Vacation Rentals Safer Alternative to Hotels

Vacation Rentals Gain Popularity Amid Coronavirus

A recent Article on AARP.org Points to Vacation Rental Homes as an Alternative to Hotels

As a traveler, Theresa Blanding has always considered herself a hotel person. But in the age of coronavirus, a bustling hotel lobby and crowded elevators give her pause. “I’m confident that hotels will be careful about cleaning, but I’m not sure how it’s possible to avoid contact with other guests, not to mention staff,” says the 71-year-old Boulder, Colorado, resident.

As coronavirus lockdowns slowly begin to ease, people are slowly starting to contemplate future vacation plans.

Donna Racette, a 70-year-old retiree in Niwot, Colorado, was traveling in California in early March when the coronavirus-related travel alarms started. “I noticed the hotel staff weren’t cleaning the doorknobs,” she says. “I became fastidious about having my own wipes and would go into a hotel before my husband to wipe down the doorknobs and elevator buttons.” When she starts to travel again, Racette says she’ll definitely book through a Vacation Rental Home. “I like knowing I am in control of cleaning all the rooms and surfaces in a home during my stay,” she says. “I can’t have that control in a hotel.”

A recent survey conducted by market research company OmniTrak examined travel-related perceptions of risk related to the coronavirus pandemic and found that hotels (46 percent) were seen as a greater risk than a vacation rental (39 percent). The survey of 2,500 people did not ask participants to go into detail about their travel confidence, but it’s rather easy to surmise that respondents perceived home shares as less risky because the volume of travelers to a vacation rental is likely smaller than at a hotel. A vacation rental is also less likely to have common areas frequented by guests and staying at a vacation rental you don’t have to eat out every meal.

Increased safety precautions

Our enhanced cleaning protocols for our guests is being implemented where the cleaning protocol is based on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published standards, The new cleaning protocol includes using single-use cleaning products, bagless vacuums and, it also includes requirements for cleaning staff to wear masks, gloves and use certain disinfectants. It’s estimated that housekeeping is allotted just 45 minutes for hotel room cleaning. Within that time frame, they have a long list of responsibilities. This includes replacing toiletries, sheets, and comforters and removing the trash. Sanitizing and disinfecting surfaces and objects oftentimes is not a priority, putting guests and staff at risk for infection. In hotels, many people share the same surfaces, objects, and areas each day, which allows germs to spread easily. A recent study revealed that hotel elevator buttons have nearly 40 times more bacteria than a toilet seat, and a whopping 81% of surfaces in more than 100 hotel rooms tested positive for fecal bacteria during an inspection. Common infections guests acquire in unclean hotels and rooms include MRSA, Staph, influenza, rhinovirus (the common cold) and norovirus. As a precaution, along with our enhanced cleaning procedures, we will also observe at least a 24-hour waiting period before booking new guest to occupy our property. We have set up our system to keep in touch with our guests to 2 weeks after their departed to inquire about their current health so we may follow up on illnesses to help with contact tracing. (Hotel Cleaning Challenges & Statistics)

A More selective host

Travelers opting to stay with us can expect us to be more particular and inquisitive about our guests. We will be asking: “In the last two weeks, have you or anyone you live with traveled to any areas impacted by COVID-19?” and “Do you currently have any travel restrictions in your area due to COVID-19?” We’d prefer longer stays vs a shorter one to lessen the foot traffic and the extra time involved in the cleaning process for the next guest.

Guest-friendly rules

 Compared to other resort properties, we as an owner of the property have the ability to have more guest-friendly rules when it comes to cancellations or rescheduling guest to future dates. Due to some of the Extenuating circumstances of the Pandemic we have given from 50% to 100% refunds to our guests, rescheduled guests stays up to 18 months into the future in the past, and anticipate if necessary due to a rise in Covid Cases or Government places restrictions on travel will continue these policies.

Still, no guarantees

Despite the extra cleaning measures, host-guest education and flexibility, companies like Airbnb, HomeAway and Vrbo aren’t liable in the same way hotels and we are, stresses David Sherwyn, a hospitality professor at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Ultimately, the homeowners, not the booking platform, decide how thoroughly they clean their home and whether to issue a refund, Sherwyn says. “Home rental companies can say, “We tell our people to follow these procedures,” but they cannot guarantee it,” he notes. “You are counting on the homeowner.” In this case My Kauai Vacation Rental will be standing by our commitment to cleanliness and enhanced cleaning protocols to help ensure our guests safety.

See the entire article on AARP.org https://www.aarp.org/travel/travel-tips/lodging/info-2020/vacation-rentals-amid-coronavirus.html

Prince Kuhio Day Celebration

The 9th Annual Anahola Prince Kuhio Day Celebration

On March 16th 2020 will be the 9th annual Anahola Prince Kuhio Day Celebration. Join us at one of our favorite Kauai events, a celebration of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole, a former heir to the throne during Hawaii’s monarchy, as well as US congressional delegate. The Hawaiian culture comes alive through music, hula, and hands-on activities during this well-loved local event.

See educational, cultural, health and wellness exhibits that are great for the whole family, as well as craft booths from local vendors at the Prince Kuhio Day Celebration. You will be also able to enjoy local Hawaiian comfort food from various food booths and lose yourself in the rhythms of the islands with live music and hula presentations. For an authentic view into Hawaiian culture, come for the start of the event when the Hookupu (offering) protocol ceremony will be held.

When and Where

The Celebration will take place on March 16, 2019 from 11am-4pm. This free event is held at Anahola Beach Park, located in Kauai’s east coast town of Anahola. To reach the Beach Park, turn toward the ocean from Highway 56 on to Anahola Road.

Located just 7 miles north of Kapa’a, Kauai’s largest hub for shopping and restaurants. It’s location on the northern portion of the east coast. There is also easy access to the island’s popular Princeville resort area, as well as the north shore’s pristine beaches.

Anahola is not too distant from our Poipu Vacation Rental. It does give you an excuse for a day trip to another part of the island. Anahola is another beautiful area to visit on the island.  Book Your Trip at one of the best places to stay on Kauai today! We are more than happy to answer any questions, make suggestions, and help you design a trip that’s perfect for you. MyKauaiVacatrionRental.com or (808) 346-1788

Vacation Rental Availability Summer 2019

Kauai Vacation Rental

The summer is quickly approaching and everyone is beginning to look for availability and booking their stays in their travel destinations.  It is projected that in the month of June the destination of Kauai will have a 72% occupancy level, July will top up to 96% and August 90%.

Our Poipu Vacation Rental Kauai Living room

If you haven’t already booked your stay in Kauai you will begin seeing higher prices and less availability throughout the Island. Since my plans have not solidified on when I will need to travel back to Kauai and work on our new home build, I opened up additional time in June, July and August for Vacation Travelers to stay at our Kauai Vacation Rental. Now would be the best time to schedule your stay to ensure you can get lodging at the time you are wanting to travel.

A Better Vacation Value

As we have written about already, Vacation Rental VS Hotel the Vacation Rental is a better value. For example the Grand Hyatt Kauai in June is offering their King Partial Ocean View Room with Free Internet for $526.15 per night plus another $40.25 per night Resort Fee. That’s $566.40 per night for basically a bedroom with a King Size Bed. Next Marriott Waiohai Beach Club is already booked up in June. The Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort in Poipu still has some rooms available. Their Garden View Room with a total of 364 square feet is booking for $389.00 plus their $38.74 per night Resort Fee. This is their “Best Available Rate” with a nightly total of $427.74.  Now for our Kauai Vacation Rental rate in June for 2 Adults is $185.00 per night, no additional resort fee to use the pools, hot tub and other community items.

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Manualoha at Poipu Kai

Poipu Kai Resort, Across from Kauai’s Famous Beaches

Manualoha at Poipu Kai is a condominium complex of 11 units within the Resort area of Poipu Kai. These condos are some of the closest to the southern beaches of Brennecke’s and Poipu beach along the south side of Kauai.  Located on the southern part of the property and nearly just across the street from Brennecke’s Beach is the community swimming pool. There you can sit back on the lounge chairs see waves breaking on the beach & enjoy swimming in the pool to cool off from the warm summer sun. Poipu Beach happens to be a common resting place for the green sea turtles & the Hawaiian monk seal. Inadvertently taking the best spot, you might have to move to a slightly less desirable space in the sand. I have many times gone out in the waves of Brennecke’s beach and been bumped by one of the wave riding sea turtles. Keep an eye out for them. They are a sight to see.

Manualoha 601 at Poipu Kai Resort Pool
Manualoha at Poipu Kai Resort Pool

Poipu Kai Resort also has 4 tennis courts to use for exercise and enjoyment along with a grand amount of open green-space. You can cross the complex and get to the most westerly sports bar in the United Sates, Kalapaki Joe’s. There you can either get a refreshing cocktail, appetizers, or a meal. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner until 10:00 pm. Manualoha at Poipu Kai is frequented by travelers from all over the world looking for the warmth of the sun, the tropical environment and the hospitality of the Hawaiian people. Many come year after year to enjoy the island and our condo.

If you’re looking for one of the best places to stay on the island of Kauai, it’s hard to match the value of the Vacation Rental Condo Manualoha 601.  For additional information, Amenities and images see more about our condo. You can check online for availability to book or call us at (808) 346-1788 for pricing and availability.

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Brenneckes Beach Web Cam

Watch Brennecke’s Beach Live.

Brennecke’s Beach -located adjacent to Poipu Beach Park is a very popular boogie boarding and body surfing spot. You can always find a wave at this beach. The small strip of sand is a good spot to watch the waves and occasional rider crash on the shore. This small stretch of beach is popular with the locals and visitors. This is the beach that is across the street from our Poipu Vacation Rental, Manualoha Condo 601. Brennecke’s is a fun spot to have lunch and watch the activity. The small strip of sand is a good spot to watch the waves and occasional rider crash on the shore. This small stretch of beach is popular with the locals and visitors. If your there during the summer, midday when there’s relatively high surf, you are bound to see a group of young local out ripping through Brennecke’s waves on their boogie boards. After they have been there for a while there will eventually be a gutsy visitor thinking, I could do that! And soon he’ll give it a try. Sometime more successfully than others!

 

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Manualoha 601 at Poipu Kai Resort Pool
Our Community Pool Across the Street from Brennecke’s Beach

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Planning to come to Kauai? – Stay at My Kauai Vacation Rental

My Kauai Vacation Rental is one of the Largest 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath Condos on all of Kauai — with a full kitchen, washer-dryer and all the comforts of home plus a beautifully designed pool that is directly across from Brennecke’s Beach which rivals the Hawaiian Islands’ Best!

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