We stayed in the Dawn Studio for 2 weeks in July 2013. Booking this was extremely easy and Leslie was very easy to communicate with via email. The location is fantastic for access to North Shore beaches. Everything you could want is there after a long day of hiking or swimming. They have truly though of everything from beach toys to things in the medicine cabinet. Though there is no air conditioning, it was actually cool during the night. The only down side is the frogs and chickens noises-but this is Kauai and we were expecting that. Since we did not get to hike the entire Kalalua trail, we plan to return. I wouldnt want to stay anywhere else. As a rule, I never make a return visit to anywhere, but this time I will make an exception. A slice of Paradise.
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!