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Kauai Vacation Rental - Secret Beach - Anini Beach

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6 Chambres, 5 salles de bains, 14 couchages

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JasonSt
Cranbury, NJ
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19 votes utiles 19 votes utiles
“Absolutely Amazing Experience -- look no further”
5 5 étoiles Avis écrit le 31 août 2012 Séjour en août 2012
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This house was amazing. I can’t wait to find an excuse to come back some day. While the pictures and description are nice, they can’t do full justice to the experience.

The house sits at the very end of a dead-end road that hosts nothing but extremely top-end ocean-front properties on the cliff overlooking Secret Beach. Will Smith sold a vacation home here last year for $20M, there is another lot currently for sale for $20M and yet another undeveloped plot of land with no home yet for sale for $3.25M. On the opposite side of the road is a collection of working plantations and cattle farms, all beautiful.

This home is intentionally not as ostentatious as most of those other homes – which are mostly hidden behind well-manicured hedges, gates and long frontages to the actual houses. This home is authentic. It feels right in place there, surrounded by a small working plantation with at least a dozen varieties of fruit plants. There is also a well-hidden hen house and enclosure. Every morning my kids would get up, collect delicious fresh eggs and pick amazing fresh fruit from our own back yard. The house itself has a nice view of the ocean and the absolutely stunned grounds, right from a terrace that is perfectly set up to have all your meals from (I downloaded a picture of this with this review).

And the house has obviously been upgraded recently and is lovingly maintained. The kitchen is awesome, the floors incredible, the furniture perfect. The house is very symmetrical, for those into such things. It has a double-master suite on either end and a large great room with open dining area and kitchen off the center entry. Each master bedroom is generous in size with very comfortable kind beds. One of the two masters has the laundry in the closest (new, high-end, large capacity units). There is a very small third bedroom setup by default as a day bed, but it’s a trundle so you can have two twins setup. Once you do it consumes the entire room minus a few inches. There’s a third bath that serves this room and as a guest bathroom. The living room coach is also a sofa bed. This all adds up to capacity for 8 sleepers. The house was very well equipped with everything you would need including an entire room out back for beach stuff – chairs, snorkel gear, boogie boards, inflatables, umbrellas, etc. Really we didn’t feel any logical essential was missing. There’s also a bin 2/3 of the way down the beach hike with additional chairs so you don’t have to lug them all the way back and forth. We used those for Secret Beach and the ones at the house when visiting another beach by car. Perfect.

The path to the beach is great. Starts right on property and is private the whole way, exclusive to this house the third two-thirds then theoretically joining with a few other private properties for the last bit but we never saw any evidence of use by anyone else. Along the way you pass fruit trees, a beautiful meadow with a babbling brook and waterfall next to it, etc. It even has a foot bridge to complete the storybook. And they have a setup down at the meadow for doing fires at night if you want. I tracked the distance on Runkeeper and its 0.45 miles door-to-beach, including probably a few hundred feet of elevation, mostly at the start. I did it slowly, with the kids and loaded with beach stuff in about 15 minutes, stopping to take in the waterfall, etc. But then I walked back later by myself with purpose in 7 minutes.

It’s called Secret Beach for a reason. There is no way to drive to it. The public has to find their way, if they can, to an unpaved parking area and hike a path that by all accounts is longer and far more difficult than our private one to get there. The net result is a mile long beach that is sparsely populated. The path comes out about 1/4th of the way along the beach front and I walked the other three-quarters around 4pm one day and counted 6 people in total. There were sections where I could have yelled and not been within ear range of anyone. The sand is clean and soft and the shore under the water is also sandy and not peppered with rocks like many beaches. We were there in August which for the North shore is the calm water season. Yet the waves still crashed against the shore with enough force to make the sport not about swimming but about riding the waves. I wouldn’t let me kids go out without me there with them and I wouldn’t go more than about 50 feet out. In the winter the beach is notoriously dangerous due to the strong waves and current and people have died not respecting it. But, again, in the summer we loved it. We drove to Hanalei the second day where the bay makes it a famously calm and swimmable beach and our 7-year-old was eager to get back to the fun of Secret Beach the next day.

If I could give this 6-stars out of 5 I would. There were a few nit-picks but not enough to dampen the experience. There were:

1) The entire island is full of wild roosters. But they seem particularly attracted to the hens, protected behind an enclosure. We heard them all night, every night and they get particularly active around 4am. Personally it didn’t bother me after the first night and hearing them became part of the charm of the place for me. My wife and some of my kids didn’t agree and found them annoying.

2) There were a handful of minor things that didn’t work well. It would run out of hot water very quickly – a problem when you have 5 people who play all day and all need to shower at the end of the day. Supposedly the default water heater is solar with an electric backup. We made sure it was supposedly set to the electric but it didn’t seem to help. The dish waster seems to work inconsistently, and the BBQ – which was brand new and fancy – didn’t work right either time we tried.

3) The path to the beach, while awesome, could have been better. The property has an old guest house on stilts that is closed up and in disrepair that the path walks right by. And the mid-section of the path seemed to have a big Bobcat construction vehicle permanently parked there – it didn’t move the entire week we were there – and the ground is all dug up around there. It is a working farm and perhaps it will be awesome when done but it marred that part of the walk a tad. I also don’t know what their plans are once they fix up the small guest house. It would make a stunning honeymoon cottage or place for the teenage or adult kids of a larger group to stay. But I would hate to see them rent it separately and destroy the privacy and tranquility of the lot – there would be no way for people to access it without going through the yard of the main house.

But, again, these are specks of sand in your shoe while on a beautiful walk in term of overall impact. In any event, there was a property manager who lived probably 5 minutes off-site who was always available by phone or texting. Nice guy.

Overall, couldn’t be happier. Miss it already (and it’s only been a day)…

5 5 étoiles La réservation a-t-elle été facile ? 5 5 étoiles L'itinéraire donné était-il correct ?
5 5 étoiles La remise des clés/l'accès à la location ont-ils été faciles ? 5 5 étoiles État général de la location
5 5 étoiles Literie 5 5 étoiles Cuisine et ustensiles
5 5 étoiles Propreté de la salle de bains 5 5 étoiles Autres équipements
5 5 étoiles Service
Le plus apprécié: Location, view, privacy, pick your own food
Le moins apprécié: wild roosters
Compagnons de voyage : Young Children
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Réponse de la direction
30 août 2012
Aloha Jason,

What an amazing review. We should have you handle our future advertisements. You write so beautifully. As I read your review I felt the essence of this majestic property. My family and I were fortunate to stay in Jungle Bee last August and I share your sentiments exactly. Secret Beach is the gem of the north shore and there is no place I would rather spend my day then on that 1 mile strip of heaven. The guest cottage you mentioned is slated for a renovation this year and will become an addition to Jungle Bee. It will never be rented separately and will improve on this already fabulous vacation rental. The property has gone through quite a change to make things more enjoyable for our guests. The first brook and small waterfall you see after the bridge was not accessible a short while ago. We just recently cleared the area using the Bobcat you mentioned. When a guest is scheduled all work stops until they depart. We apologize for the machine being in view and will take that under consideration for future rentals. We have worked with many homes on Kauai and I can say with no doubt, not another home on Kauai offers the endless features of Jungle Bee, and at such an affordable price. It is with great pride and integrity the owners of Jungle Bee treat both the property and those who are fortunate enough to vacation there. We are so happy you chose this rental and it is our hope that you return again soon.

Kindest Aloha,

Glenn and Kimi
House Of Dreams Kauai
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Un voyageur authentifié par FlipKey
SF Bay Area
5 5 étoiles Avis écrit le 16 novembre 2011 Séjour en octobre 2011
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4 5 étoiles Rapport qualité / prix 5 5 étoiles Chambres
5 5 étoiles Emplacement 5 5 étoiles Propreté
5 5 étoiles Réception 5 5 étoiles Service
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Réponse de la direction
16 nov. 2011
Kate,

It was also a pleasure working with you.

Glenn & Kimi
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JasonInSanFrancisco
CA
5 5 étoiles Avis écrit le 4 août 2011 Séjour en janvier 2011
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Réponse de la direction
06 juil. 2011
It was absolutely a pleasure to have you stay at Jungle Bee.
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