Private charming cottage ALL to yourself in authentic Hawaiian home near the beach. Stunning mountain view of Mt. Kalalea filmed in the movie King Kong out your kitchen window. The gentle sound of waves can be heard in the distance from your bedroom window at night. 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 cottage. 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.
The cottage 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.
The cottage features your own private access, private outdoor deck, 1 queen bed (with memory foam mattress!) and 1 private bathroom with tub/shower. The cottage includes private parking, free high speed Internet, full kitchenette with 2 burner cooktop, toaster oven (no oven), full size refrigerator, blender, coffee maker, full set of pots, pans and dishware, outdoor BBQ for grilling, 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. Washer & Dryer available on the premises at $5 each per load (due to the very high cost of electricity in Hawaii). Hang drying clothes on clothes line encouraged to save energy and money on dryer fees :-)
The cottage is 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. My playful cats will entertain you and make you laugh. They are bursting with joy living in paradise and can’t help but show it. I feel the same way! I am fortunate to have found Airbnb to let other cool people know about my place with whom I can share a slice of paradise with. 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.
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.
I live next door and 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, and 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.
My spouse is Swiss so we can assist you in three languages: English, German or French.
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 calendar on my other listing which are adjacent to each other on the same property (copy and paste the link below).
MY OTHER LISTING:
River House: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/461806
Treehouse #1: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/203590
Treehouse #2: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/225163
Treehouse #3: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1995323
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 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. The rest is easy. Just be considerate of others, especially with respect to the quiet peaceful harmony on the property.
#1 rule is the have fun and be open to the magic on this magical island of Kauai. Be prepared to experience paradise on earth. Bring your dreams with you.
#2 rule is to practice being laid back. Everything moves slower here and according to nature's pace (not man-made pace).
#3 rule is plan on being quieter than usual and being mindful of letting the outdoor nature sounds be louder than you. We have Cable TV but ask that you not play it too loud so the neighbors don't hear your movie. Sound travels in quiet places.
#4 rule is no smoking anywhere on the premises (because it just floats back inside the house through the open windows from the gentle tropical breezes that are always present).
#5 rule is no heavy drinking (like getting drunk and loud).
#6 rule is that you will promise to print out and bring the directions (attached to your receipt) with you and not rely on our physical address....because mapping it, even with GPS or a smart phone won't get you here. Unfortunately everyone who relies on mapping the address gets lost because the address puts you out on the highway, when in fact we are down a private road. So, when you call me and ask for help because you forgot the directions, you might not reach me. Please don't start your vacation off by getting lost. The directions are your treasure map and you cannot find this little gem without them.
Sean's place is ultimately a very solid Airbnb option for Kaua'i, with a great location, awesome amenities, and helpful hosts. But the listing does overstate some of what this place actually offers.
- Incredibly kind hosts. Sean was out of town at the time we stayed, but Geoff and Katita, who were taking care of the place, were super helpful, knowledgable, and sweet.
- Great location. The apartment is located on the eastern shore, away from the more touristy hubs, but is still convenient to almost every part of the island.
- Amenities. Sean provides FREE access to guidebooks, snorkels, beach towels, spare hiking shoes, beach umbrellas, and beach chairs. This is a huge money-saver and convenience.
- Wild chickens are absolutely everywhere on Kaua'i, including here. And the thin walls and open windows mean, unless you use earplugs, the roosters will wake you up in the morning.
- The excursions seem great - we did the Top Of The World hike - but a bit pricey. $125 per person for a 2 or 3-hour hike is steep, even with a good guide. And it's all the pricier when it's on a trail with a fair number of tourists on it.
- The listing describes this as a "Private charming cottage ALL to yourself". But it's really more like a 1-bedroom apartment carved out of a larger house. The entrance is private, but sound passes easily through the walls, and you can hear the guests in the other apartments.
- Cooking can be a challenge. Pots, pans, knives, etc are all here, but there's no stove in the kitchen. There IS an electric hot plate, but, unfortunately, it blew out the fuse twice. Geoff (our fill-in host) was able to fix it relatively quickly, but we decided not cook much more after that.
Host Sean was not there but her friend couple were very nice and warm and helpful. Love the location. The convenient store is 3mins walk and that is very helpful. Several lovely beaches near by. If you like living experience in jungle, this is it. But mosquitos can be a problem in summer.
I can't say enough good things about my experience staying at Sean's . She makes you feel quite at home immediately. The neighborhood is a local area equal distance to princeville area in the north and poipu in the south. You feel quite independent. The apt. is equip well for living. Sean has wonderful tours available for those that are interested. I would be very happy to return someday.
Excellent clean and cozy apartment in a rural and relaxed setting. We enjoyed Anahola beach (full moon over the water one night!) and also easy access to other areas of Kauai. We were sad to leave, and would recommend this cottage to friends and family.
Sean was a wonderful host! She met us at the cottage when we got there and sat down with us to tell us about the area. We had a wonderful guide book with a map to help guide us to several places on the island. Sean recommended several places to us and showed us where they were located. We also got to use a lot of her beach gear-Snorkels, masks, fins, chairs, boogie boards, shoes, and cooler :) We loaded up the jeep and took off all day. It was so nice to have the beach gear the whole trip with out having to buy it or rent it. We also did the Top of the World epic hike adventure! AMAZING! Tip for those who don't hike but on a vacation(like this)...drink water the day before you go on the trip so you are well hydrated! I was so thirsty on the hike! I took two bottles of water and drank both of them. Danny was our guide on the hike and he was awesome! Very friendly and very knowledgeable. He even treated us to some home made chocolate after our hike t wait to book with Sean again :)
This location is truly beautiful and rustic, a bit of old Hawaii. We were just bit surprised by it being an apartment, not a separate cottage. We could hear the neighbors through the walls. Sean is a joy! She is full of knowledge and love of this land. We will definitely recommend it to friends!
I just want to thank you for all of your hospitality and all the little amenities that come along with the house. (Chairs,coolers,snorkel gear, guide book etc.)
I loved..loved that part of the island. Away from it all. I would highly recommend your property.
When I left after staying in your property I had rented a condo. It is nice but waaaay to resorty for me. I missed being back up there.
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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 hike, surf, paddle board and sunbathe. 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.