Travel Publication Reviews
Read what travel writers have to say about Kilauea Lakeside Estate.
Change of Pace
IT'S MY FIRST MORNING IN KAUAI AND already an age-old question is being
answered. I slow the Jeep to a stop and let a chicken cross the road. His destination?
The beach. It's tempting to join him, but I'm a Jersey girl. If I wanted to lounge around and work on my tan, I would head to the Jersey shore, or to Maui. But I came to Kauai to avoid the crowds, and to check off a list of adventures before those same crowds discover this unsung Hawaiian island. So I left the lazy comforts of Kilauea Lakeside Estate (the hammock, spa tub and inflatable boat) before dawn, knowing I had just three days to do it all. With the chicken safely on the other side, I punch the gas.
My kind of action is found 1,000 feet
over Kauai in a small chopper, doors off.
With the skill of a former Ms. Pacman
junkie, the pilot uses a joystick to maneuver
us over craggy ridgelines and into tiny
canyons. From up here Kauai is green.
Incredibly green. Hanapepe Valley has
shades of the color I didn't know existed.
But it's the Na Pali coast that forces me to
lower my camera and stare in awe at the
nearly 17 miles of accordioned coastline
framed by insanely blue water.
Kilauea Treasure Hunt
You never know what you might find when you stay at Kilauea lakeside Estate
on Kauai’s north coast. There are some attractions you will easily discover on the
grounds of this ecological hideaway: the ancient Hawaiian rock walls, for example,
or the 20-acre lake. From the lake beach you can swim to a dollop of an island
where there is a Tom sawyer-style playground, a rope dangling from a
tree and a tree house. But we don’t want to spoil everything; you’ll have to walk the
rainforest on the property to understand what we’re talking about. Owner steve
Hunt, whose great-uncle was a governor of Hawaii, can also arrange for you to
experience various forms of Hawaiiana, such as canoeing, hula or botanical lessons.
On the estate’s preserved land, you can pluck your own breakfast from one of 50
varieties of fruit trees and see 150 varieties of flower. also, close by is Na Aina Kai
Botanical Gardens. Rates for the retreat start at $595. kauaihoneymoon.com — cr
Essential Kauai (pdf.)
Sunset Magazine says Kilauea Lakeside Estate is one of only two places on Kauai to find the real Hawaii. “Stay in paradise…Great place to splurge on a honeymoon or family reunion.”
“…a place so spectacular, we wonder if we're dreaming.”
“The Ultimate Hideaway…Since you can't vacation in heaven Kilauea Lakeside Estate is the next best thing.”
Travel Age Magazine
A wonderful feature story on Kilauea Lakeside Estate
Kilauea Lakeside Estate, recommended as the honeymoon destination
Travel Assist Magazine
Awarded feature story status and highest recommendation
America Online Family Travel Network
June 6, 1997
Only three resorts are recommended for Kauai, including Kilauea Lakeside Estate.
Los Angeles Times Travel Section
“An undiscovered romantic getaway…a nature lover's paradise....”
Condé Nast — Concierge.com
Under Kauai Hotels: “Not even a five-star hotel could compete with this property's main attraction: a private 20-acre lake....This property is renowned as one of the top vacation spots in the islands.”
State of Hawaii
Selected in 1994 for a feature story as the recommended “Romantic Hideaway”
Kauai Homes Magazine
Selected as cover, January 1995
Recommended, June 1996