Kauai’s 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay by Starwood Is the One
…says Bill Hamilton
The newly opened 1 Hotel Hanelei Bay by Starwood on Kauai is located on the spectacular northern tip of the Hawaiian island, overlooking the majestic Hanalei Bay. Guests can take advantage of the breathtaking views of lush, green hills, white sand beaches, and crystal blue waters, as well as the many activities and attractions the area has to offer. From snorkeling and surfing to kayaking and sailing, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. The hotel features a variety of amenities, including a pool, hot tub, fitness center, spa services, and two restaurants, all designed to provide a luxurious and relaxing experience. For those looking for a romantic getaway, 1 Hotel offers luxurious suites with breathtaking views of the bay, as well as private balconies and terraces. Whether you’re looking for a romantic escape or a family adventure, 1 Hotel by Starwood on Kauai is the perfect place to escape the city hustle.
1 Hotel Hanalei Bay
The newly renovated 1 Hotel by Starwood on Kauai has been designed with biophilic principles in mind, with a focus on creating a harmonious relationship between the built environment, local flavor and tropical nature. The hotel features an integrated design that allows for both indoor and outdoor elements to sing in biophilic concert. The check-in area features a modern design with natural elements that help guests feel at ease. It offers a variety of restaurants, from upscale to casual, with locally sourced ingredients utilized to create fresh, innovative dishes in farm to table style. Strategically positioned fire pits throughout adds another key biophilic element of warmth and coziness to this masterpiece hotel.
Amenities at 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay
Its Bamford spa offers a range of therapeutic treatments, including flotation tanks and body healing techniques inspired by Polynesian tradition, as well as a variety of spa packages. The rooms feature natural materials and textures that help create a sense of calm and relaxation. The beds are outfitted with custom-made linens and mattresses, and the bathrooms feature natural stone and wood elements. The hotel also provides a variety of activities, such as yoga and meditation classes, tennis courts, and a golf course. The hotel’s bar and pool area are perfect for relaxing after a long day of nature adventures. The pool area is surrounded by lush tropical landscaping and includes a heated pool, hot tub, and cabana seating. The bar offers a variety of cocktails, wines, and beers, as well as tasty snacks. The restaurant menu features a range of local and international dishes, with a focus on fresh, locally sourced ingredients and its own farm-to-table service.
The 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay by Starwood on Kauai is the perfect destination for relaxation, offering a luxurious and serene environment. With its integrated elements and biophilic design, the hotel provides guests with a unique and unforgettable experience. Prices for rooms start at $1500 per night. Located on the North Shore of Kauai, the hotel is surrounded by stunning natural beauty, with easy access to nearby beaches and activities.
Learn from a Legend
The hotel also offers an opportunity to learn from legendary surfer Bill Hamilton, father and mentor to Laird Hamilton. Mr. Hamilton is hosting open talks every Wednesday at 2:00 pm, giving guests the chance to ask questions and learn more about this thrilling sport. Bill Hamilton is a surfing legend who had a tremendous impact on the sport. Born in California, he was an avid surfer from an early age. Hamilton is known as one of the best surfers of his generation and his contributions to the sport are still felt today. He is a pioneer in surfboard design, as his boards were designed to be more maneuverable and easier to ride. This allowed him to perform tricks that had never been seen before. He is also a master of wave reading and knew how to read the surf conditions to find the perfect wave.
In addition to his surfing accomplishments, Hamilton is an innovator in the surf industry. He is the founder of Hamilton Surfboards, which he started on the North Shore of Oahu in 1967 and his boards are still sought-after today. Having witnessed and participated with nearly sixty years of the surfboard’s evolution, Hamilton is considered a master of his craft throughout the world. As a passionate surfer his enthusiasm for the sport was infectious. He was often seen teaching and inspiring other surfers and was an advocate for the sport, helping to bring it to the mainstream. He is considered to be one of the hundred most influential surfers in the sport’s history.
When I asked him what his crowning achievement was, he told me this story: “When I was eighteen years old, I had been invited to the prestigious Duke Kahanamoku surfing tournament on the North Shore of Oahu, to compete with the best surfers in the world. The meet was held at Sunset Beach in twelve-foot conditions, and I ended up winning my semi-final heat. When I arrived on shore, I was welcomed by the Duke’s business agent, Kimo Wilder Mcvay. Kimo met me at the water’s edge in his business suit and told me someone wanted to meet me, so off we went with sand flowing into his white shoes. As we approached the parking area, I saw the white Limo that belonged to the Duke, his pant leg resting on the ground from the rear seat. Mcvay made the introduction: ‘This is Billy Hamilton, Duke’, and I extended my hand into one of the largest hands I had ever seen. He looked at me straight in the eyes with his wise, older gaze and said, ‘It’s so nice to meet you. You surf like an ocean bird. You and Paul Strauch are my favorites in the tournament – good luck to you.’ I said, ‘Mahalo, it is an honor to meet you.’ I walked from that meeting in a daze; I had just been crowned by the King of Surfing. I will cherish this memory forever.
Adored in Japan, Bill Hamilton is an iconic figure in the surfing world and his contributions to the sport will never be forgotten. He is an innovator and a passionate surfer who helped to bring the sport to the masses. His legacy will live on for generations to come.
While enjoying the one on one talks with Billy, don’t be surprised if you run into more celebrities that enjoy our beautiful Island, as I did. Bill Long, the road manager for David Crosby, Stills and Nash showed up during Billy’s fun and educational talks at the 1 Hotel. Come and see — you will never leave!
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