Lovely accommodation and view.
But not worth it.
If you want any sleep this is not for you.
It's absurdly loud!
The barking dogs and locals are nothing compared to the nasty bullfrogs, that
continually croak from dusk until dawn.They were extremely loud and sounded like horns, geese or donkeys an inch from your ear. Six continuous seconds of quite was the record all night long.
Infuriating! The roosters in the morning were a minor noise in the scheme of things.
Sure call it nature...it was brutal.
Couldn't wait to check out and get some sleep.
What a shame.
I booked this rental through TA and wasn't sure what we would actually experience when we arrived. My husband and I were in love with this beautiful property. W stayed in what was called "Moon Studio" which is the largest unit of the three, though I did get to see the other two units which are smaller, but also beautiful.
As we entered the studio, we were greeted by a large, semi-circular screened dining area overlooking the jungle and mountains of the North Shore; a breathtaking view complete with nighttime sounds of wildlife. We spent a lot of time here.
The bedroom and bathrooms are very comfortable and pleasantly decorated. The owner provides a large kitchen, and there are boogie boards, beach chairs, towels and sunscreen for guests to use, which is a bonus.
There were two other units being rented and we did hear movement and talking, along with some noise from neighborhood dogs at times. This didn't bother us much, and it was beautifully quiet when the other guests left. We did have some window slats missing in our bath which invited a few bugs in, and the shower drain was a little sluggish. I communicated this to the owner and hopefully they have been fixed. However, these are VERY minor glitches and the location, view, comfort and price of this property is highly worth it, in my opinion. Just a short drive to the many gorgeous beaches, hiking at Na Pali, and town of Hanalei. We would definitely book again!
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Unlike others, we had no problems booking our room. When we arrived, (it's fairly easy to find, if you go by Ray's directions) it looked quiet, peaceful and beautiful. Ray was very sweet and easy to talk to. Our room (the Lily Pad) was great! The views from the balcony were spectacular and we woke up to huge rainbows outside each morning. The only problems we had were that there was no A/C. I know what you're thinking, "Who needs A/C in Kauai?". Well being from Texas, I'm just accustomed to having it a nice 68 degrees in my house at all times LOL. Because there was no A/C, we couldn't shut any windows or doors, day or night. So at night, the roosters cocka-doodle-do at all hours and the giant bullfrogs at the pond literally sound like buffalo. Unfortunately, we had to leave a day early because my husband got called back to work, but if you love the sound of nature (very loud nature) at all times of the day or night, and can deal with no A/C, then this place is for you. Regardless of those things, Ray has a really great place there!
Our eight night reservation for the Dawn Studio at Rainbow Views (12/23/10 to 12/31/10) was canceled less than one week before we were to leave Virginia for our vacation in Hawaii. I was notified by Ray, the web master/property manager who, by the way, lives in New Zealand, that I should immediately seek new accommodations for my visit in Kauai the following week. I was advised that the property had to be shut down due to an emergency that would not be resolved by the time we were scheduled to arrive and that work was scheduled for December 28, 2010. I was further advised that the on site property hostess, Deborah, was unavailable as her computer had crashed.. I was told that because it is Christmas it would be difficult to find a place and improbable that I would find a place at a price like Rainbow Views offered. Lastly, I was advised that the situation was a bummer. Since I was never told what the nature of the emergency was that caused our reservation to be canceled, I drove to the property on December 29th and was advised that the property was being sprayed for bugs.
While I did receive a quick and full refund, I think the property owners should have refunded me the difference between what I paid them and what I had to pay to find last minute alternate lodgings during the very busy Christmas holiday. As it turns out, my family ended up staying on the south shore for one night and we had seven wonderful nights in Hanalei at a property I initially rejected due to the cost and my desire to stay in the Dawn Studio at Rainbow Views.
If you are considering staying here, think twice before you book. If you already have a reservation, I would look for alternate lodging. This property left my family hanging and made no attempt to find alternate lodging for us. Needless to say, it was a very stressful situation to be placed in. Shame on Rainbow Views.