I just returned from my annual (at least) pilgrimage to River Estate and Guest House...I've lost count how many times I've stayed at Guest House but at this point I know I left a dozen behind a few trips ago. If you want to experience the true true island lifestyle, get personalized treatment and amenities a hotel can't touch (and at a reasonable price), look no more.
At River Estate Mark provides a beautiful house with everything you could possibly want in the middle of complete paradise! I've had the pleasure of watching the jungle grow for over ten years now and even though it seems impossible, it just keeps getting more beautiful with each visit.
The location can't be beat...close enough to Hanalei and Princeville if you simply must connect with civilization, but if you want time to rejuvenate and connect with nature and some of the most beautiful (and accessible) beaches in Hawaii, just head across the double bridges and take your pick. I really recommend picking up groceries on the way in and planning to have a few meals on the lanai...the house is stocked with a variety of condiments and spices (it's kind of fun to see and use what's there) and anything you barbeque and eat in that setting will taste fabulous.
If you need to catch up on your sleep, this is the place! The song of the river will soothe you and you will get the best sleep of your life. I've done a bit of traveling in my time and visited quite a few locations in the Caribbean and the other Hawaiian Islands, but at this point, I see no reason to go anywhere else.
Mark is the perfect host...responsive if you need something (but doubt you will) and you'll wonder how that house is so clean!
Leave your slippahs at the bottom of those stairs and forget about them...you won't be needing them. I recommend you also read russellliesch's review - it is spot on..."be here now". I think of River Estate as my second home. I'm always plotting my return as soon as I leave.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- River Estate is one of the first Kauai vacation properties on the internet and we are still here. I provide complimentary concierge services to all my guests from the moment you book. 45 years here helps in that regard. So please feel free to ask me about all Kauai has to offer and let me help you make the most of your vacation time here. There are two homes at River Estate (One 2 bedroom 2 bath called the Guest House and one 3 bedroom 2 bath called the Riverhouse) Please google River Estate to see all the details for both homes on the River Estate website. Both homes are on the estate grounds next to the river in the same proximity to the water yet far apart. The property location is centrally located in the middle of the prime North shore area. You’ll feel comfortable and relaxed the moment you arrive. Privacy and peace. On Site Staff and Owner Available 24/7 Top Quality Accommodations Affordably Priced A Completely Unique Central North Kauai Location Tastefully Furnished Homes. Quality Furniture Air Conditioning. Each Room Controlled Individually A Romantic and Spiritually Rejuvenating Experience Ultra Privacy in a Completely Unique Natural Setting Two Acres of Pristine Riverfront Botanical Gardens Comfortable Living Spaces With Many Deluxe Amenities Allergy Free Zones. No Mold or Mildew Inside or Out Very Close to World Famous Beaches and Landmarks Float to Beach and Back From the Property Easily Fully Equipped Large Kitchens With New Appliances In House Travel Agency. Multi Island Vacation Packages Complimentary Beach Gear and Quality Beach Towels Hotel Grade Bath Towels, Hand Towels, Wash Cloths Quality Bedding, Mattresses. High Thread Count Sheets Tile or Chinese Slate Floors in Kitchen and Bathrooms Quality Brazilian Cherry Hardwood Floors (Living Areas) Well Ventilated Homes Cooled By the Trade Winds Flat Panel TVs, DVD Players, Cd Players With iPod Docks Large Master Bedroom Suites with Flat Panel TV's Free Long Distance, WiFi Internet, Wireless Phones Large Collection of DVD's and CD's in each Home Washer/Dryer, Gas BBQ, Quality Lanai Furniture Selection of Kauai Guidebooks and Books on Hawaii ... more less
- Also Known As:
- River Estate Hanalei, Kauai