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February 19, 2011
December 28, 2008
From journal No Place Like Hanalei
March 2, 2008
From journal Peaceful Kauai
Walnut Creek, California
January 20, 2007
From journal Hanalei Bay Resort is Paradise
January 23, 2006
From journal Relaxing Getaway in Kauai
January 19, 2006
From journal Kauai for a Week
March 12, 2005
From journal Garden State, Garden Island
January 25, 2005
From journal Aloha Kauai, HI
January 26, 2003
Sound silly? Well, it’s understandable, really. Though I’ve enjoyed this view on three separate vacations, I’ve never tired of it. A good part of the day, any day, is given over to simply sitting out on the lanai, drinking it in. The shift of clouds over the mountains and ever-changing play of shadows they cast is the stuff of daydreams, almost hypnotic. Add to that the sound of the surf from Hanalei Bay, the scent of plumeria, jasmine, and wild ginger, and the caress of a warm tropical breeze. . . The senses are replete, if not almost overloaded.
The units we’ve stayed in have been on the tier of condos closest to the sea, right at the edge of the wildlife refuge. The decor is both relaxed and stylish, in complementary earth tones, and the furniture and beds are comfortable. Soundproofing is good, though truth to tell our neighbors have always been fairly quiet. The only disturbance, if I may call it that, has been in June, when the resort practically becomes "wedding central." It was a little disconcerting to step out on the lanai one afternoon, disheveled from a nap, and find a couple pledging their wedding vows a few dozen feet away on the lawn!
The two-bedroom units are quite spacious, and we especially like the ample closet space. I usually appropriate the comfortable chaise lounge in the master bedroom for reading. The kitchen is well equipped, and having a washer and dryer on hand means that we can wear our favorite set of beach clothes, well, every day if we want to.
My son, less susceptible to the charms of watching birds from the balcony or other such placid pursuits, greatly enjoys the lagoon pool with its two waterfalls, Jacuzzi, and own sandy "beach." He’s also taken several tennis clinics for kids, something of a blessing as neither my husband or I enjoys whacking around tennis balls. My husband and various guests have used the services of the activity director, who invariably gets reduced prices for whatever activity is booked, whether it’s a luau at the neighboring Princeville Hotel or a boat trip along the Na Pali coast.
To tell the truth, we still haven’t gotten over the fact that we purchased a timeshare here--that is to say, it was the last thing we ever expected to do. We don’t normally gravitate towards resorts. I had worried, frankly, that we’d return and find ourselves not as enchanted we first were, but I’m happy to say that we’ve only grown fonder of this lovely place and haven’t the least inclination to trade for a week elsewhere.
From journal Hanalei, Hana Hou!
san francisco, California
May 15, 2001
From journal Mainstream Kauai