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... and he instantly had two major fans in the girls! We hit Girhadelli chocolate factory and rode the cable cars and walked down the "crookedest" street in the world - all the SanFran classics! On our second day in SanFran we had to say goodbye to Kris and Mike :((( but we continued to tick everything off our SF bucket list including walking the Golden Gate Bridge and visiting Alcatraz which was absolutely fantastic. Alcatraz was a very sobering place ...
... I took it to one of the benches and before long, was joined by a furry friend who put his paws up on the bench beside me and gave me that longing look, while his tail was wagging like crazy. So much for lunch. Most of it ended up in the dog. Don't know who he belonged to.
I drove back to Hanalei and couldn't resist getting a Bali Hei Sunset shave ice with mac nut icecream on the bottom. I then went to the surf shop in the old school to get some new ...
... A father teaching his boys to be warriors, to protect the family?
We returned to Hanalei for a late lunch again today, but this time we ate at Kalypso's. I had the biggest black bean and vegetable quesadilla I have ever seen, and it was delicious! Afterwards we headed to the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge where we saw the newly refurbished lighthouse and hundreds of island birds. I have never seen this many birds ...
... at KFC for some dinner and continued on.
Once back at the hotel, we went to our room. Someone had been there... The curtains were drawn, the tv was on and some lights were on and the bed spread was folded back. Apparently, the service is twice a day. What a pleasant surprise :-)
We showered and went to bed.
Tommorrow will be a long day with a visit to Fern Grotto and the sunset dinner sail to the Na Pali ...
We first stopped at the Koloa Market for some fresh veggies and fruits for tonight's dinner. We then drove along the Wailua River to Keuhua Arboretum where we hiked 2 miles up the Kuilau Trail. We had great views of the Makalena Mountain range as well as some rare view of the waterfalls coming off the crater of Mt. Kawa'kini Peak. Wished we had had a 4-wheel drive vehicle to drive further up the dirt rode to where Jurassic Park was filmed. Maybe next ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Aston Waimea Plantation Cottages
Avoid this Place
We booked a private cottage here and when we showed up were told we were in a house with 4 other bedrooms and shared batch and kitchen.
Even though our booking said cottage they refused us a cottage unless we paid $100 a night extra. We didn't want to stay in a shared house and they have refused to refund our deposit. In all our visits to Hawaii these were the rudest people we have ever met !
A trip back in time to old Hawaii
My wife and I have been to the Islands 15 or 20 times and visited every Hawaiian destination except Kona and Lanai. We prefer hiking in unspoiled areas and getting to know the real, un-touristy Hawaii. Our stay at Wiamea Plantation Cottages proved to be the most peaceful and rejuvinating Hawaiian lodging experience we've ever had. Short of camping in the canyon or along the Na Pali coast, there is not better place to lay your head on the island of Kauai.
To walk among the beautiful grounds surrounding the cabins as the sun sets is to experience the serenity of the plantation era of the early 20th century. I would have no problem working the sugar cane fields all day if I could come home to this place every evening.
Perfect romantic getaway
Needing a quiet, relaxing vacation, we found Waimea Plantation Cottages the perfect place to stay. We spent a week exploring the Island, finding private beaches and just relaxing. Our cottage was a small, quaint 1 bedroom, quite clean, and just enough room for the two of us. Our only complaint, and it is a small one, is that we didn't have a comfortable sofa or chair in our living room. The staff was friendly and accommodating. We did have dinner one evening at the Waimea Brewing Co. and both agree the food and service were excellent. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend the cottages to anyone.
My husband and I just returned from Kauai. My only regret is that we split our trip with 4 days in Maui, then 4 days in Kauai. If you are a nature lover, you will definitely want to spend all your vacation in Kauai. Waimea Canyon is a must and has hiking trails available for every level of outdoor enthuiast. Picture a green Grand Canyon. If you cannot hike, then spend the money to take a helicoptor ride through the canyon. Either way, it is spectacular. If you are into the the plain and simple, yet private for accommodations, then try the Waimea Plantation Cottages which is about a half hour from the canyon. Most other lodging is about 45 minutes to an hour away. Be prepared though as there is no AC. But, each cottage is decorated in days gone by and you still have the convenience of a fully stocked kitchen. Would definitely go back to hike the canyon and do a few river trips. Oh one last thing, THERE ARE NO SNAKES ANYWHERE!!!
Private and Quaint
Our group of 4 adults and one child stayed for 9 days and had a great time in Kauai. The cottage and the grounds were well kept and peaceful.
The report of roosters crowing all night was an overreaction and was not an issue for us. We had the windows open all day and night and we were all well rested in the morning. The staff and management were all very helpful and friendly. Although the cabins are not the "hilton", they are well maintained and homey. We plan on returning in the future and would choose to stay at the Plantation Cottages again.
We were a little nervous about staying here after reading some of the user reviews, but my husband (an avid photographer) wanted to be as close to the Waimea Canyon as possible. We were pleasantly surprised and would definitely stay here again. We saw roosters, but did not hear any crowing at night. We did not have any bugs in our cottage. We stayed in cottage #69 - a 2 bedroom, 2 bath cottage with an ocean view. (it was nice to have a separate room with twin beds for our two daughters). We had a wonderful porch where we could sit and enjoy the ocean breeze. It was fabulous. We fell asleep each night to the sound of the surf. We were worried about not having A/C, but the breezes from the ocean and the ceiling fans were sufficient. And maybe the cottage wasn't plush, but it was quaint and homey- it was like staying at grandma's beach-house. We liked the fact that the pool is only 4 feet deep - no teenagers jumping in and splashing us! The pool was clean and most of the time there were only a few other people in it. I thought the cottages were going to be remote and isolated, but the town of Waimea is only a mile or so away and has a grocery store, restaurants, bakery, deli, a SUBWAY. We stayed here for 5 of our 12 nights in Hawaii, and wish we had spent the entire vacation here. It was so peaceful, quiet and relaxing. Great for families!
We just returned from spending 9 days at the Waimea Plantation Cottages. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there. The grounds are beautiful, each of the cottages are completely individual, and the place could not be less "mass market" in its feel.
Beware of Roosters
Two girlfriends and I reserved a three bedroom / two bathroom cottage for a one week stay in Kauai. All was great upon our arrival - location, accommodations, staff, spa, restaurant. It was not until approximately 1 a.m. the following morning that we discovered a "problem". The cottages are on a plantation, as advertised, with lovely grounds. What is not mentioned in any of the advertising is that the place is over run with the infamous feral Kauai Rooster. These roosters started howling at 1am and did not stop all night. Since the three of us came to Kauai for a week of rest and relaxation, we were forced to change hotels.If you like to sleep more then 3 hours a night, you may want to consider other accommodations.
My wife and I stayed here (our first time) in October, 2002. Upon our inspection, our reserved one-bedroom, looked a bit run down and depressing inside (although clean), nothing like what the website pictures implied. The front desk was very understanding and gave us a larger unit for the same price. This unit was really nice and comfortable and private (all units are stand-alone buildings). This is a good place for those seeking a more "authentic" experince than the typical hotel and are willing to put up with some imperfection with some of these restored plantation cottages. The long beach is great for walking but was not inviting for swimming due to the murky water-but better beaches are a short drive away. Its a very laid back location good for exploring the south and west side of the island. We would stay here again if we could pick a specific unit rather than reserving it blindly over the phone.
I've stayed there five or six times in the last ten years, usually for a week or two. For the first few years there was almost palpable pride in the place. It was a real gem. Since Aston took over, and the current manager came on board, there has been a noticeable change in the atmosphere there. Maintenance staff has been cut, and upkeep has suffered. Bathrooms tend to be run down in older cottages. There is no staff oversight at the pool other than daily cleaning, so the pool commonly contains more people from the neighborhood than paying guests. It is still a beautiful, unique place, but it's hard to reconcile the cost now with the feeling one gets now of being just another paying short-timer who won't notice the bad management.