Hanalei Bay Resort & Suites

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(877) 344-0688 or (808) 826-6522
(800) 826-7782 or (808) 822-4444
5380 Honoiki Rd.

This resort is located in Princeville on 22 acres of beautiful, lush and winding grounds. It looks and feels very tropical. You can’t drive to most rooms, but they will shuttle you around the grounds and to the beach.

The main swimming pool has a small waterfall next to the spa. The layout of the resort makes it quiet, even when they’re nearly full. The lounge has always been a great place to have a drink and they have food there, (though parking can be tricky—it was valet-only at press time (from 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.). That may change when the restaurant opens again.

All rooms are not created equal. There are three main types: hotel-type rooms, studios (the same but with a kitchenette and sofa bed—from second agent listed) and condo-type rooms (called suites). Of these, the suites are much better. In these, you get a living room area and larger rooms. Ocean views are fairly distant, but many are stunning, overlooking Hanalei Bay and Bali Hai.

Some people get frustrated that they can’t use the beach chairs at Pu‘u Poa Beach in front of the St. Regis Princeville. (The chairs belong to that hotel.) Hanalei Bay Resort will rent you a chair ($8 per day, cheaper if you rent for 4 or more days) to take down to the beach and pick you up (there’s a phone down there). The resort charges a mandatory $18 per day resort fee (no matter who you rent through), which covers items that other resorts may provide for free, like Wi-Fi access, parking, local calls and tennis.

They converted 77 of the rooms to timeshares. The second agent we listed,  Kauai Pacific Real Estate, handles many of the rental units.

We used to give them a gem rating. Though the grounds are still exotic, the lack of amenities for a resort of this size are noticeable. The rooms and lobby were updated in 2014, but the furnishings in the timeshare rooms were not remarkable. If you stay in Kauai Pacific Real Estate units, the quality feels much better than the timeshare rooms.

Depending on the view, hotel rooms (around 550 sq. ft.) are $195–$230 Condo-type suites (1,091 sq. ft.) are $220–$260 for 1/1s. Larger units are available by combining lock-offs with 1/1s from second agent listed who also has much cheaper prices and handles 2/2s (1,325 sq. ft.) and 3/3s (1,600 sq. ft.) as well. The Parrish Collection also has many nice units here.

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Resort at a Glance

  • 280 rooms
  • 2 pools
  • Spa
  • 8 tennis courts
  • Tennis pro shop
  • Coffee makers
  • Lounge
  • Washer/dryers in some units
  • A/C
  • Some have free rom safes
  • Wi-Fi
  • Suites have kitchens
  • BBQ areas (may be far from your room)

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