"I wish I was there RIGHT NOW. I mean who wouldn't want to be in Kauai versus just about anywhere else?
For the price, the cottage was really wonderful. It sleeps five-- we were only two but could have enjoyed it with more for sure. Here are just some of the many things we loved most about it:
1- Larry! The host and owner of the property, Larry, has fantastic energy and is super on top of things. Just an all-around helpful and upbeat guy!
2- As soon as you turn onto the little street that leads you to the cottage you see the shore and the ocean and just feel a sense of "ahhh" relaxation :)
3- The cottage faces east so the sun rises right out the front bedroom and living room windows and the front porch so every morning we chose to let the sun naturally wake us up and didn't set an alarm. Like nature intended. Then when we returned at the end of the day, the sun was setting behind the cottage. Also lovely.
4- The sign on the cottage that greets you when you pull in the driveway sets the tone for the place which is: wonderfully old-school beach bungalow charm! All sorts of little touches that Larry has thoughtfully and endearingly dressed the walls and doorways and floors with truly made us feel immersed in that feeling of relaxed island life.
5- Larry provides tons of beach gear and we loved having the beach chairs and noodles to use on the sand and in the water. He has a big water cooler, too, so we stayed hydrated with fresh spring water, refilling bottles before we would leave each day.
6- The location is so central. It's a wonderful jumping off point for ANYWHERE on the island. The way the Kauai highway is, if you stay too far in one direction/towards the "end of the road" on either end, you'll have to drive for hours (that's plural) a day to go to let's say the north shore from the south (i.e. to Na Pali) or the south shore from the north (i.e.: to Waimea Canyon) , etc.
The only drawback was that while the property is literally across the slow and pedestrian/bike-friendly one-way, one-lane street from the beach and the ocean, there are some somewhat intimidating people who, for the three days and nights we were there, liked to hang out on, next to, or in their cars, cars they also seemed to live out of. But that IS their right as all of Kauai's beaches are public!
Aloha and mahalo from my mom and myself who left the Moanakai Beach Cottage as two very appreciative wahinis, one of whom (me) was almost crying from not wanting to leave!"
Guest: Mallory C.
Date of Stay: August 2016
Review Submitted: September 1, 2016