Running the Kauai Marathon? You want to stay here.
Ahe Lani has everything you need and more. Comfortable beds? Check. Clean, spacious bathrooms? Check. Fully stocked kitchen? Check. Room for your friends to come over for a drink after the run? Check. Peaceful and private when your friends leave? Check. All that and you can walk to the marathon start line.
My husband and I spent 5 days at Ahe Lani when he ran the full marathon and I ran the half last September. We had never been to Kauai before, so we did some searching on the internet for places to stay. We looked at condos, hotels, and VRBOs and ended picking Ahe Lani.
Ahe Lani is the smaller house on a two-home lot. It is set back from the road on a neatly landscaped, lush lawn, lined with plumeria flowers and tropical trees. The house is tastefully decorated in a relaxed and classy island style. When you enter, there is a small foyer to leave your shoes, then you walk into an open kitchen and living room. Down the hall, there is a spacious bedroom with two twin beds and a bathroom. The master bedroom has a king bed and private bathroom. A sheltered lanai with a dining table and chairs looks out onto the yard. The windows are covered with wood shutters that open to let in the breeze.
The location is ideal for marathoners -- we walked to the start line in the morning and walked home after the run. But it is just as perfect for families, honeymooners, anyone really. Beaches, shopping, and the fancy hotels in Poipu are all short walks away. The house is on a main road at the edge of a quiet residential neighborhood. After day or two, you feel like this is your home.
In fact, we treated the house like it was ours. We used the stove, the outdoor grill, the dishwasher, the boogie boards and beach towels, washer and dryer. We even broke the blender (the owners were very gracious about it). My sister and her husband stayed 2 nights with their baby, and the house accommodated all of us comfortably. As I write this and think about our time at Ahe Lani, those 5 days felt like a dream; we were so comfortable, relaxed, and happy there. It was just perfect for us.
When you walk the two minutes from Ahe Lani to the Beach House restaurant, you see a number of uninspired condo buildings lining the road, jammed together with their crowded patios, loud tourists, and premium prices. You will be so happy to have your own private paradise and to have paid a lot less for it. Save that money for a post-run massage and your next trip to Kauai
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