The perfect retreat in paradise!
Hale Makai Cottages
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A taste of old Hawaii
This cottage was the PERFECT "get away" for us. Every morning we had coffee on the deck and watched the sunrise. Then we would go
for an early morning snorkel right in front of the house....across a sandy beach. There was a beautiful swimming area protected by a reef which was about 100 yards out. The reef had gorgeous tropical fish and coral, underwater beauty and even a turtle and a Monk Seal.....all too magical. The cottage itself (Hibiscus Cottage) was very private, although there are several other cottages on the property. It was ideally located. We walked to the famed Tunnels Beach just down the beach from us. We were just far enough out of the town of Hanalei that we felt very quiet, private and peaceful, but close enough to go in for dinner if we wished.
The cottage itself was simple, clean and elegant (in a country fashion).
It was aging, but that actually felt comfortable and homey, and was, for us, more of a positive than a negative. The landscaping is immaculate and tasteful.
We were not aware of a manager on the property, but Susan, the owner, was very accessible by email for any questions we had. The gardener and the house keeper were around frequently.
If we have an opportunity, we will definitely return to this gem, reminicent of Hawaii 50 years ago.
Idyllic Cottage Vacation
This little cottage is not fancy, but if you are looking for the perfect, relaxing vacation stay, it is hard to beat. It is wonderfully private; only the adjacent cottages are within view, and they are similarly private. The view is of the Pacific and Hanalei Bay, and the cottage is sufficiently elevated that (the few) visitors walking by on the beach have no view of the cottage. The cottage is very nicely furnished in and out, with plenty of towels and nice linens. It is about a 15 minute drive to Hanalei, so you have the best of all worlds - seclusion, yet close enough to one of the best beach towns in the world. An added bonus - the resort next door has a very nice restaurant and coffee shop should you decide not to drive into town. My wife and I came to this property with high expectations, though not really knowing what to expect, and it exceeded our expectations in every measure.
We were in town for a wedding and wanted to experience a more authentic Kauai experience than spending the week confined in the St. Regis. The Hale Makai Cottages fit the bill perfectly.
The property is steps from the beach (we walked along the beach to Tunnels one morning) and very well kept. The house was exceptionally clean and well stocked with everything you'd need. We ended up cooking dinner all 3 nights, there are some great farmer's markets nearby, and found the kitchen well equipped with all the pots, pans and cutlery required for meal prep. There was even a BBQ right off the back of our unit which we made use of one night!
The property is pretty far down the Kuhio Highway (about a 20 minutes drive outside of Hanalei Bay) which means it's paradise for anyone looking for a quiet getaway. We'll definitely be coming back a highly recommend to anyone looking for a similar experience.
Amazing Vacation! Stunning Accommodations
The Hale Makai Cottages are absolutely not to be missed! They are incredibly well appointed, with not a stone unturned. Beautiful kitchens, clean & fresh interiors that create a warm and relaxing vacation. We came in June and while the weather wasn't what we thought it would be (it was much rainier) we could not have cared less! The views were amazing and the place lended such a great inside/outside feeling that when it was raining it was amazing to hear the noise on the roof and be in such a soothing environment. The owners are absolutely fabulous people; incredibly fun to sit and talk with and are respectful and caring with thier space. What a wonderful space for them to share. I highly recommend staying at the Hale Makai Cotttages; we cannot wait until we're able to return.
Cynthia & Jason
Best VRBO Ever!
We've stayed at VRBOs on Oahu, the Big Island and in San Francisco. All were nice BUT this was the BEST in terms of location ... paradise right on the water, good snorkeling ... steps from our cottage and appointments ... simply elegant. Equally important ... there were more than enough towels to keep me happy!
The owners were on site when we were there. They were attentive to details, welcoming and extremely gracious. Our liaison, Susan, was always responsive and eager to make the experience as close to perfect as it could be.
My Happy Place
Absolute paradise! This was one of the most relaxing and peaceful places I have every stayed. Steps from the beach. Amazing views. We stayed in the Hibiscus cottage which was very roomy and well appointed. We even had a private chef come in and cook us dinner on our last night. Despite incredible humidity (rainy day) on one of the days, it was still quite enjoyable. Susan was very helpful with all of the arrangements. If you don't want to leave, shop for food before you arrive.
Popular Kauai activities among HMC guests are: helicopter tours, Kauai zip lining for a thrilling ride through the tropical Hawaiian canopy, kayaking along the Hanalei River and the Wailua River, snorkeling at Tunnels Beach, hiking the NaPali Trail, visiting the Waimea Canyon, exploring the NaPali Coast by ocean kayak or by boat tour, Kauai Movie Tours etc, but most guest like the beautiful grounds of Hale Makai on the beach for sunbathing, snorkeling, beach combing, reading and relaxing as the perfect place to soak in the beauty of Kauai and the North Shore.