"Two couples, ages 63ish, stayed for 10 days on the beautiful Garden Island. There's abundant room in this nicely-decorated home to gather together or slip away by yourself and read a good book. The large lanai was truly the perfect setting, at any time of day. The morning sun casts great shadows on the mountains; the evening sunsets are grand. We experienced the "super moon" at it's best. Our "birder" in the group added 16 life birds on this trip, several spotted just from the lanai. It took a day or so to adjust to the crowing roosters, but we came to enjoy them. A nicely-furnished kitchen and lots of little extras, such as CDs, DVD movies, and beach chairs, were appreciated. We picked up breakfast/lunch/necessities at Foodland, but chose to dine out most evenings. Best times: helicopter tour; zip-lining; hiking with a picnic; Waimea Canyon; Kilauea Light; Hanalei for the farmer's market, the Dolphin Restaurant, and the pier to watch surfers; challenging and scenic golf. (When not golfing, the practice range was still available and affordable for the avid golfer in our foursome.) Rough surf unfortunately limited our beach/snorkeling adventures. Those same big waves, though, made Queen's Bath quite a sight to see. Glad to have done the Smith Garden/Boat Trip/ Luau, but happy to remove this dining and theater "togetherness with 450 other tourists" experience from my to-do list. Unusuals: Tasty "take-out" choices and cute earrings/sunglasses from the Princeville gas station. Hideaways Pizza is a nice walk away. Bakery and Bistro at Kilauea proved to be a good option for us. Left undone: kayaking and paddle boarding on the Hanalei River. We didn't try out the outdoor shower. Bottom line: Hale Bali Hai was a terrific "home away from home" for us located in a great spot on the more rural, laid-back North Shore of Kauai. It worked well for just the four of us, but it would be a nice space for a larger gathering of family or friends. The owners were responsive, and seemed quite happy to share the energy of this home with others. Even though it takes a day of travel to and a day of travel from, this "east coast mainland group" would be happy to repeat our 10 days at Hale Bali Hai."
Date of Stay: November 2016
Review Submitted: December 6, 2016