“Can't wait to return to this comfortable oasis and its warm, genuine proprietors”
Imagine that your friends design and build their dream home on Kauai, just a short walk from one of the island's most desirable beaches. These friends LOVE to have houseguests, and go out of their way to make sure their guests have a wonderful time. THAT'S what it's like to stay at Hale Maka.
Over the past 20 years we have stayed at numerous B&B's all over the US and in Ireland (and we frequently stay at resorts and 4* & 5 * hotels, too) and Hale Maka was one of the most impressive and enjoyable experiences of them all.
This gorgeous home is located near the Grand Hyatt Resort, amongst immaculate lawns and lush, tropical flowers and vegetation.
Our large, bright room had a firm, comfortable mattress, large modern bathroom, plush fluffy towels, and high quality bed linens. The closets in our room held dozens of hangers, and an ample supply of additional bath towels and beach towels, and we were invited to use them freely. Not a single corner was cut in building this home and creating a comfortable oasis.
We were welcomed to our room with a plate of assorted fresh fruit and cookies -- replenished during our stay -- sitting on a table in a comfy nook. There was also a basket of granola bars and macadamia nuts, fresh coffee and teabags, and the fridge was stocked with sodas, water, beer and a bottle of wine. All the serving items were provided too: utensils, corkscrew, placemats, wine glasses, tumblers, plates, napkins. There was also a small microwave in our room. The bathroom was stocked with plenty of extra paper goods, as well as items such as bug spray (very handy for the nearby Botanical Garden!) and first aid supplies.
Spotlessly clean, the whole house is contemporary, airy and bright, with beautifully tiled floors, enormous windows, unique and elegant artwork, and stylish furniture. We were encouraged to use the large built-in pool & Jacuzzi, and to help ourselves to their assortment of beach mats, beach towels, and boogie boards to take to the beach. You can help yourself to their extensive dvd collection of recent movies that you can either watch in your room or in the comfortable common area on a larger screen tv. The yard is bursting with magnificent flowers, lovingly tended. Several beaches are within a short walk, and there is an extensive walkway system that connects the surrounding resort communities with the beaches, so you don't have to walk on the road. It also makes a convenient jogging path.
The B&B experience is different than a commercial hotel, and one has to match expectations accordingly. For example, we have *never* stayed in a B&B in which the beds were made up for us daily, so although another reviewer noted this as a negative, we found this to be completely normal. (and no big deal)
Everyone has a different travel style. If you want the "known-quantity" hotel experience, where you can come and go anonymously, and can expect the list of amenities spelled out by the chain's corporate office, then a B&B is probably not for you.
But if you want warmth and personal connection, where the hosts are the ultimate concierges, putting their personal touches into each amenity, suggesting their favorite restaurants and attractions, and treating you like honored guests in a beautiful private home, then a B&B might be your cup of tea. We found Hale Maka -- and its proprietors -- to be exemplary. We are already scheming to return with dear friends, and would not hesitate for a nanosecond to recommend it.
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