It doesn’t matter if you’ve been to Kauai a dozen times. With the arrival of the 1 Hotel, you may just need a do-over. Finally, one of the most unspoiled parts of Hawaii has a luxury hotel that fits into the pure, unadulterated ethos of Kauai. As expected, the design quotient is especially high. This is the first look at what may just be the best hotel in Kauai.
A New Member to the 1 Hotels
The 1 Hotel at Hanalei Bay was formerly the St. Regis Princeville Resort. In its new incarnation, the flagship of the 1 Hotel focuses on sustainability, with a clean, earthy design. In fact, it may just be their most ambitious and health-conscious venture yet. The Kauai retreat immerses you in the luxurious experience of the natural surroundings.
Rooms with Green Views
The foundation of 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay is to protect and respect the environment. So the hotel integrates itself into Kauai’s natural ethos, culture, and community. In these efforts, Hanalei Bay is 100% LEED certified. In fact, all of 1 Hotel’s locations are similarly LEED certified, as well as carbon neutral.
The 1 Hotel has 252 rooms, which meld seamlessly in the natural environment. 18 are designed to focus on the wellness experience. Guests can perform sage ceremonies and use their suite’s sleep tracker. No matter which room you choose, each has reclaimed materials and organic cotton linens.
Food Grown locally
You daily healthy dishes are exquisitely prepared with locally-sourced produce. The hotel has seven restaurants and bars; all use ingredients from the on-site gardens. The signature restaurant by 1 Hotel, the 1 Kitchen, focuses on a plant-forward and environment-friendly menu. The locally-sourced dishes are designed by chef Gabriel Martinez. He selects the best produce and livestock offered by Kauai’s growers and farmers. To be the best hotel in Kauai is not just about fancy food; it’s also about the impact on the environment.
Wellness in Luxury
The 1 Hotels are known for their design aesthetic that has an organic and natural approach. This is also the case at the Bamford spa, which has the top nutritionists, health specialists, and masseuses. All take your well-being seriously. The programs run from four to 10 days. You’ll have your pick of holistic wellness activities.
Not that you’ll need the exercise given the healthy cuisine, but you can also take part in high-intensity activities such as hiking, diving, and rappelling. Or you can just be on vacation, and take leisurely strolls. Additionally, guests can bird-watch.