Your own private hideaway where you can connect, rejuvenate and relax in nature!
- English, ♥Hawaiian Pidgin English♥
Let me be your personal concierge. Whatever you need I'll arrange for you. Need good solid local information? My 50 years of local experience here can be put to good use anytime you want. I enjoy helping people. It's my job.... I visited Kauai in 1970 and stayed on and basically never left. The charming people of Kauai and the exquisite beauty enticed me from my very first days on the island and I'm grateful every day to be blessed to live in such a wonderful healthy environment amongst such wonderful people and such a vibrant culture. I enjoy helping people and I'm available to my clients on a 24/7 basis. It's an honor and a privilege to be able to serve my guests by providing my home to so many of them and helping them to discover the wonders of this magical place. Fortunately I'm able to say that this place is still the paradise I found so many years ago. Mahalo and Aloha.
Mark purchased this House in 1995
Why Mark chose Hanalei
River Estate is a completely unique experience. The property location on North Kauai is in arguably one of the nicest areas of the whole state and quite possibly the world. Because there had always been interest in short term renting here I decided to turn both homes into a vacation rentals. There are certain places on the island and in Hawaii that are so special that people from all over the world have heard about them and have a desire to visit them. Not only is Kauai so very special, I believe Hanalei and the surrounding area is the very best Kauai has to offer. Although I have lived here for 50 years I have not forgotten the feelings I first felt when I arrived here. These are the experiences that lock this place in peoples hearts and minds and keeps bringing them back. It isn't the things you do here but the actual island itself, it's charm and it's local people that bring visitors back time and time again.
What makes this House unique
The primary benefits of River Estate are the seclusion and privacy of the expansive botanical gardens and its special location in the scheme of things here on the north shore of Kauai. It's very close to all the world famous beaches north Kauai is noted for and central between Hanalei and the end of the road at Ke'e Beach yet its very private and secluded. You'll relax and rejuvenate your spirit here. The fact you can use the river to access the beach from the house and ocean is not offered by any other vacation rental on Kauai. The privacy and natural setting allow our guests to experience a truly relaxing and rewarding time away from their normal lives and leaves a lasting impression of what some consider to be true paradise. Not many rental homes are kept in the condition that the Guest House is kept in and our guests reflect that in their reviews. We're proud of that. It's our stock in trade so to speak. The property proximity to the spectacular natural attractions of North Kauai and its quiet natural setting help it to stand out among the other rental properties in the area. Come see for yourself. You will not be disappointed.
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
No smoking - no smoking zone here...no smoking zone here...
Max guests: 4 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
- * Important * Guests are required to read and sign our rental agreement then return it via pdf through VRBO to cancel or receive any refund due *
- *Please make sure to read the attached rental agreement before booking. Then sign and return it after you book to assure full confirmation or refund*
We unfortunately had to postpone our visit due to the pandemic
But Mark was very helpful and gave us a credit so we can reschedule next year. That was much appreciated.
Making sure my guests are made whole in a fair way works best for everyone concerned. It's nice VRBO makes rescheduling easy for everyone involved and is refunding their fee to the cancelled guests as well. Mahalo to VRBO as well.
All good now...
See you next year.
We loved our stay at the guest house! I can’t wait to return.
A Piece of Paradise!
We totally enjoyed staying at the Guest Cottage! It was very clean and welcoming. The unit is nicely furnished and not cluttered [which we have found in some other rentals]. The property feels like it is isolated due to the thick vegetation around it which shields it from other houses in the neighborhood. The sound of the river is quite soothing and mostly drowns out the occasional dog bark and rooster crow [many fewer roosters here than any other place on Kauai that we have stayed!]. The porch has a nice table for outdoor eating that overlooks the river. The kitchen is well stocked with everything that you need. The owner Mark called to check in with us a few days after we arrived and was available for questions before and during our stay. I would recommend this rental. The only negative was that we needed to unload the dishwasher when we arrived. Suggestion: be careful when adjusting the hot water for the shower as there is a fine line between "just right" and very hot.
Mahalo for your kind review Susan. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay and appreciated the Guest House and property location. I did find out why the dishwasher was not unloaded though as you piqued my interest. It was Super Bowl Sunday when my housekeeper cleaned and she "had" to leave it. Sorry it bothered you. Needless to say this is the first negative comment my housekeeper has received since she started years ago and I was curious as to why it happened. Thanks again for your business I really appreciate it.
Best host around
Mark is absolutely a fantastic host who went above and beyond to curate a fantastic stay for us. Highly recommend staying at one of his places if you get the chance, the property is secluded and beautiful in one of the nicest areas on Kauai. This is your guy and this is the spot, mahalo.
Aloha Thomas. What a generous review. I appreciate your kind words and want to thank you for taking such great care of my home. You'll be welcome here anytime. Folks like you make it all worthwhile. Mahalo for choosing my property. I hope to accommodate you in the future.
We had a blissful stay here - a lovely house in a beautiful setting, sparkling clean and well-appointed. Very quiet - we loved listening to the river and the birds. Comfortable beds, great bathrooms. Short drive to great beaches and wonderful food and shopping. We'd love to return!
Mahalo for taking the time to write such a sweet a review of your stay. I appreciate it very much and hope you will return some day. It was my pleasure to host you. Thank you for taking such good care of the house as well!
Our comforting and quiet accommodations are in a convenient and central North Kauai location a block up river from the beach. 2 miles west is Haena State Park, the Kalalau trail and Ke'e Beach which can be easily accessed by bicycle from the property. 2 miles East is the town of Hanalei. The surrounding area is lush and pristine with the feel of Hawaii as it was before development. There is a wide range of outdoor activities and world famous attractions in close proximity to the property that are enhanced by the exquisite landscape and the surrounding ocean. The natural beauty of North Kauai is world famous and River Estate is in the middle of it all.