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
Christmas is behind us and New Years is before us! And while you’re making resolutions for 2014, maybe you should take a break for a little while. Find some time to relax, enjoy your family, and play in the ocean. That’s right, I’m thinking you should come to Kauai and do New Years in STYLE! And if you need a place to stay, I have some recommendations for you, one of which is Puanani in Kilauea.
Puanai is an excellent place to spend a vacation for multiple reasons:
1. A great bedroom to bathroom ratio – There are three good-sized bedrooms and three bathrooms. So if you go with friends, each couple can enjoy their own private bathroom… unless you also have someone sleeping on the sofa sleeper bed in the living room. Then someone will have to share.
2. The location is SUPER close to the beach – Anini Beach is literally 60 seconds away on foot.
3. Tons of space to stretch out – This is especially good if you bring a few friends or a couple of other couples. You can either spend time all together in the spacious living spaces or out on the deck, enjoying the view OR you can each find your own places in the house to have some privacy. This house has two living rooms and several nooks and crannies you can slip into in order to be alone.
4. Free laundry and internet – The worst thing about vacation is going away and then having to bring back a week’s worth of dirty laundry to wash once you’re home. It’s like creating your own work! Not cool. But this house has a washer and dryer, so you can go home with all clean clothes. Plus, there is free internet, so you can check this blog for fun things to do while you’re here!
5. It costs only $2,550 for an entire week! While that number seems big, we’re talking 7 days in a huge house only 60 seconds from the beach for only $2,550. And if you bring three other couples with you, that means it’s only $637.50 per couple for seven days! That’s only $91 a day!! Seriously, have you priced hotels lately? This is a fabulous deal!
So if you want a large, elegant, enjoyable vacation home with enough room for a large family or several friends to spend an entire week near the beach in comfort, then this is the house for you. Puanani in Kilauea. Check it out today!
There is just something about going to the beach. It is so relaxing. It is my time away that I take for myself. (That, and the few times I can go and get my nails done!) Some might call it their “me time.” At Haena Beach you are sure to find what you are looking for… I know I do each time I go. Haena Beach is located on Kauai’s North Shore, just west of Hanalei Bay off of Kuhio Highway.
This is one of my favorite beaches on Kauai. There are lifeguards, restrooms, picnic tables, and outdoor showers for rinsing off after a swim in the turquoise water. The water by the way, looks great up against the white sandy beach, then the backdrop of green is just behind that. It is a very picturesque place! I have talked with folks there and some say it is a bit of déjà vu they say–as if they have been here before or seen it in a movie or something. I will have to look into that and see if anything has been filmed here…
Beaches all come with different flavors, as I like to say. Some are good for surfing, others are good for people watching and sunbathing. Probably why I love this beach so much is because it is a very friendly beach for all kinds of water activities. At Haena Beach I have seen surfers, boogie boarders, snorkelers, swimmers, and sunbathers. I have been a few of those titles during my time on Kauai. I have not surfed these waves, but I like to sunbathe and watch those who do.
There are also camp sites available for those who have a permit to camp. I suggest camping in the non-winter months and for those who have been camping more than once in their lifetime. Then again, if you go with an experienced camper it is great for first-timers. Don’t get me wrong–beach camping is a neat experience and I recommend it for those outdoorsy people.
Another part of Haena Beach that I think is neat, is that it is just across the way from “The Dry Cave.” There are several caves in the area and this one is a sight to see! When you pack your beach bag, I suggest packing a flashlight or two for your group so that you can see the walls and ceiling of the cave better. Pack your camera too–if you have not already–you will want to snap some pics of this unique site.
Haena Beach is a great place to go and have a good time. I like to make half day trips out of the experience. It could easily be made into a day trip as well if you really want to soak up the sun. It is nice to have a change of pace, to have a relaxing day at the water’s edge. Maybe bring your own lunch, eat at a picnic table, and have the rest of your day playing in the water. Oh and go see the Dry Cave across the road. So many options on how you want to plan out your day at the beach.
Kauai has made great improvements over the years to cater to alternative forms of transportation. One of which is the North Shore Path for bicyclists, walkers, runners, and others. Back in 2012, the North Shore Path (NSP) was unveiled. It is a beautiful paved path connecting the communities of Kilauea, Princeville, and Hanalei along the North Shore. Now that you know some basics of this nature-filled path, let me tell you more…
This path has been something welcomed by the community. It offers an alternative to motorized vehicles as a way for transportation. It promotes exercise, health and wellness, and a more united sense of community. I have been out on the NSP and I like it when I come across others on the path, along the way to my destination. I always see friendly faces when I am on it. Sometimes I go out and bike on it for pure exercise. Other times I have used it to make a leisurely commute on my bicycle.
The path really is an extensive trail that is composed of some road sharing and some alternative paths so you can more efficiently get to your destination. In the Princeville area on into Hanalei Bay there are some parts of the path near the water, too. If you have a bike and you are anywhere near the North Shore, this is something you must do.
Perhaps you are going to be vacationing in the Hanalei area and you will not have a bicycle with you. Not to worry! There are bicycle rental shops in the area! In Hanalei there is Pedal n Paddle. Click on the link to see prices and cruise their site to get their exact physical address. The folks there are very nice and helpful–I recommend them!
If you do not wish to bike the NSP then please, walk it! If you have little ones, stroll on it! It is something outdoorsy, free to do and it keeps us all moving. I know I look for ways to add exercise into my day. If you are on vacation, this is a great way to help keep fit.
If you have kids, sometimes it’s hard to find things to do that are new, interesting, and fun for them. That is especially true around the holidays. While adults often like to attend parties, go to nice restaurants, and see the Christmas lights, kids aren’t always that interested in those things. Parties are just old people talking, restaurants are just opportunities to behave and sit quietly, and lights are cool for a while… and then they’re just lights.
At least, that has been my experience with the kids I know. Maybe your kids are different. If that’s the case, good! Every child is different. But if your kids are like the ones I know, then this holiday reading schedule is for you.
It’s very important to read to children. It gives them a better vocabulary, teaching them that reading is fun, and stimulates their brains and creativity. So when there is an opportunity to have someone read to your children, my recommendation is to take it. After all, the books will be new and fun and most authors who come in to read will make a real event of it.
And this holiday season, there will be two more opportunities for you and your children to enjoy a special holiday reading series. (I say two more because I heard about it through a friend and her children who went to the first reading. They told me to mention it here, and so I am!)
Wednesday (December 18th) and Tuesday (December 24th) there will be reading times outside the Coldwell Banker Makai Properties office. (That’s in Poipu at The Shops at Kukuiula.) Both days, the readings will begin at 3:30pm and go for a little over an hour. And both days are absolutely FREE!
On December 18th, Mark Huff will be reading. He is the author of the books “King of the Beach” and “The Sheltering Place.” And on December 24th, Monika Mira will be reading. She is the author of “The Complete Hawaiian Reef Fish Coloring Book.” Both authors will be around for book signings if you want to purchase some of their work, and each author will be reading their stories as well as their favorite holiday stories to the kids.
And, to make it even better, there will be ornament decorating after the December 24th reading! So if you want to go out on Christmas Eve for a holiday reading, this would be the one to attend! ☺
I’ve always loved book readings. After all, I’ve always loved books. And if you haven’t been to a holiday book reading in the past, I encourage you to come for a while. You will truly enjoy it.
As you may know, I am always looking for things to do on Kauai, and I love to blog and share my findings! To keep up with all that is happening on Kauai’s north shore, staying on the north end of the island is best. I came across the Princeville Nalu House! This house is great… I am confident you will enjoy your stay while here. From $1,200 per week, you do not want to pass up this rental opportunity.
The Nalu House is in Princeville, a major city on Kauai, filled with shopping centers, restaurants, golf courses and it is ridiculously close to the beach. The house is a single-story home on a residential street. It is at: 5112 Kapiolani Loop, Princeville, HI. Thought some folks may want to look it up for themselves. It is on a quiet, residential loop. How perfect is that for a family vacation?
Okay, the house itself is a single story dwelling. This is ideal for families with small children and also those with elderly family members. By having no stairs, this makes for a safer and more family-friendly environment where everyone can move about the home with ease. The house has a garage to house your rental car (should you opt to get one).
Princeville Nalu House gets to boast of two bathrooms and two full bathrooms. The master bedroom has a California King bed (that’s the largest kind bed I know of) and it has a spacious on-suite bathroom. The other bedroom holds a queen bed. Now there is an additional room off of the garage that has a full sized bed. So really, this home sleeps six people when all of the beds are full.
The floor plan in welcoming and has a logical flow to it. I like it when floor plans and the general set up are logical! It also has high ceilings which are great for ambiance and the breeze to have room to flow on into your living space. From inside the home, you get to look out onto lush garden views. Nearby homes are not too close either. They are a comfortable and appropriate distance away. There is a relaxing sense of privacy at this vacation rental home.
This home is fully functioning as you would expect any other home to be. It has a full sized washer and dryer. That will be nice to not have to go home and have suitcases full of dirty clothes. Oh! The kitchen is gorgeous and fully stocked for use. There is Wi-Fi! See, told you it was an up and running rental home with all of the details you may take for granted.
If you step out the back sliding door onto the lanai (deck), you will get to experience the outdoors in full! There is outdoor furniture and a grill for use. It is so tempting just to lay out there and sunbathe. Do it! Something else I really liked about this place, is that there are fruit trees on the property. Yes–you can help yourself to them! I love touches like that to a rental home. You just cannot beat the whole house–the whole property–effect!
There is a double person hammock out on the grass. I opted to take the hammock all to myself and cozy with a light blanket and my current book in the evening. It was just the right combination of everything: the breeze, the smells, the sounds, the sway of the hammock… it was all I wanted. I got to take this rental for a test-drive and it sooooo passed.