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“Hanalei Surfboard House Exceeds our Expectations!” 5 of 5 stars
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5459 Weke Rd, Hanalei, Kauai, HI 96714   |  
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Ranked #1 of 7 Hanalei B&B and Inns
Madison, Wisconsin
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“Hanalei Surfboard House Exceeds our Expectations!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2012

My husband and I stayed at the Hanalei Surfboard House for 1 week in July 2011, during a 10 day stay on the island for our 10 year wedding anniversary. We wish we would of stayed there the entire trip, but plans took us down to the south end of the island for the last 3 days, which was nice, but not like staying in Hanalei at the Surfboard House.

We enjoyed the Surfboard House immensely. We stayed in the cowgirl suite, which was very cozy and cute. The room is equipped with almost anything you need to enjoy your stay, including an ipod dock, cd's, TV, books, sitting area. The bed was very comfortable with nice linens and a ceiling fan above. The room itself had an efficiency-size open kitchen with everything you need to make a nice meal, including a blender, which we used every morning to make smoothies with all of the tropical fruit we bought at the farmer's market nearby. The bathroom is spacious with a very nice shower, that had good pressure, and all of the water in the house is filtered, so no need to buy bottled water. The room has its own private lanai with a lovely zen garden. My husband and I sat out there all the time and enjoyed the quiet, meditative beauty. If fact, the whole house is surrounded with gorgeous gardens, art and very cool vintage surfboards along the fence. There was also laundry, a grill on the lanai, lots of beach equipment, like chairs, coolers, etc to use.

The house itself is located about a one minute walk to Hanalei beach. Every morning we would get up right before sunrise, make some coffee/tea and walk down to the beach to enjoy the gorgeous sunrises. We'd then come back and make a delicious breakfast, eat it on our lanai, while gazing at the beautiful flowers and plants and then head out to do our sightseeing, hiking, etc.

Simon, the owner, is a very nice guy. You can tell he puts a lot of effort into taking care of his place and making it into something quite special. He is very down to earth and we enjoyed talking to him about various subjects. He was also very helpful in helping us find what we were looking for in regards to restaurants, food, beaches, etc. He even borrowed my husband one of his long sleeve t-shirts to use.

We would definitely stay at the Hanalei Surfboard House again. Beautiful, down to earth, hip place in a great location.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2011

Never having been to Kauai before, we didn't know what to expect regarding accommodations, so Trip Advisor came to my rescue again and as usual, we were not disappointed. The house was private, comfortable,fun, and quiet. Simon is a wonderful host and thought of everything you could need for the beach, a picnic,a bbq, and entertainment (my husband is an 80's music fanatic and there was plenty of memorabilia, and cds around). We cooked our own Thanksgiving dinner in the private cozy garden. Everything is close and convenient to the surfhouse.

Although we had to leave rather abruptly when I reacted to a stepped on bee (poor bee had it worse than me though), and then about 2 hours later into a pile of fire ants (neither happened at the surfhouse), it was helpful that the cottage had first aid available too!

PS- the absolute BEST shower ever!

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Virginia Beach
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2011

Ditto to all the excellent reviews of the Hanalei Surfboard House. My husband and I took our 17 year old son for a graduation/Christmas present and had the best time EVER! My son was in a surfer's paradise. We had the Elvis room and my son had the honor of residing in the airstream trailer for the week. Simon truly thinks of everything to make your trip relaxing and special. His garden is beautiful. The fragrance from the flowers especially at night is unforgettable. We couldn't imagine staying anywhere else. Can't wait to return. Mahalo Simon for everything and tell Noodles we said hello.
Mark, Carol & Adam - Virginia Beach, VA
**The Tahiti Nui restaurant/bar had great food and drinks**

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Bonsall, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2011

The Hanalei Surfboard House is a stunning achievement in vacation lodging ambience. Through art, artifice, or sheer alchemy, Simon conjures a magical atmosphere: a unique heady blend of sensuous luxury and cozy familiarity. A tropical paradise as comfortable as fleece-lined flip-flops. Time ceases to exist; you feel as if you have been here before, or that you actually live here.

Simon is a warm, wonderful host, with the intuitive ability to be there just when you need him.

The grounds are dreamy, like a movie set. As if a fabulous production designer attended to every detail including the colorful compost receptacle and trash cans, which are not only festive and bright, they are spotlessly clean and fresh. The surfboard fence helps create an amazing sense of privacy for a building located in a neighborhood with houses on one side and behind. This is the perfect location for a honeymoon, or a romantic getaway.

The whole place is absolutely immaculate, and I mean that. Once I noticed how clean it really was, I started looking for dirt. Tops of the piles of books under the coffee table? Clean. Baseboards in the bathroom? Clean. Top of fridge? Clean.

We stayed in the Elvis Suite. The Elvis touches were subtle and the Hawaiian décor pretty (we have the same Cabana Joe lamps!). There is nothing Simon has not thought of and you could easily pay twice as much for half of this. The level of detail is astounding. For example, there is a coffee maker. But not just your average puny hotel standard coffeemaker, it is a full-size Cuisinart. There is coffee, but not just those skimpy packets a hotel gives you. It is a full bag of coffee. Better, it is a full bag of coffee beans. Even better still, it is a full bag of Kauai coffee beans, with a coffee grinder. See what I mean? There is a full size refrigerator and freezer. In the freezer are nice big plastic mugs, frosty frozen and ready to keep your beverages cold. The beverages you make in the blender, which is also there. Is there a microwave? Of course, AND a toaster, AND a toaster-oven, AND a hot plate. Like to grill? There is a gas grill on the gorgeous lanai. Hate gas grills? A charcoal grill is also on the lanai, with a washer and dryer, plus a clothes-drying rack. An electric broom, a fan, and tons of clothes hangers are in the bedroom closet. You will figure out what the electric broom is for.

Are you going to the Tuesday Farmer’s Market? Look under the sink for cloth bags. Taking a quick walk across the street to Hanalei Bay beach? On the front lanai are boogie boards, snorkels, and mesh tote bags to haul your stuff in. In the bathroom are towels to take to the beach, in fact, a big cupboard full of towels of all sizes, a shower big enough for two, a toothbrush holder, and lights directly over the bathroom sink. There are local shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. Again, not the skimpy hotel sizes, these are full size bottles of luscious local concoctions. Staying in? There is a big flat screen TV on an amazing swivel, with Direct TV and a DVD player, and DVDs and books, books and more books. And an iPod dock, Bose sound system, piles of CDs. SECURE wireless internet, an access to Simon’s Music Cloud. And an actual guitar. If you play guitar, there is a guitar for you to play. Unless you golf, in which case, yes, there is a set of golf clubs, too.

The hairdryer and exquisitely comfy bed and cushy linens are a given. I think this is the most time we’ve ever spent inside a room (or on the lanai) on a tropical vacation, even though the weather was perfect. Best of all, we could not only walk to the beach, we could hear the ocean at night.

Mahalo, Simon! We will be back.


Kauai tips:
If this is your first trip to Kauai and you are seeking true Hawaiian ambience, please trust me and spend the majority of your time on the north shore. Some of the greatest beaches and hiking trails on the planet are minutes away, including Tunnels Beach and the Kalalau Trail.
And because this came up before, if you are staying on the north shore, have one more full day on Kauai, and have just taken a helicopter trip, yes, you can now skip the drive to Waimea Canyon.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2011

We had wanted our own little private beach cottage 'near but far' from Hanalei town, close to surf, with beautiful artful gardens magical and enchanting as the paradise of Kauai ....and we found so much more than we could have ever imagined at the Hanalei Surfboard House, what a lucky find! You are not left wanting or needing for anything, Simon has thought of it all--from inside to outside, plus so many extra touches to make your stay not only comfortable, and that's putting it mildly, but fun, special and definitely memorable! Both the gardens and rooms are filled with surprises everywhere you turn, you feel like you're staying in an extension of his own home, sharing his personal collections on the walls, eclectic CDs & movies, books of all kinds. We found ourselves enjoying all so much and with the private patio and yard with a grill, we spent more time staying in than going out, especially as Hanalei has such wonderful fish available and a great stocked and friendly wine shop! And anywhere we went in town, everyone spoke so highly of the Surfboard House and Simon ....we even bought a print of the 'Hanalei Surfboard Hale' by a local artist at the Farmer's Market! All this, and it's literally a step away from a beautiful peaceful beach with great surf and a relaxing stroll to Hanalei pier and in a wonderful neighborhood minutes to town. Our only drawback was that Simon was out of town during our stay but his assistant Jackie was very warm and helpful and treated us just like a good neighbor! We will return, we HAVE to! Dorothy & Barry Franchi, Santa Cruz, CA

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Austin, Texas
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2011

My partner and I were lucky enough to get into the Hanalei Surfboard House's Love Shack at the last second becuase of a cancellation. Boy are we lucky. The location is as good as it gets, being right in the middle of Hanalei Bay. It's an easy walk to any of the shops and restaurants in town and so close to the beach that the sound of the waves will serenade you to sleep every night. Once in town, you can paddle the up the Hanalei River and into the bay, and if you are lucky enough (as we were), a sea turtle might be your escort. And it's an easy drive to hike the famous Na'Pali coast and all the other North Shore attractions.

The Love Shack itself was charming, well decorated, and extremely comfortable. There's a kitchen and a gas grille for those nights that you just want to stay in and enjoy the sounds of the ocean. And during those regular North Shore rainstorms there was plenty to do inside the shack, including listening to a great music selection, wireless internet and cable. The Love Shack had all the amenities of home but is located in paradise. We couldn't have been happier.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2011

I stayed here with my girlfriend this August for the second leg of my Hawaii trip following a friend's wedding in Honolulu. Kauai was the destination we chose because we wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki, and felt like Hanalei would be the perfect place. I read about the Hanalei Surfboard House here, and decided to give it a shot -it was probably the single best idea I had for the trip.

The Love Shack (the separate unit from Simon's main house) was where we stayed for almost a week. We enjoyed every last minute of it. Simon certainly pays attention to details to ensure your stay at the house is as ideal as possible. Staying at the house provided us with things we surely didn't expect, including; boogie boards, fresh towels, cooler, beach chairs/umbrellas, chilled mugs, grill, rice cooker, condiments, plates/dishes, surround sound, free internet, washer/dryer, kitchen appliances, extension cords, you name it, the Surfboard House provides it. Simon really put thought into every little detail to make your stay as thoughtless as possible... the only thing missing of course was meals cooked by the host himself ;).

In any case, this place was definitely the hidden gem we were looking for, and it definitely warranted all the great reviews on this site. It is steps away from Hanalei Bay and literally a few minutes away from all of Kauai's must see sights on the North Shore. Hanalei is such a charming town to visit, and staying at the Surfboard House gives you the feeling that you were part of the local community, even if it is just for a little while.

When I visit Kauai again, I have no doubt in my mind that I will be paying Simon Potts a visit again, hopefully it doesn't get too popular though from everyone reading my review.

In short: clean, better than a luxury resort/hotel for amenities, provides a unique experience... truly exceptional place to stay.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 5459 Weke Rd, Hanalei, Kauai, HI 96714
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Hanalei
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
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Ranked #1 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Hanalei
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in one of the most sought after destinations on Kauai’s spectacular North Shore, our suites are just a few minutes from charming Hanalei town. On a beachfront road lined with stately homes and plantation cottages, we provide some of the only room-rentals in Hanalei. Hanalei Bay, the playground of surfing’s World Champions, is right across the street. ... more   less 
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