Four SeasonsResort in Mahé
With a winning combination of “all-the-comforts-of-home”, an easy-going island ambiance, and spectacular natural surroundings, the Hanalei Colony Resort experience transcends the typical. These Kauai vacation rental condos are an escape for those seeking a break from modern-day stress, a hideaway for families wishing to reconnect, a romantic interlude for couples, a true getaway for travelers of all ages set off the beaten path in one of the most beautiful places imaginable: the Garden Island of Kauai.
Heavenly pampering awaits you at our charming Kauai resort and spa. Hanalei Day Spa, located on-site at Hanalei Colony, offers a variety of therapeutic massages, spa services, and customized yoga and Ayurvedic rejuvenation retreats. No matter what service you choose, the experienced staff will ensure that you have a relaxing and rejuvenating experience.
Experience a beachfront massage in the authentic Hawaiian hale, a hand-built reproduction of traditional Hawaiian thatched homes. Or indulge in a couples’ massage so you can both benefit from the healing hands of an experienced massage therapist. Up to three people can be accommodated in the beachside hale. Or arrange a private yoga session in Hanalei Colony’s beautiful natural setting.
Golf on Kauai is truly world-class in stature, with Kauai golf courses consistently ranking among the top 100 in the United States and the top 10 in Hawaii. Guests at Hanalei Colony are well-situated to play two of that top-ranked courses, the Makai and the Prince, located just 15 minutes away at Princeville.
Hawaii’s warm, clear waters provide ample opportunity to explore the fabulous tropical underwater world, and Kauai scuba and snorkeling are unrivaled. Some of the best Kauai diving sites are situated on the North Shore, and two of the island’s top snorkeling beaches are located just minutes from Hanalei Colony. Underwater lava tubes. Expanses of live coral. Brightly colored tropical fish. Underwater lava tubes, expanses of live coral and brightly colored tropical fish await you in Kauai’s waters!
Hawaii was the birthplace for the sport of surfing, and there are plenty of opportunities on Kauai to ride the waves. Kauai surfing is some of the finest in the state and suitable for beginners as well as experts. Hanalei Bay, near Hanalei Colony, has one of the longest and most challenging surf breaks in the world, and surfers come from around the globe to conquer its waves. Winter is the high-surf season on the north shore, making it a more challenging experience. But year-round you can find a variety of fun surfing options on Kauai and a range of great companies offering surf lessons if you’re a first-timer on the board.
Colony Resort is temporarily closed. Scheduled to reopen on October 1, 2018.
Known as the “The Garden Island”, Kauai is an ancient and deeply eroded extinct volcano, rising 5000m (15,250ft) above the sea floor. Separated from Oahu by the angry, open ocean of the Kauai Channel, it was the only island that repelled King Kamehameha’s efforts to unite Hawaii and remained self-governing until the 1820’s. Kauai regulations state that no building may exceed the height of a coconut tree, preventing development from scarring the breathtaking scenery. There are more sandy beaches than many other islands and nearly 45% of its coastline is virtually deserted. Despite having over 300 surf spots, underwater topography is, allegedly, not as ideal as Oahu. High volcanic cliffs line the North Shore, reducing options, plus the inaccessibility of the Na Pali coast makes it very dangerous to find and ride the few spots that face the brunt of the winter swells.
Kauai is generally considered as the northwestern extremity of the Hawaiian island chain, but in fact the Hawaiian Ridge extends from the Big Island northwest to Midway Island, for an impressive 2,600km (1615mi). The tiny island of Niihau sits just west of Kauai and is a private island where a small population of Hawaiians live a traditional existence without mod-cons like electricity and farm the low, arid land for the Robinson family who own it. Often called the Forbidden Isle, there’s little chance of ever surfing it and the expensive helicopter tours that are the only public access stick to the north end of the island, away from the reported spots on the south coast. Truly locals only here! The only stretch of the Garden Isle coastline that is not mentioned is the famed Na Pali coast, a primordial fringe of cliffs and jagged shoreline, facing the fury of the winter swells. The few valleys that allow access to the sea from the roller coaster Kalalau Trail are not blessed with great set-ups and notoriously dangerous, regularly taking swimmers, even in the calmer summer months. State Park permits required to camp on the 2 day hike or kayak in on one of the many organised tours.
When to Go
Born in the Aleutian Islands, the 3-30ft (1-9m) W to N swells generated between October and March, hit Kauai before the rest of Hawaii. These are the most powerful swells on earth with periods around 15-20 seconds! Overall, there are good conditions on the North Shore but they are less consistent than Oahu. From April to September, the North Shore is mostly flat but the South Shore gets long distance 2-8ft (0.6-2.5m) SW groundswell from the South Pacific. Year round, 3-8ft (1-2.5m) constant NE windswell can be ridden on the windward side. Because the island is round, many swells sweep up and down the coast. Trade winds are very stable. Easterly wind dominance varies from 27% (Dec) to 58% (Aug), with NE-E being the year-round predominant direction. During the winter swell season, the winds turn SE more often, January being the best month for overall S winds. Occasionally kona SW winds happen when fronts blow through, providing perfect conditions for the Coconut Coast and North Shore. Tide ranges are slight but spot quality relies a lot on combinations of swell, winds and tides plus the coral reefs are particularly sharp.
( Source: The Stormrider Guide )