Vacation Home Rental Verses Hotel Room – Which To Choose?

Vacation Rental VS Hotel

You have booked your tickets for a flight to the Garden Island and now you need to find a place to stay. Vacation rental or hotel room? The choice is easy. My wife and I have traveled extensively over the last few years and we have found renting a vacation rental home far outweighs staying at a hotel. Here is why.

After a busy day out visiting a new destination it is wonderful to be able to come “home” to a private place.

We have found that Days tend to be a bit longer when one is on vacation. We are usually busy walking, hiking, touring, trying to see as much as we can and after many hours we are ready to relax, even if it is in the middle of the afternoon. Who wants to go back to a hotel room with just a bed a and a TV in it? When we book a vacation rental property, especially a nice one, going back to it at the end of an excursion is a welcome relief.

There is a kitchen, a living room and perhaps even a pool.Our Poipu Vacation Rental When the weather is not cooperating (it happens, especially in tropical environments) we have a home in which to do indoor activities we like to do most (read, yoga, play games, or enjoy the view).

Eating out is great but three times a day?

When we are on vacation the last thing my wife or I want to do is cook every meal. If we stay at a hotel, however, there is no option we have to go out for every single meal. When staying at a vacation rental we are able to cook up a breakfast while still wearing night clothes. Poipu Vacation Rental, Manualoha 601 KitchenWe can pack a lunch and take it with us to the beach or where ever we decide to go. And, after a long day of hiking we can whip up something easy to eat rather than wait for a table at a restaurant.

When we want someone else to cook, we can hire a chef to come to the house or go to the restaurant of our choosing. This flexibility means less stress and more relaxation.

Most resort hotels have fabulous pool areas but they come with a price.

There are no doubts that most resort hotels have fabulous pools. Unfortunately though you must share those pools with many other people, including other people’s children. No offense against children but they can be loud, and you really can’t do much about it. If we rent a vacation rental with a pool it is all mine to enjoy.

Which leads us now to is privacy.

The only place private at a hotel is your room, even then housekeeping comes by each day and prompts you to feel the need to be out of their way. When we rent a vacation rental home we am assured of privacy. Often times the homes are in residential areas where the only people you might run into are the neighbors out walking their pets.

Owners of vacation rental properties generally take pride in their home.

Our Poipu Vacation Rental Kauai Living roomOur experience is that vacation rental property owners want you to have a wonderful stay at their home. They are usually good about communicating and answering your questions prior to your stay. Most make sure to have books and brochures full of local information about the area and suggestions as to where to eat, shop or explore available in the home.

Their local knowledge is especially valuable, if they live full time in the area.

A Vacation rental home will most times be less expensive than hotels.

If you have a large family or group that would require more than one hotel room, a vacation rental may save you money in the long run. When booking a home we always ask what the total amount will be, including rent, cleaning, taxes, or other related costs to the rental. A quote is always given along with payment requirements so there are no unexpected fees.

Often we have booked a hotel room only to find out after arriving that there are Resort Fees & other charges tacked on to the bill. Many hotels charge for parking now on top of the room charges. We also take into account other rentals we might have to pay for such as bikes, tennis rackets, snorkeling gear, boogie boards or an ice chest. Our vacation rental and many others, will provide these at no charge. All of these expenses need to be taken into account when you decide where to stay.

The Exception

Poipu Kai Resort Tennis Club

Vacation rentals are not always the way to go though, if we need a room for only one night. If we plan to stay for three or more nights, we will check for a vacation rental home in the area before booking anything else. We try to book directly with the owner. That way we can also save on any service or or booking fee a manager or booking company may charge.

Now, we know these things, not just because we have traveled a lot, but because we own a vacation rental on Kauai, Hawaii. The photos above & below in the gallery have been taken of our home or of the surrounding areas of Manualoha at Poipu Kai. Every vacation rental that we have stayed in has helped to make us very aware of what is important to a traveler. That is what allows us to be able to exceed most traveler’s needs and expectations.

Manualoha 601 Bedroom, Poipu Beach Vacation Rental Kauai in the Poipu Kai Resort

We truly believe you will feel more rested and have a better experience at a vacation rental home especially if it is ours.

 

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Kauai – Tourists can still visit the Island

HONOLULU (AP) 5/28/2018 — KAUAI WEATHER RELATED – Residents and businesses are still cleaning up from flooding that deluged parts of Kauai, but community leaders are urging tourists to keep coming so residents don’t suffer an economic calamity on top of record-breaking rains that smothered a normally green landscape in reddish-brown water.As Kauai Weather Creates Flooding April 2018

Some travelers are cancelling their reservations after getting the wrong impression the mid-April flooding damaged the entire Hawaiian island. Although landslides blocked roads and floods tore apart homes and uprooted trees, most of the island is unscathed. Nearly 50 inches (127 centimeters) of rain fell in one 24-hour period.

Some tourists are avoiding the island’s north shore where fast-moving waters swept away cars, even though many businesses have reopened.

Tourism is the biggest industry on the island there and most restaurants and shops rely on spending by visitors to stay afloat, providing jobs for thousands of Kauai residents.

Kauai County Council Chairman Mel Rapozo, who works as a hotel night auditor, said some visitors have been talked out of canceling their trips but that others cancel them online without speaking to anyone.

“My concern is the economic impact should those businesses start closing up — even temporarily — because they do employ a significant amount of our residents,” Rapozo said. “A lot of people will lose their jobs. And that’s going to cause another situation here for Kauai.”

He said it would be an “economic disaster” if Kauai were to lose many jobs to a flood-induced tourism slowdown.

Tourists have been avoiding hard-hit Hanalei. A historic small town and the commercial center of the island’s north shore even though many restaurants and shops on the town’s pedestrian-friendly main street are operating or reopening.

Rapozo said visitors should stick to the highway and avoid side roads, where tourists are likely to get in the way of repair crews.

Mina Morita, the president of the Hanalei Community Center, said the damaged narrow road leading to her home is now busy with heavy equipment and residents trying to clean up. She hopes visitors will respect the “local traffic only” sign posted on her street but wants them in the center of town because people whose homes were damaged “definitely need their jobs at this time.”

The Weather and flood reports didn’t deter Christina Zhu of Seattle, who hopes to snorkel and hike when she and her boyfriend visit Kauai early next month.

Rescheduling isn’t an option because their tickets aren’t refundable. Plus, they’ve already requested the time off work. She’s been researching what to do by reading guides and checking the Reddit page for Kauai for the latest weather and flooding news.

One activity she’s looking forward to: taking a shelter dog from the Kauai Humane Society on a field trip, perhaps on a dog-friendly hike. The human society has allowed visitors to take a dog on such excursions since 2012.

“Flood or not, I’m sure there will be plenty of things to do on the island, and hopefully as a tourist I will be able to help out somehow as well,” she said.

Jan Snarski of Vancouver, British Columbia said his family was a little worried when they saw how much water was on the ground when they arrived a day after the storm. But they found places to surf, hike and swim.

Snarksi said Kauai was “business as usual” when he left Wednesday.

“The weather was perfect and we had a fabulous last day on the island,” Snarksi said in an email while flying home.

The National Weather Service said preliminary data indicates Kauai’s Weather broke a national rainfall record after a gauge one mile west of Hanalei recorded 49.69 inches (126.21 centimeters) during the 24-hour period ending at 12:45 p.m. on April 15. If certified, that would break the current record of 43 inches (109 centimeters) recorded in Alvin, Texas in 1979.

The island’s north shore towns of Haena and Wainiha will be off-limits until at least next month because landslides cut off Kuhio Highway, the only road connecting them to the rest of the island. Officials hope to open one lane by May 7 but only for emergency vehicles at first.

The blocked highway will prevent access to hiking trails hugging dramatic cliffs along the Napali Coast and popular beach parks at Haena.

Visitors can still gaze across Hanalei valley for a postcard-picture view of taro patches fronting verdant mountains.

And there was no damage to favored sites elsewhere, like the white sands of Poipu Beach, spots overlooking Wailea’s waterfalls and Waimea Canyon — a deep gorge dubbed the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” We are seeing clear skies, warm weather at our Kauai Vacation Rental on the South Side of the Island and there is plenty to do on the South Island. More About This Story

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Waimea Canyon State Park

“The Grand Canyon of the Pacific”

Waimea Canyon Kauai Canyon of the Pacific– The nickname of the Waimea Canyon. It is a large canyon, about ten miles long and up to 3,600 feet deep. It is located on the western side of Kauaʻi in the Hawaiian Islands of the United States. Waimea is Hawaiian for “reddish water”, a reference to the erosion of the canyon’s red soil.[1] The canyon was formed by a deep incision of the Waimea River arising from the extreme rainfall on the island’s central peak, Mount Waiʻaleʻale, among the wettest places on earth.

The State Park encompasses 1,866 acres (7.5 km2) and is a popular tourist attraction on the island. It provides a wilderness area with numerous hiking trails. It can be accessed from Waimea on Hawaiʻi state road 550, which is 18 miles long and leads up to Koke’e State Park. The island of Niihau, only a short distance west of Kauai at that point, can be clearly seen from the highway.

There are challenging hiking and hunting trails wind through the canyon. Two lookouts, the Puu ka Pele and Puu hinahina, have parking and provide breathtaking views.

There are two trails that go through the area one is; Iliau Nature Loop and the other is; Kukui Trail. The Iliau Nature Loop is located at the start of the Kukui Trail, this is a short roadside loop trail on the western edge of Waimea Canyon. Native upland scrub vegetation plants are identified. The trail also affords excellent vistas of Waimea and Waialae Canyons. It is an excellent nature trail. The Kkuui Trail starts along Highway 550, about 0.75 miles beyond the 8-Mile Marker. Kukui Trail is a scenic trail down the west side of Waimea Canyon. It makes a 2,000 ft. elevation drop to the canyon floor ending at the Wiliwili Camp site administered by the Division of Forestry and Wildlife.

Park Activities: Fishing, Hunting, Hiking

Park Amenities: ADA Accessible, Picnic Pavilion, Picnic Tables, Restrooms, Walking Path No Drinking Water is available.
Prohibited Activities: No Motorized Vehicles / ATV Riding, No Alcoholic Beverages, No Rock Climbing, No Commercial Activities, No Animals or Pets, No Camping, No Smoking.

Location: Waimea Canyon Dr., Uninc, Kauai County, Hawaii.

For additional information & activities that serve Waimea Canyon State Park visit:
https://hawaiistateparks.org/parks/kauai/waimea-canyon-state-park/

Updating Images of the Kauai Vacation Rental

Kauai Vacation Rental Update

Last year we got the images of the condo redone.  When we purchased the Kauai Vacation Rental in April 2018, my son and I only had 24 hours to change out some of the furniture especially the Sofa Sleeper, hang new draperies, clean out the owner & hall closet and swap the contents of them from each other. We wanted the guests to be able to access the beach chairs, umbrellas, ice chest and other things without falling over everything or everything falling out of the closet when they opened the door. We replaced the WiFi router, installed a new safe as well as other minor repairs while the housekeeping crew got the condo ready for a new guest the following afternoon.

Although the images you see now of the condo are pretty nice, imagine the living room with the brand new Lazy Boy Queen Sleeper Sofa & new Draperies in the bedroom instead of the blinds. We made these changes to help upgrade the home a bit more and because the old sleeper sofa frame was bent  up enough that it took two grown men to close it last.  It’s going to take a few weeks to have availability of time to photograph and then to have them developed. We wanted them to be better than one guy wanted to do (take with his cell phone).  As soon as we get copies we’ll change out the ones on all websites and let you know. Stay Tuned.

If you’re interested in stay in the Kauai Vacation Rental, you can check online for availability and book it or just send me a not or call (951) 527-7368.

The list of amenities has gotten more thorough:

General: Clothes Dryer, Hair Dryer, Internet, Iron & Board, Linens Provided, Living Room, Parking Free, Telephone, Towels Provided, Washing Machine
Kitchen: Coffee Maker, Dishes & Utensils, Dishwasher, Microwave, Oven, Pantry Items, Refrigerator, Stove, Toaster
Dining: Dining Area seating for 4 people
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Bedroom  1 – 1 king, 1 Queen Sleeper Sofa
Entertainment: Books, DVD Player, Music& DVD Library, Satellite / Cable, Stereo, Television,
Outside: Golf, Ice Chest, Lanai / Gazebo, Lawn / Garden, Outdoor Grill, Tennis, Water Sports Gear,
Pool / Spa: Communal Pool, Hot Tub
Attractions: Botanical garden, Playground,
Leisure Activities: Beach combing, Bird watching, Boating, Eco Tourism, Horseback Riding, Luaus, Scenic drives, Shopping, Sight Seeing, Sun Bathing, Walking, Whale watching, Wildlife viewing,
Local Services & Businesses: ATM/bank, Fitness center, Groceries, Hospital, Massage therapist, Medical services, Restaurants,
Sports & Adventure Activities: Deep-Sea Fishing, Fishing, Golf, Hiking, Scuba diving or snorkeling, Surfing, Swimming, Tennis.

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Kauai Interesting Facts

Interesting facts of Kauai

  • Kauai is the fourth-largest Hawaiian island.Kauai Island Map and Interesting Facts
  • It is the least populated of the state’s four counties with roughly 62,000 residents. The island itself is not heavily populated. according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA). The island receives nearly 1,000,000 tourists each year! On average, over 80,000 visitors come to Kauai.
  • The island is 33 miles long and 25 miles wide.
  • There are three major resort areas. 1. Poipu (south shore) is the driest and sunniest area 2. Kapaa on the east side has central access to both sides of the island and 3. Hanalei / Princeville (north shore) is wetter but very beautiful.
  • Other Interesting Facts Kauai is an island in the Central Pacific, part of the Hawaiian archipelago. It’s nicknamed “the Garden Isle” thanks to the tropical rain-forest covering much of its surface. The dramatic cliffs and pinnacles of its Na Pali Coast have served as a backdrop for major Hollywood films. While 10-mile-long Waimea Canyon and the Nounou Trails traversing the Sleeping Giant mountain ridge are favored hiking destinations.
  • The island’s main airport is in Lihue and the airport code is LIH.
  • Kauai is a favorite destination for Hollywood filmmakers. Everything from South Pacific and Blue Hawaii to Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Descendants. Even the animated cartoon South Park had an episode based here!
  • Kauai was the only island never conquered by King Kamehameha the Great. Instead, a treaty was negotiated allowing Kauai’s ruler to remain in power until his death in 1810.
  • Kauai had its own dialect in ancient times; they pronounced K like T … so the original pronunciation was Tauai. No one knows what it means.
  • Wild chickens are found all over this island; rumor states they were involuntarily released from a chicken farm destroyed by Hurricane Iniki in 1992. It has more to do though with the lack of natural predators. This island doesn’t have mongoose. For the same reason Nene, the state bird, continues to thrive here.