Walk To Beach From River House

House - Entire home/apt · Kuhio Highway, Anahola, HI, United States
Your host, Sean
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The Space

Very spacious private River Suite ALL to yourself in authentic Hawaiian home near the beach. The gentle sound of waves can be heard down the river from your back door. You can 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. We are also walking distance to 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 River Suite 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 River Suite features your own private access, private outdoor patio, 1 queen bed (with memory foam mattress!), 1 queen futon couch (with memory foam mattress topper), and 1 private bathroom with lava rocks and stone bathtub and shower flooded with natural sunlight. The River Suite 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 River Suite 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 links below).

Charming Cottage: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/323810


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.


#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. The rest is easy. Just be considerate of others, especially with respect to the quiet peaceful harmony on the property.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $25 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Cleaning Fee: $125
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • Our trip to Kauai was more than what we expected and we contribute it to staying at the River Suite and the hospitality provided by Sean and Alexandria. They talked with us about the island and it's history and even clued us in on places to go that provided us hours of adventure and exploring the beautiful island. We booked two of the Epic Adventures with Sean and they were just that EPIC and life changing! The location of the River Suite gave us access to a local beach where we saw a spectacular sunrise, fished, and swam. The amenities of the River Suite were great and provided enough space for my husband and I and our 18 year old son. The bathtub/shower room was awesome and we enjoyed the daily smell of the blooming Jasmine and drinking coffee on the patio each morning listening to nature. Thank you Sean for sharing Kauai with us!

    June 2014
  • Our stay with Sean was perfect. Sean & Alexandra (Sean's partner) are exceptional people & their love for one another & the island radiate to their guests. Sean has so much wisdom & insight to share about the island & local spots & I suggest that you soak it all up because she truly knows where all the gold is. Go on as many excursions with Sean & Alexandra as you can, you won't regret it. We had such a great time going on excursions with them because they know a lot about the spots you explore & they're just all around fun people to be around. My wife & I loved Sean & Alexandra, we loved where we stayed, & we loved the island of (website hidden) trip ever.

    June 2014
  • My daughter and I enjoyed a fantastic week here. The lodging was comfortable, spacious and quiet. I was glad to find out there was also free Wi-fi. There is a nearby General Store for early-morning coffee or snacks and it's not too far from the main town to get anything you need on your trip. The Anahola beach seemed like a private beach at times. We never saw more than 5 or 6 other people on it while we were there - sometimes no-one else was on it at all. It's a beautiful beach. We also went on the Waterfall excursion which I highly recommend. Sean is an excellent guide - kind, calm and patient. She tells you about the different fauna on the island and some history as well. There are numbers of other things to do nearby which we did like horseback riding, a boat excursion along Na Pali, the Lighthouse & Bird Sanctuary and more. We definitely want to go back because one week is not near enough time to explore this beautiful garden island.

    April 2014
    Response from Sean:

    Mahalo Heather for your appreciation of the River Suite and the surroundings in our nearby location. I very much enjoyed taking you to the Waterfall Immersion. It definitely had a deep affect on you. We have other private adventures we can share next time.

    April 2014
  • Wir hatten einen wunderbaren Aufenthalt in der Erdgeschosswohnung und haben uns vom ersten Augenblich an sehr wohl und "zuhause " gefühlt. Für alles ist gesorgt, von gutem trinkbaren Wasser aus dem Hahn bis zu ökologisch einwandfreien Shampoo und Duschgel, viele flauschige Handtücher und eine exorbitant schöne Außendusche.Sogar basics zum selberkochen wie Salz, Öl usw.sind (website hidden) ist alles sehr gut gepflegt und geschmackvoll eingerichtet.Sehr praktisch ist die Waschmaschine-und Trockner Mitbenutzung. Man fühlt sich mitten in der Natur und außer Tiergeräuschen und dem Rauschen der Blätter im Wind ist nichts zu hören. Sean ist sehr hilfsbereit und freundlich und bietet zudem eindrucksvolle Ausflüge und Wanderungen an. Insgesamt ein sehr sehr empfehlenswerter Platz den wir nur weiterempfehlen können. Vielen Dank Sean

    April 2014
  • The river house was the perfect place for us to enjoy Kauai- Sean had great tips for us, as well as all the beach gear we needed- towels, chairs, masks, water shoes, beach umbrellas, etc. The house was very comfortable for our party of 3, with lots of space for suitcases, hanging beach towels and wetsuits, and lounging after our long days hiking and beaching. Comfortable bed and linens, and the outdoor shower is pretty magical. I have been back in California for one day and am already plotting my next trip back to Kauai, and my next stay at the river house.
    Anahola is the perfect spot to get everywhere on the island- North or South. We watched the sunrise on the Anahola river/beach several mornings, and got our own private rainbows there- it was pretty spectacular.

    April 2014
  • Nice cozy place, the bath tub/shower is amazing!

    We went on the cave and cove adventure, it was super fun. extremely muddy and slippery in parts but all of it was super awesome, wish there would have been turtles in the cave. I think the beach was my personal favorite, just because it was so secluded.

    Great hosts, had lots of suggestions and could answer anything you wanted to know about what to do, where to eat, where the more local spots of the island are.

    Definitely want to do the top of the world hike on a return trip, ran out of time!

    March 2014
    Response from Sean:

    Thank you Katryn for your review. Was fun taking you on our Secret Caves and Cove adventure. Now you know where to find the turtles next time. Amazing how our local beach was your favorite experience... such a simple pleasure just around the corner and free of charge! Please come back and we'll take you on Top of the World.

    March 2014
  • Very nice studio, very well equipped and decorated with taste, and the bathtub is really amazing! Sean gave us some really good advice on what coud be done with a 4 year old child, and also lent us a guidebook full of good advices! I woud definitely recommand this place, quiet and away from more touristy places, exactly what we were expecting.

    March 2014
    Response from Sean:

    So pleased to hear you enjoyed our quiet home away from the tourism.

    March 2014
  • My wife and I stayed here for our honeymoon, and the place was perfect!

    The place is very romantic, as it is surrounded by a lush garden, close to the beach, and has a beautiful outdoor bath (which I think used almost every night)!

    Sean was very friendly and accommodating as well. If you can, I would definitely recommend taking her private tour to the Nepali coastline... that view will stay in our hearts for a long time!

    Thanks Sean!

    March 2014
    Response from Sean:

    Thank you Byron for being such a great fit for this honeymoon suite and appreciating all the features of this special place, including our epic hike on Top of the World.

    March 2014
  • This place is paradise. Sean's BnB is perfect if you want to feel like a local on this beautiful island. Sean provided us excellent directions from the airport. You are tucked away from the touristy hotels and condos, which is exactly what we wanted. Sean warmly greeted us when we arrived and gave us some nice recommendations. The BnB is also right next to Ono Charburger which I highly recommend. If you go, ask for a side of teriyaki mayo.
    Anyway, Sean's BnB is perfectly located on the island so you can get to the North Shore and South Shore very easily. The BnB was clean, organized, and has the best stone tub/shower I have ever seen or bathed in. I would definitely stay here again and recommend it with all my heart. Aloha!

    February 2014
    Response from Sean:

    Thank you Ari for your appreciation of this LOCAL feeling place away from all the tourism, yet close enough to get to all the best sights on the island. Great place for a home-base from which to see the entire island.

    February 2014
  • It was really (email hidden). We got a lot of good tips, where to go, and you have to do the "Top of the World" hike, it is awsome!
    Thank you Sean for the great time!

    January 2014
    Response from Sean:

    Thank you Jana for your review and awesome recommendation for Top of the World. This tends to be the highlight over everyone's stay. Glad my other tips and suggestions played out well too.

    January 2014
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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 (website hidden) 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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