We spent a week here as a family of four (two boys ages 13 and 10), renting through Parish. Great location. Great layout. Feels like you are camping in a beachfront forest but with all the conveniences of high-end housing. Large windows pretty much surround the house. Large patio that you could spend endless hours on. We did less activities on Kauai than expected because we often just wanted to spend more time at the house. Snorkeling right in front of the house was better than expected. Within 20 or so yards of shore, poor visibility and less sea life. But by about 50 yards out, very good snorkeling. Shallow reef with lots of nooks and crevices for the fish to hide in. We always snorkeled around high tide and that might be best for sufficient clearance from the reef. Basically calm waters, winds could make some current from east to west. There are a few negatives about our stay to mention. It doesn't have air conditioning. The windows could all be opened (with screens), and there were many ceiling fans, so the temp was fine as long as you were home and had it open. If you closed it up, it could get hot during the day. The house nextdoor to the east (about 40 feet away) was adding an extra floor, and there were construction noises a few times. If they did that all day, it would take alot away from the ambiance. Parish should have disclosed this, but they didn't. You needed to leave the windows open at night to keep cool, which meant you heard the noise of the rain that happened most every night, including a noisy drip off the corner of the roof onto some of the foliage that plagued the second bedroom. This might be a problem for a light sleeper. The mattresses were also not great...hard and cheap feel. Again, can make it tough to sleep if you are sensitive to that. The last 50 feet or so of road to the house is dirt, and it is severely rutted and potholed. People who tried this road in low clearance vehicles typically turned around right away...we had a high clearance vehicle. Finally, an hour before our checkout the fire alarm in the second bedroom started ringing incessantly. If that had happened in the middle of the night, could have really ruined our sleep until we figured how to get up to it (way up the wall with high ceiling) and make it stop.
The openness of the space is incredible. The view and setting right on the beach were amazing. The privacy at the end of Anini road is something only a few houses on that road get and was incredibly special. When we called to ask for a few thinks from Parrish they were very responsive and helpful. The house has normal “right by the ocean” wear and tear. With that said, it still could have been cleaner when we got there. We had to do a full wipe down, but once done it was perfect! I would definitely recommend and would stay again in a second. Missing it already.
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