D6's "catch your breath" view is the most frequent comment in our guest book. You won't get a view better than this for under $500/night anywhere else on the island... and you get it from every room in the unit, not just the patio. When you add to that the recently installed wood floor, the professionally painted and appointed interior, new appliances, and the luxurious new king-sized bed, you'll agree that it doesn't get any better than this. Pamper yourself!
D6 features one of the few signature views of the Sealodge complex. The windows face the open ocean, the coral reef, and the Anini shoreline which extends to the Kilauea Lighthouse. D6 is a second floor, corner suite with one wall that practically opens to the sky and ocean beyond. Because one large window faces north and three large windows and a patio (lanai) face the lighthouse in the east, our guests have a 180° view from one of Kauai's most spectacular locations. Sealodge stands on a 150-foot bluff above the ocean. Through the windows and from the lanai of D6, you hear waves breaking on the reef and can see whales that seasonally inhabit the waters below.
Fifteen thousand dollar professional remodel includes Pergo floors, new window shades, fresh paint, new dishes, refrigerator, and ceiling fan. Beautifully furnished D6 has a washer/dryer, a Chinese mahogany cabinet that encloses cable TV, DVD/CD players, and stereo. Additional speakers provide surround sound, and wireless broadband Internet (WiFi) access is available. In 2009 a new Simmons Pillow Top king-sized bed was added to this already impressive package. An inflatable mattress is in the unit to accommodate 2 additional guests. The unit is furnished with games, books, and binoculars for your amusement.
World class golf, world class surf, snorkel, private path to beach, outstanding towns, both Hanalei and Kilauea minutes away, Princeville St. Regis Hotel a short walk, all of the outstanding north shore activities: waterfalls, running, hiking, sightseeing, tennis, spa, gym, etc.
"Everyone should do the Inter-Island helicopter tour. It was beyond words ... Just thank you so much. We will remember this forever."
the Griffins from North Carolina
If hiking is not enough exercise, then kayaking is our next favorite activity. We have taken a kayak from Waimea to the Fern Grotto and hiked into Secret Falls. We have also kayaked on the Hanalei River to the Pines at Hanalei Bay. For the brave at heart, there are also ocean kayaking trips.
And a visit to the island is not complete without a snorkeling trip to Ni'ihau or a rafting trip to explore the caves of the Na Pali coastline.
Fortunately, the island's beauty is accessible to those of us who are not as active as we used to be. There are numerous luaus, helicopter rides, Na Pali coast boat tours, dinner cruises, and whale-watching trips from December to April. The taro fields are visible from a lookout point on the Kuhio Highway (Route 56). At least two waterfalls, Wailua Falls and Opaeka'a Falls, are visible from a car, and there's a boat that takes people to the Fern Grotto. The Princeville Resort offers several luxuries to island visitors. They have stables for horseback riders, a spa that includes an exercise room, a swimming pool, hot tub, and one of several masseuses.
"Best massage ever - Maria (upstairs next to Yoga Studio in Hanalei)."
Fawcett & Gast from Maui
My favorite spot is the Hanalei pier at sunset. We sometimes pack a sandwich and go there to swim in the afternoon or to fish from the pier. It's a lovely spot to picnic and watch local kids learn to surf or see more experienced surfers tackle waves outside the reef.
On other evenings, we can walk from Sealodge to one of 5 restaurants; Hanalei Bay Resort has a lovely open-air terrace, the Princeville Hotel, while pricey, is worth a visit (Kauai Restaurants) and CJ's, Paradise Grill, or Spinner's Coffee are at the Princeville Shopping Center. A good grocery store, where we frequently rent DVDs, is also there.
It is not unusual to have some rain during our visit. All the greenery must be watered. That's when we explore the shops. There's upscale casual clothing and island-made soaps and candles in Kong Lung Shopping Center in Kilauea, jewelry made from the tiny shells of Ni'ihau and vintage Hawaiian gifts in Hanalei, and unique island gifts offered in the Hanalei Dolphin Center. We've learned to take an empty suitcase with us so we can bring our treasures home with us.
The quotes included here come from the guest book in our Sealodge condo. The one that probably sums it up the best is from New York:
"...it hardly matters what you do here - you'll have a great time no matter what."
the Bobleys of Long Island, New York