Hanalei Colony Romances Visitors

Wedding and honeymoon packages lure lovers back again

By: Dawna L. Robertson

Few places are as romantic as the Bali Hai setting of Hanalei on Kauai’s North Shore. Taking full advantage of its postcard-perfect locale, Hanalei Colony Resort has long been a favorite choice for couples celebrating honeymoons, anniversaries or other romantic occasions.

The intimate hideaway is nestled on a long curve of golden beach against a backdrop of jagged mountains near the end of the road in Haena, Kauai’s remote northernmost town.

For couples wanting to “tie the knot” in this scenic stage, the resort offers the services of a wedding coordinator, plus a variety of wedding packages and amenities.

“We started our wedding business because we found that we had many honeymooners coming to stay with us, and then they would return year after year,” noted Laura Richards, general manager. “Looking at the fact that many of our returning guests were getting older and/or buying property on Kauai, we thought honeymooners would be our new up and coming returning guest,” she added. “It’s fun in that then they have children and we get to know them as a growing family and a part of our Ohana.”

Hanalei Colony’s “Weddings with Aloha” nuptial services and amenities can include coordination of a simple beachfront ceremony for two to a lavish affair with all the trimmings.

“The resort has no real change when a small wedding is held on property, except the other guest always get excited when they see a bride walking out,” Beemer remarked. “When we have a large group, of course there’s excitement in the air.”

For 2006, “Weddings with Aloha” offers a range of five pre-set wedding ceremony packages. The simple “Intimate Kauai Wedding” is priced at $500, while the “Romantic Kauai Wedding” (including a romantic dinner for two on the beach and a one-hour couples’ massage) is $2,385.

In addition to the packages, the property can arrange a large selection of “a la carte” items to suit couples’ personal wishes. Options include hula dancers, fire knife dancers, tropical flower tiki torches and fresh flower leis.

Spa and salon packages are also available for the wedding couple or bridal party at the on-site Hanalei Day Spa. Wedding receptions can be held in Hanalei Colony’s pool pavilion, beach garden or elegant oceanfront Makana Room.

The property’s “Kauai Wedding & Honeymoon Getaway” package puts it all together for couples wanting to wed and honeymoon at the resort. The seven-night plan covers a two-bedroom Premium Oceanfront condominium, wedding coordination for on-property ceremony, marriage license appointment, minister and witness (if necessary), two orchid leis, champagne toast for two, keepsake wedding gift, daily convertible rental car use, one-hour couples’ massage at Hanalei Day Spa and guided tour of nearby Limahuli Garden.

The package is $3,000 per couple from Sept. 9-Dec. 18 (low season) or $3,235 from June 1-Sept. 8 (high season).

For honeymoons, anniversaries and other romantic getaways, Hanalei Colony offers a “Honeymoon Hideaway Package” that provides five or seven nights in a two-bedroom Oceanview or Premium Oceanfront condo, daily convertible rental car use, two-hour guided tour of Limahuli Garden, his-and-hers massage at Hanalei Day Spa and romantic gift on arrival.

The five-night plan is available from $1,730 per couple during low season and from $1,860 during high season. A seven-night Honeymoon Hideaway package is priced from $1,965 and $2,130 respectively.

Situated on five beachfront acres, Hanalei Colony Resort offers 48 low-rise two-bedroom condominium units with fully-equipped kitchens and private lanais.

Resort amenities include a swimming pool, Jacuzzi spa, barbecue and picnic areas, free wireless internet service, guest laundry, twice-weekly maid service, the new oceanfront Mediterranean Gourmet restaurant, Hanalei Day Spa, and Napali Art Gallery and Coffee Shop.

Complete details on Hanalei Colony’s wedding packages, reception sites and optional amenities are available online at www.wedding-in-kauai.com.