Treehouse #3 (Walk to Beach) Kauai

House - Private room · Anahola, HI, United States

The Space

Treehouse #3 is a cozy room on the 2nd floor in an authentic Hawaiian home surrounded by trees near the Anahola River. The gentle sound of waves can be heard in the distance at the local beach down the river. Walk to the local secluded beach where you can swim, snorkel, boogie board, surf, bask in the sun or take a long walk on the beach. The Anahola beach is a 3 minute drive or 25 minute walk from the Treehouse. Also walking distance is the local farmer's market every weekend, a convenience store for basic groceries, a Hawaiian shave ice stand and Kauai's best charbroiled hamburgers on the island.

LOCATION
Treehouse #3 is tucked away in a quiet local Hawaiian town for those who want to get away from it all, especially the tourism, and feel like you're in old Hawaii yet perfectly located to see everything on the island. We are halfway between the wetter and more lush north shore (Hanalei Bay and the world-famous Napali Coast) and the dryer south shore which is hotter and sunnier, but more touristy. Here in Anahola, the weather is absolutely perfect – sunny and warm virtually every day with occasional 3-5 minute refreshing tropical rain showers to bring everything to life. You can have the best of both worlds staying here and see ALL of Kauai from one place using our home as your home base and choose which way to go depending on the weather and your interests.

FEATURES
Treehouse #3 features a cozy suite surrounded by windows with stunning lush views of tropical paradise. Being surrounded by lush abundant trees makes this room my favorite room in the house. Sun rays stream into the room in the morning and birds just outside your window sing and welcome the new day.

Treehouse #3 includes a private outdoor deck with amazing views, a private sitting room, a bedroom with 1 queen bed (with memory foam mattress topper!), 1 outdoor shower, 1 shared bathroom with shower, full access and use of the shared kitchen and dining room and another shared outdoor deck for enjoying meals outdoors with the birds and the trees. Coffee and food are not provided; however, there's room in the pantry and refrigerator for your food - you get your own shelf!

CONSIDERATIONS
What you need to consider before reserving this room is your comfort level with cat(s). There is a house cat who thinks this is her room and she likes to hang out in this room. There is only a curtain to this room with no solid door to keep her out, so you need to be really comfortable with cats to rent this room.

The other consideration before reserving this room is your level of comfort with "limited audible privacy." As you can see from the pictures, the shared dining room and kitchen are just outside your suite. The bedroom itself is enclosed in a bamboo wall and a solid curtain for visual privacy.

Your sitting room is just behind the dining room divided by a sheer curtain to give you privacy, but you are likely to hear our other guests making breakfast in the dining room/kitchen area in the morning and evenings or walking up and down the stairs. We inform all the guests that talking needs to be at whisper levels between 9pm and 9am in the kitchen and dining room. This helps tremendously, but if you rent this room, please acknowledge that you have read this section about "limited audio privacy" and sharing the room with a visiting cat so I know your aware and accept these conditions before booking this room.

The main criteria I care about more than anything else in sharing my space with guests is "quietness." If you think you are "loud by nature" or want to play music or watch a movie without headsets, or make cell phone calls on speakerphone, this would not be a good fit for either of us. Instead, please choose one of the 2 private units offered under my listings.

EXPERIENCE
While staying at the Treehouse, we are close enough to the beach that you can hear the gentle sound of waves in the background at night. Smell the fragrance of Plumerias (a favorite in leis), night blooming jasmines and gardenias that fill the air. Listen to the birds sing and coo all day long. Chickens with their baby chicks and scuttle through the yard looking for worms. Palm fronds and banana leaves flutter in the tropical breeze and dance in the rain. Banana trees burst with inflorescence producing an abundance of bananas. Coconuts drop daily so watch your head – if you’ve never had fresh coconut water, you’re in for a treat. Exotic birds of paradise mingle with the Papayas. In every case without exception, everyone has one or more of the following experiences here: fun-filled, joyful, restful, peaceful, magical, memorable, spiritual, uplifting, life-inspiring and sometimes all of the above (especially if you sign up for one of our Epic Excursions (described in greater detail below) and offered exclusively to our guests.

EPIC EXCURSIONS
If you want to experience the most magical and beautiful parts of Kauai not open to the public or found in any guidebooks, please let me know. While living on Kauai and spending quality time with local Hawaiians, I have been shown the most pristine and beautiful parts of Kauai, places most residents living on Kauai still haven't seen. I can arrange for you to be guided to the most surreal places with by far the best scenic views of the island (Top of the World), or experience the magnificent power of the largest waterfall on Kauai by literally being taken inside and behind the waterfall (Waterfall Immersion) or a day exploring Secret Caves and Coves frequented by turtles and dolphins, or rock hop up a river and hike through a green lush valley to the base of another stunning waterfall (Makaleha). These excursions vary in price and are not offered by anyone else. These are our discoveries and are only offered exclusively to our guests. Prices range between $75 - $125 per adventure for each person. It’s important to let me know if you want to take one of our epic adventures when booking so I can plan it during your stay on Kauai around the weather and our schedules. For this reason I advise all visitors NOT to book any activities or adventures prior to your arrival on Kauai. Virtually nothing books up full (even though they will try to tell you otherwise). It's best to wait and book boat tours, plane rides, hikes, etc after you get here around the highly unpredictable weather and ocean conditions so your plans don't get cancelled. I will also give you plenty of custom tailored free advice on what you can do on your own and how to make the most of your vacation on Kauai. Bring a list of what you want to do but plan your calendar around the weather and how you feel when you get here.

EXTRAS INCLUDED
Treehouse #3 includes private parking, free high speed Internet, full kitchen, boogie boards, snorkel gear (masks, fins, snorkels), beach mats and umbrellas, beach towels, beach chairs and coolers ALL included at no additional charge so you don’t have to rent, buy or pack these items for your trip. The washer & dryer available on the premises at $5 each per load (due to the very high cost of electricity in Hawaii).

Also included is a very cool hostess and in-house guide. According to my former guests, I'm an excellent hostess. I know the island well, so I'm an excellent resource for choosing what's best to do on your island vacation, including where the best hikes are located, best snorkeling spots, where the dolphins and turtles swim (including their caves), and where are the best secluded beaches, etc. I even loan you a copy of the Ultimate Kauai Guidebook during your stay so you can find your way to the best sights.

Staying with me on your vacation can be either a secluded one where you keep to yourselves or hang out together for a few meals and talk story. It's up to you. I meet very interesting people visiting Kauai this way. Sometimes it's their honeymoon as in the case of Nick and Amy from Vancouver Island, Canada. Other times it's life-changing as in the case of Claudia and Monika from Germany. No matter what, I assure you that staying with me on Kauai will be a most memorable vacation for you and your loved one or guests.

My partner is Swiss so we can assist you in three languages: English, German or French.

The best description of me and place are those written by former guests in my reviews. Be sure to read what they have to say. If you resonate with what they have say, then you'll know you came to the right place and will feel at home in a matter of minutes upon your arrival. This might also explain why my place books up full all year around. For this reason, the best way to help me choose a great fit for both of us is to read the house rules before inquiring to be sure the details fit your expectations AND tell me a little bit about yourselves, e.g. what drew you to my place, how long you'll be on Kauai, any special needs, etc.

AVAILABILITY
The only way Airbnb lets you inquire and write to me is to first find available dates in my calendar first (even if you have to make them up). I highly recommend that you check for yourself by clicking on the "Calendar" Tab above the photos. This will substantially increase your chances of me accepting your reservation. If I'm already booked for your dates, please check the calendars on my other listings which are adjacent to each other on the same property (copy and paste the links below).

MY OTHER LISTINGS:
Treehouse #1: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/203590
Treehouse #2: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/225163
River House: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/461806
Charming Cottage: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/323810

Mahalo,
Sean

FACTOID: Did you know that when the Dalai Lama of Tibet came to the Hawaiian Islands in 1994, he asked to see only two places. Both requests were on Kauai and surprisingly he did not even ask to see the world-famous Napali Coast on Kauai. Instead, he asked to see Anahola and Polihale. When his surprised hosts asked why, he said "We [the spiritual leaders of Tibet] know Anahola is a portal where the souls or spirits enter this world and Polihale is where the souls or spirits exit this world." So there you have it, Anahola recommended by none other than the Dalai Lama himself. This is more than just a legend. There is a sacred pyramid shaped mountain peak in the backdrop of our home. In recent times this pyramid was filmed in the movie King Kong, but it's importance to Hawaiian history and culture is of much greater importance. There is a sacred birthing temple thousands of years old at the base of that mountain which is still guarded today by a living Kuhuna (Hawaiian priest of royal decent). Anahola is one of the most protected places on Kauai by the Hawaiians hence why there is very little tourism here and its the only town on this side of the island where portions are reserved exclusively for Hawaiians. Our home is one of the few in this Hawaiian village that is allowed to be owned and occupied by non-Hawaiians. We hope that you enjoy this unique opportunity to stay in a Hawaiian village far away from tourism yet conveniently located to see everything on the island from our home-base.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION (FAQs)

#1) I often get asked why am I being quoted a daily rate that is higher than the listing price? Our rates vary monthly and sometimes weekly based on demand and availability. The listing price is the usually the lowest available rate for the room. Your actual nightly rate can be seen on the calendar for your nights of interest. In addition, each listing is for a single person. There is an additional price of $25/night for each additional guest. A cleaning fee is also added plus an Airbnb booking fee. These get added up and divided across the total number of days in your inquiry to give you an "average daily" rate.

#2) Why can't you stay longer? We book up full all year around and we like to keep it fresh and give as many people as possible a chance to stay here, so we have a 1 week maximum on the shared Treehouse(s) and a 2 week maximum stay on the private units.

#3) Why can't I stay just 1 or 2 nights? I have a 3 night minimum on all my units so I can balance my days spent cleaning with days off enjoying life. This makes me a happier healthier host. I will consider making an exception if there is only 1 or 2 nights open between bookings on my calendar.

#4) I'm not able to book a reservation with any of your listings, may I still join you for one of your epic adventures? We want to offer the very best service and give the greatest attention to guests staying with us without getting stretched too thin or distracted from our core business of being excellent hosts for those staying with us on Kauai. For this reason, we only take our guests on these epic adventures.

#5) Do I need a rental car while visiting Kauai? Unequivocally, the answer is YES, unless you don't mind missing out on 80% of the best sights on the island. All the sights worth seeing are spread out across the island and the local bus and hitch-hiking cannot get you to most of these sights. Remember, Kauai is a remote tropical island with low population, not a major city with tourist buses. That's why you're coming here right?

#6) Can I save money and rent from one of the discount car rental places? Without exaggerating 70% of discount car rentals are unreliable and have problems so you are likely to play car rally for your first few days and that's assuming they have another 'running' car to offer you. The best car rental choices are the national brands, e.g. Enterprise, Thrifty, Avis, Hertz, Dollar, etc. Most of you will NOT need an SUV or 4WD vehicle unless this is part of the thrill you are seeking. Our roads are paved.

#7) What the best way for me to be a great guest? Print out and bring the directions sent to you with your reservation confirmation and then text me when you have your rental car and you are on your way here. The rest is easy. Just be considerate of others, especially with respect to the quiet peaceful harmony on the property.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $25 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Security Deposit: $100
Cleaning Fee: $75
Check In: 12:00 PM (noon)
Check Out: 11:00 AM
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Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

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  • Wow! That is how I felt when I first arrived. It was the perfect environment for my bf and I. Clean, super bright, and more natural feeling. And don't be worried about the directions to the place when you first print them out. They may look complicated, but I totally appreciated the thoroughness in describing how to get there and it was super easy to find because of the directions. Sean is super accommodating and friendly. And the place is a perfect island escape. There are papaya, avocado, coconut, and mandarin orange trees growing right in the yard! And Sean provides each room with a kauai guidebook, beach towels, and access to snorkeling gear to borrow and return. Plus, the place is located conveniently near my favorite shops in Kapaa'a (10 minutes away), favorite restaurants, fruit stands to enjoy the native tropical fruits you can't get on the mainland, and super close to more private beaches. I would definitely stay there again!

    April 2014
    Sean
    Response from Sean:

    What a great review. Thanks for your appreciation of our natural setting for your island experience. Our directions have become more detailed over the years to ensure everyone can find us. We are off the beaten path in a treasured location and you can't find us without the directions! Looking forward to your return Kathleen.

  • Enjoyed our stay at the Tree house No. 3. Sean was very welcoming and informative about the different areas to visite. The appartement was very neat and comfortable.

    March 2014
  • The treehouse is an absolute lovely space in a great location. Sean and her partner were gracious and informative hosts...lots of extras for the beach available for use.
    Would definitely love to stay there again.

    March 2014
  • This place is amazing!! The location is perfect your about 10 minutes away from the town of kapaa where you have restaurants and grocery stores available for your needs. The house itself is very clean, organized and cozy. You have your own designated spaces throughout the house and Sean is soo nice and tells you where everything is located and house rules so it's all layed out for you and you feel right at home just after a few minutes, the property cats are also very welcoming and so cute! Mama kitty slept with me the first night so that definitely made me feel at home as I'm used to sleeping with my dog! Sean also has toys (snorkels, boogy boards, umbrellas) available for use so that was a plus. I highly reccomend staying here I will definitely be back..thanks Sean!

    March 2014
    Sean
    Response from Sean:

    Mahalo Amy for your review with great reflection for others to appreciate our cozy home with attention to detail so you feel at home, even looked after by the momma cat if you are as lucky as you. She is VERY picky about who she sleeps with... what a rare treat that momma kitty slept with you on your first night.

  • We stayed at Sean's house for 5 night and everything was perfect! We were in the tree house n°3 and even if we had just a thin bamboo wall (and we knew it before), we had our intimity. It's because the rules are clear and everybody respected them! The place is really charming in the middle of the nature with a beautiful view ,and close from a ¨secret beach¨.
    We met also really nice people at this place, and Sean & Alexandra are great ! And always there to give you a good advices about hiking, kayaking or for a brunch =) Thanks for this experience!

    March 2014
    Sean
    Response from Sean:

    Mahalo Valérie and Jean-Marc for your appreciation for the cozy charm of Treehouse #3 and others who are carefully chosen to fit our place. We always enjoy the great vibe of easy going guests like yourself who choose to stay with us. We also take time to give every guest personalized advice on how to enjoy the best parts of Kauai.

  • We had a lovely stay at the treehouse. The house is large and you will likely share it with other guests, but it is well maintained, with a cozy atmosphere and personal touch. We stayed in the room by the kitchen, which has the advantage of a little private balcony; however, I don't recommend it if you want privacy or if you mind cats. Sean is carefully picking her guests and we met great people there. Also, she is very knowledgeable about the island and, if you ask, will gladly share suggestions about activities. She is a lovely host. Thanks for a wonderful stay!

    February 2014
    Sean
    Response from Sean:

    Mahalo Cami for adding to the cozy atmosphere. As you pointed out, your suite has the special advantage of a private outdoor balcony and a private sitting room, however your bedroom and sitting room are less private being located next to the kitchen and dining room where you can hear others. We do ask all guests to use whisper levels in the common areas between 9am - 9pm to keep the peace and harmony in the house, which we find easy to achieve. Anyone considering this room should carefully consider these tradeoffs.

  • My daughter and I had a great stay in this lovely room. I enjoyed having coffee on the little private deck in the morning. A clean and well organized house. Thanks Sean and Alex.

    February 2014
    Sean
    Response from Sean:

    Mahalo Stephanie and Fran for your appreciation of this charming room and the cat bird's seat on the deck for morning coffee or tea overlooking the river.

  • My mom & I stayed at Sean's in Treehouse #3 for a few days and we absolutely LOVED everything about it. Sean was very responsive with communication beforehand & was there to greet us & orient us to her home upon our arrival. I cannot say enough great things about Sean as a host, she makes you feel comfortable and welcome immediately, she is very well organized and considerate of your time and space, and her home is immaculately clean (in a good way, not in an up-tight way :-). Sean is a wealth of knowledge as far as all things Kaua'i and beyond...& we wished that we had planned to go on one of her guided adventures; they sounded amazing! As far as the room itself...we weren't sure exactly what to expect since it is not an actual room, but rather a space that is divided from the shared kitchen & dining room by a bamboo wall in the sleeping area & a sheer curtain providing semi-privacy in the sitting area. It may sound a little strange, but trust me...Sean is an absolute genius with arranging space & it totally works, it was actually our favorite room in the house, because of all of the windows that provided lots of fresh air & natural light. My mom & I felt that we had plenty of privacy, it was quiet, spacious, & we LOVED having coffee out on our private balcony overlooking tropical fruit trees in the backyard. Sean, thank you for sharing your home with us...we will definitely be back!

    February 2014
    Sean
    Response from Sean:

    Juliana, this is a fantastic review to really help other guests appreciate the unique way in which this room really works. It is my favorite room in the house as well... all the windows looking out into nature, the fresh air from the ever-present breezes, and the private balcony over-looking the garden make up for the short-lived moments when you hear others in the house making something to eat in the kitchen or eating in the dining room. We are not shy about asking every guest be considerate of others and it really works. Peace and harmony in our house is natural and normal.

  • Every single aspect of my trip to Kauai & staying at Sean's treehouse was perfect. The location is amazing and Sean is one of the kindest humans I have ever met. If you decide to stay here, do one of the hikes offered and see the beautiful Waimea Canyon. Thank you for everything, Sean and give mama a kiss for me xo!

    February 2014
    Sean
    Response from Sean:

    Wow, thank you Colleen for your appreciation and your kind soul as well. This is why mama kitty stayed with you! She was drawn to your energy. Glad you enjoyed our epic adventure to the Top of the World (which includes sightseeing Waimea Canyon).

  • Sean was very welcoming and informative as a host. The location at the foot of the sleeping giant gave a early sunrise walk up the road stunning views. The treehouse offered a classic and unique stay to a first visit or Kauai veteran. The kitchen and dining area was a great place to connect with the other guests. I stayed with a pair of cats in #3 who were fun cool cats yet very savvy of their location. :) They like to jockey for position in there...

    Much Mahalo
    Don

    February 2014
    Sean
    Response from Sean:

    Thanks Don. Just want to clarify... while our majestic Mt. Kalalea may appear to look like the sleeping giant, it's not. It was however filmed in the movie King Kong, but has far more significance to Hawaiian heritage as a birthing temple with the profile of a resting pregnant woman. The sleeping giant mountain is located in Kapaa (15 minutes away). As for the cats, they must have really liked you to stay with you! For anyone interested in renting Treehouse #3, this can happen.

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Here's a bit about me since we'll be sharing space if you stay with me and I want to be sure we're a good fit even if just temporarily sharing living space or staying next door in one of our private suites. I'm a vibrant, happy, healthy, and youthful feeling 49 year old woman who loves to surf, kayak, paddle board, run, dance and ski. OK, well no skiing here on Kauai but willing to give up that passion for warm tropical paradise. I surf or paddle board regularly at nearby beaches pretty much all year around. I regularly explore new beaches and new places to hike and have discovered some extraordinary places you can spend a day by yourself in paradise. Happy to send you in the right direction if interested in any of the above. I am also married to the love of my life who I met while staying here as an Airbnb guest! My partner is Swiss so we can communicate with you in German and French as well, a real benefit if you sign up for one of our Epic Excursions and prefer one of these languages over English. As for your vacation tips, since that's why you're REALLY reading this, I'm an excellent resource for choosing what's best to do on the island whether it's where to swim with the dolphins or turtles, where the most exclusive beaches are located, where are the best uncrowded hikes, and so much more. If you do Kauai on your own without local advice, you're sure to miss the real gems. If we really get along, I'll take you to some local happenings that tourists never get to hear about or find on their own. Are you intrigued yet? My lifestyle is a very healthy one, both nutritiously and physically. I go to the farmer's market every week for locally grown fruits and vegetables cut fresh that morning and shop at the local health food stores. I spend most of my "free" time either outside enjoying nature being physical in the water OR inside the kitchen where I enjoy being a nutritional alchemist coming up with tasty elixirs of life :) Hmmm, what does that mean? I enjoy creating life-inspiring healthy foods and treats that naturally make you feel happy and your body fit (which is without exaggerating 80% diet and 20% exercise). I have developed some gluten-free, sugar-free, butter-free chocolate chip cookies that my friends call "Sean's Fantasy" cookies. In general I have a very conscious lifestyle that's highly connected to nature and the spirit of things. So, I'm totally into nutrition having discovered natural fountains of youth in longevity herbs and superfoods, e.g. noni, fo-ti root, shilajit, mangosteen, blue-green algae, and my specialty RAW CACAO that naturally releases endorphins and serotonin that make you feel happy for no particular reason :) Want my recipe? Happy to share it with you. Now, having said all that, I'm NOT vegan or even vegetarian (they have great fresh fish and grass fed beef here on Kauai) so don't worry about cooking whatever suits your fancy. I don't provide breakfast or any meals, so you're on your own, but there's room in my refrigerator for your groceries and you're welcome to prepare your meals at home. Whatever food gets left behind, I donate to the local youth hostel down the road so no food gets wasted here. I'm a retired electrical engineer and computer scientist from Berkeley and Silicon Valley so I invent things, but I promise I'm not a geek. I'm very open and sociable, but surprisingly quiet too. I'm really laid back and crave the quiet, peaceful, harmonious energy in my home. Happy to share this with you if this is what you're looking for. My place isn't fancy and neither am I. Visualize and feel the energy of an old Hawaiian cabin and that's what you can expect here. If you're even wondering if I have A/C, you may want to reconsider a hotel instead. NO homes on Kauai will run A/C. The Hawaiian Islands ship in over a billion dollars in diesel fuel annually to run our electricity and so you can only find A/C in hotel rooms. Homes happily rely on old fashioned tropical breezes to cool off. I'm clean and tidy and did I mention quiet? I prefer the same with visiting guests. I read a lot and listen to music with headphones and play with my cats when I'm not creating food/drink concoctions in the kitchen or playing in the garden, but most of the time I'm out exploring heaven on earth. Come stay with me and I'll share a slice of heaven with you.
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