A taste of old Hawaii ~ a cottage by the sea
We just returned from an amazing week long stay at the Waimea Plantation Cottages #65. It is a one bedroom cottage with an ocean view.
These are beautifully quaint historic cottages. Ours was an oasis of serenity. The cottage was clean but not pristine – which is just the way it should be for an old cottage. Hardwood floors were warmly time-worn and the cabinets were simple and painted white. It came with a stove, microwave, coffee maker, refrigerator, toaster, blender, rice maker, and sufficient pots, pans, silverware, dishes and glasses. We were provided with towels for both the bathroom and the kitchen as well as two beach towels.
The bathroom was actually quite large with a walk in shower (tiled) that had great water pressure, as well as a bathtub. The sink was a pedestal sink, but an approximately 2′ x 3′ table was provided in the bathroom for your stuff. The hot water was quick and plentiful.
Our bedroom was simply done in white with some Hawaiin fabric accent pillow and bed runner. The mattress was comfortable and the sheets pristine white. There was four drawer dresser and ample closet space. Two bedside tables with lamps and a clock were provided. Both the bedroom and the main room had ceiling fans.
The main room of the cabin was the kitchen, four person dining table, and then a sofa and a chair. Wooden frames with lovely print cushions.
One of the highlights for us was the back porch where we could see the sea. It had a lovely little table and two chairs so we dined out there whenever we could. It was relaxing to watch the birds (including, yes, chickens – it’s Hawaii folks). One night a cat even stopped by for a visit.
The laundry room was free and they provided a Tide pod for the one load of laundry that I did.
The on sight restaurant is now a Chicken in a Barrel franchise and was quite good.
The grounds included a pool, kiki pool, shuffle board, giant checkers board, volleyball as well as the HAMMOCKS! Oh, it was lovely to find a hammock and watch the sun set over Ni’ihau.
We walked the historic driftwood beach each evening. This beach is not a good swimming beach – but you can drive a few miles and get to some pristine sandy beaches. This is a beach for slow walks looking for treasures and driftwood fires in the evening.
They service the cottage every third day which was plenty for us.
I did use the computer to check in and print our boarding passes.
My husband picked up a newspaper and cup of coffee from the lodge each morning.
We absolutely recommend this location if you are not looking for resort style accommodations. This is a taste of old Hawaii away from the hustle and bustle of your everyday life.
A Great Stay at Waimea Plantation Cottages
We stayed at Waimea Plantation Cottages from March 3 – March 10. We thought it was great. We were in cottage 32, which is a three bedroom cottage that was built around 1910. We planned to do a lot of hiking on our trip, so we liked the location, which is very near the road to Waimea Canyon State Park and Koke’e State Park. Our cottage was comfortable, airy, and relaxing. The kitchen was well-equipped. We were glad that the restaurant on the property had opened before we arrived – we ate there for dinner twice, and we all liked what we ordered. The staff at the front desk were pleasant and helpful, and Malia in the gift shop gave us good advice about where to rent snorkeling gear. When we noticed that the kitchen faucet developed a leak while we were there, the person at the front desk immediately sent someone from the maintenance staff, who replaced the faucet that morning. We enjoyed being visited at the screened back door by two feral cats whenever we had poke, but we did not feed them.
Disappointing and in desperate need of updating!
It is a shame that despite a picturesque location, the cottages haven’t been updated in close to a decade. Cottages don’t have heating, so they should be avoided in the winter months. We also rarely had luck getting in touch with the front desk when we tried, which doesn’t make sense for a place charging about $300/ night. Lastly, Waimea is also quite far from good dining options, so we moved to Poipu.
This was Jerry and Ruth’s and Dan and Connie Fischer forty year anniversary trip. Also celebrating a complete and successful brain surgery recovery for Ruth. The cottage s, grounds beach and entire resort was exactly what we were looking for. It was paradise for a week. Thank you for a chance to explore Hawaii and relax and celebrate
My Fiance and I stayed four nights at the Waimea Plantation Cottages and would give the place five stars. After spending a few nights in busy Waikiki Beach we wanted a place to relax and unwind. This was the perfect place! The cottage was old fashioned but very clean. We sat outside each night and morning on our back porch taking in the ocean view. We walked 2 minutes down to the beach to watch sunsets and whales jumping. Although the beach is not for swimming they do have a pool and there is Salt Pond Park very close that has a beach to swim in. Very close proximity to the Waimea Canyon which is a great hike. Staff was super friendly and accommodating. Please be aware though you will be awoken by the roosters on property.