Better Than Expected
Reviewed by: laineema from Los Angeles, California
The Poipu Beach House or Aikane House, was a delightful home for our
extended family in our six nights in Kauai. The home was better than
expected; the pictures do not do it justice. The home was spacious, airy,
fully-stocked with all essentials: kitchenware; chairs; beach paraphernalia;
towels; and home-grown bananas! Chris, the owner, called us when we arrived
to let us know that the home was ready for us, and left us contact
information should we have needed it. The upstairs living room was breezy
and airy, with cross-ventilation that precluded the need for any
air-conditioning, though units were available in all bedrooms. The house was
spotless and well-equipped for all of us: seniors, adult children, and
grandchildren. The laundry room contained beach equipment from chairs to
beach toys for the kids. The outside shower, which had a hot water lever,
was perfect for clean-ups after the beach. The view from the upstairs
bedroom was magnificent. We would love to return to the Poipu Beach House in
the future. It made our trip to Kauai so special!
Our second trip to Kauai - Love this place! Close to
everything yet not too close for comfort. Brennecke's is wonderful for
watching sunsets and relaxing. Hope we get to come back to this wonderful
house. Thanks Chris for making us feel welcome. Aloha til we meet again!
(John and Vicki)
Your place was perfect -- you provided everything that
made our stay there a great holiday experience. The kitchen had every little
gadget that we needed. My brother is still raving about your stainless steel
countertop! Sunrise and sunset views were stunning and the great beach
access made it all work for us. Thanks so much! (Bob, Linda, Alma)
Thank you for a lovely stay in your beautiful and comfortable home. The layout
of the home was perfect for us. We had a great time exploring the island and
loved the beach. We were glad the house was so close to the best beaches.
Hopefully we will be back soon! (Marilyn, Michael, Brent and Jennie)
We loved staying at the house in Poipu. It was very comfortable and lived up to
the website photos. Chris and Teresa are wonderful hosts and we will come back
to stay there again. Also we will recommend this house to family and friends who
want to come to the "garden island of Kauai". This house was perfect for our
family of 6 adults and two children. We were pleasantly surprised to find it
completely furnished with everything that you could possibly need; including a
coffee grinder to grind beans fresh every morning. Chris and Teresa are very
thoughtful in furnishing their home with everything that you need for your stay.
They even provide cd's of Hawaiian music for your listening pleasure! We really
enjoyed sitting on the upper level lanai both morning and evening to watch
the ocean just a hundred yards away (approximately) or walking down to the
end of the street to watch the sunset. Fabulous view! Great location to
Poipu Beach, where we spent a lot of time. It is a perfect beach for small
children and also for water lovers of all ages. We were very happy to come
to Kauai and recommend this property to anyone who is looking for a great
vacation destination! (Rosa Family)
When we visited here five years ago it was a dream of ours to return someday.
Well dreams do come true and again it has been a wonderful week. It has been a
blast! Thanks and we hope to return. (Watson Family)
This was our 2nd time returning to your house. Again it was the best! We saw
whales spouting and dolphins. Swimming with the turtles is always amazing! We
are sad to go home but I'm sure we'll be back with more of our family soon!
Mahalo Chris. (Morse Family)
We had such a good time on this trip. The house was just perfect and
you---you're fantastic! We used all your hints to find the best sources of food,
etc. We were so pleased with the furnishings and supplies at the house. You
really thought of every detail. If we're able to return to Kauai next year, we'd
really like to stay in your house again. We'll be in touch. Best wishes and
Harry & Laura
Excellent stay (no surprises). Would certainly recommend your lovely home to
anyone. Thank you for all the extra touches.
Chris, you thought of almost everything a perfect vacation should be! You have
an excellent accommodation, fully equipped homey place and great location.
Unparalleled! I love the North Shore but Poipu is the best place to be. Overall
your home is five stars.
Mahalo Chris, you exceeded our expectation.
Maraming salamat, Mahalo,
Gircie, Roel, Linda, Buddy, Rainen, and Letty of Los Angeles
Our family absolutely LOVED it here! IT really becomes a “home away from home.”
The place had everything! We went shopping for some things, but luckily anything
we forgot was right here at “home.” We woke up a couple morning to whales
breaching and sea turtles, got some good video! The beach and shops were just a
short walk and the kids loved it! This place is absolutely perfect!
Thanks Chris! Jacksons and Alcantara families
Chris- thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home with us! It was perfect
for our family. We all had a great time seeing and touring around your island
paradise – Mahalo! This will be a family vacation our kids will surely tell
their kids about. It’s sad to go but we will definitely try to come back again….
Mahalo, mahalo, mahalo,
Chris, What a wonderful trip! We did everything from snorkeling and kayaking to
Botanical Gardens and boogie boarding! We felt like kids again and never laughed
so hard in our lives while boogie boarding on Brennecke Beach! Your home is
“GREAT” and has all of the comforts of home. We hope to be back again soon.
Mahalo, Michael, Judy, and Katy
Jerry & Maggie, Indiana: We had a fabulous Vacation in Kauai staying at this
house. It was everything that it was advertised to be. The house itself is
beautiful and clean. We enjoyed sitting on the Lanai and watching the ocean. The
house is equipped with everything you need: coolers, boogie boards, beach
chairs, etc. Would definitely stay there again if possible.
Alyson, California: Thank you for such an easy, wonderful, and memorable stay on
Kauai. Your house contributed so much to our comfort and relaxation. The family
had the experience of a lifetime, creating many great memories. We sure plan to
Chris, It's been 30 years since I was here in Poipu & Kauai running Camp
Hawaiian Surf - it was great then and, again, now. We had a ball! Went to Poipu,
Polihale, Kokee, Waimea, Hanapepe, Kekaha, Salt Pond, Kipu, Nawiliwili Harbor,
Lydgate, Fern Grotto, etc. Played golf at Wailua, Poipu Bay & Kiahuna. A little
windy but a great time. We snorkeled & boogie boarded.
Sandy & Rick, Katy, TX: "We had the most wonderful time! Kauai is totally
amazing. Superbly breathtaking! Having coffee every morning on the patio with
its spectacular view was my favorite thing. Totally peaceful! Wow!"
Mai & Alex, San Francisco: "We had a wonderful time. We were delighted with your
hospitality. We will be back next year!"
Gary & Family, Pismo Beach: "Oh how I will miss my wonderful home away from
home! Had a great time. This house is so beautiful. What a great place you've
created, thought of everything. Here are some of our highlights: the helicopter
ride, Queen's Pond, Kipu Falls. Thank you for making our stay so comfortable."
Kevin & Tami & Ashley & Blake, Seattle: "This location is optimum! Close to a
great swimming beach, great boogie boarding and great restaurants. Thanks for
stocking the house with all necessary items (chairs, umbrellas, booties) for
proper beach fun. Not to mention the drink cooler - what a lifesaver! We'll be
back! As if all of this isn't enough, your hospitality is truly exemplary. I'll
recommend this house to my friends. Thanks so much."
Dave & Kristen, Solano Beach: "Thank you for providing us with such a beautiful
beach house in Kauai! Aikane Kauai was the perfect place to bring our new
Happy New Year! Though everyone is settled back into our regular routines, we
are still basking in the glow of our Hawaii vacation. I wrote a little entry in
the journal in the house but want to write you to thank you again for providing
the setting for a great vacation.
What a fabulous location. Close enough to the view and sound of the surf but
away from the traffic of a well traveled road. Thank you for providing the
snorkels, boogie boards, beach chairs and umbrella. Your attention to detail is
very much appreciated. The beds were very comfortable and the master shower was
a nice surprise. I loved the fully equipped kitchen.
Mahalo nui loa,
We had the best time and definitely will return. I cannot imagine doing the
hotel/condo option ever again...
Thanks again and again,
JoAnne and family
What a wonderful home for 3 generations of our family to celebrate a significant
birthday together. Superb location and a beautiful space with amazing views of
the blue. The young (and young at heart) delighted in the boogie boards and swim
noodles and walking to the beach whenever the mood struck. Thank you for the
Diana, Henry and Family, Cincinnati/Berkeley/Toranto
We had a great stay at "Aikane". This house is the best we've stayed at... love
the house boogie boards, mats, snorkel gear, makes it real easy. Glad to have
met you...best of luck. We'll come back one day!
John and Family
Once again, a wonderful vacation at Aikane Kauai! Our family had a blast! We did
a lot at the beach and around the island. The location couldn’t be better! There
is no better way to experience Kauai. The diving was spectacular! Thank you for
all the care you take in providing an excellent vacation home!
Hopefully you will be reading this entry when you first arrive. If you have
stayed here before, you know what a fantastic place AIKANE Kauai is and what
great guy Chris is. If this is your first visit you have a treat in store for
you. If you plan to line up island activities like ziplining, horseback riding
or power hang gliding you better do it right away. We have been to other
Hawaiian islands, but the people of Kauai have been the most gentle and giving
people. Please treat them the same in return. Now just enjoy.
Schwartz Family. Las Vegas, NV
Kimi, Hawaii: Not only were we pleased with the location and facilities
amenities (my niece from Oahu even commented how nice the place was and such an
ideal location), but you made the entire process a breeze. We appreciated the
extra amenities such as the guide books and brochures, as well as boogie boards,
beach chairs, etc. Thank you again for making our trip such a memorable one.
Mike & Patsy, Vancouver, WA: We would highly recommend this vacation rental, and
give especially high marks to its owner/manager, Chris. The house was everything
that we expected it to be, exactly as it appeared on the website. It was so well
equipped that it really felt like a home away from home. Chris was so friendly,
from the time we made the reservation through our time on the island. He even
came over to cut down ripe bananas for us! We were thoroughly impressed with the
whole experience. We felt like we were living the Hawaiian dream-- at least for
our two weeks there! Thanks, Chris, for making our stay such a special one. You
are one in a million!
Kevin and Alison, Colorado: We had a terrific time and the house was the perfect
arrangement for us. We really appreciated your attention to detail - you made us
feel really comfortable so that we didn't have to worry about the little things.
We got a lot of use out of the guidebooks, boogie boards, etc., and your
shopping recommendations were right on target. The bed in the master bedroom was
so comfortable that we actually wrote down the make of the mattress! (or was it
just Kauai in general that made us sleep so well?) Anyway, thanks for making our
first 'internet vacation' a success.
Kelly and Shane, Oregon: Everything was perfect...the house, the boogie boards
you had available, the area...everything! Thanks again for all your help, wisdom
and great accommodations. I hope we can return again. Aloha and mahalo.
Meg & Greg, Los Angeles: We have loved every minute of our stay in your
beautiful home. With all the comforts and amenities this vacation was over the
top for us! Thank you for all the details. We'll be back!
Ron, Bev & Shirley from Western Australia: We love everything about this place.
It was much more than we expected. Thanks for all the little extras such as the
beach shoes, snorkels, masks and boogie boards - we used them everyday. The
location had something for everyone. We will be back soon we hope. Chris, thanks
for the surfing advice.
Gary: What a great place you have created. You thought of everything. The
surfing at Pakala was GREAT! I was really able to unwind in this paradise. Your
suggestion of dinner at the Beach House at sunset was great. We fell in love
with the tiles in the master shower so we ordered some for our home. Thanks for
Kawaikoi Stream, Kokee, Kauai Wanda, Jon and girls (Mary Kate, Maggie,
Madeleine): Thank you for sharing your beautiful house and island. We had such a
great time and enjoyed all Kauai has to offer. The girls loved the boogie
boarding & the waves. We plan to come back & hopefully bring family or friends!
Larry & Linda & Family, Santa Barbara: "Thanks so much for providing such an
enjoyable house. It has been a very comfortable stay. We fell in love with
Kauai, beautiful waters, breath taking sunsets."
Emily & Richard, Massachusettes: "We came here for our daughter's wedding. It
was such a great vacation! I love the house."
Brad & Schaelene & Christopher & Emma, Sacramento: "We had a great time! Thank
you for letting us use your beautiful home! We loved staying here. It was
wonderful to wake up to singing birds in the morning."