"We had the most wonderful vacation week here! This is one of those treasured places for a peaceful vacation in the middle of paradise. We are a family of 5 adults. We rented both the main house and apartment downstairs, so each of us had his/her own private bedroom, with my husband and I in the master bedroom overlooking the ocean. It was so peaceful to fall asleep and wake up to the sound of waves! The setting is just gorgeous, almost at the end of beautiful Anini Beach Road, so there is just an occasional car (mostly people exploring or seeking a quiet beach), but the road is just sand here, with some erosion, and it is quite narrow, so any cars that pass by are going no more than 5 miles an hour. The beach is right there in front of you, just a few steps away, with a truly magnificent tree in front for shade. The beach was quiet...just a few people ventured that far down the road to set up a spot in the sand during the days we were there. The house is well-built, clean, comfortable and well-furnished, with a nice heated outdoor shower for rinsing off sand and salt water, very comfortable beds, three full bathrooms (including the one in the roomy apartment downstairs), and a separate laundry room off the garage. We cooked our meals at the house most nights (the kitchen is well-stocked and there is a grill). We purchased fresh seafood in Hanalei at the fish market behind Dolphins restaurant, and our other groceries at the Foodland in Princeville and at a few Farmer's Markets. We also ate at Dolphins one night and it was delicious!
FAVORITE THINGS: We hiked part of the Na Pali Coast trail starting at Ke'e Beach, the Awa'awapuhi Trail in Waimea Canyon to an absolutely incredible ocean overlook, and along the Lithified Cliffs in Po'ipu, but what we loved most of all was kayaking, paddle boarding and especially snorkeling every day in our wonderful, safe bay, protected by a huge reef. We rented all equipment at Peddle and Paddle in Hanalei. Every time we were in the water, we encountered at least one huge Green Sea Turtle. We swam with them, always keeping a respectful distance, but they didn't seem bothered at all. We also saw Eagle Rays and coral, pretty fish, eel, and other fun sea creatures. Fantastic!!!
Note: Kauai has thousands of feral chickens, descendants of those blown from their coops during the 1992 hurricane. Many of them are ROOSTERS! You never know when you might hear one crow anywhere on the island! We got used to them."
Guest: Elizabeth B.
Date of Stay: November 2016
Review Submitted: December 6, 2016