So at this point, you've read a ton of reviews looking for your honeymoon destination, and you're thinking, "Too. Many. Choices." That's what my wife and I were thinking, anyway.
And then we found the Surfboard House, and the search was over. Yours should be, too.
The details: We stayed in the Love Shack for a week in July, 2011. It was our honeymoon, and we were doing a week on Kauai and a week on Maui. We knew we wanted low-key comfort in Kauai, and Simon and the Surfboard House delivered.
The basics are all there, and are all way, way above the norm. Everything from the design of the space to the little touches like boogie boards and beach mats are, in all ways, about making the stay there perfect. We adored the outdoor shower, which features hot water! The kitchen is well stocked, and a trip to the local farmer's market and a stop by the Dolphin fish market provided all the ingredients for a great meal on the grill.
Simon is as kind and gracious as all the reviews would lead one to believe, and he does go above and beyond to make his guests comfortable and welcome. The grounds of the house are fun (though we also loved the private entrance to the Love Shack) and reflect the overall vibe that permeates the place.
Oh, and the location -- the walk to the beach takes less than 5 minutes at a leisurely pace, and there was never a day when the beach was even close to crowded. Hanalei is heaven. The town itself is as laid back as you'll ever find in a global tourist mecca, though the restaurants can get a little full at peak times.
I try to be balanced in online reviews and combine the good with the bad. Here's the only bad part: you have to leave at some point.
Anyway, if you've read this deep into the reviews and have not immediately sent Simon an e-mail and booked your stay, there's no hope for you in this world. Go. Go now. E-mail him. You will never, ever regret it.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Hanalei Surfboard House Hotel Hanalei
- Hanalei Surfboard House Kauai