Outrigger at Lae Nani
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... so much rain that the water pours out of the porous rock so the wall of the crater appears to weep. When we flew back out the canyon we crossed some more farm land and before we knew it we were back in Lihue and landing. It was a tremendous adventure with the wind whipping through the helicopter and being sometimes close to the ground and sometimes at 4000 ft. going over a mountain. And all the while nothing beside you but air. When we got out ...
... weren't cleared yet. Larry had a pancake sandwich with ham and cheese, Derek had pigs in a pancake blanket. They had maple syrup and coconut syrup which Derek said tasted like cake icing. I had a ham and cheese omelet. All of the food was good.
Our next stop was Costco! We drove to Lihue, about 15 minutes to get there. Right inside the door were snorkel equipment, beach towels, coolers, beach chairs etc. There were lots of Hawaiian ...
... face :):) We headed down and picked up my rental car at Island Cars. Dave, the owner, hooked me up with a green Mazda of some sort. So this is where is gets really good!!! After getting my car I called up Sean (my other buddy here on the island)...so I received a call from him on Sunday, that he had talked to his neighbor "Aunt Jackie" who was going back to Colorado till June and had a 2 bedroom condo that she was willing to let me stay in for the duration of my stay ...
... Awaking to the same heavy rain on Friday, we could have screamed. Adamant that we couldn't possibly stay in again all day we decided to travel west on the bus. Arriving at a large shopping mall at Lihue, we decided to get off to have a look around before continuing our journey. I forgot to say, that when we arrived at Lihue Airport, my suitcase was also damaged, around the wheel area and Uwe was certain it wouldn't last. The first store we visited was Macy's and we made our way to ...
... I found a trail that hugged the cliffs on the north side of the beach and walked for as long as I felt comfortable. I didn't expect to do any hiking, so I had my flops on and the trail conditions were wet and pretty treacherous as the trail skirted some high cliffs overlooking the pounding ocean. It also looked like it was rarely used and it had a lot of overgrowth. If this island had snakes on it, there is no way I would have done this trail with just flip-flops. ...
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I came away with very split sentiments about this place. The location, grounds, pool, and local beach were all fantastic. However, the unit we were in was a significant disappointment. It looked like much of the unit had not been updated or seriously maintained for 15 years. The cabinets in the kitchen smelled of pesticide or mildew - I couldn't tell which - but not pleasant. The beds were all rock hard and I woke with a backache each morning. The lack of AC wasn't a significant issue from a temperature perspective with the fans, but since it is so humid on Kauai, nothing would really dry out (towels, swimsuits, etc). The location just south of Kapaa is great and very central to the island. The beach was great for boogie boarding although a bit treacherous at times (no reef). Not for kiddies, although the enclosed beach for them is just the thing. The pool was large and very well maintained. Overall I will try to find another place to stay near here the next time I am on Kauai, but probably not this one. I guess I could complain more and try to get moved, but they were very full from what I could tell.
Just back from 8 days here. The oceanside grounds and view are spectacular, the pool is clean, great and large, the rock enclosed ocean area for kids is wonderful, the sound of the surf is fantastic (I believe all unita are ocean view). The staff is great, BUT the conditions of the units varies, depending on who the owners are. For example, in my unit, the bed was old (I woke every morning with a backache) the bathtub didn't drain properly, the kitchen sink faucet leaked. Outrigger's on-site maintenace men did their best, but apparently (according the the front office folks) only the actual condo owners can do the major maintenance, replacing of mattresses, etc. The location is so wonderful and peaceful and serene, so I'd stay again IF I could first ascertain from the front desk that my unit would be free of problems such as those i describe.
We reserved a room at the Outrigger Lae Nani at Kapaa, Kauai as part of a moderately-priced internet package. The accomodations exceeded our expectations. We had a one bedroom, 1 1/2 bath, with well-equipped kitchen, dining area and lanai. It was very comfortable, spacious for two people, included cable so we could watch the NCAA tournament (a plus for us, altho we do not spend much time watching TV in a destination as beautiful as this.) The location was convenient to the amenties of Kapaa, and to all parts of the island. We visited restaurants in Kapaa, including the excellent Pacific Cafe for a splurge, and were not disappointed. The Lae Nani was quiet, well kept, with a great view of the water, pretty good beach access, a nice pool and barbecue area, on-site laundry, friendly staff, and just minutes from Lydgate Park, which has a great beach, walking paths, petroglyphs, interesting public art, golf course, and kid play areas. We would return!The helicopter tour thru Jack Harder was the highlight of our trip. We hiked, beached, and explored the island; the back roads are rewarding.
From the moment we stepped in the living room of our ocean front unit we we're literally "wow"ed. This was our first trip to Hawai'i and one that we planned for six full months. We intially chose the Lae Nani for it's location, just minutes from the Kaua'i airport.
It was outstanding!
We were a little worried about not having a/c. It wasn't bad most of the time.(Thanks to a portable fan along with the ceiling fans). The grounds were very beautiful. We stayed a week. Hated to leave!
Just what we needed!
The Lae Nani was perferct for a "empty nest" vacation in Kauai. Loved the beach walk to the north and the beautiful sunrises. We were in a two bedroom which gave us plenty of room to spread out. The rooms were really nicely decorated. Landscaping is what I would have done if I owned the place. Only suggestion is to install a hot tub. We would stay at the Lae Nani again in a heart beat.
We stayed at the Lae Nani condo resort in Kauai, Hawaii for one week in August. The property itself is beautifully kept up; clean with an outstanding view. But, the problems we encountered with our unit will keep us from returning. First, there is no airconditioning and during the week we were visiting, it was hot and sticky. The bedrooms face the street and/or parking lot and there's tons of traffic noise. Also, the roosters start in every morning at 4:00 a.m., so if you keep the windows open to get some fresh air, you're up at 4:00 a.m. Otherwise, you're up anyway because it's so hot in the rooms! Our unit was nicely furnished, which was nice, but I would have preferred tile rather than carpet as it had a mildew smell. We paid around $220 per night, a good value, but with some sacrifices. My advice, "research well and decide if you want "quiet". Don't choose Lae Nani if the answer is "Yes".
Lae Nani was great! it was a wonderful hotel! the beach was peaceful and the veiw of the south west of the island was beautiful! i am definatly going back to Lae Nani! i was very dissapointed of going back home because Lae Nani felt like i was at home! the hotel room is so cozy and confertable! if you want to visit Kauai and the citys on the island, stay at Lae Nani! you will not regret it!
A great place to stay
We were totally satisfied with our stay. The facilities were very well kept and the staff was awesome. The best part was the view from our private lanai--unbeatable. Something we would have never gotten for the same price at one of the bigger resorts. The surrounding area of Kapaa is a bit strip mallish, but it is a very convenient place to explore the island from. Highly recommended.
Great staff and the best location
We were a bit worried as it is expensive but we were so happy with the value. The staff was amazing. The general manager welcomed us and made sure we had a great holiday. Our 2 year old loved the pool and the protected (for children) section of the beach. Everything was close because of the central location.