Hanalei Colony Gets Guests Into Shape

New wellness activities are great for couples, families and small groups

By: Dawna Robertson

Hanalei Colony Resort, a small, intimate beach resort on Kauai’s North Shore, now offers guests a variety of wellness activities designed to enhance their relaxation and capitalize on the healing aspects of the natural surroundings. Set between a secluded beach and a backdrop of towering mountains in Haena, Kauai’s remote northernmost town, Hanalei Colony has long prided itself on its restful atmosphere. Described as unspoiled and unplugged, the 5-acre property has become a favorite hideaway for couples, families and small groups.

Units do not have televisions, stereos or phones, a strategy designed to help guests relax and enjoy the surrounding area. Taking the approach a step further, the resort recently introduced a variety of wellness activities that include yoga sessions, therapeutic massage services and com-plimentary wellness classes.

The activities are under the direction of Darci Frankel, a North Shore resident with extensive experience in the healing arts. Frankel has been practicing yoga for 28 years and has taught yoga for 12 years. A Licensed Massage Therapist, she is also certified in Ayurveda, the ancient sci-ence of health and healing from India.

Resort guests can enjoy mas-sage therapy in-room, in a private treatment studio adjacent to the property or on the beach fronting Hanalei Colony in a beachside massage hale (hut). Available by appointment, massages cost $80 for 60 minutes or $120 for 90 minutes.

According to Laura Beemer, Hanalei Colony general manager, future plans call for the opening of a small massage center on the resort property with an expanded menu of therapeutic massage services. In addition, the resort will expand its offering of wellness activities to include morning walks, exercise classes and other programs.

“Kauai’s North Shore is legendary for its healing properties,” noted Beemer. “There is nothing tame or polished about this area of the island. Instead, it’s lush and wild. There’s something here that touches your soul. We want our guests to feel that.”

Hanalei Colony welcomes small groups and offers a beachfront meeting and banquet facility for groups, weddings and special events up to 150 people. The resort extends discounted group rates for bookings of three or more units.