. Each condo features the same size and floor plan with a full kitchen, dining and living room area, two bedrooms with sliding louvre doors (one has twin beds), and one and a half or two bathrooms. Each unit has a lanai to enjoy the ocean breeze, large picture windows, and is decorated with a relaxed and classy island theme. You are very close to the ocean here no matter what room you’re in, but the premium ocean rooms house you just a few yards from the sand. To enhance the experience of Kaua‘i’s raw nature, units do not have televisions, stereos, or phones, although pay phones are located outside. Cell phones work out here but may be a little unreliable. High-speed wireless is available. There is a pool outside, a long beach to walk on out front, and many other beaches in the immediate area. Rates change a bit throughout the year. The resort is beautiful, the location couldn’t be more convenient for enjoying the north shore, and everything is peaceful. Every seventh night is free.
Two glorious homes make up The River Estate (Ala Eke Rd., 800/390-8444, $275-300), composed of two high-end and immaculate homes on lush green land along a stream. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom Guest House is perfect for honeymooners. Additional guests are allowed for $15 a night. The River House is a three-bedroom, two-bath home with a hot tub on a screened-in lanai. Both are gorgeous, perfectly kept, unique, and fun with a great location. Located in Wainiha, the land itself is green, vibrant, and a tropical experience of its own. Everything you could need can be found here.