Thursday, April 25, 2013

St Regis Princeville & Hanalei Bay

Located on the north shore of Kauai are the towns of Princeville and Hanalei. Together, they provide a breathtaking view, one of the most formidable I've ever seen. The St Regis Princeville, a Starwood Category 7 property just down the road from the Westin Princeville, sits high up overlooking Hanalei Bay.

The St Regis is a gorgeous, well-maintained property with a classy Porte Cochere that gives off a grand initial impression of the hotel. The flora outside the hotel is quite beautiful as well.

For parking, there is a small lot next to the tennis courts on the way to the hotel if you are lucky enough to find space in one of the 8 available spots (assuming you are not a hotel guest). Otherwise, you can drop off your car with the concierge and step inside to this beautiful hallway leading into the lobby.

The lobby itself was definitely made to impress with its wonderful use of the skylight to let the sunlight fall on the sitting areas and the central fountain. The windows out back are actually from the hotel's restaurant and they open up to the gorgeous Hanalei Bay panorama. The entire lobby arrangement is a wonderfully refreshing and relaxing area to spend some time in.

Irrespective of whether you are in the Kauai Grill Restaurant or the Makana Terrace, you'll be greeted by different angles of the gorgeous Hanalei Bay below. Even panoramic pictures don't do this breathtaking view justice.

To get down to the beach, you'll need to take the hotel elevator down to the 4th floor where you switch to a different set of elevators to get to the ground level. From inside the 4th floor elevator waiting area, you can get a great view of the beach below.

The beach is open to the public and can also be accessed via a separate walkway from near the porte cochere. The beach area is also available to Westin Princeville guests (bring your own towel though) but the swimming pool area is reserved only for St Regis guests.

Back up top near the porte cochere and almost adjacent to the parking lot, there is a shaded sitting area also overlooking the Pacific ocean and the outer part of the bay. This was one of the many great places to catch a warm Hawaiian sunset before heading back to the hotel for some rest.

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