When we want to get away and escape Kauai, the first place that comes to mind is the Big Island’s Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. We just concluded our fifth stay there last week.
Where to find the best deal:
This is not the $69 night experience we told you about in February. The hotel’s website features some off season deals right now starting at $245 (about $100 less if you’re a Hawaii resident). We’ve also seen some air/hotel packages at well under $200/night and heard of successful Priceline bids (see betterbidding.com). It’s still going to be somewhat of a splurge but great value for all that is offered.
Features that bring us back each year:
Let’s start with free self parking and no resort fee. Throw in spectacular ocean views and one of the best beaches in all of Hawaii.
Hapuna Beach Prince is one of the northern-most properties on the Kohala Coast. That location usually bodes well during periods of VOG that normally cover the Kona area. Hapuna’s adjacent sister property, the legendary Mauna Kea hotel, is currently closed for renovation.
The grounds are beautifully maintained and the rooms are spacious. Standard rooms are 631 square feet and one-bedroom suites are 1230 square feet.
If you’re not into ocean swimming, there’s a huge infinity pool on the grounds. We also enjoyed sitting in the whirlpool watching the sunset.
What we like: Complimentary parking, no resort fee, beautiful and fragrant grounds, spacious rooms with marble baths, walk-in glass showers and comfortable beds, private front door and sliding lanai screens that allow for tradewinds to pass through, and finally the fabulous beach. Don’t forget the Northern location either with less VOG.
Our dislikes: Not many. This place always delivers and leaves us feeling satisfied and relaxed. On this visit, however, we thought the furnishings were showing their age as were the rooms. One room we looked at had a mildew smell. The sofa in our suite was futon like with no side cushion and lacked comfort.
Best views: Tower 3 which is oceanfront.
Will we be back? You bet. For us this is a place to relax and enjoy the beauty of Hawaii. Next time I’d like to try their Hapuna Suite but at (retail) $7,000 a night, it may be too much of a stretch.
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