This is the best place we have ever stayed in our lives. It was picturesque, quiet and relaxing. Everything you could possibly need is here, which saved us a significant amount of time and money
We arrived here at about 3pm on Saturday, 23 March and stayed through 1 April. It was a beautiful drive from the airport.
We were met by Dianne who warmly welcomed us and gave us a quick tour, after which Pat appeared to give us general information on where and what to do while we are here. They are an awesome couple. A few days later we met Justine who also cooks breakfasts and helps manage the B&B. She is so nice and helpful.
The view of the very beautiful, lush backyard and pool against the scenic backdrop of the gorgeous mountains is so relaxing and leaves no doubt that you are in the Garden of Eden of Kauai. Everything is personal, everything is quality, everything is quiet, relaxing and beautiful. I doubt that any other B&B, resort or hotel will come close to the full package of personal comforts of the Dilly Dally.
We loved being able to relax in the quiet pool in the evenings with the soothing sounds of the waterfall and listening to exotic birds. This was our best vacation ever. If we had it to do over, the only thing that we would change is our length of stay. Eight nights was not long enough.
ACTIVITIES: Pat (and Justine) is your own personal cognoscente on where, when, how and what to do on Kauai. He gives you quality, objective, expert information on activities and restaurants, and in whom you can trust. Unlike some hotel concierges who sometimes receive kickbacks or are simply not that knowledgeable, and most often have never done the activity. Such information is highly valuable and saves us hours of time and potentially expensive or disappointing mistakes. Nonetheless, even the best expert on Kauaiian activities cannot know all things all the time. Discussing the previous day’s activities with other guests at breakfast gives you invaluable up to date information on what to do and not to do, which further saved us time, disappointment and expenses. Again, I cannot stress enough how valuable this is in time and money saved and avoiding frustrations. Plus, it is just very pleasant to meet and talk with others for breakfast. We love it. We met people from Canada, Germany, SF, LA, Chicago, and New Jersey.
We rented the Suite for the first 2 days and then switched over to the Cottage. The Suite was just perfect for space and comfort. The Cottage stands alone from the main house; it has a small living room/mini-kitchen/dining table, larger bathroom and smaller bed (queen). We were concerned about the outside shower as it was a bit abnormal. Interestingly, after our first showers, it was no big deal and more fun than anything.
If we had a choice of all rooms, we would choose the Traditional at $115 per night as the best value, though it does not have a backyard/lush view. Next would be the Master, $185 and then the Suite, $165. The Master gives you much more for only $20 and it has a Tempur-Pedic mattress (nirvana for sleeping), but is often not available as the owners sleep in it when they are here.
The suites are very beautiful as shown online. All Polynesian furniture and motif. Everything is in perfect condition and perfectly clean. The welcome basket was filled with an awesome array lot of delicious Hawaiian chocolates and treats – no fillers here. The bathrooms were beautiful, look new and perfectly clean; nice huge soft towels; clear glass large shower; microwaves (with popcorn), refrigerators, coffee pots, all the everyday necessities are in the room. The Dilly Dally is a short, 9-10 minute, 4 mile drive out in the country from Kapa’a.
There were several things we forgot while packing, but it was all in the dresser drawers in the hallway. Literally EVERYTHING you need. You could bring nothing but clothes and cameras, and everything else would be here. That is pretty cool considering how much everything costs here, not to mention the time and annoyance to go get them when you need them.
They also have numerous other things like snorkeling gear; boogie boards; surf boards; beach gear including towels, bag & cooler etc; even water dog shoes (which my wife forgot to bring); ice and condiments in the outside fridge; BBQ; washer/dryer & products; huge collection of recent DVD’s; books; even an iPad.
OUR DELICIOUS BREAKFASTS:
Important Note: Breakfasts are so filling that we sometimes could not finish it. We were so stuffed that on most days we did not eat lunch, but rather ate an early dinner about 4-5pm. In our opinion, which was shared by many of the other guests, you are getting both breakfast and a light lunch. Don’t hesitate to take some breakfast leftovers for your hike or late morning snack.
BEVERAGES: Various Hawaiian coffees and teas, and some variation of numerous fresh tropical juices.
SUNDAY: Fresh sliced Maui Gold Pineapple, Ummi bag egg/bacon omelets, perfectly cooked potatoes and a little mini cinnamon loaf with delicious coconut cream cheese icing.
MONDAY: One-half fresh guava with lime; Pineapple-cinnamon waffles with a pineapple-cinnamon glaze/sauce, and with maple, coconut and mango syrups available. The Mango syrup was excellent. Nice thick bacon on the side.
TUESDAY: Chicken & Turkey Bacon Casserole with egg, onion, French toast cubes, cheese; Waffled hash browns; Papaya Coconut Macadamia Nut Muffins; fresh cantaloupe.
WEDNESDAY: Fresh sliced Maui Gold pineapple; 1 inch thick French toast made with pureed banana, coconut milk, egg & cinnamon, and topped with sliced bananas.
THURSDAY: Fresh watermelon with apple bananas; scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese; papaya/mango/peach salsa; and sliced avocado; Turkey sausage/egg loaf/cheddar cheese with creamed feta cheese; light, but decadent breaded pudding with a dollop of creamed nutella.
FRIDAY: Banana/cinnamon/macadamia nut pancakes with coconut sprinkles; Maple & coconut & pinapple syrups; Portugese sausage; Tropical fruit salad with fresh bananas-strawberries-papaya-guava-watermelon-honeydew melon.
SATURDAY: Egg/bacon soufflé; Cheese/mushroom hashbrowns; Tropical fruit salad with a white sweet sauce; Decadent papaya/coconut/cinnamon coffee cake with coconut cream cheese icing; Strawberry Jello/cream cheese gelatins with fresh strawberries on top; little mini apple bananas to-go.
SUNDAY: Fresh sliced Maui Gold pineapple & grapes; Macadamia nut waffles topped with whipped cream & bananas, and with afore mentioned syrups.
For those who, like us, appreciate (or need) more precise DIRECTIONS:
From the airport, Turn right onto 56/Kuhio Hwy.
Go 7.4 miles to the center of Kapa’a and turn left onto 580/Olohena Rd and RESET you Tripometer.
At 0.3 mi continue through a traffic circle exit on the opposite side in the same direction you entered.
At 0.9 mi fork left (staying on same road).
At 2.2 mi you pass Houki street & prepare to turn right on Waipouli at 2.4mi, which is not clearly visible until you are there.
3.8 mi: turn left at the 5 mailboxes on the left, the first with number 6359, and go down a slightly bumpy dirt road.
4.1 mi: road ends & you will fork slightly left to your 11:00 and go straight onto a cement driveway leading to a beautiful house and yard.
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