1 Hotel Hanalei Bay

Kauai, Hawaii

Virgin rating

The hotel

A Hawaiian haven on Kauai's North Shore, this beautiful hotel is all about wellness, relaxation, and sustainability. With stunning views over Hanalei Bay, this really is an oceanfront sanctuary where you can enjoy as much or as little activity as you like. The beach is right on your doorstep, be it for a relaxing swim or a spot of paddle boarding and kayaking,and the cute town of Hanalei isn't far away to explore. But the highlight of this hotel (in our opinion) is the spa. With natural and organic products, and individualised treatments, you'll be feeling the effects long after your treatment has finished. The adults-only infinity pool is another highlight, with ocean views and a poolside bar, so you can enjoy some peace and quiet with a cocktail in hand. There's two other pools though, with a shallow one that's particularly suitable for the little ones, whilst Seedlings Kids club is a fun, educational space where the little ones can enjoy a host of activities inspiring imagination and discovery. And we haven't even touched on the food. There's a wide range of bars and reataurants that focus on locally sourced food - we're pretty sure you'll never go hungry here. All in all, this hotel is perfect for active families, solo travellers, and newlyweds alike.

Amenities

  • Golf
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkelling
  • Surfing
  • Tennis
  • Yoga
  • Kids Club
  • Bar
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Hot tub
  • Internet Access

Where is it

Along Kauai's Napali Coast, overlooking the iconic Hanalei Bay, and a 10-minute drive from the town of Hanalei. Lihue Airport is 29 miles away.

Hotel information

252 rooms and suites in soothing, neutral tones. All with air conditioning, complimentary WiFi access, HDTV with Chromcast, Nespresso machine, mini bar*, Bamford bath products, and a safe.

Mountain View Rooms have either 1 king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 people.

Ocean View Lounge King features a comfy lounge nook that looks out over Hanalei Bay, with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 people.

Ocean View Rooms with either 1 king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 people.

Panoramic Ocean View Rooms with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 people.

Poolside Terrace Rooms features a private terrace that opens out onto the poolside, with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 people.

Ocean View Terrace Rooms feature a private terrace and additional wellness amenities, with either 1 king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 people.

Ocean View Studio Suites are larger in size with a seating area, and also include nightly turndown service and priority seating at the hotel's restaurants and bars, with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 people.

Ocean View One Bedroom Suites feature a separate living and dining room, bathroom with separate shower and bath tub, complimentary mini bar (excluding alcoholic beverages), nightly turndown service, and priority seating at the hotel's restaurants and bars, with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 people.

1 Kitchen (signature restaurant serving sustainably sourced cuisine, open for breakfast and dinner). Welina Terrace (Japanese-inspired lounge offering sunset views, open for dinner and drinks). Neighbors (cafe with sweet and savoury options, and hot and cold drinks, open daily 6.00am-2.00pm). The Sandbox (poolside retreat serving classic Hawaiian beach fare and a range of drinks). Kai Maika'i by 1 Kitchen (located by the adults infinity pool, serving light lunches and drinks). Wai'oli (cocktails, shaved ice, and ice creams with natural toppings). The Juice Bar (energising smoothies and cold-pressed juices). Lobby Farmstand (quick, healthy snacks).

Live nightly music by rotating local artists at Welina Terrace, with additional live music on Monday evenings at The Sandbox. Regular children's/family activities and cultural experiences.

3 outdoor swimming pools, including a shallow pool and an adults-only infinity pool. 3 hot tubs. Poolside cabanas*. Beach cabanas*. 24-hour fitness centre. Outdoor jungle gym. Fitness and yoga classes. Bamford Wellness Spa and Salon*. Paddleboarding* and kayaking*. Snorkelling*, surfing*, and body boarding*. Seedlings kids club (ages 6-12 years). Princeville Makai Golf Course* (preferred tee times and discounted rates). Tennis*. Pickleball*. Disc golf*. Foot golf*. Complimentary bicycle rental. Audi e-tron experience to explore within a 3 mile radius. 

Complimentary WiFi access. Laundry service*. Room service*. Valet parking $50 plus tax per night (payable locally, fee subject to change). Concierge. Goodthings retail/gift shop.

*Denotes local charge

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Superb natural setting, with a tired refurbished and crowded peoperty.

Apr 22, 2024 OnlyFiveStars

When the St. Regis closed, 1 Hotel took over, renovated the property but the renovation lacks sophistication. It does not seem to have a direction. The rooms have low ceilings, making them feel claustrophobic. The showers drip water from poorly sealed plumbing. Doors and furniture have scratching, a sign of age or poor maintenance. The overall… Read more
When the St. Regis closed, 1 Hotel took over, renovated the property but the renovation lacks sophistication. It does not seem to have a direction. The rooms have low ceilings, making them feel claustrophobic. The showers drip water from poorly sealed plumbing. Doors and furniture have scratching, a sign of age or poor maintenance. The overall property's lay out is cumbersome. The staff is pleasant, smiles and is attentive. The 1 is and feels crowded. The property is fairly isolated so guests have very little options of things to do or places to go outside of the well manicured compound. The food is average at best. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Island would be well served by a property that has sophistication while retaining Hawaiian traditions. The 1 Hotel attempt leaves a lot to be desired. Not the experience I had expected, mostly because guests all gather in large number in the same areas, with loud music providing the topping on the cake. Average in taste and decoration, in fact it borderlines a motel feeling. Overpriced for what it is. Do not forget that the location, the natural setting itself is gorgeous. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great experience in paradise

Apr 21, 2024 John J Boston, Massachusetts

My wife I have been to this property several times when it was the St. Regis and were excited to see the renovations since it became 1- Hotel. We decided to bring our 2 children and celebrate my son’s 11th birthday. This place had a special place in our hearts as it was the first trip my wife and I took when we were dating all those years ago!… Read more
My wife I have been to this property several times when it was the St. Regis and were excited to see the renovations since it became 1- Hotel. We decided to bring our 2 children and celebrate my son’s 11th birthday. This place had a special place in our hearts as it was the first trip my wife and I took when we were dating all those years ago! 1-hotel and especially the hotel GM, Mathieu, did not disappoint. The room was amazing and more than we could have asked for. The staff was friendly and inviting and the food delicious. The breakfast is a must because waking up to that view each morning is the only way to start your day. The property offers a great family pool that the kids loved, but also a separate “adults only”pool, if you need an escape! The gym was top notch and the resort has plenty of activities for everyone’s liking. The personal touch from the staff and hotel manager knowing this was a special week for us is really what made this a memorable trip. They even surprised my son with birthday gestures and the smile it brought to his face was something we will never forget. I highly recommend a visit here for a family or couples. This resort offers the best regardless of what you are looking for and the staff will ensure it’s an unforgettable visit. Thank you, 1- Hotel Hanalei. We will be back for sure. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating 1 Misses Aloha

Apr 20, 2024 TRVLtruth Los Angeles, California

We have been going to Kauai for decades and have seen this oddball hotel through all its incarnations - but this 1 takes the cake. While there are many visually beautiful aspects of the transformation, like the Libby, guest rooms, gym and guest areas, there is an overwhelming sense that this hotel has zero “aloha.” It’s a place where silence… Read more
We have been going to Kauai for decades and have seen this oddball hotel through all its incarnations - but this 1 takes the cake. While there are many visually beautiful aspects of the transformation, like the Libby, guest rooms, gym and guest areas, there is an overwhelming sense that this hotel has zero “aloha.” It’s a place where silence isn’t golden, it’s deafening and there is a lack of flowers and colors - although there are a million more plants. The staff was nice, but seemed controlled and unhappy at times - as if they didn’t believe in the place. The food was very good but obscenely priced and while there were empty tables - we often had to wait to be seated. The rooms are huge improvement but still suffer from the original architecture - low ceilings and PRACTICALLY NO LANAIS. This is Hawaii - I want a huge lanai. The pool is very similar and nice as previously, with better landscaping and furniture, but needs more color and fun. While the physical hotel is MUCH BETTER than previous versions, the lack of warmth and a true sense of “aloha” AND obscene pricing makes the “1” a one time visit only. Read less
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Apr 18, 2024 Donna T

My husband and I drove out to 1 Hotel from Lihue to have lunch at one of the restaurants. However, when we arrived the guard at the hotel entrance wouldn’t let us through without a reservation. The hotel website didn’t mention that a reservation was necessary. I immediately contacted the restaurant hoping we could get a same day reservation, but I… Read more
My husband and I drove out to 1 Hotel from Lihue to have lunch at one of the restaurants. However, when we arrived the guard at the hotel entrance wouldn’t let us through without a reservation. The hotel website didn’t mention that a reservation was necessary. I immediately contacted the restaurant hoping we could get a same day reservation, but I was told that they weren’t taking any reservations. However, the restaurant had walk ups available the next day, which was not helpful since I wasn’t driving back there the next day. If the hotel doesn’t allow walk ups for lunch and/or dinner then they should specify so on their website. I won’t bother trying to visit this hotel, or ever stay there after this experience. They obviously have an elitist attitude and are not accommodating to non guests. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Exceptional experience

Apr 16, 2024 Marjan N

Gorgeous hotel, situated on the bay. Excellent staff, cordial and very helpful. Delicious food, breakfast buffet was delicious and the Shaved ice stand was AMAZING! Location on Hanalei Bay, did not need to leave resort. Highly recommend this hotel with all its amenities,