I've rented a dozen cottages on Kaua'i over the years, and Bird Song is, hands down, the BEST. The cottage is bright, airy, comfortable, cozy, spotless and beautifully decorated. It features very high-quality bedding, a nicely equipped and well-designed kitchen, big windows and sliders everywhere, a roomy seating area and dining alcove, two lanais, and a secluded outdoor shower and soaking tub. Bird song is nestled in expansive, completely private grounds, surrounded by tropical trees, colorful shrubs and fragrant flowers, with the ocean visible beyond the big trees in the front yard. Beside the cottage is a grove of fruit trees, with pink grapefruit, oranges, tangelos, mangoes and bananas that guests are invited to pick. I arrived to a basket of fresh-picked fruit, a personal note and a notebook of information about island activities, shopping, beaches and restaurants.
Wild, glorious Larsen's Beach is just down the road from the cottage, the sweet village of Kilauea and wonderful Banana Joe's fruit stand are just a few miles up the road, and there are many more picturesque, uncrowded beaches all the way up the North Shore to the end of the road, many with world-class snorkeling. Two weekly farmers' markets in Kilauea are not to be missed for fresh, organic fruit, vegetables, flowers and baked goods. NaPali Catamarans, in Hanalei, is a great outfit that takes a limited number of guests on morning and afternoon cruises up to the spectacular NaPali Coast to see its remarkable, soaring, deeply pleated cliffs, sea caves and pocket beaches. It's one of the only companies whose boats leave from Hanalei instead of way down on the south side of the island.
Carole, Bird Song's owner (with her husband Lee) was spectacularly welcoming, graciously inviting me to check in very early because I had contracted a nasty respiratory infection and faced a long day of wretched illness between checking out of my previous rental at 10AM and the usual 3PM check-in for Bird Song. I will go back to this cottage next year for at least a week, and very much look forward to seeing my angel Carole again!