I guess that I have been very lucky with my picks, but most of my reviews on TripAdvisor have been positive, and this review is no different. Like many others, we made the decision to stay at the Hanalei Surfboard House based on the other reviews on here. Enjoy the information below and enjoy your stay.
H.S.H: First, do know that although the HSH is listed under Bed & Breakfasts, but it is a vacation rental. That said, it is located on the closest road to Hanalei Bay and is literally a two minute walk to the beach. The grounds are immaculate from the plants and fountains to the funky decorations (bowling pins to surfboards) located throughout. We stayed in the LoveShack for a week and after visiting other resorts/hotels on the island, it is worth every penny and beyond.
Bascially, it is like living at home.............in paradise. In addition to being a nice-size, stand-alone building, the LoveShack has a king bed, kitchen with a full fridge/utensils/blender/etc and has so many other features such as full entertainment center with surround sound, wireless internet access and books on everything from Kauai to music. The decorations could be described as electic antiques with an island-feel thrown in. There is a small, private area outdoor with a grill and an outdoor shower. In case you're limited to what you can bring, Simon has provided beach mats, boogie boards, hats, backpacks and a number of other items for use while staying with him. It's literally almost like he has thought of everything while taking the time to entertain us with his docorations. Although we only saw Simon a few times, he was very hospitable and seemed genuinely happy to share his place with us. Smiles all around! Finally, buy the book "The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook" and enjoy. Although the HSH is not listed (thank goodness), it sets very realistic expectations and was pretty much dead-on.
Kauai (The Garden Isle): As for my island comments they go as follows: Rent a car (and possibly a jeep if you plan to go offroad) and drive from one end to the other at a minimum. Drive slower than normal as there are many types of birds that hang out by the road (besides.....the speed limit doesn't exceed 50 mph). Hanalei is like a throwback from another era (hipsters, hikers, musicians, surfers, etc.) and it makes the visit so much more interesting. Early to bed/early to rise.......therefore, restaurants close early so make sure you know what their times are before being disappointed when some place is closed by seven or eight at night. Restaurants can tend to be pricy but consider cooking a meal or two at Simon's place. Don't leave without trying Shave Ice...............it puts a snow cone to shame. Take cash as many smaller restaurants/stores don't take credit cards. Keep the island clean...........there was literally no trash to be found anywhere on the island (big "WOW" here). Spend the money and do a helicopter trip (with the doors off); you won't regret it. Most importantly, enjoy the island by hiking, kayaking, snorkeling/diving, surfing and being outdoors. Hawaiians are proud of their island and I truly understand why now. My favorite bumper sticker read........."If you love Kauai, send your friends to Maui" (by the way, this was scattered among surf stickers on a local stop sign, not on a car...........hang loose my friends).
Overall, would we visit Kauai again, absolutely, Would we stay at the HSH again, most definitely. Simon.............thank you for sharing your place with us and as Poison would say..............our stay was "Nothin' but a Good Time".
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in one of the most sought after destinations on Kauai’s spectacular North Shore, our suites are just a few minutes from charming Hanalei town. On a beachfront road lined with stately homes and plantation cottages, we provide some of the only one bedroom appt-rentals in Hanalei. Hanalei Bay, the playground of surfing’s World Champions, is right across the street. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hanalei Surfboard House Hotel Hanalei
- Hanalei Surfboard House Kauai