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The Royal History of Princeville
The Princeville Resort is steeped in grand Hawaiian heritage that is perfectly matched for the legendary St. Regis brand. The St. Regis Princeville Resort is built on historic grounds beside the emerald green Hanalei Valley and overlooking the awe-inspiring Napali Coast. Named the "city of the prince" after a royal visit in 1860, Princeville's breathtaking natural setting has made the area among the premiere destinations in the world. Opened October 1st, 2009, The St. Regis Princeville, formerly a member of Starwood's The Luxury Collection, has been re-envisioned to accentuate a sense of relaxed yet refined island luxury and timeless beauty of the region.
Princeville received its royal name in 1860, when Queen Emma, wife of Hawaii's King Kamehameha IV, brought their young son Prince Albert to what were then estate grounds of Robert Crichton Wyllie. So honored by the visit, Wyllie, Minister of Foreign Affairs to the Hawaiian monarchs, officially declared the property be thereafter known as Princeville.
The St. Regis Princeville Resort is situated on the magnificent island of Kaua'i (meaning "season of abundance"), the oldest of the eight southern most islands known today as Hawaii. Archeological evidence suggests Kaua'i was the first island to be populated by seafaring Polynesians in about 500 A.D., some 500 years before Oahu, Maui, Molokai and the Big Island of Hawaii were discovered and settled. The area of Princeville is located on the land division of Hale'lea, noted since ancient times as the most beautiful place in the islands of Hawaii.
The resort, surrounded by five majestic mountains, a patchwork of taro farms, a wildlife refuge, equestrian paths and hiking trails, commands among the most spectacular views in Hawaii. The tropical landscape of Princeville is beautifully complemented by an incredible variety of aquatic wonders, including ancient sea caves, calm lagoons, lazy rivers and is renowned as an incredible destination for surfing.