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Hanalei Bay Resort

At a Glance

    Pros

  • beautiful views
  • tennis courts on property
  • children's tennis program
  • tropical pool

    Cons

  • steep walkways
  • long walk to beach

Fodorite Reviews

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Hanalei Bay Resort Review

This lovely condominium resort overlooks Hanalei Bay and Napali Coast. The resort's upper-level pool is a nice feature, with authentic lava-rock waterfalls, an open-air hot tub, and a kid-friendly sand "beach." Three-story buildings angle down the cliffs, making for some steep walking paths. Units are extremely spacious, with high, sloping ceilings and large private lanai. Rattan furniture and island art add a casual feeling to rooms. Some units are managed by the resort, and others by private owners. All units have kitchens, including the smaller studios. As of this writing, the restaurant and lounge, destroyed by fire in 2011, are due to re-open in 2014.

2010 Fodor's 100 Hotel Award Winner

This pool is one of the best on Kauai, with authentic lava-rock waterfalls, an open-air hot tub, and a kid-friendly sand "beach." But what really sets it apart is the stunning view of Hanalei Bay and the Napali Coast: the architects used this setting to great effect, by building the resort angling down the cliffs, with the pool as the crown jewel.

    Hotel Details

  • 134 units.
  • Rate includes no meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 01-24-2014

Fodorite Reviews

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    Hanalei Bay Resort Units 9201, 9202 & 9203

    We've been vacationing at HBR for over 20 years,but nothing compared with our last visit. We stayed in unit 9201-9203 and it was by far the most beautiful condo we've stayed in. The unit is perfectly located on the 2nd floor with idyllic ocean views and lots of privacy. The interior is beautifully appointed with hardwood floors and lovely new furnishings throughout. Every possible amenity was thought of including beach chairs, boogie boards, etc. There's a generous lanai with stunning views of the ocean and Bali Hai. The resort was fantastic and the staff was very helpful. There's a huge pool with waterfalls and a sandy beach and tennis courts. We like to pick up some fresh fish at Hanalei Fish Market and grill it at the BBQ' s located on the resort property. Next time we return to Hawaii we will definitely be staying at this condo.

    by northshoredvr, 11/4/13
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    Hanalei Bay Resort Review

    We have been coming here from Wrightsville Beach NC for 8 years and love it! Yes it is paradise and the staff makes you feel the aloha spirit from the moment you first arrive. The island farmers markets offer wonderful selections and the resorts grills allow you to cook your own dinners. Nearby Ainini Beach is a gem. Like Tahiti. The staff is so knowledgeable and experienced. They are what make Hanalei Bay Resort the nicest place we have stayed in all of the Hawaiian Islands over the past 30 years. Mahalo to them!

    by HanaleiBabe, 7/15/10
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    Hanalei Bay Resort Review

    I first visited Hanalei Bay in 2002 and fell in love with the resort. Every time I have been there, the people working are kind, helpful and attentive. Like any resort, it has been working on updating but ALWAYS clean and comfortable. The beach is fantastic, are you kidding me? That walk is part of the beauty. Large trees and plenty of privacy. The property next door has a nice bar & grill that is open to HBR guests (they like your money too!) although I was told the pool was off limits, but OUR pool is BETTER! Go into Hanalei and feel like you have gone back in time. Just absolutely wonderful people, shops, restaurants...but don't be in a hurry, the pace here is slow. Besides, isn't that why you are on vacation?

    by luv2travel58, 7/15/10
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    Hanalei Bay Resort Review

    I am staying at HBR right now and can attest that the pool is beautiful. It is a shallow, unheated pool, surrounded by waterfalls. The hot tub is wonderful and peaceful and again surrounded by boulders and waterfalls. They have a guy grilling burgers and hot dogs in the afternoons.
    Unfortunately the restaurant is closed and for sale but there are so many places to go around Princeville and Hanalei. I like The St Regis right next door. Tonight I will go to Mediterranean Gourmet.
    There is a beach and you get to it down a path or they have golf cart attendants who will drive you down. If you have a lot of beach equipment I suggest calling ahead for the attendants. I watched the fireworks from there last night.
    If you are looking for a wild crazy place to have your vacation, this is not the place. If you are looking for quiet and beautiful views then this IS the place.

    by luvhanalei, 7/5/10
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    Beautiful Setting

    My husband and I stayed at the Hanelei Bay Resort for 5 nights during our honeymoon and thought it was the perfect place to stay on the North Shore. The view from our room looked out onto misty mountains and a gorgeous bay (room 4101). The room itself was very standard, but clean and had a cute lanai. The restaurants at the resort are nothing to speak of, but there are so many great restaurants in the town of Hanelei that you wouldn't want to waste a night at the resort anyway. The resort has access to a beach on Hanalei Bay, and from there you can hike along the shore all along the bay, discovering "private" beaches along the way. Would definitely recommend this resort for all occasions.

    by EricaC, 8/14/08

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