Where to Stay on Kauai

Where to stay on Kauai North Shore

Staying on the north shore of Kauai:

Let me tell you about where we stayed during our recent visit to Kauai. The small development of Princeville sits on the spectacular north shore of Kauai. This side of the island gets more rain than the south side—imagine being surrounded by jagged green mountains dotted with waterfalls. Princeville sits to the side of Hanalei Bay (above) and the cute town of Hanalei, making it a convenient location for food, activities and beach time.

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Where to stay on Kauai North Shore

The property:

Hanalei Bay Resort was an ideal place to stay for our 5 days there. The property sits at the end of Princeville, on a hill above the ocean. Condo and vacation rental units are comfortably spread out over the resort’s beautiful grounds.

Where to stay on Kauai North Shore

I interacted with the staff on several occasions and found everyone to be helpful and friendly. When I needed something, someone came to our room promptly.

There are plenty of on-site activities: there are 8 tennis courts, 2 swimming pools complete with a hot tub and waterfalls, daily activities for adults and families, a full-service bar, and private beach access (a pleasant 5-minute walk down the hill). A long recreation path is located near the resort for walking and biking.

Where to stay on Kauai North Shore

The accommodation:

I loved our condo! Like other ResorTime properties that I’ve stayed in, this one-bedroom unit was spacious, clean and comfortable. The living area includes a table for four plus a fold-out sofa and leads to a patio where we could relax with a view of the mountains any time of the day.

Where to stay on Kauai North Shore

I was impressed by the kitchen. It includes full-size stainless steel appliances and everything we needed to prepare meals–a coffee maker, blender, full set of knives, new pots and pans, etc.

Where to stay on Kauai North Shore

The bedroom was huge! I slept perfectly thanks to the comfortable king-size bed and quiet location. I heard the upstairs neighbors only once during our entire stay. The unit also has a ton of storage, making it easy to feel at home.

There are two full bathrooms, one off the bedroom and the other next to the kitchen. One bathroom includes a large shower while the other has a tub/shower, and both have two sinks and large closets.

Where to stay on Kauai North Shore

While my husband and I took this trip without our two kids, I thought about them a lot while staying at this property. Like other ResorTime properties, Hanalei Bay Resort is a convenient option for families thanks to the unit’s spacious and comfortable interior. And there were many details that I knew they would enjoy: the koi pond, towel origami that we found on our arrival, lush grounds and pool, birds that visited us every morning while we ate breakfast on our patio, and of course the beach access.

The giveaway:

(The giveaway has ended, and the winner has been notified.) One lucky winner will receive a 7-night stay in a one-bedroom condo (sleeps 4) at Makai Club Resort in Princeville, Kauai! The stay is good through June 3, 2017.

ResorTime/Grand Pacific Resorts is the resort family that includes both Makai Club Resort and Hanalei Bay Resort, where we stayed. They are located just down the road from each other. I had the chance to visit Makai Club Resort to see the beautiful grounds and meet the friendly staff for myself. The resort is located next to the renowned Makai Golf Club, a perk for those who enjoy golf.

Disclosure: Our stay at Hanalei Bay Resort was hosted by ResorTime. As always, all opinions are my own.


  • Cindy says:

    This giveaway looks fabulous! Thanks, Jenna. I know a lot of people who would love to win it. 🙂

  • Becky Calvin says:

    We love North Shore, hope you had a chance to eat at Postcards!

    • Jenna says:

      We didn’t, although we had a lot of good food there. I will try Postcards next time (and there will be a next time 🙂

  • Christina says:

    How cool is this giveaway? We stayed at a condo in Maui before we had kids and have always wanted to return, but next time, we wanted to go to Kauai! This area looks beautiful as does the Makai Club Resort!

  • Thais says:

    Jenna, this is so cool! It is the same place we stayed when we went to Kauai a couple of years ago. I am entering your giveaway in hopes I can go back 😉

  • Kelly says:

    Wow, this place looks amazing. It looks like the perfect getaway and love all the amenities. I’m entering and crossing my fingers!

  • Jenny Ward says:

    I went to the terms and conditions and it says “Travel dates must be before the end of June 2016″… but your post mentions by June 3, 2017. Can you clarify that? Thanks!

    • Jenna says:

      Hi Jenny, I was told June 2017, but I see the mention of 2016 in the terms. I have sent an email to the sponsor and will update this as soon as I hear back. So sorry for the confusion!

    • Jenna says:

      Hi again Jenny, I received word that it was a typo and will be corrected as quickly as possible. Thank you for bringing that to my attention!

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