We stayed here ten years ago and finally made it back. The blue-tiled Japanese-style villa is showing its age in places, but we still had a near-perfect stay. Joe is a friendly and accommodating host, and the Hibiscus Suite provided a very relaxing escape. We had a firm king-size bed, a separate sitting area with views of the pounding surf in the distance and a private ocean-view patio. The cozy bathroom with private outdoor shower may not be to everyone's liking, but it was to ours.
Breakfast is available at a communal table in the villa's primary courtyard/atrium with fresh tropical fruit, yogurt, boiled eggs, cereal selections, juice, coffee and tea... and fresh muffins, which you might smell baking if you're up at 6:30 or so. Or you may take breakfast to your suite, but we enjoyed meeting the handful of other guests at the table.
Mahina Kai is in a great location, on a quiet seaside road just a short drive above the restaurants and services of Kapa'a--enough of a town that traffic even backs up occasionally. You will need a rental car, and either have GPS or make sure you have clear driving directions, as Mahina Kai could be difficult to find at night. Our days began with a visit to the hot-tub and dip in the pool (which we do hope gets a needed rehab soon). Then we would either head out for the day or hang-out at Mahina Kai to read or sunbathe--there are good beach areas just a short walk down the road.
Joe or Dean provide tourist information and restaurant suggestions... and laundry service, if needed. Kauai is a "slower" island than, say, Oahu or Maui, but it may be our favorite. We are certain it won't be another ten years before we return.
There are only a handful of suites, and I would have no problem with any of them.
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