The only true beachfront resort on Kauai's North Shore, Hanalei Colony is a laid-back, go-barefoot kind of resort sandwiched between towering mountains and the sea. There's an emphasis on simplicity here: No phones, TVs, or stereos in the rooms. But Wi-Fi is available in every unit. Some units are 10 feet from the sand, and though it's a beautiful coastline, the ocean is too rough for swimming. The units are well maintained, with Hawaiian-style furnishings, full kitchens,
and lanai. Amenities, such as cocktail receptions and cultural activities, vary from season to season. There's an art gallery, spa, and restaurant on-site.