Hanalei Colony Resort 5-7130 Kuhio Hwy., 5 mi. west of Hanalei, in Haena, (800) 628-3004, (808) 826-6235. 48 condos. Pool, hot tub. Free parking. No resort fee. Located on beautiful Kepuhi Beach in secluded Haena, Kauai’s northernmost town, this resort is unspoiled and unplugged. It features a restful atmosphere, with units blessedly free of televisions and telephones. Guests can unwind and relax and enjoy the area’s natural beauty, including hanging out at the beach and watching sunsets. Jet-lagged, I also watched a gorgeous sunrise. The resort is made up of thirteen rustic two-story buildings, each with four units. All are attractively decorated island style and get twice-weekly maid service.
●Mediterranean Gourmet Restaurant (808) 826-9875. L-D daily; happy hour daily 4-6pm; live entertainment 5 nights/week; luau Tu 6-8:15pm, reservations required. Of Lebanese ancestry, owner Imad Beydoun was born and raised in Beirut. He moved here with his family in 2005. His surprising restaurant features both traditional Mediterranean dishes and island cuisine, so you can enjoy fresh fish with a Mediterranean twist.
The beachfront family-style luau features a buffet dinner of traditional Hawaiian food, hula dancing, and Hawaiian music.
●Hanalei Day Spa (808) 826-6621. Located adjacent to the resort, this independent business offers a variety of therapeutic massages, spa services, rejuvenation programs, and customized yoga and Ayurvedic retreats.
●Napali Art Gallery & Coffee Shop (808) 826-1844. Daily 7am-5pm. This cozy spot offers morning coffee, espresso, and pastries as well as mid-day snacks to go.
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