While planing a family vacation to Kauai that included my parents, my brother and his family and me we needed to find a place to stay that met our needs. Hotels in Kauai are pretty expensive so we decided to investigate renting a home or condo. None of us had ever done this before so it was a new experience.
We began on the website VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner) and started reviewing our options. Since we needed three rooms our options were limited. There were also a lot of requirements by all the different family members which further limited our choices.
We spent about a month looking for the right place. There were a lot of great options but none of them perfectly matched our requirements. It seemed like we would never find the right place until I did a search in a city that we had not looked in yet. The city was Lihue, which is the main city on the island. It is not a big resort area like Poipu or Princeville so we never really considered it.
My search resulted in exactly one property. This seemed odd to me so I changed the search parameters and came up with the same results. The reviews for this house were almost all positive and it looked amazing. I emailed the website to the rest of the family to see what they thought. They all agreed that it seemed like the perfect option so I contacted the owner to inquire about dates and prices.
After we all decided on the dates we went ahead and booked the house. As the date grew closer everyone was getting excited about the trip. Even my 2-1/2 year old Niece was talking about it the whole week before.
We all arrived in Lihue on different flights and met up at the airport for the drive to the house. The house was a 10 minute drive from the airport, which was very convenient after a long flight. The house was located on a hill overlooking Kalapaki Bay.
Upon entering the house we were all blown away by what we saw. The entrance, on the kitchen/living room level, had floor to ceiling sliding doors that provided an amazing view of the bay below. I knew right away that we had made the right choice. Below the main floor were two floors that held the master and second bedroom. The third bedroom was in a loft area off the kitchen with sliding doors the close it off.
One of the main reasons why we chose this house is that we had access to the Marriott Resort that was located down on the bay. The homeowner had an agreement with the resort that allowed them and their guests to use the facilities. There was a small charge for this privileged but it was worth it.
The Marriott was a 5 minute walk from the house and there was an outside elevator that took us directly to the beach and pool. The resort was beautiful and we got a lot of use out of the pool and beach.
One of the benefit of renting a house is that we were able to make our own meals. Since we were on vacation, and no one wanted to cook, we mostly ate breakfast there. We also had a large supply of drinks and snacks that we picked up at Costco.
I know you are all wondering about the actual cost of this amazing house. The total for the week came out $4,500 which included taxes and cleaning fees. This breaks down to $642 a night or about $100 per person per night. In comparison the Marriott next door cost $520 a night for an ocean view room. If we had stayed at the hotel it would have cost over twice as much. This does not even include the money we saved by being able to buy food and not have to eat at restaurants for every meal.
This was our first experience renting a house and will not be our last. It was nice that we were all in the same house and not in separate hotel rooms. I would highly recommend looking into home rentals while traveling especially if you are with friends or family and need multiple rooms.
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