Disclosure: We are the “Hollys”. We own the vacation rental, HollysKauaiCondo. Or, as we say, “the best condo in Kauai: HollysKauaiCondo”. So, you can imagine that we might be a smidgen biased, when we say the best condo in Kauai. But let us share our thoughts (and those of guests) and let you make up your mind.
A little history, first. My initial visit to Hawaii was to celebrate a meaningful birthday. Two nights in Oahu, followed by five nights in Kauai. Oahu was nice but Kauai was the “Hawaii” I had imagined. Luckily, the first two nights on Kauai were in the, historically famous, Coco Palms (think Elvis Presley in Blue Hawaii). Then 3 nights at the Princeville Resort, in an Alii Kai condominium unit. Coincidentally, this unit was directly below what is now, HollysKauaiCondo.
I absolutely fell in love with Kauai. The Northshore and the Princeville community are incredibly beautiful. I returned the next year to buy a property, as a vacation rental (couldn’t have afforded it, otherwise).
Best Condo in Kauai: Location
“Best” is a subjective term. So as is always the case, “best” is in the eye of the beholder. For us, “best” starts with the Island that best reflects Hawaii. The Garden Isle of Kauai epitomizes our vision of Hawaii. The Princeville Resort community is in the center of this lush paradise. HollysKauaiCondo is in the middle of Princeville. It also looks due North. This is important because it enjoys incredible sunrises and sunsets. This also makes the unit much more comfortable, than a unit with an East / West view.
Being from Arizona, the first goal was that the property had to have an ocean view. And being lazy, it had to have NO stairs. In addition, it had to be “private”. This was so I could lay in bed with the curtains open, to watch the sunrise and the stars at night.
Remarkably, HollysKauaiCondo has ground level entry (no stairs) AND upper-level privacy and views since it is built on sloping ground.
Best Condo in Kauai: Views
The amazing thing about HollysKauaiCondo is that every room has the same panoramic ocean view. So does the lanai. Few Kauai homes can boast up close and personal ocean views from EVERY room. So, so fortunate. Take a tour of the condo.
We wanted to see the ocean from the minute the sun rose, until it set. In addition, to seeing the ocean, the sounds of the waves are a relaxing bonus. Of course, it’s not just the ocean but the clouds, sunrises, sunsets, rainbows, and sea life (humpback whales, turtles, dolphins, sea birds, boats, etc.).
Hawaii is all about the outdoors. So, the wrap-around lanai has a bar height table and chairs for your outdoor experience. Revel in the views while sipping your favorite beverage or snacking on pupus. Or enjoy a meal. You’ll be hard pressed to find a more ocean intimate spot to enjoy a meal, a drink or a conversation.
As an end unit, it has enhanced views. Also, the privacy and the trade winds passing through the condo is superior to interior units. With the property built parallel to the ocean, the sea breezes blow in one side and out the other. Not only does this keep the home comfortable, but it also reminds you that you are in a tropical paradise. The open windows make available the ever-present island sounds.
Best Condo in Kauai: Meets Your Needs
Guests have described HollysKauaiCondo as their “home away from home”. The home includes two bedrooms, 2 baths, along with a full kitchen, dining area, living room and laundry facilities. The furnishings are all with a nod to a Hawaiian experience. This isn’t your mid-west or west coast home. This is your Hawaiian oceanfront retreat. Therefore, it’s an all-round best condo in Kauai: HollysKauaiCondo.
HollysKauaiCondo has most of the amenities that you would want. Why? Because, when we visit, we want to pack light and, upon arrival, hit the ground running. There are beach towels, chairs, umbrellas, ice chests, snorkels, masks, fins, boogie boards, binoculars, games, puzzles, DVDs, etc. There are two HD TVs, with HD programming. You’ll also enjoy free wifi and an Alexa for music and information. In addition, there are an abundance of charging stations. The desk, vanity, and closet space will come in handy. The kitchen has about any appliance, cookware dish, or utensil you would want.
HollysKauaiCondo: Web Camera in Princeville
The condo offers one of the few northshore web cams. Secured to the lanai, the camera shows an 84-degree oceanfront view. Of course, visitors will have a majestic panoramic view from the lanai. So, check out the web cam’s view prior to and following your visit.
We have been blessed with great guests. They love Kauai and return, when able. Returning guests represent about 40% of the annual visitors. These return guests vouch for the value and enjoyment experienced at HollysKauaiCondo. Please visit Vrbo’s online reviews.
Interestingly, we have also received world-wide recognition. As Lonely Planet says HollysKauaiCondo is, “Perched cliff side with nothing but water between you and Alaska”.
USA Today Travel Tips also mentioned the views, when recommending HollysKauaiCondo: “…sweeping ocean views from every room”.
So, HollysKauaiCondo is PERFECT, right? Wrong, nothing is perfect. It is always a work in progress. There is normal on-going maintenance and replacement. We also upgrade the condo in some significant way, annually. We try to replace appliances, plumbing, light fixtures, etc., before their end of life. Kauai is an Island with harsh elements of sun, rain, salt water and wind. There are few goods and services, on the Island. We try to be pro-active in replacing items, before they break.
HollysKauaiCondo has been a vacation rental for a long time. We’ve learned a lot. We’ve seen a lot. We appreciate our guests. We do all possible to exceed their expectations.
Best Condo in Kauai: Sum of its Parts
HollysKauaiCondo is the sum of its parts:
- Kauai is the most beautiful of the Hawaiian Islands. Princeville is on the lushest side of the Island.
- Ground level entry though upper-level privacy and views.
- A panoramic oceanfront view from every room.
- An end unit enjoying views and sea breezes superior to an interior unit.
- Full kitchen, as well as a full laundry.
- Includes snorkel gear, boogie boards, umbrellas, etc.
- A gas BBQ is steps away from the front door.
- The pool is a minute away.
- Well maintained and a clean home.
- The lanai’s web cam for enjoying the view before and after a visit.
- An owner and property manager available to help as needed.
So, for us and for so many of our guests the Best Condo in Kauai is HollysKauaiCondo.