Though we'd like to keep it a secret, everyone should get the chance to stay at Twin Hearts. Upon our arrival we were greeted by the owner bearing gifts in the form of aloha spirit and the best organic pineapple you've ever tasted from his garden. The cottage is so lovely you almost don't want to leave the first few days after a long trip. Situated on a quiet road and secluded by the lush, tropical plants and flowers, it has everything you need and more: a private lanai with hot tub, grill and dining space with views of both the ocean and the mountains, outdoor shower, washer/dryer, comfy king bed (plus good bedding!), modern and fully equipped kitchen, cozy living room with big pane windows for daydreaming and novel-reading. The cottage is very clean and well-maintained by the owners. When you DO decide to leave the cottage, the North Shore of Kauai evokes a feeling of straight-up laid back worry-free existence, and it's our preference to other parts of the island. Within walking distance is Kahili or Rock Quarry beach where you can watch local surfers or frolic at the mouth of the Kilauea River. The adventure highlights for us include kayaking the Na Pali Coast (but avoid the arrogant guides employed by Outfitters on the South Shore), floating in Queen's Pond, snorkeling at Hideaways Beach, and eating lots of shave ice with ice cream in Hanalei - truly a cultural adventure. We're also big fans of the local farmers markets and fish markets (the ahi is phenomenal) dotted along the main highway. They're way cheaper, fresher and tastier than shopping at the Safeway in Kapaa or Foodland in Princeville where prices are obscene and the quality terrible. For packaged goods, swallow your pride and stop at the Wal-Mart in Lihue or Long's Pharmacy in Kapaa. They offer the same product as Safeway for a fraction of the cost.
If we could change one thing about our stay at Twin Hearts, it's that next time we'll stay for AT LEAST two weeks instead of one.
Aloha and Mahalo!