"After eight visits to Hawaii, including five to Kauai, my wife and I have finally found THE place to stay.
Located a maybe a three-minute walk from the Hanalei town center, and only a little longer walk to our favorite beach on the planet, the Coconut Cottage provided us with exactly what we wanted in a vacation rental--location, location, location & comfort.
After vacationing in more-remote rentals on the north shore, we learned the hard way that proximity to a grocery store and eating establishments is a big deal. Sleeping five minutes from Tunnels was nice when we did it, but then we needed batteries and Band-aids and more diet pop and... any little thing that pops up while 2,500 miles from home. The Big Save grocery store is a slow-paced, five-minute walk from the Coconut Cottage. And you pass up multiple eating establishments on the way. (You must try the tropical pancakes at the Village Bakery in the shopping center!!! Service is a bit slow, but so worth the wait. Oi!)
It has been suggested that the beach is a 2-minute walk from the property, but realistically, at a decent clip, it's more like five minutes (not exactly a marathon), and that will get you to the Hanalei Pavilion/park area, with one of only two lifeguard stands on the entire two-mile, crescent-shaped, sandy beach from Heaven.
In the summertime, the waves are small, the serf nearly calm... and the sand is soft a baby's brand-new posterior. It is NOT a beach for snorkeling. For that, go to Tunnels (my personal favorite), or Hideaways (summer only), or Kee Beach. But it is absolutely PERFECT for families... sand-play, gentle serf-play, sunning till the roosters go to, well to roost.
As for the Cottage itself, it's sooo much more spacious than the photos appear.... the open floor-plan of the kitchen-dining-living room area gave my wife and I an instant "Wow!"... so very functional/vacationer friendly! The entry-way is enclosed & big, perfect for dropping stuff you didn't want in the house proper; the master bedroom/bathroom is also spacious (jetted tub!); the lanai is the full length of the house; ample furniture in all the right places; the hose & showers (2!) are very handy....
We had no noise issues from nearby downtown, the tall hedges around the property gave excellent privacy, and we closed/latched the front gate every night... a nice option. And NO BUGS in the house!! A small miracle in Hawaii.
Two thumbs waaay up."
Guest: Rock & Jeanene Luster
Date of Stay: July 2015
Review Submitted: August 8, 2015