What a beautiful property! The two of us thoroughly enjoyed our 6 day stay at this home away from home. The location is spectacular with lush gardens that create a very private yard with beach access directly across the street. The ambiance was perfect for our much needed relaxing getaway. The beach is close enough to hear the sounds of the waves crashing from the lanai. We hardly saw anyone else on the beach - it was as if we had the place to ourselves, which was awesome. Anini Beach is shallow and protected from the rough water by a reef, making it perfect for kayaking and snorkeling. Cindy and Ross, our gracious hosts, provided all the gear (even chairs, beach towels, an ice chest and an umbrella!). We hardly needed anything other than swim suits and sandals - they made it so easy. The first day out we discovered the kayak was our favorite for cruising along the beach and saw several turtles after just a short time in the water.
We also love to cook so thanks to the clean, fully appointed kitchen and the gas grill on the lanai, we were all set up. Cindy and Ross were also kind enough to share some fresh papaya, Ahi, and Mahi Mahi with us - fish they caught themselves! With a grocery store nearby, eating in was really easy. Although we felt this was a great place with more than enough room for the two of us, could easily accommodate a large group. The large dining table and kitchen island bar would seat 8+. The layout of the house could also provide some privacy for larger groups - it has an open concept living/dining room area that separates a bathroom and two bedrooms at on one end of the house from the master bed/bath on the other end. Other perks like the outdoor showers to wash off sand and the washer/dryer also came in really handy.
Since this was out first time on Kauai, we asked Cindy and Ross for some recommendations, which they were more than happy to provide. Their suggestions helped us plan a great day trip to the south shore of the island with stops in Kapaa and Poipu on our way to Waimea Canyon. They also suggested other great North Shore beaches at Princeville, Hanalei Bay, Tunnels, and Ka'a just down the road. It's really a great location to the North Shore. We had everything we needed to make this an awesome trip and would love to come back again. Mahalo!!