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The Bamboo Studio was an amazing place to stay! It was clean, comfortable and felt like an oasis in the trees. Ellie was so welcoming to us. She took time to go over a map and "must-sees" on the island. Any questions we had, Ellie was happy to answer. Her kindness and generosity help to make our trip great.
Great hosts (thoughtfull, kind, accomodating). Great place (clean, quite, roomy, attractive). Great location (nice daily walk to beaches and Grand Hyatt Kauai conference venue, yet far enough from roads to be quiet).
Ellie made every effort to make us feel comfortable, with emails before our trip talking about some of the activities and helping maintain a feeling of connection during the months before we traveled. The house was comfortable even during the cool wet winter days, and is very well located- on a quiet street within 5 min walking distance of lots of shops and restaurants in Koloa, and only 2.6 miles from Poipu beaches. Ellie brought over some tennis racquets [and balls!] so we could enjoy playing on the public courts, gave us a great handdrawn map of activities and local details, and was available by phone . All new kitchen- wi fi, and a small surfboard to take to the beach. The outdoor covered lanai was a special treat for chatting, reading, and eating. Artistic furniture, louvered glass to let in the breezes, nice paintings on the walls, comfy towels and queen beds, beach towels- and we enjoyed cooking local foods to enjoy each night. We would definitely go back.
We LOVED staying in the Poipu Bamboo Studio! We felt very welcomed by Ellie and Brett with a personalized welcome sign and Hawaiian chocolates. The unit had every single thing we needed and the hosts made excellent recommendations on local activities. The unit was clean and perfect for a couple! The neighborhood was safe and quiet, yet close to Poipu beach and some restaurants. I felt like I was living like a Hawaii native! I would recommend this studio to any couples or singles visiting Kauai.
My husband and I really liked our stay at the garden suite, it had everything we needed and the location was very good, just a short drive to the beautiful beach, shops and restaurants. Recommended!
We had a wonderfull stay at Ellie's Bamboo Studio. Everything was perfect and the host really really nice. Fully recommended!!!
We loved our stay at the Garden Suite. Ellie was away at the time we arrived, but there was someone there to orient us and who was very welcoming. When we met Ellie and her husband, we really enjoyed talking to them and they had great recommendations of what to see around the island, which we hadn't seen in our research and were very glad to have incorporated into our plans!
The suite was located in a quiet and safe neighbourhood which we found was convenient for walking to Poipu Road/Beach and driving around the island. The suite was cute and clean. Overall, we would stay here again! Thanks Ellie!
Hi, we had a wonderful stay in the Poipu Bamboo studio! It was so lovely we even extended our stay! Our original plan was to stay in different areas on the island but it was great to relax in one place and use this location as a base which is doable to go to the North, to the West or just hang out in the South (what gems near the AirBNB!). The last morning I was able to see the moonset and the sunset from our place, simultaneously! We were in Hawaii a total of 14 days, but during these last 5 it felt less like were were at an AIRBNB and more like we were guests of Ellie and Bret! I say this because Ellie made it a point to welcome us in to sit down with us with a map to give us tips about the island. Bret gave us ideas too! They were both so welcoming! It was nice to chat with them! We liked this added bonus of feeling like we were at a home (although the Studio is completely separate so you wouldn't even know you were staying next to a home). The Studio is above the Garden Suite. It was great to meet a friendly local couple who has been on the island for quite some time! While we had a plan, we incorporated all of their suggestions and were not disappointed. I think there are some people who truly embrace the AIRBNB concept and Ellie is one of them. The location was great, a short walk to the beach and quick drive to the local markets! We didn't cook but there is a fridge, microwave and all the basics so it worked well for our quiet evenings with Da Crack takeout! :-) I liked the separate room where we could keep our luggage and spread out without cluttering our living space!
The neighborhood is in a nice quite residential area. The room was well equipped, very clean and very comfortable. We really enjoyed our stay!
Ellie's lovely Garden Suite is located a minute away from the beautiful Poipu Beach by car (we were too lazy to carry our snorkeling gear, otherwise it'd probably be a short 10 min walk).
But what really made our experience in Kauai was Ellie's suggestions on where to go and what to do: Friday art night at Hanapepe was the highlight of our trip, popular places like Kalaheo Cafe and Jo Jo's were obvious, but small gem like the Kilauea Bakery can only be recommended by a local.
It was wonderful to meet Ellie, Bret and their daughters. There were our first guests from Hawaii and it was great to here about their way of life.
The Barn was left very tidy with everything in its place. We can highly reccomend them as guests and hope to see them again either in Ireland or Hawaii.
Spending a week in one of Ellie's apartments (spring 2013), we've got to know her as a person who takes great CARE of her clients. Helping us with personal hints about the island (from restaurants to grocery stores, from road trips to vista points, from sports to places to watch a sunset). Besides that, the apartment was extremely well kept, super clean and very well equipped.
Ellie made our stay in beautiful Kauai even better.
Our 2 week stay at Ellie's was perfect. Ellie was very warm, helpful and friendly. Her place had everything we needed and super clean! When we go back to Kauai, we will definitely stay with her again.
It is a pleasure to write this reference for Ellie, she has the highest integrity and a tremendous warmth.