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We’re Just Five Minutes From White, Sandy Poipu Beach

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

en49Our seven air conditioned accommodations are a short five minute walk to Poipu Beach.  This is the only beach on the south shore of Kauai that is life guarded and has twice been named the number one beach in the United States.  You’ll enjoy sun bathing, swimming, snorkeling, boogie boarding, surfing and stand up paddle boarding.  Brennecke’s Restaurant is right across the street with a wide selection on their menu.  The hamburger is delicious as are the fish tacos.  Downstairs is the deli, where you can get a coffee and some take out breakfast.  For lunch grab one of their made to order deli sandwiches, some chips and a soda.  Perfect for those hot summer days.

Our video begins at Hideaway Cove and ends at the beach to give you a better idea of just how close Hideaway Cove is to the best beach on Kauai.

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Koloa Heritage Trail: More than Just an Oceanside Walk

Monday, August 26th, 2013

en45The Koloa Heritage Trail is a self-guided 10-mile walk, bike ride or drive that will take you to some of the Poipu and Koloa region’s most significant cultural, historical and geological sites. Along the way you’ll find informative plagues describing the importance of each of the 14 spots.

This is a pleasant walk on fairly flat terrain, making it doable for most all ages and fitness levels.

Spouting Horn Park is home to the awe-inspiring Spouting Horn blowhole. This is one of the most photographed spots on the island. Here the water rushes into the narrow opening of a natural lava tube, releasing a huge spout of water as the ocean swells. The hissing and roaring sound gave birth to a Hawaiian legend of a lizard that was caught in the lava tube. It is said to be the lizard’s roar and her breath that sprays from the blowhole.

Next you’ll see the site of Prince Kuhio’s birth. Prince Kuhio Kalanianaole was the last royal heir to the throne and as a delegate to Congress he worked diligently for the rights of native Hawaiians. The foundation of his royal home remains can be found here at Prince Kuhio Birthplace & Park.

The third spot, Hanakaape Bay & Koloa Landing, was the site where as many as 60 ships were anchored each year during Hawaii’s 19th century whaling boom. At Moir Gardens you’ll see what began as a hobby garden and was transformed into one of the best in the world of its kind, featuring water lilly-filled rock ponds, orchid, a variety of cactus and more.

Just east at stop number five, the ancient temple that once stood here, Kihahouna Heiau was dedicated to several Hawaiian gods, including Kane the god of creation. The temple was 130 feet by 90feet and today, three hala-lihilihi-ula trees mark the heiau perimeter.

Poipu Beach Park is a popular attraction with the opportunity to see the endangered native Hawaiian monk seal as well as Green sea turtles. From December through April, this is also a good spot to view majestic humpback whales.

Keoneloa Bay is the home to some of the island’s oldest occupied sites, dating back to 200-600 AD. At stop number 8 you’ll come to the Makawehi & Pa’a Dunes and one that many feel is a highlight on the trail. The sand dunes are made up of fossilized bird bones, plant roots, crab claws and other substances. You’ll find many birds nesting and roosting here, especially from March to November.

Next, the Pu’uwanawana Volcanic Cone is one of the younger cones that make up the 5-million-year-old island. Number 10, Hapa Road was utilized as a supply and emergency evacuation route during World War II and there is also evidence that Hawaiians have lived in the area since 1200 AD. The Koloa Jodo Mission is a Buddhist Temple built in 1910, providing Japanese immigrants a place to worship, study their language, learn martial arts and take part in social events.

Finally, the Sugar Monument commemorates Hawaii’s first sugar mill, opened here in 1835 and just across the street is the Yammamoto Store & Koloa Hotel which was a booming establishment during the region’s sugar-plantation area. The last stop, number 14, is the Koloa Missionary Church, the first congregational church in Kauai and part of a homestead once owned by medical missionary Dr. James W. Smith.

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The Unique “Royalty” Three Bedroom, Three Bath With Two Master Suites

Monday, August 26th, 2013

en42It’s not often that you see a three bedroom, three bath accommodation with two master suites.  The Royalty at Hideaway Cove Poipu Beach is one of those times.  Not only does each master suite have its own Jacuzzi tub, one of the master suites has a kitchenette and own private entrance.  This is an ideal location for three couples traveling together.  Or how about bring mom and dad (they stay in the master suite with the private entrance) the kids (if you have more than two we’ll provide an aero bed) are in the second bedroom and mom and dad are in the other master suite with the huge Jacuzzi tub for two.  Enjoy a fifty inch HDTV in the living room and HDTVs in all three bedrooms.  The dining table seats eight or enjoy your meals alfresco on the outdoor dining table with umbrella.  This is a single story accommodation, so there is no one above or below you.  Enjoy the solitude!

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The Cozy and Romantic One Bedroom “Coral” Poipu Accommodation

Monday, August 19th, 2013

en39Our Coral One Bedroom might very well be the most romantic place to stay in Poipu.  You’ll sleep well on a super comfortable pillow top mattress with Egyptian cotton linens.  The light from matching Tiffany lamps on each nightstand set the mood.  Air conditioning, of course.  A love seat in the living room compliments the unique beveled glass top table that sits on top of a canoe, complete with paddles.  You have to see it to really appreciate it.  Cook anything you want in the full kitchen or use your stainless steel barbecue on your covered lanai for some fresh fish from the nearby Koloa Fish Market.  Chairs with ottomans are provided on the lanai for just relaxing and enjoying the vast expanse of lawn in front of you.  With all of the tropical landscaping surrounding you, enjoy the sounds of the birds chirping. View the video tour of the one-bedroom romantic poipu accommodation now.

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5 Reasons to Choose Kauai over the Other Hawaiian Islands

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

If you’re planning a trip to the Hawaiian Islands for the first time, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed as to which island, or islands, to vacation on.  Consider that the Garden Isle has a habit of stealing travelers from other islands once they’ve discovered it.

With 97 percent of Kauai undeveloped, it’s filled with incredible scenic beauty sans the skyscrapers. The island has frequently been named the very best in the world to visit, including Travel and Leisure magazine with “World’s Best” recognitions chosen by their readers.

Here are just five of the reasons to choose Kauai over the other islands to help make that decision a little easier.

The only island with a navigable river

The Garden isle is the only one of the Hawaiian Islands with a navigable river. Join experienced guides who bring paddlers by canoe or kayak on the Wailua River that meanders through lush, tropical jungle filled with waterfalls and large rocks with ancient petroglyph carvings.

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Many travelers visit the islands expecting to try their hand at surfing, forgetting that the surf throughout Hawaii can be rough. In Kauai, beginners will find Kalapaki Beach at the Nawiliwili Harbor ideal with its shallow left and right sandbar break.

Experienced surfers can also find a great spot with the challenging waves at Hanalei Bay or Lawai Beach, depending on the time of year.

The most beaches

Choose Kauai for its over 50 miles of picturesque sandy shores, more than any other Hawaiian Island. It’s also home to a beach that was named the best in the entire nation, Hanalei Bay Beach Park. With a long, crescent-shaped beach that is remote, pristine and left untouched by development, many refer to it as “heaven on earth.”

Hiking the Na Pali Coast and Waimea Canyon

Another reason to choose Kauai is the incredible opportunities for hiking. Na Pali coast can only be accessed by hiking, sea or air tours, decreasing the odds for bumping elbows with others on its 45 miles of trails. Wander through rainforests, past scenic falls and up to mountain peaks.

Trails bring hikers to 4,000-foot cliffs towering over the Pacific as well as into Waimea Canyon via the Waipoo Falls Trail. Visiting this “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” is only possible on Kauai. The magnificent canyon features an ever-changing array of colors that are illuminated at sunset.

Botanical Gardens

Choose Kauai for its botanical gardens with three of four botanical gardens in Hawaii found here. Stroll through a brilliant landscape of flowers and lush vegetation, featuring an unparalleled diversity of native and exotic plants.

Discover towering palm trees skyrocketing 60 feet in the sky as well as bronze sculptures and tropical flora at Na Aina Kai with its fairy-tale book-like setting or walk through Allerton Gardens with its expansive ocean views and stunning landscape that includes the giant Moreton Figs made famous in the film “Jurassic Park.” Hollywood chose the location to film several scenes in “Pirates of the Caribbean on Stranger Tides.”

It’s no wonder that so many choose Kauai. Are you ready to pack your bags?

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Private Single Story Cottage With A Jacuzzi Tub For Two

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

en30Our Royal Palm Two Bedroom Two Bath Kauai Vacation Rental is unique because it is our only accommodation that is single story–there’s no one above or below you.  So, although it has one connecting wall with our Beachcomber Studio, it’s in the dining room.  And the second connecting wall is from the bedrooms to our office.  And last we knew, there wasn’t very much noise coming from the office in the evenings.

If you’ve stayed in the Royal Palm more than two years ago, you’ll see almost everything new, including a new dining room table, new couch, new fifty five inch HDTV with accompanying entertainment center, new casual seating chairs on the lanai plus new outdoor dining table with a large umbrella

This is our second furniture replacement in eight years and we think you’ll like the results.  Also, that candid shot of the newlyweds in the large Jacuzzi tub, is really something isn’t it?  Just kidding.  Click here to see the Royal Palm video.

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Top 5 Amenities Travelers Look for in a Vacation Rental

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

Travelers looking for the ultimate tropical escape often choose the island of Kauai as their destination; in fact, the Garden Isle has frequently been named as the number one island in the U.S. to visit by readers of Travel and Leisure magazine. It’s hard to beat with its awe-inspiring beauty and peaceful, tranquil atmosphere.

Many of those same travelers expect the same when it comes to lodgings on the island. What are some of the top amenities they look when making a decision on which Poipu Beach vacation rental to choose?

Kauai Vacation RentalWi-Fi

Wi-Fi is an obvious choice for business travelers, but some may be surprised to find that it’s ranked number one as the most important amenity for all types of travelers and a variety of accommodation options including Poipu Beach vacation rental, hotels and resorts.

Even travelers on a romantic vacation want to be able to stay in touch with family and friends, upload photos, get travel updates and more. At Hideaway Cove, high speed wireless internet is available property wide. If you didn’t bring your laptop, you’ll even find a staffed Business Center with a computer, fax, copier and printer available for guests at no charge.

Outdoor living space

An outdoor living space such as a porch, patio, lanai or balcony with a view is also highly desired. Travelers want to be able to enjoy the warm climate, watch the birds or even glimpse dolphins as they leap from the water.

All of the vacation rentals at Hideaway Cove offer an outdoor dining area on covered lanais that even include a stainless steel gas barbecue; some also included that coveted ocean view while all offer a lush garden setting.

Private hot tub

A private hot tub is also an important amenity to many travelers. The ability to soak your cares away, or soothe sore muscles after a long day hiking, surfing or taking part in other outdoor pursuits greatly enhances any vacation experience.

Can you imagine enjoying a magnificent ocean view while relaxing in your own hot tub? A Poipu Beach vacation rental at Hideaway Cove can make this dream a reality too.

High-quality bed linens

It’s hard to have a truly enjoyable experience if you don’t sleep well at night. When it comes to a comfortable stay, linens with high-thread counts are a must for many travelers.  You’ll find all the luxurious beds in the vacation rentals at Hideaway Cove feature super comfy pillow-top mattresses and high thread count Egyptian cotton linens.

Concierge services

Concierge services are an important yet often-missed amenity in even some of the finest establishments. Even if you are vacationing in paradise, there are times you might want to spend the day indoors and have delicious meals delivered to your door. Are your muscles craving a massage after a challenging hike on the Nepali Coast or other thrilling adventure?

Hideaway Cove offers concierge services that include an option for a private chef as well as an in-room massage. They can make recommendations as to activities, restaurants, entertainment and shopping or even help make that hard-to-get reservation.

If you thought staying in a Poipu Beach vacation rental meant having to go without some of your favorite amenities, think again. You’ll have everything you want and much more by choosing Hideaway Cove.

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Ocean Views and a Private Hot Tub

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

en21Our Seabreeze Two Bedroom Two Bath  is Hideaway Cove’s most popular accommodation, so reservations should be made at least six months in advance.  Enjoy ocean views from your spacious 1600 sq. ft with everything you’ll need for a relaxing stay. Your two lanais offer options–one for relaxing and outdoor dining and the other for your private hot tub.  The Seabreeze is a favorite of honeymooners, who enjoy the ocean views, hot tub and private hot tub. New additions include a fifty inch HDTV and entertainment center plus HDTVs in both bedrooms.

Seabreeze Poipu Beach Vacation Rental Photos & Video

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Oceanview Three Bedroom Two Bath Video

Monday, July 1st, 2013

The 2300 sq. ft. in the Oceanview seems even larger due to the fourteen foot open beam ceilings in every room.  There are eight foot tall sliding glass doors (most sliders are six feet) in two different directions, which really opens up the ocean views.  Hardwood oak floors in the living room, dining room and kitchen compliment the wood ceilings.  Bedrooms are carpeting with berber carpeting.

This is a great accommodation for large groups.  Since we first started in business in 1999, we have hosted a large number of family reunions and wedding parties in the Oceanview.  We’ve recently added (2013) a fifty inch HDTV in the living room and HDTVs in all three bedrooms.  There is also a new dining table and chairs for six on the lanai, which together with the main dining table inside that seats eight, provides ample seating for guests.

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Top Things to Do at Poipu Beach: The Options are Nearly Endless

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Top Things to Do at Poipu Beach: The Options are Nearly Endless

Kauai’s stunning South Shore offers visitors nearly endless options for things to do at Poipu Beach. Its breathtaking coastline and expansive climate often lures travelers from other islands. Here you’ll find everything from heart-pounding adventures to more gentle pursuits, with activities to suit the tastes and requirements of nearly all.

Consider these top things to do at Poipu Beach as a great start for creating your “must-do” activities list.

Oceanfront Luaus

The island’s only oceanfront luaus can be found right at Poipu Beach via the Grand Hyatt and Sheraton Kauai Resorts; both are excellent. When the White House put together a luau, they called in the performers from the Grand Hyatt Luau as the evening’s entertainment.

A luau is a must experience for travelers to Hawaii and an ideal way to delve into the rich Hawaiian culture and traditions. Enjoy music, dance, incredible traditional cuisine like kalua pig, poi, fresh fruit and lomi lomi salmon, and of course, most importantly, the Aloha spirit.

The amazing hula performers and fire dancers make for what many refer to as the best luau throughout all of the islands – with the unsurpassed sunsets of Kauai and the dazzling Pacific as the backdrop.

Poipu BeachSwimming at Poipu Beach

The Garden Isle’s alluring southern coastline offers some of the most pristine white sand beaches in the islands. Some of the best swimming, surfing, stand up paddle boarding, snorkeling and boogie boarding can all be found within a one mile stretch of shoreline. Poipu Beach has a large protected area and is the only beach on the south shore that is lifeguarded seven days a week. This ideal place for young children and infants is sometimes called “baby beach.”

Poipu Beach was also named “America’s Best Beach” by the Travel Channel as well as Dr. Beach with its series of golden sand crescents that are strung together to create an idyllic place to advantage of the many water activities available. A lifeguard keeps a watchful eye here seven days a week.

Biking

One of the best ways to enjoy the crisp ocean breeze and spectacular beauty of Poipu Beach is to get out on a bike. Outfitters Kauai, located at the traffic circle (look for the yellow submarine) has bicycles and helmets available for rent.

For a heart-pounding thrill, join Outfitters Kauai on their guided downhill bike ride through nearby Waimea Canyon. They’ll drive you there in an air conditioned Mercedes van while your bikes are towed in a trailer behind. At the top, your guide takes the lead on her bike while the van follows the last rider in line, blocking traffic and making this a very safe ride. You’ll take in the magnificent views of “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” a breathtakingly beautiful canyon that is ten miles long, a mile wide and over 3,500-feet deep.

Scuba Diving

Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach is an excellent location to shore dive. Rent gear and tanks from Seasport Divers (located next door to Outfitters Kauai.  Remember the yellow submarine just after the traffic circle.  If you prefer a boat dive or would like lessons, Bubbles offers both plus a certification program.

Surfing and Stand Up Paddle Board Lessons

Poipu Beach is a great spot to learn to surf and stand up paddle board (SUP). Charlie, a former professional surfer, is one of the most patient instructors we know.  With an hour to cover the basics, you’ll be “hanging ten” in no time.  Nu Ka Moi Surf Shop, right at Poipu Beach, also rents surfboards and offers lessons.

Kauai Paddleboard

Dine Alfresco at Brenneckes Beach Broiler

Enjoy open air dining with a fabulous view of all of Poipu Beach at this popular restaurant.  It features a varied menu with everything from burgers to fresh fish.  Speaking of fish, you can’t go wrong with the fish tacos. There is also a large bar area with lots of HDTVs for sporting events.

Eat a Shave Ice

One of the most popular taste treats in the Hawaiian Islands is shave ice and it’s available right at Poipu Beach at Brenneckes Deli. Located downstairs from the restaurant, the deli also has sub sandwiches, sodas, potato chips and beer.  What more could you ask for?  Try one of the giant brownies at the counter where you pay for your purchases; homemade and very good.

Watch the Sunset by Land or by Sea

The best place to watch the sun set into the water is at The Beach House Restaurant.  You can sit in the newly redecorated bar, have a pupu (appetizer) and a glass of wine and watch the sun sink into the sea.  If you’d like to stay for dinner, be sure and call for reservations first. Or you can bring your beach towel and sit on the grassy area in front of The Beach House.  If you’d like to watch the sunset from the sea, there are sunset sailing trips that depart from the Kukuiula small boat harbor in Poipu Beach.

With nearly an endless number of things to do at Poipu Beach, you’ll likely be planning your return trip before you embark on your journey back home.

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