Vacation Rental Areas
Anahola / Aliomanu
Now I realize that the last activity I wrote about was in Lihue. And while I don’t normally recommend staying on the South-East side of the island, sometimes it’s handy to be close to an activity you plan to attend. And while I don’t recommend staying in Lihue (it’s loud and busy and not usually private), I can recommend a great vacation rental home in Anahola, north of Lihue: Anahola Aloha Beach House.
So what makes this beach house special? Well, the view is probably its most dominant feature. And I’m not just talking about the interior view of amazing architecture and aesthetically pleasing design. No, I’m referring to the fact that this house is directly on the beach. Yep, that’s right. Your view is of palm trees and sculptured lawns reaching down to the white sandy beach and crystal clear waters.
At this beach home, you will be an extremely short walk away from Anahola Bay. This is a wonderful beach for swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling, and other water sports. That’s because there is a protective outlying reef that keeps the water from being too choppy. There is even a lifeguard on duty at Anahola Beach, though that is closer to the public beach side. And from the sand itself, you will have an amazing view of the mountains of Kalalea.
Of course, the interior of the home is just as important as its location. After all, the location can be perfect but, if you don’t have a comfortable place to relax, you won’t enjoy your vacation nearly enough. And we do want you to enjoy your stay. So, let’s talk about amenities.
This vacation home is comfortable, modern, has custom wooden features, and has an amazing kitchen. The kitchen is filled with white appliances that perfectly off-set the wooden cupboards. And everything else you’ll need to eat a meal in the home (from cookware and utensils to dishes and a large dining room table with linens) are included. So you’ll have no problem making meals and enjoying the conveniences of this modern house.
There are four bedrooms and three bathrooms, meaning there is plenty of space for a large family or a group of friends to come and spend the week. Two of the bedrooms are suits that include a King-sized bed and full bathroom. The other two rooms have queen-sized or Double beds and they share a bathroom. There is also a sofa-sleeper in the living room, so you can bring extra friends. In total, this vacation home can sleep up to 11 people comfortably. But wait – there’s more.
There is a living room where you can relax and unwind during the day, but there is also an entertainment room that has a flat screen TV with DVD player. And while there are TVs with DVD players in all the guest rooms, this is a great room for getting together for a movie night.
And don’t worry about running out of clean clothes. This home has its own washer and dryer, so you won’t have to pack so much stuff. (This will leave plenty of room in your luggage for souvenirs and will also allow you to clean all of your clothes before you go home, meaning less work once you return to your real life.) There is also a private hot tub on the lanai, so you can relax under the stars each night while sipping wine and dreaming of a quiet life.
And, this is the best part, you can stay here for only $3500 a week! This means that each person on this trip will only have to pay $45/night to stay at a mansion home with a hot tub on an amazing Kauai beach. Seriously! Finding a hotel like this would cost $1000 a night! Can you say “Amazingly Good Deal!” (Of course, this is the price during October only. During the summer and during Thanksgiving week, the price is $4500, and during Christmas/New Years, the price is $5500. So plan your trip accordingly.)
Now, can you see any reason why you wouldn’t want to stay here? I can’t. So come and enjoy yourself… and bring your friends!
Anini / Kalihiwai
If you decide to stay on the North Shore and want to take your kids to the Anini Beach swimming area, then I have a vacation rental suggestion for you. One of the best rentals near Anini Beach is Puanani, which is a short walk away from the water. Why is it nice? Well, let me tell you about it.
The first thing I loved about this vacation rental is the interior design. Now, normally I would be bragging about the space and the price (which I will get to), but you can’t help but love this place when you walk into it. This is a two story home with high ceilings and a fun and tropical interior theme. The support posts are painted in bright, friendly colors and the staircase to the second floor is simply beautiful. So, if you are a fan of unique interior design at all, you must visit this place.
Okay, onto the good stuff. This place is HUGE. Seriously, it is a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom, 2 living room vacation home tucked into a tropical paradise. The size makes it easy to find your own space, even if you are vacationing with 6 other people. The locational privacy makes it ideal for vacationing families or up to 4 couples vacationing together. And the price is unbeatable, especially if you are looking into hotel costs. (But I’ll get to that in a minute.)
As well as the size, this place has a few amenities. For instance, each bedroom has a bathroom, so there is no fighting over the shower in the morning. The living room couch also folds out into a sofa sleeper, making this a house for up to 8 people. Plus, there is a large wrap-around covered deck on the second floor with tables and chairs, so you can relax each evening while BBQing up a meal and watching the stars above the foliage of the mountain. Yep, it’s nice.
Other amenities for this place include a fully-equipped kitchen for all of your cooking needs, two separate living rooms so you can break up into groups, and free wireless internet for those who need to check my blog for the latest updates. ☺ There is a large yard out front where you can run around and play, and there are fruit trees on the property that you are allowed to pick for some delicious treats. And, if you packed light, that’s okay! There is a washer and drying in the home for easy laundry services.
Now for the cost. If you have researched hotel rooms at all, then you know that they can run anywhere from $200-$500 per night. So, if you and three other couples want to come to Kauai together, that would be between $800 and $2000/night for your group. (Doesn’t sound good, am I right?) HOWEVER, this enormous vacation home is only $2,500 for the week! That’s 7 nights of lodging for up to 4 couples for only $2,500. And when you add on space, amenities, location to the beach, etc… well, you can see why this is a good deal and a nice house.
So, if you are going to be visiting the Anini area, check out Puanani in Kilauea. You are simply going to LOVE this place.
Here you are at the decision that you want to come to Kauai! Maybe it was the land and the beauty that won you over. Maybe it is the people and the great hospitality that you have heard about that draws you in. Maybe it was the beaches and the idea of simply being on an island that has lead you to make this decision. Hmm… maybe my blog has convinced you that you want to come here.
So now that your mind is made up you need a place to stay. “Where oh where should I stay?” you may ask yourself. Please, take it from me. I have lived here for a LONG time and know exactly where you want to be. And the funny thing is that you might not even know yourself where you want to be and what you want to see. Not yet. You might just have an idea in your mind about what you want your vacation rental to be like and at what price. Enough said. Let me take it from here and guide you to where you want to be.
One vacation rental that is quite the luxury experience is Hale Oli in Haena. Got a family? This will do the trick, as it is a two bedroom two bath home. What I like about this one is that you can save a bit of money by being just a quick five minute walk to the beach. You can rent this house by the night or even by the week, if you plan to be on Kauai for a while. And it is set up to be the perfect home away from home. After all, it’s on the beautiful island of Kauai!
Need more reason to stay here? Well, how about this: free internet. Okay, it’s technically not free, but it is included in the low cost of the vacation home. You also get cable TV, your own washer and dryer, a gas barbecue grill right outside, your own hot tub… really the whole enchilada! Hale Oli is modern, fully equipped, functional, fun, and ready for your family of 4-6.
So do you want to stay in a nice vacation rental near the beach that has a feeling of comfort to it? Do you want a home away from home that is private, an escape! Do you want a vacation house that is only a matter of minutes drive to nearby hot spots like Haena Beach Park, Hanalei Beach, Princeville golf course, and more? Then take my word for it and check out Hale Oli, an exceptional Kauai vacation rental. It will be the perfect rental for your small family without breaking the bank!
A vacation on Kauai can be affordable and fun. So let’s do this thing! You are cleared for: vacation possible…
When you’re on vacation, you don’t just want to stay in a hotel room with no space to stretch out and nothing to do. You want to stay somewhere with lots of space, some great amenities, and something to do while you’re there. And that’s why I’m posting today about one of the most beautiful homes for rent on Kauai: Taro Plantation.
This 4 bedroom, 3 bath house is massive. Each room has comfortable furniture that perfectly fits the space, owing to an excellent interior decorator. And each space in the house continues the elegant theme of natural woods, soft tones, and upscale grandeur that are so apparent when you first walk in.
Included in that grandeur are antiques from China and Indonesia, moving pieces that provide a sense of awe and cultural depth to the house. Plus, there are stained glass windows that diffuse the light and inspire with shades of joy.
The bedrooms are suites really. The master suite has a king-sized poster bed, beautiful furniture, and the most impressive bathroom I’ve ever seen, with large tiles leading into a walk-in bathing area. The other bedrooms have queen-sized beds, so no one will have to sleep in a tiny space. Owing to this, the house itself can sleep 8 adults comfortably, and one more if your guest doesn’t mind sleeping on the couch.
But the rooms aren’t the best part. The living space is substantial and comfortable. The living room has cable tv and a DVD player for quiet nights at home. Plus, the house is equipped with high speed internet, so you can bring your laptops and read my blog as you sit in your beautiful vacation home in comfort. And, best of all, there is a large gourmet kitchen that includes all of the best appliances, cookware, dishes, and utensils you will need to feed everyone you bring with you. Off the kitchen is a large dining room that seats 8 and you will find everything you need to lay out a beautiful dinner in the kitchen shelves.
And that doesn’t even begin to take the outside into account. This house is built in a secluded spot in Hanalei Valley, right past Swan Lake. To get there, you will drive through beautiful taro fields and waterways, leading to a house right in the midst of nature. Each morning, you can step out onto the spacious lanai (patio) and enjoy a cup of Kauai Coffee while you watch the waterfowl play in the water. And, if you’d like to take a dip in a refreshing pool, there is a large pool on the property where you can swim contentedly. There is even a poolside dining area, a beautifully laid out section of tile where you can BBQ (it’s a gas grill) and eat while having a pool party.
Now, this all sounds very secluded and far away from civilization, right? But fortunately, while it’s tucked away far enough to be private, this home is only a short walk away from town. Hanalei Town has just about everything you’ll need while you stay with us, from restaurants to grocery stores, from gift shops to equipment rentals. So no matter what you’d like to do while here, you’ll be close to the action. Plus, if you walk (or drive) just a bit further, you will reach Hanalei Bay, the most beautiful beach on earth.
Honestly, this house is the best of the best. However, the price is much lower than one would expect to pay for an elegant mansion home in the heart of Kauai. For only $4000 a week, you can stay in this amazing home. And sometimes they run specials, meaning you can get an even better deal on the house! It’s worth a look, right?
So if you want to come to Kauai and stay in style, please consider Taro Plantation. You will be so pampered here, you won’t want to leave!
If you want to spend some time in Lihue during your vacation, then I can’t really blame you. While Princeville is definitely the most beautiful area of the island, Lihue is the largest town. The airport is there, along with the Veterans Center. So there will be a few craft fairs and other activities in Lihue, just like the ones I mentioned in my last two posts. And if you want to attend an activity in Lihue, then I suggest you spend a day or two on the South side of the island. What’s the best vacation rental on that side? Oh, it’s most definitely Hale Huna.
Now, I know I’ve mentioned Hale Huna before, but it’s just so nice I want to mention it again. What makes it so nice? Well, let me tell you:
Did you know that Hale Huna is on a private cul-de-sac? It’s true! This amazing 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom house is at the end of a cul-de-sac, right near the ocean.
Did you know that it can sleep 8+ people? Yep, with 4 bedroms, this house can sleep 8 adults comfortably. Plus, there is plenty of space to include extra people by blowing up an air mattress of having someone sleep on the couch. It’s a large property with lots of room to stretch out.
Did you know that there are tennis courts? Since this property is located on the greenbelt walkway of Poipu Kai Resort, you get access to all of their amenities. So you can play tennis on their courts, go swimming in their pool, enjoy their spa, and eat at the resort restaurant if you want to! All without losing your privacy or having to pay the exorbitant fees associated with staying in a tiny room at the resort.
Did you know that the kitchen is fully-equipped? Set-up in a Kauai style with shades of browns and whites, this kitchen has everything you’ll need. There are dishes, utensils, cookware, appliances, and even a center island so you can do your prep work without wasting counter space. There is even a large dining table complete with place-settings for 8.
And there’s more. This house is a short walk from 3 different beaches. It comes equipped with ceiling fans to keep the humidity of our tropical island at bay. It features 3 separate televisions with DVD players, so you don’t have to go out to find entertainment. It also has DSL and WIFI for those who need to stay in contact with home/work/Facebook/my blog while here. Plus, there is a large outdoor patio and lawn area with tables and chairs and a BBQ. What can be better?
So, if plantation style woods, intricate chandeliers, comfortable furniture, and prime placement are things you enjoy, please consider staying at Hale Huna. This house has plenty of room, allowing you to live your life and invite 6 or 7 of your closest friends. And it’s worth it.
When I was a kid, I would take 1 liter soda bottles, strip them of their stickers and wrappings, and fill them with multi-colored sand and shells. There is sand of all colors on Kauai, and I would also dye white sand into bright colors with food dye, which was fun. I would make layers and swirls and add shells at just the right moments. And then I would give those bottles away as Christmas presents. It’s just the right gift to give as a child with no money.
Of course, I’m not the only person who has ever turned trash into treasure. Recycling turns used products into new products, saving our natural resources. I have a friend who finds sea glass and turns it into mosaic artwork. And my husband reuses coffee grounds to grow a garden. (And I help by drinking as much wonderful coffee as possible.)
Trash is only worthless if we choose not to reuse it. And maybe that’s what Elizabeth Freeman discovered, because she is leading an upcoming workshop you might be interested in.
This Wednesday (November 13) from 6-7:30pm, there will be a free workshop offered at the Princeville Public Library. This workshop is called “Turning Trash into Treasure at Festival of Lights” and will be taught by Elizabeth Freeman. (Elizabeth is the Festival of Lights Founder and an Art Director.)
Now, if you don’t know much about the Festival of Lights here on Kauai, then you might not understand what this workshop will be all about. And I’ll be honest – I have no idea what exactly we will be doing at this workshop. But I do know that the Festival of Lights is a part of our tradition involving hand-made “up-cycled” ornaments for Christmas. And, from what I can tell, this workshop will go over the history of the Festival of Lights, the ornaments that are the most popular, and how to make your own “up-cycled” ornaments this Christmas season.
For me, coming from a background that was filled with reusable items and making presents from discarded bottles, I’m excited about this workshop. I think it will be a great opportunity for everyone to get into the Christmas spirit and learn how to make ornaments. I’m also thrilled with any workshop that is free. And this one is most definitely free.
So please join us for an evening of slides, demonstrations, and decorations. The Princeville Public Library is located at 4343 Emmalani Drive in Princeville.