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
When most people think of Hawaii, they think of the beach. On Kauai there are many gorgeous beaches to go to! I want to shine the spotlight on Anini Beach today… it is a favorite of mine and of my friends. If you have children, this is a great beach for them too.
Anini Beach is located just southeast of Princeville, so if you are staying in Princeville or Hanalei, you should definitely go to this beach. It is located on Anini Road, on your right hand side of the road. If you are looking for it, you will not miss it. There is a home at the end of the road, but right on past it to get to the beach.
What To Expect
If you think a beach is just a beach–think again. Anini Beach has something for everyone, I think. It is very kid-friendly there. I have seen children as young as 4 years old learn how to snorkel there. The reef is only six or so feet deep, so it is easy to see turtles and fish! The beach is calm. It does not get big waves which makes it great for the little ones to have fun in the water. I have seen kids gain confidence in swimming and snorkeling there, and I have even seen some folks teaching their children how to get up on a long board out there (again, with no waves).
What I like about Anini Beach (add it to the list) is the ample shade trees. I like to lay out in the sun every now and then, but there are other times when I seek refuge from the sun’s ray. There are shade trees but also there are climbing trees! How fun is that?! One I know of hangs out over the water (it’s not high up) and it is fun to jump in off of it. Good times…
There are picnic tables in the area so people are able to enjoy a meal while on the beach. There are other facilities such as showers and bathrooms. Oh and there is a lifeguard on duty. By now I should have convinced you to go to this beach and see for yourself how great it is!
Well, I am still on cloud 9 a little bit for our Island rankings on Travel + Leisure Magazine’s Best of 2014 List. On that note, I thought I might share about another great beach on Kauai, Kee Beach!
Kee Beach is in Haena, on Kauai’s north shore. The beach starts the beginning of the Napali Coast, and Kee has a reef that keeps it inclusive, if you will. The reef makes for great snorkeling and swimming adventures. The water is clear, clean, and shallow for most of it. More good news: this beach is great for children and families. There is a lifeguard on duty, and there are restrooms and showers.
Where is this beautiful beach? It’s at the end of Highway 560. There is parking available, but know that this parking lot is also used by Kalalau trail hikers. If you prefer to hike, this is a great base camp; if you prefer to go in the water, go out and have a good time in the water or simply soaking in the sun and the view. Let me tell you though, the sand on this beach is divine! It is extra fine, which I love.
Alright, I am going to preface this post with a little bit of background on myself. I like to shop. More particularly, I like the thrill of the hunt in shopping. I like to search for the perfect deals, and I love second-hand stores. Flea markets, thrift stores, pawn shops, garage sales, I like them all! I like to take the time and search for just what I want, at a very low price. Call crazy but I call it thrifty. Frugal. A smart shopper. I find going to places like this relax me, and it is sort of a hobby of mind I suppose.
All of that being said, here is an event that the Rotary Club of Hanalei Bay is putting on. It is a really big, huge garage sale in Kilauea. It is this coming Saturday, March 14th starting at 8am. It will be held at the Kilauea Mini Storage, in Kilauea of course.
If you are living in the area or just visiting, a garage sale is like a universal language. All are welcome to come and shop and look around. I hear there will be furniture, sporting goods, toys, linens, clothes, household items, and other treasures. This garage sale is put on by the Rotary Club of Hanalei Bay, and all of the profits will be going back into the community through their many programs. It a win-win type of day! Hope to see some lovely people there– I know I will!
I know, I know spring has just arrived. March 21st. First day of Spring. Summer is on my mind though! With Kauai’s island temperatures, I might as well just say summer is here. Am I allowed to do that? Can I unofficially say it is summer?
Whether you agree with me or not, summertime is coming, unless you are me and think it is pretty much already here. Maybe summertime to you and your family more so means the time off from school for the kids. When they are out for the summer, it can be easier to think of the summer in that fashion. Ok, so when the kids are from class, you are wanting to take a summer vacation, am I right or am I right? A family vacation to Kauai is just what you and your family needs to ease on into summer, to relax, and have some time away from the norms of home.
Kauai is just what you need to get your Hawaii fix! The Garden Island as it is called, has the right mix of rural meets city meets island time. Have you heard of the tree tunnel? It is considered the gateway to Poipu. It is one of the nicest rides in my opinion. People love riding this way, and it is quite a picturesque view as well. I encourage you to Google it.
When you are on Kauai, everything seems to be just right. The roadways, the ease of time, the people and community here, the food, oh and I could go on and on and on…
If you are considering coming to Kauai, check out the Kauai Visitors Bureau. Here is the link to their webpage http://www.gohawaii.com/en/kauai/#/kauai/landing.
You may have started thinking about your Kauai vacation that you are beginning to plan. Moist of the time when I plan things of this nature, I think about it for quite a long time, then I make some decisions about the trip I am taking. Then it takes something to put me over the edge to get it in writing, put it on paper, and make reservations to the places I want to go to.
Take this as your opportunity to gently nudge you over the edge. You’ve been thinking about your Hawaii vacation and have decided on Kauai. Now you know you want to be by the water when you make your plans. Let me introduce to you the Cliffs in Princeville, on Kauai’s North Shore. The Cliffs 8205 has gorgeous ocean views and modern condominium living, that you are really getting the best of both worlds. Budgeting is another aspect I take into account to my travels and plans. This condo at the Cliffs is an easy $1365 per week, or it can rent at nightly rates. Oh and did I mention the whale watching? This is a prime location in whale watching season (late December to mid-May).
A Kauai vacation rental like this one is like a home away from home. It has all of the comforts of home such as a fully equipped kitchen, a washer and dryer in unit, wireless internet, other TV/DVD systems, and then the amenities of the Cliffs condos. There are tennis courts, free to use, as well as basketball and volleyball courts. The swimming pool and Jacuzzi on site are luxurious, and the BBQ areas make grilling out with the family oh so easy.
Let me back track a moment, so you get all of the highlights of the Cliffs 8205. It is a one bedroom, two bath unit, though the sofa in the living room is a queen sized pull-out sofa sleeper. This makes it perfect to match with the two bathrooms.