Rustic Cottage with loft bed up a sturdy ladder, deck, gas grill, green surroundings, walk across the grass to El Bano (sink, toilet, outdoor shower), microwave, electric kettle, toaster, coffee maker, bar sink, fridge, TV, wireless internet upon request. Smoking only outside, please.
Minimum stay: one week
We speak English, Deutsch, a little French, Spanish and Solinger Platt!
If it's the season you might want to pick starfruit, passion fruit, yellow- and strawberry guava on the 2+ acre compound; coconuts are available yearround, shampoo ginger will give your hair that special shine and some kitchen herbs can be found near the cottage as well.
Just 5 minutes walk from the cottage you'll reach Steelgrass Farm. My brother-in-law offers educational tours of his chocolate farm 3 times a week! Very informative, fun and utterly ONOlicious.....bring some dark chocolate, raw Kauai honey and vanilla beans back for the folks at home!
Just 3 miles down the hill in Kapa'a town you find all the shops, restaurants and cafes you might like to visit. Right by the Moikeha canal and the historic Japanese lantern you'll see the quaint public library with internet access. Of course, there are numerous cafes as well that offer wifi: Small Town Cafe, Cafe Hemingway and Starbucks, to name a few. Dinner choices in downtown Kapa'a are: Scotty's, Backyard's, Sushi Bushido, East Side and yes, you got to try Olympic Cafe across the road for Happy Hour on Fridays, 4 to 7, cheap beer and free tacos!
That's just a few places in Kapa'a town........
Right behind the library you will also find the longest section of our Multi Use Coastal Path: Walk, jog, cycle or roller blade up North to the biggest sandy beach near Kapa'a - KEALIA - where you can swim at the North end or try surfing - lifeguard present till 5 pm. Then continue on all the way to beautiful wild Donkey Beach and see humpback whales out there between late November and April!
The closest beach which is safe for swimming at any time is Lydgate Beach Park, right next to the Wailua River mouth. it's a 60-acre park with lots of amenities, walled seawater ponds, showers, pavilions, picnic tables, barbecue pits, playground, lifeguard station and a 2-mile-long path for walking, jogging, cycling and more.
Kai's Rustic Cottage was fabulous! The location near Kapaa is excellent. Very centrally located. The space is quite large with two sofas & a large dining table. We enjoyed the outdoor bathroom & shower, but you need to be prepared to go down a staircase from the sleeping loft and outside (under the beautiful starry sky) to use the bathroom at night. We appreciated having a DVD player. A couple nights, we rented DVDs at the redbox in the Foodland. The "kitchen" includes a refrigerator, microwave, tea kettle, coffee maker, and toaster inside with a sink and grill on the lanai. It was perfect for us - but we don't cook much! We loved having breakfast on the lanai, which is surrounded by trees and is lovely! There are plenty of good, inexpensive dinner options nearby in Kapaa. Charlotte and John are fabulous hosts. They told us about the Tuesday Kapaa farmers market and their favorite beaches & hikes nearby. We greatly appreciated the coffee, local chocolates & breakfast items that Charlotte left for us at our arrival. And she also allowed us to do laundry, which was a bonus! Highly, highly, highly recommend!
This place was a dream come true! Our own spacy and cozy cabana with living and dining room and a nice loft with a super comfy bed. The start-up kit had great coffee, muffins, butter, juice, fruit, avocados and a box of Hawaiian chocolate :-) They even have snorkeling equipment that you can use while you're there. We had a little terrace with a nice grill and a kitchenette that we loved. The 'bano' was amazing, you really feel like taking a shower in nature! Charlotte and John were just adorable and we spent a wonderful time with them: beach cleaning, full-moon party at Lydgate Beach with wonderful people, Slack Guitar festival, they were truly the dream hosts...we felt so at home! We will definitely come back and cannot stop talking about their awesome place in Kapaa. We love them!
Charlotte and John (and cats) were wonderful hosts! Kai's Cottage is quite simply unique and we treasured our stay. We found the cottage extremely neat and clean with essentials in the refrigerator and even a cooler to take to the beach! Inside the cottage we found books on Kauai which were very useful. Kai's Cottage was perfect. Peaceful, quiet (except for the roosters!) tropical and private. The outdoor shower is a true highlight! We appreciated the gas grill and the beautiful deck to relax after a day of hiking. Kapaa is a great central location to stay if you plan to explore the island. Please note: it is a rain forest island, so bring lots of mosquito repellent.
We love the outdoors and Charlotte's place was perfect for us. She and husband John were amazing hosts and we truly enjoyed our stay and plan to stay there again. Accommodations were clean, neat and just right for us. We arrived very late in evening so it was so nice that Charlotte provides guest with a few things so there is coffee and something to eat in the morning.
It's the little things that make all the difference in a stay and Charlotte made that happen in so many ways. Thank you Charlotte.
Charlotte was a wonderful hostess-- she greeted my daughter and I when we arrived late in the evening with a tour and some fresh island fruit and amenities in the fridge, a welcome sight for tired travelers! The cottage was great, complete with a wonderful lanai with a great BBQ, and (private) rustic outdoor shower (I loved this, my teen daughter was a bit shy). Charlotte and John checked in on us to see if we needed anything and Charlotte was a wealth of information when it came to daily markets, private beaches, and island sights. She even presented me with a lovely card and a beautiful plate of exotic fruit on my birthday! The cottage was quiet and cozy, except for the crickets and roosters-- oh and friendly geckos too! I would recommend this cottage to anyone who likes the out-of-way dwelling and wants to experience the island rural culture first hand!
We came to Kauai on our honeymoon and it was the first time for both of us. What an amazing place! Charlotte was a lovely host. We love places with personality so we absolutely loved the cottage. Much bigger than it seemed in the pictures and it's nestled up against the trees overlooking a stream far down in the jungle below. All of the amenities are outside but that just added to the experience. We have become big fans of outside showers! Just make sure you wear mosquito repellent when you're outdoors because those little guys are extremely vicious. The cottage is inland a bit so it has a little different feel from the coastal parts of the island but the location is (email hidden)y 10 minutes to Kapa'a and about an hour from start of the Nepali coast to the North and Poipu to the South...very central. We would love to come stay again!
Kais Rustic cottage was exactly what we were looking for in our kauai vacation. The place is really (email hidden)e only people we ever saw on the property were the owners john and charlotte plus two friendly and cute cats lilikoi and bonkers. All four of them made us feel right at home and were the epitome of "aloha". The cottage was very nice..more spacious than we expected, and nicely stocked with household items that we utilized, coffee pot (with coffee!) Microwave, beach bags,. towels etc. we saved alot by cooking all of our dinners on the nice gas grill. The cottage even had tupperware to take sandwiches and leftovers with us on our adventures :) we definitely hope to return to kauai sometime soon
Charlotte and John were helpful and kind hosts. Charlotte had stocked the fridge with a few breakfast items and treats, which was pleasantly surprising. The cabin is roomy and the bed comfortable. My only reservation with the Rustic Cottage is the mosquitoes, which inhabit the outdoor toilet and shower, as well as sneaking into the cottage itself. I went home with over 100 bites, but my husband only got half a dozen. If mosquitoes bother you, I would recommend booking the Cozy Cottage instead. Otherwise, this should suit you nicely.
Kai's Cottage is a wonderful place to stay. The outside shower was wonderful. Each day one wakes up to the beautiful sounds of the birds, roosters and bull frogs. The owners are very welcoming and invited us to the full moon celebration where we met people from all over the world as well as people from our own state on the mainland. Be sure to take advantage of the full moon celebration if you are there during a full moon. Tourists don't usually get the chance to meet local people and it's a great bonus. The only thing I won't miss are mosquitoes. Being in the rainforest, they do come out to greet you. But mosquito spray and bug coils were provided to keep them at bay. I found staying here a much more personable experience than staying in a corporate condo. We would definitely stay here again.
We stayed in Kai's Rustic Cottage for our honeymoon, and were extremely happy with the overall experience.
John and Charlotte were amazing hosts, deeply connected to the island, giving us more than enough privacy, incredibly helpful with all questions we had and suggestions/advice for places to go on the island. We will absolutely be returning to Kaua'i at some point down the road, and hope that one of their residences is available when we do!
For the "Rustic Cottage" itself - it was excellent. Very clean and well kept with shelves full of super cool old books. Comfy couches, very comfortable bed, plenty of space, and very well located. It may have been the time of year we were there (early April), but we did have the unfortunate downside of lots of mosquitos. There was bug spray available in the cottage, but their main residence seemed to be under the outdoor shower, so we did end up with a fair number of bites.
The deck with grill, table, sink, etc. was spacious and great for cooking. Charlotte provided us with some wonderful local fruits, bread, etc. upon our arrival, and there were plenty of sources for food nearby (Costco, Safeway, etc.).
Overall, it was an incredibly positive experience, and made our stay there great. The mosquitos were a bummer, but not enough to keep us from coming back to the same place at some point in the future!