We had a great week on Kauai in Kimo’s Yurt. It was exactly as shown in the photos. We have stayed in a yurt before so knew what to expect. It was clean and had a great location 2 miles from Ke’e Beach and close to Hanalei. The Resort was practically next door with a nice coffee shop and restaurant/bar. It was a 2-3 minute walk to the beach, and the were never more than 10-12 other people n the beach. We snorkeled right there and saw lots of fish as well as a turtle. We really felt no need to go to other beaches. This was our third trip to Kauai and probably the nicest beach we’ve been to.
Amenities were great to have. The microwave and fridge were perfect, and the coffee maker was appreciated. The bathroom has a sink, tub and toilet. There’ not much privacy in there but it was fine, The outdoor shower was awesome! Neither my wife nor I felt exposed or uncomfortable using it. Christine checked in on us and was a great host.
They were very accommodating with our late flight and allowed us use of snorkel gear, beach chairs, ping pong table and hot tub. If you’re looking for a 5 star resort stay at the Sr. Regis, it’s very nice. If you want a cool experience in the yurt with a great location and don’t need luxurious room and butler service, stay in Kimo’s Yurt. We are already talking about planning our next trip!
Please realize you are staying in a yurt, not the Ritz Carlton. The yurt was a fantastic "glamping" experience! The beach is a very short walk away and you go to sleep to the sound of waves. We were here during a monster wind/rain storm and report no leaks at all in the yurt. The hot tub and grill are located in a shared space area, but we had complete privacy the entire time--except for the random chicken. The outdoor shower was well stocked with hair and bath products. The kitchen had microwave, coffee pot, mini fridge, dishes and cooking amenities (oil, salt, pepper, dish soap). We came and went throughout the day with no parking troubles at all. TV worked, and you can scroll through channels to find a show. But hey - I was here for the outdoor adventure not the TV. We didn't have to worry about heat, but I can see how it could get stuffy on hot days. Highly recommend if you want a non-resort, unique experience on the North Shore!!
The yurt was a neat place to stay for a few days. The descriptions were accurate and we had no issues getting in and around the area. It rained a lot which made it super humid, I'd suggest staying in the cooler months. Hot tub was nice and location was great. Fridge stopped working after the first night, wasn't a major issue and forced us to try some local breakfast places.
My husband and I just spent a week in Kimo's yurt, and are already looking forward to returning, hopefully year after next. We wanted peace, quiet, comfort, to be within earshot of the ocean, and we got it all. The yurt was spotless, comfortable, attractive, and, as was promised, within a two minute walk if that to the beach. Three of our seven nights we fell asleep to the sound of rain on the roof and the occasional mango(?) leaf dropping.
Yes, it is Kauai, rural Kauai, and there are chickens. Paul and I are not "resort people." We prefer to be able to feel at home, be able to make a cup of tea, a snack or small meal, and not be beholden to restaurant menus for every meal. (And there are some great restaurants in Hanalei, our favorites being Hanalei Bread Co., Neide's Brazilian/ Mexican Restaurant, and Bubba's Burgers. (PS if you're in Kapaa look for Al Pastor Tacos. As good as any I've had anywhere, y tambien offrecen Jarritos!) The surroundings are breathtaking. One day I walked from the Limahuli Garden back to the yurt, maybe a mile.
As for some negative comments I've read here, the yurt was spotless (I'm a nurse, I know how to look for dirt), the water pressure was fine, and if the next door neighbors want to peek off their balcony and stare at the bald spot of a sixtysomething old man, I could care less. Mahalo nui loa, Go raibh mile maith agat, tapadh gle-mhor leibh, thank you so very much.
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We had a wonderful 11 nights and hope to return annually. To have a lovely, peaceful yurt in a quiet neighbourhood just steps from a beautiful beach was incredible. We found the yurt to be a good size for two people. We loved the outdoor shower. All communications with the property manager were friendly and helpful. We have rented several airbnb places and were pleasantly surprised how well equipped the place was in terms of extra towels, paper products, cooking appliances, etc. In December there were rip tide advisories out, but we spoke with locals and swam where they swam. And it's just a short drive to beaches with lifeguards and amenities. The reef comes right to shore so snorkeling was good mere feet from the beach. There is a little resort around the corner but most patrons stayed near the resort so it was easy to find a quiet spot on the beach. Sunrise and sunset walks were all but private. There are so many beaches on Kauai that it was mostly locals walking the beach with their dogs rather than visitors. We loved going to the local markets (a short drive away) to buy local produce and fresh fruit rather than eating out which we found expensive in Kauai. Do a bit of research, and you'll find this is a gem. I almost didn't want to write how much we loved it in case the secret gets out! Thanks for a wonderful stay.