Returning to the topic of exceptionally high hotel prices in Hawaii, there is a new hotel in Kauai that is reopening, the 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay. It’s the latest Starwood hotel iteration of what we’ll always refer to as the Princeville resort. In its last iteration, it was known as the St. Regis Princeville Resort. We’ve seen a lot of advertising for the new hotel lately and we’ve looked into it a little more closely. When it opens, we will also provide on-site feedback.
The 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay will have 252 rooms, including 51 suites. According to the website, “Thoughtful accents bring nature into every space, with native greenery, reclaimed materials, organic cotton linens and views of lush gardens, towering mountains or sparkling Hanalei Bay.”
It stands out for its iconic view of Bali Hai.
The hotel offers an iconic view of Bali Hai that will blow your mind when you first step into the lobby. It’s that great.
The resort was purchased by Starwood Capital Group in 2018 and would become one of their 1 Hotels and Resorts brands. It’s finally opening in the next few months and they’re taking special “discounted” reservations for the opening starting February 1st.
Fresh from a $250 million renovation.
1 Hotel Hanalei Bay has undergone major renovations, which is why it has been closed for more than two years. The last time there was a real repeat was in 2009 when about $100 million was spent and the hotel was closed for about a year. This time, the resort conveniently closed in May 2020, just as Covid closed Kauai.
The resort has always been a special place for dining on the Makana Terrace with unparalleled views. The food has never been very good, to be honest, and hopefully that will change with this latest iteration.
Mold has also infested the property since it was built. Due to its location, the resort must remain largely air-conditioned 24 hours a day to prevent the return of mold, which was difficult to avoid or fix and uncomfortable to experience.
Best rates at 1 Hotel Hanalei range from $8,000 to $77,000 per week.
There are a variety of room types available, some geared towards the more affordable ones. For example, a king room with a mountain view will only cost you $6,406 for a 7-night stay, which comes out to $8,011 with resort fees and taxes.
Heading towards the top end of the extreme rates, a large oceanfront loft suite for two guests costs $48,000 plus resort fees and taxes for the week, for a total of just over $57,000. But it’s still uphill from there if you will.
Keep in mind that the prices above are the cheapest we found on their website. These fares are “fully prepaid and non-refundable.” There are slightly higher pay later rates where you can cancel up to 14 days before arrival.
The only rooms with a lanai are labeled “Terrace.”
It has always been sad that only a few rooms in the hotel have a veranda. Otherwise you can only enjoy the beautiful view through the large windows of your room. If you want a patio, be sure to look for the room categories that have the word patio in the title.
Great views but not much beach to speak of.
The hotel has a small strip of mostly rocky beach that is also shared by the nearby Hanalei Bay Resort. To enjoy the beach magic associated with the new hotel’s name, it’s about a 15-minute drive to reach the famous Hanalei Bay, which is just across the Hanalei River but isn’t otherwise accessible. Most visitors will make this choice.
The $250 million makeover.
The resort said: “Every corner of this irreplaceable property will be redesigned – the result will include 252 redesigned rooms and suites; a 7,900-square-foot wellness center; renovated pools, including the addition of a new adult-only pool with sweeping tropical views; and an 18,000-square-foot spa and fitness center.”
Retreat accommodation is also planned in connection with the hotel’s wellness concept. This also includes sage burning, special lighting, and sleep tracking. Look for personalized nutrition and exercise programs, as well as restorative therapies for well-being.
Reservations are now being accepted for arrival dates from February onwards. The resort was purchased by Starwood Capital Group in 2018 when it became part of their 1 Hotels and Resorts brand.
Planning on staying at 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay and checking out opening rates?