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Dawn McConnell

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english

Luxury Jungle Retreat with expansive, unobstructed mountain, and rainforest view

26 Reviews
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Overview

Kauai Cottage Rental Photos and Description

House 2 bedroom villa style house overlooking mountains and valleys/

This unique home is built up high on a hilltop overlooking the Wainiha Valley. Surrounded by beautiful jungle vegetation you will be reminded of what old Hawaii must have felt like. It is situated at the end of the road about 1/4 mile from the Wainiha Grocery store Hub and the ocean front. We are 3 miles past Hanalei town towards the Na Pali coast and 2 miles from the Na Pali coast and the Kalalau trail. The property is at the end of our street on an acre of landscaped grounds with 4000 acres of tropical conservation rainforest jungle surrounding it on 3 sides. The atmosphere is peaceful and secluded and guests that love it here are seeking a tranquil retreat where they can be in the midst of nature, close to beaches and hiking trails and exerience the joys of eco-tourism.

You wake to the gentle sounds of the river below, a songbird symphony and distant ocean waves, . Early morning rains bring amazing rainbows stretching across the valley. There is an enclosed indoor lanai that overlooks the valley and a large open outdoor lanai with a BBQ and the same vast unobstructed valley and mountain views.

The home is built to optimize trade wind flow so the temperature stays comfortable even on the warmest of days. Each room has windows overlooking valley , jungle and mountain. Lush tropical vegetation abounds such as red, pink, white gingers, orchids, green, yellow and red palms.. sacred ti's and much much more.

There are many cove like beaches within a 1/4 mile to 4 miles of the home such as Hanalei Bay, Lumaha'i, Tunnels, Ke'e as well as some local less known and less frequented spots. If you like to explore or photograph each day is a gift. The Na Pali coast with its famous Kalalau trail is 2 miles away. Hanalei town is about an 8 minute drive away where you can find little restaurants from casual to very high end and lots of little shops as well as a few night life spots.

The home is about 1400 sq ft of space with 2 large bedrooms, set off on each end of the large open living room. There is a third sleeping area with a single day bed in the enclosed indoor lanai. Guests often comment that they love that area for lounging and reading

The home has a ohana cottage built onto the back on the ground level. It functions separately and privately from the Red Ginger and has its own entrance, bathroom and lu'au kitchen and garden area. It can usually be rented in addition if you are wishing more space,

Kauai County #9481 . The owner is available to assist with home and island questions.

Keywords: Exotic Hilltop Jungle home with awesome views of the mountains, jungle and valleys.

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Dawn McConnell (Owner)
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english

About Dawn McConnell

I am a nurse, photographer & writer. I've travelled the world in my lifetime and lived in unusual and intriquing places. I settled in Kauai a few years back because i found it to be a ' sacred world apart'. I lived here with my daughter until life and the mainland called to her.

The home is in a special area known by the locals to have ' good mana'. So when I say it is whispered that dreams can come true here, I am serious, if you can tune in that is.

Although the house was eventually too big for me alone, I choose to stay here and share the magic it offers. I have rented it now for almost 8 years and have met vacationers from all around the world and every walk of life. . Its magic seems to attract , for the most part, unique and delightful people and I feel blessed by that.

The tranquility of the property and the gentle sounds of water and birds make writing and daydreaming easy. The local people are full of life and heart. You can learn the meaning of aloha here just by hanging out with them.

In my travels I was drawn to the richness of life, the multifacited human experience, so Kauai has been perfect for me. Aparently it is one of the most diversely populated places in America.

Hanalei is not for those who seek a bland, homogenous experience. I say that to warn off any travellers who would fare better the resort hotel vacation.

This is a safe place, probably as safe as any you can find, but it is not sterile. Someone might yell at you when you '' hog' the bridge, and once in awhile you hear a wild boar hunt way off in the jungle or a sky shaking thunderstorm passes through , leaving us sparkling clean and wide awake.

My life has not always been easy but it has been a good teacher. It has taught me to be open to it, to be more, rather than less, to hear the whole forest of birds sing and not miss out because I'm irritated by one rooster's morning crow. Kauai is perfect for that kind of ' adventure' . It is saturated with sacredness.

Dawn McConnell purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Dawn McConnell chose Kauai

We choose this property because I was very ill when I moved to Kauai and needed a place to try and heal. I immedately knew that this place was special and if I could recover anywhere it would be here. Within months my health began to improve and now 10 years later I am healthy again. I know in my heart of hearts it was because of the magic that is here.

What makes this cottage unique

I enjoy all the benefits that I have mentioned already. I forgot to mention though that this place is never without a story, a new screen play or a new experience of some multileveled kind. If you are a photographer you will never lack the perfect picture. They are constantly unfolding everywhere. If you want to be part of the community here you can get involved. There is a lot going on to get involved in. There is an ongoing development and encouragement towards sustainable living and best of all there is a spark of a movement back to the old ways of Ohana ( shared living and caring) kuleana (respect and responsibilty) and aloha..which is heart.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We REALLY enjoyed your " treehouse" Sitting on the lanai during the rain or waking to a rainbow just outside our window was extremely enjoyable. Or fav place to eat was the dolphin ( their fish tacos are to die for) but having our own little Hawiian BBQ downstairs was also fun and tasty. The most amazing hike we have ever been on was the Kalalau trail. LONG Day but TOTALLY worth it! The St Regis brunch is delicious ( especially when you add passion fruit or guava mimosas) and has the best view for any meal. We loved playing with your kitties and loved discovering wildlife here. Swimming with the turtles " so totally rocks " ( as Crush would say) Thanks and aloha..
Jan 2013
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Reviews

4.6
based on 26 traveler reviews

Luxury Jungle Retreat with expansive, unobstructed mountain, and rainforest view
average rating of 4.576923 based on 37 reviews
5

Beautiful and luxurious jungle retreat

  • 5 of 5

Our stay began with the incredibly fantastic surprise that renovation work was being completed in the downstairs unit of this jungle retreat, so we were getting an upgrade to the more spacious and somewhat more luxurious upstairs unit (Red Ginger Hale), which we thoroughly enjoyed over our three days on the north end of Kauai. Some of my favorite things included...

1. Waking up to the dawn of birds singing in the jungle, looking at the treetops and mountain ridge from our comfortable bed in the master room

2. Meals at the table in the enclosed jungle lanai – windows on three sides open to sounds and views (our daughter relished sleeping in the daybed next to the table)

3. The massage chair that was in nearly constant use during waking hours when we were home by one of the four of us

4. The incredible outdoor rain forest shower -- never once used the indoor shower

5. Dawn's thoughtful and relaxed hospitality

All in all a fabulous kick off to our week on Kauai. We would return in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo Megan for this review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay in our Hale. What a lovely family you have! It would certainly be our pleasure if you all make it back to stay with us again some day. To help clarify.. This family had initially rented the ohana cottage on the property ( Song of the Jungle) . We were wanting to do some upgrades on the cottage so we gave this family the option to stay in this house ( Red Ginger Hale) instead since it was available. The Red GInger Hale ( Hale means house in Hawaiian) is somewhat larger than the Song of the Jungle cottage and has a different layout ( the kitchen , living room and enclosed lanai are open to each other. It also has some added some luxury features such as a larger fridge with ice maker, massage chair, dishwasher. It is built up higher than the Song of the Jungle cottage so it has somewhat more expansive views. The Song is a cottage and has cottage cosy charm and nice gardens ( but no massage chair or dishwasher) Hope that helps for anyone that may need some clarifications.
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Batavia, Illinois
1

WORST vacation rental experience ever. We've never been treated like this by anyone before.

  • 1 of 5

We rented this unit because on VRBO we read the 18 positive reviews and ignored the 2 really bad ones thinking they were overly picky renters. Turns out, many of the things the bad reviews mentioned were things we experienced as well, plus much worse. This was the first bad VRBO experience out of 10-15 other previous rentals. The listing description is deceiving, leaving out details that would have kept us from renting in the first place. Doesn’t mention owner lives on the property right underneath the unit. There are also 2 other rental units underneath and next to this one as well. Also doesn't state that she doesn't more than 2 people to stay in a 2 bdrm unit, yet changes her mind and changes her listing later on to try to extort more rental fees from us after we paid in full for the unit months prior. Plus, the unit was very dirty, much like the 2 bad reviews mentioned. When we told her about it, rather than apologizing and offering to clean the unit, she blamed us, and said we we planted all of the dirt to try and manipulate her. After contract, she said that she doesn't allow extra guests, but then changed her mind and said she would be ok with us bringing another couple. Said she would get back to me to confirm, but never did. Called and emailed her multiple times 4 days before our trip to confirm, got no response until the very last night before we left. When we got there after a long flight at 10pm, she was at the door waiting for us, and started complaining we had 4 people. She now had no recollection of the conversation we had earlier and started telling us we need to pay more. I asked if we can discuss in the morning. Next morning, she unlocked our door, walked right in, she started yelling at us because we were making too much noise apparently and started demanding 25% more in fees in cash. Said if we didn't pay right now, she would kick us all out. We were making breakfast and listening to music on a small bluetooth speaker we brought. She was waiving her finger at all of us, shoved her noise policy in my wife's face and then stormed out and slammed the door. We couldn't get more than 3 words out of our mouths before she'd interrupt us. We even called the police dept to see if we had any rights about her kicking us out. They said it's a civil matter. She came into our unit 2 more times, acting as rude and hostile as the first. We ended up just paying her so she'd leave us alone and we could get on with our vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

The most idyllic natural setting – an absolute gem in the hidden heart of Kauai's North Shore

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay at the Red Ginger Hale on Kauai’s North Shore. It really is one of the most spectacular settings we have come across on our travels. The property is a stunning oasis buried in the rainforest. The surrounds are endlessly green with a sleepy atmosphere and the unit itself is retreat-like with comfortable furnishings, soft day beds, an expansive dining space and large windows throughout that face the beautiful greenery and nearby mountains. We honestly could have spent all four days just enjoying the serenity of the space.

Just a note that the road to Red Ginger is a dirt road, full of potholes. We found it to be a fun and adventurous drive, but it was a challenge in our small economy-sized rental car. A Jeep or 4WD would handle the terrain far better.

This really is a dream location and we would return tomorrow if we could!

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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San Francisco, CA/USA
5

We loved this place

  • 5 of 5

Clean, quite, cozy, with gorgeous surroundings and our stay was a great price! This was our first time going to Kauai and we would definitely like to visit again after our experience at this rental. The caretaker was very friendly and helpful regarding what to do and where to go on the island since we didn't know much about the area. Thanks to the owner for a wonderful vacation!

  • Submitted: May 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Campbell River B.C. Canada
5

Cathy De Santiago

  • 5 of 5

We decided to take a break before our commercial fishing season started....we had the most amazing laid back holiday ever. Red Ginger was the sleepy paradise we needed. We enjoyed the river by the house , Tunnels and wainiha beaches were close . The tropical forest was enchanting with all the flowers and the birds singing...it was a perfect getaway before our busy fishing season ...Dawn's exquisite decor ...especially the outdoor shower made for a relaxing and romantic holiday....

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo nui loa to this Canadian couple for this nice review. It was truly our pleasure having them rent our home. They fit perfectly into the aloha island life style and it was fun to hear them " talk story" about their fishing adventures. We hope they can return some day as it would be lovely to see them again.
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Grand Forks BC. Canada
5

Fran R.

  • 5 of 5

This was one of our best little getaways ever. I took my 9 year old grandson and having such an outdoor paradise to explore was the best adventure he was ever on. He could not wait to get up in the morning ...the birds and the exotic views, the river, all the beautiful flowers...it was so quiet and peaceful. We loved going to Lumahai beach which was a couple miles away...a few potholes here and there ...our road in front of our place at home is like a patchwork quilt so we were ok with that. The tropical foliage was amazing around Red ginger. We loved the outdoor shower, the decor was unique and outstanding and the beds were so comfy....we can't wait to come back for another stay...maybe longer. The owner, Dawn was a wonderful host ...I would highly recommend this place for a relaxing and exciting holiday.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was delightful having these two stay with us.. (we wanted to keep them!) We have put heart and soul into offering a beautiful "home away from home" for our guests and our reward is having guests like these visit and enjoy every moment. .
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Map

Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Lihue Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Hanalei
Nearest Ferry
45 Miles
Lihue
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Princeville
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Kuhio
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Mediteranean Gourmet
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Wainiha, Lumaha'i and Tunnels
Car: recommended

Hanalei

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Rates & Availability

Hanalei Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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2 night minimum stay
$225
 

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $175
Tax Rate 13.45%

The cleaning fees can vary according to length of stay and number of guests

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Kauai Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 - shower
  • FULL INDOOR BATH WITH SHOWER AND TUB PLUS EXOTIC OUTDOOR SHOWER
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • bedroom #2 - 1 queen
    enclosed lanai - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
  • Master bedroom has a queen bed. It is a large room with beautiful views of the valley, jungle and mountain. There is also a second bedroom that looks out into the jungle, with a queen bed as well. It has views of the jungle vegetation
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 bicycles
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
nearest beach is a quarter of mile away, several other beaches within one to five miles away. Famous Kalalau trail is about 2 1/2 mile away

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