Best Vacation Property Ever!
Our family of six, three couples including my husband, our son/wife and daughter/husband stayed at Honu Point for 8 nights in mid-November. We have traveled to many locations and rented several properties. Rae-Marie & Tom’s home on Honu Point stands out as exceptional in so many ways.
From the moment we arrived and were greeted by Rae-Marie for a complete orientation to the property, we felt completely at home. Believe us, the beauty of Honu Point, the exceptional architecture of the home and landscaping of the pool area are not adequately done justice in the photographs. But what made this property so easy to completely relax in was how CLEAN the entire house is!
We enjoyed the pool area so much we rarely left the house; it was such a pleasure just being at Honu Point!
Thank you again to Rae-Marie & Tom for sharing your labor of love and hospitality with us!
November 10, 2018
Wow!!! Stunning views
October 21, 2018
Location, Attention, Perfection
This was our second stay at Honu Point. Rae-Marie greeted us and showed us around to re-acquaint. Every attention to detail is provided including great tips on sights and local adventures.
But if are like us you will book a few events then ask, “why are we leaving this pool and home”? Then you will cancel to enjoy more time on the edge of the world. I mean from the backyard you see the sunrise AND sunset. Pictures do not do it justice. Rent with full confidence and be prepared for paradise and perfection..
September 24, 2018
The views from this property are spectacular. From the master suite, we could watch the sun rise and see the stars — all from the bed. Or, for the more ambitious, you can go outside and sit of the stone deck and see that too! The western aspect of the yard (and the pool) afforded views of the sunset.
It’s a beautiful location, and it is exceptionally private. The house has everything you need. With the windows open a breeze drifts through the house. This would be an amazing place to rent any time of year.
September 16, 2018
From the beautiful tropical landscaping as you enter the home to the outstanding views from each room every detail was thought out. We had a wonderful week with our family enjoying time relaxing by the infinity edge pool, watching the sunrise and set each day and exploring the many activities on the island. This is a great property!
August 25, 2018
After recently finishing a 9 night stay with my wife, eighteen year old daughter, fourteen year old son, and two of our family’s closest friends, my best advice for everyone would be to not hesitate or worry about booking Tom and Rae-Marie’s Honu Point home for your trip to Kauai.
The home and amenities offered are spectacular, the views are mesmerizing, and the hosts genuinely want to exceed your expectations! Isn’t that what we all are looking for when taking what may possibly be a once in a lifetime trip?!! If we are blessed to someday return to Kauai, we would look no further than Honu Point – thanks Tom and Rae-Marie for going above and beyond to ensure that our stay was Perfection!!
July 31, 2018
My wife and I have been to Kauai once before about 6 years ago and fell in love with the island. We decided to come back to celebrate our 5 year anniversary and wanted to stay somewhere special this time. The pictures of the property are amazing but when we drove up, stepped out of the car and saw it for the first time, all we kept saying was “wow.”
It truly is an unbelievable spot. Rae-Marie greeted us and was so welcoming and kind. She gave us a quick tour of the house, pointed out some helpful things to know and had a thorough binder of information in case we had any questions. It was neat to look at the book of pictures showing the 2 year construction of the house, making you realize that it truly is a labor of love.
The neighborhood is lovely and very quiet most of the day and night, making it very easy to relax and refresh. The 180 degree view of the ocean is incredible! Our favorite part of the house is the infinity pool where you can just look out at the ocean and be at peace. We will certainly look forward to returning again. Thank you Rae-Marie and Tom!
June 1, 2018
On Top Of The World!
Our family loved staying at this beautiful home, set on the amazing Honu Point. Morning coffee with the sunrise on the patio, sips of wine watching the sun set from the pool deck = perfect days.
Thank you for making the home so well stocked, clean and lovely. We would love to return and will tell our friends to plan a trip to this special spot.
May 23, 2018
Perfect Place to Enjoy the North Shore of Kauai
We found the house and location better than the pictures online, a testament to the personal style and thoughtful planning and outfitting of a home from kitchen to bedroom to bath to living room–the garage even had 4 bicycles.
The outstanding hospitality of the owners Rae-Marie and Tom really made the arrival and ongoing experience particularly special. What accommodating, kind people! Rae-Marie made us feel immediately at home when we arrived: the tour of home and various appliances made a difference to everyone’s comfort level and the added touches of flowers in every room, fruit and chocolates and wine, and use of pantry items made our late arrival an easier, softer landing.
We’d vacationed in the Princeville/Hanalei area several times before, but Rae-Marie offered so much wonderful detail of the neighborhood, we felt even more at home. She put me in touch with a delightful woman to do childcare one night as well. Owners who treat you like company or friends and respect your time and vacation experience are rarer finds than a beautiful house.
But beautiful and comfortable house it is! The house’s 180-degree spectacular views and spaciousness and comfortable furnishings were particularly welcome with wetter weather than usual this April. We could still enjoy the beauty of the mountains and ocean and landscaping without ever leaving the house. The hot tub and pool made everyone’s outdoor needs easier on erratic sun and showers and windier days. Unfortunately due to too wet and muddy hillside, we’ll have to save exploring the beautiful semi-private beach below the house next time.
Honu Point is the perfect place to enjoy a family vacation or a special occasion with friends! Mahalo and we’ll be back! We’ve already shared pictures and recommendations with many friends and family!
April 7, 2018
Spectacular Views, Lovely House, and Thoughtful Hosts
Five stars all around!
The house sits on a point with 180 degree water views. The pictures don’t really do justice to the location. Even though the weather didn’t cooperate much while there, the views were always stunning.
The house itself was spotlessly clean, well appointed and laid out to take maximum advantage of the views. It was very clear too the owners put a lot of thought and effort into making Honu Point a lovely house to rent. As hosts, Rae-Marie and Tom go above and beyond.
For anyone wanting an exceptional rental experience in the Princeville area, I highly recommend Honu Point.
March 16, 2018
The Ideal Vacation Home
I’ve rented homes for one or two weeks at a time in Italy, Mexico, Barbados, Antigua, and St. Lucia, and none can compare with this one. The views and facilities are exactly as represented on the owners’ VRBO site.
What’s not as apparent is the extraordinary care the owners take to make certain one’s stay is as pleasant as possible. Directions on how to use the state-of-the-art appliances and entertainment system; provision of all the sports and exercise gear one could want; accommodating check-in and checkout procedures; no intrusions but ready access to owners if one needs it — in every respect, they’re the ideal landlords/hosts.
Oh – one more thing: the view is truly spectacular.
March 6, 2018
One Of The Most Beautiful Spots On Kauai
We shared this amazing house with family and created wonderful and lasting memories. Most of the time, we didn’t even want to leave the Honu Point because of the views from the promontory (whales!), the luxury of the pool and spa, and the graciousness and calming effect of the house itself.
Thank you, Rae-Marie and Tom, for your wonderful hospitality. (And the albatross nests were a lovely bonus!) Hope to be back.
February 26, 2018
Honu Point is absolutely “Spectacular”! The view from every room is incredible!
We were greeted by the owner Rae-Marie and introduced to this home. No detail was left out! Fresh fruit and a greet package with local candies and coffee was there for us! The home was spotless and the kitchen stocked with everything a cook would need!
There were six of us. The first night we had a fantastic surf and turf meal on the lanai. What a view! The ocean surrounded us on three sides and the mountains on the other! Breathtaking! The stars that night surrounded us!
The pool area with hot tub are set in beautiful landscaping! Whales were jumping everywhere! We were fortunate to see the local Albatross and their babies! What a sight to see! One actually took off to fly from the side walk outside the master suite. Unbelievable!
My husband and I have been coming to Kauai for over 27 years and have stayed in many homes. Honu Point is our favorite! We will be back and we will stay here! Mahalo Rae-Marie and Tom for sharing your home and your hospitality! See you soon!
February 19, 2018
Magical and Beyond
Rae-Marie has such attention to detail on the grounds that you feel transformed wherever you are. Their home is so beautifully decorated and flows with the elements of Kauai. You feel like there is always some place inside and out you can take in the beauty.
The house has everything you can think of to cook or take on most any adventure! How much they love Kauai & their home is evident. We felt super blessed they built it and now share this sacred spot with all of us! We will be back next though for much much longer! Thank-you!
February 15, 2018
Our family spent a one week vacation in Kauai at this exquisite home. First of all, there is a difference between a house and a home. And Honu Point is definitely a home! Inviting, welcoming, warm, and comforting!
From the moment we met Rae-Marie and stepped foot in paradise, we knew we we had made the best choice for our stay. The home is immaculate and equipped with every possible amenity. The views are breathtaking, ocean breezes soothing, and the garden/pool area so relaxing.
Rae-Marie provided wonderful suggestions for outings and experiences. We tried many of them and had such fun! We also had Janice prepare two meals for us, which were two of the best meals we have ever had!!
As all of the previous reviews indicated, we concur that this home is paradise. We feel truly blessed to have been able to spend time together as a family at Honu Point and are thankful to Rae-Marie and Tom for providing this absolutely wonderful home. What special memories we have of our stay. Before we left, we were all talking about when we could make it back again as a family! We are hoping to return to Kauai, and specifically Honu Point! Thank you!
January 23, 2018
This has to be one of the most beautiful places on the island! My family was in awe when we looked around as the pictures don’t do this place justice. We would find ourselves out exploring the island only wanting to come back to the house and enjoy the space and scenery.
Rae-Marie and Tom have done an amazing job with this house. It is perfectly situated on the property and has all the amenities you could ever want. They have thought of it all!
There is so much to do on this island and Rae-Marie gave us so much information, suggestions, recommendations that we never were short of ideas. Her recommendations were fabulous and we could not have had a better family vacation! We look forward to coming back!
January 16, 2018
Staying At This Exquisite Home Was A Trip Highlight!
Thank you for sharing your home for our recent vacation to Kauai. Honu Point is obviously a cherished property and all of your care and attention to this stunning home and the property, truly enhanced our stay.
The home is beautiful and expertly positioned on a fabulous piece of land. To enjoy this portion of Kauai paradise is truly a joy! Staying in this home totally engulfs one in the beauty of the island and all that nature has to offer. Thank you for sharing your portion of Kauai’s paradise.
January 4, 2018
This is a magnificent place. Everything about it is first class, from the host to the fully equipped kitchen (we even found cake tins) and everything in between. The fabulous views from every room are breathtaking, and, as many previous guests have pointed out, there is no, or hardly any, need to leave the house.
If you do, however, the attractions of Kauai are very conveniently located nearby. Although we were there during a particularly rainy and windy period, these added to the appeal of the house and grounds, and we enjoyed the ever-changing elements. The garden is very beautiful as well. We all enjoyed the entertainment and media facilities, the free and speedy WiFi, and the new appliances.
I cannot praise the property too highly, and can only recommend that you make a reservation soon – I cannot imagine anyone being disappointed about any aspect of this spectacular home. All four of us who stayed here look forward to the next time!
October 23, 2017
Spectacular Inside and Out
This warm and friendly hale was spectacular – inside and out. It was a privilege and a great pleasure to stay here.
Rae-Marie, the owner hostess, was wonderful both before and during our stay! The house generously has every supply you could need! Everything was super clean and tidy.
The spectacular views from every spot were so good for the soul! We did little out and about trips, and were always so happy to return to Honu Point throughout the days! Thank you, Rae-Marie!
September 5, 2017
Private Luxury With Great Views!
This 3 bedroom well-designed home sits on a point with 180 degree elevated views of the Pacific Ocean. The ocean sits 200 feet below the back of the home. Its position on this point of land ensures cooling breezes throughout the home, which are easily controlled with louvered windows, therefore making air conditioning unnecessary.
All bedrooms, the living room, kitchen, and dining area have ocean views. Although the pool with an infinity edge and the hot tub also have views of the ocean, the lush, colorful landscaping privatizes them from neighboring homes that disappear behind the foliage.
The home is well appointed with a fully equipped kitchen and outdoor grill. Guests have access to bicycles and beach equipment. You can take a 15 minute hike down the cliff to a “hidden beach”.
The owners, Rae-Marie and Tom, are very hospitable and provide a warm welcome. Guests have access to a DVR and Netflix. The proximity to Princeville makes grocery shopping or take-out dining easy. This is the perfect private, cliff-top, luxury home that we hope to return to often.
September 6, 2017
Beautiful, Peaceful, Fun Property
This property is awesome. The owners take great pride in their home and it shows. It is the second time our family of 5 stayed here. The property is so special it is hard to leave.
One of the many things we enjoyed was a dinner cooked on site by Paige from Kauaicook.com. We also used Stephanie from kauaibystephanie.com to book many of our activities. She had many great ideas for our family.
We hope to visit again soon.
August 19, 2017
We were on Kauai for a family wedding and were looking for a special place to spend six nights with our two adult daughters and our son in law. We absolutely found it at Honu Point.
The property really exceeded our expectations. Loads of communal space for dining and talking, but the house and property is perfectly arranged for the solitary moments. We watched unobstructed sunsets every night and sunrises every morning (with rainbows included!).
Owners Rae-Marie and Tom were incredibly responsive and so thoughtful in how the house is prepared for guests. The kitchen is fully appointed and the views so spectacular that we dined in (actually on the covered lanai!) all but one night. The pool and spa were perfect for early morning dips and hot afternoons and surrounded by gorgeous landscaping. The garage was packed with everything our active family needed (bikes, snorkeling gear, rafts, boogie boards and more).
The walk down to the secluded cove beach below the house was a mini adventure and resulted in a number of perfect days of lounging and snorkeling above a spectacular coral reef. Beaches for surfing are also very close and world class golf is just about around the corner. We hiked the Na Pali coast trail and drove down south to experience the wonder of the Waimea Canyon. Hanalei is a 10 minute drive away and offers fun shopping, good restaurants and activities including kayaking, paddle boarding and zip lining among other things.
As far as the cost goes, we would have needed three rooms in a hotel or condo and never had the same overall experience. I would be hard pressed to even look for another spot if our travels get us back to Kauai. The house and experience exceeded our expectations!!!
July 20, 2017
You CANNOT beat the views!
WOW! They weren’t kidding when they said they had 360-degree views of the ocean. Words cannot express how lovely this location and this home are! It’s simply stunning.
Our stay was great – Rae-Marie took us through everything about the house and offered suggestions, etc. She’s able to walk that fine line of being VERY helpful without being intrusive.
And sure – -you know you are staying in a luxury home, you expect that from the reviews and pictures…but we were SO delighted with all of the extra “touches.” There was a welcome basket upon our arrival, items we were encouraged to use (everything from coolers to beach chairs) and beautiful fresh flowers from the gardens outside.
The pictures don’t do this place justice – – we had our own private showing of the sunset every night and it’s spectacular. The pool is beautiful and the rooms are spacious. I cannot say enough good things about the property and the owners. Thank you Rae-Marie and Tom for making our family vacation PERFECT!
THE BEST vacation we have ever had…
Rae-Marie and her husband have built one of the most beautiful homes on earth. We both felt like we were in “heaven.”
The home is so spacious, viewings so incredible, functions so defining (kitchen; media and sound system; dining in and outdoors; multiple ocean viewing areas; easy walk to private beach/scuba/fishing/sunning; pool and hot tub; sun deck; and more)…. just a BIG wow for anyone looking for relaxation, privacy, and enjoyment.
This house is VERY SPECIAL. Unique. It is a must.
June 2, 2017
Honu Point …. brought our dreams to fruition ❤️
Rae-Marie and Tom May,
Your home, as many before us have pointed out…is beautiful and well-appointed. No place on the island offered us the…….mesmerizing views, exquisite surroundings and the soothing sounds of the Pacific that Honu Point could/did.
Thank you for allowing us a moment in time, to share your paradise. Stepping into your home, we knew we had chosen an exceptional local for our special event (our wedding). Our day was joyous as the sun smiled down on us all. An added bonus during our ceremony we’re the breaching sperm whale with her calf!!! Thank you for giving us a perfect place for beginning our future.
May 24, 2017
Note from Owner: It was probably a humpback whale which graced the wedding ceremony.
This was an amazing property with an amazing owner. Everything from the moment you book gets you ready for this amazing vacation.
Though the pictures are gorgeous they don’t do it justice, and the first impression when one walks in this home is one of awestruck amazement. The home is amazingly appointed, spacious, and contemporary – it has everything one needs for an amazing trip.
We can’t recommend this home enough and we hope to be lucky enough to come back here sometime in the future.
May 15, 2017
The Most Beautiful House And Yard With The Most Stunning Views!!
This house is even better than it looks in its pictures. It is immaculate.
It has everything my family needed and more. Bikes, beach chairs, snorkle sets, boogie boards, etc. So nice to be able to use these things while there.
The location is private, yet close to trails, beaches, restaurants, and shopping. Great neighborhood.
My family and I absolutely loved it and plan to come again!
April 19, 2017
We recently returned from Kaua’i, specifically Honu Point, and are still talking about our stay there. We have traveled a bit and stayed in villas in Europe; however, our family agrees that Honu Point is the best ever.
Having been to other islands in Hawaii but never Kaua’i, we were not prepared for the beauty of this very special place. Honu Point was the icing on the cake. We were fortunate to see whales blowing and breaching, green turtles, baby and parent albatrosses, and monk seals relaxing on some of the beaches. Seeing whales and albatrosses was sheer luck on our part due to the dates we chose. As well, our choice of dates was perfect in order to see sunrise and sunset each day. Our family has decided that Honu Point needs to be experienced in each of the 4 seasons — we are already planning!
Rae-Marie and Tom have done a superb job of planning, positioning, building and finishing their dream home. In addition, Rae-Marie is a most excellent hostess and knows all there is to know about the island and is willing to answer a million questions.
Our adult children did a lot of hiking and snorkeling. We elders enjoyed sitting at the beach and in the water. There was always a lovely breeze. Use the hot tub and pool at the end of a day at the beaches. Fabulous and very relaxing. And the outdoor shower is just fantastic and was used every day.
Two folks in our party are gardeners on the mainland. Rae-Marie and Tom are wizard gardeners as beauty abounds every place you look. Lush, lush, lush as well as fragrant and colorful.
We have very special and beautiful memories of our stay at Honu Point and look forward to another visit.
April 14, 2017
Beautiful stay at Honu Point!
This is a gorgeous home and was perfect for our family. We did so many fun activities, but also enjoyed cooking and relaxing at the house.
The views from every room were absolutely amazing. Rae-marie was so kind and informative–she also left us fresh eggs and avocados and showed us Orion, the baby albatross.
The home is immaculate and included the use of bikes, beach chairs, snorkels, etc. We very highly recommend this property and wish we could have stayed longer.
April 3, 2017
Honu Point Is A Simply Amazing Property!
Honu Point is a simply amazing property! The location is stunning with the fantastic ocean views. We watched both sunrises and sunsets over the ocean as well as saw turtles and humpback whales right from the backyard.
The house is beautiful and exceptionally well stocked and equipped for the traveler. There is a lot of attention to the small details that makes you feel at home as soon as you walk through the door.
The pool was lovely and we enjoyed being able to swim and look out over the ocean to the horizon. The landscaping is lush and beautiful as well.
We loved our vacation there and hope to be back.
March 27, 2017
Our Time At Honu Point Was A Memorable One
Dear Rae-Marie and Tom,
I wanted to take the time to thank you for making our time at Honu Point a memorable one. We thoroughly enjoyed staying in your beautiful house which had every convenience we could imagine. In particular, I enjoyed the spaciousness of the house and the views from every room.
We were graced with whale sightings virtually every day and on one occasion we had an albatross come down the driveway, around the back of the main bedroom, looking for a place to launch off from. He eventually took flight from right in front of the main bedroom. Now that is not something I have ever experienced at such close quarters!
While we were on Kauai we balanced our time between time at home, having long family meals together and trips out. We all visited the Kilauea Point lighthouse, Hanalei town and Waimea Canyon. Dave and I took a helicopter flight as well as spent a few hours one morning, walking. Dave and Michael enjoyed their time playing several rounds of golf at Makai Golf Club and the children also spent an afternoon there, playing tennis.
All in all, we had a wonderful time. Of course, like many before us, we mused over when we could do it all over again. It was so difficult getting everyone together for this holiday, but we would like to come back one day. It would just be a matter of forward planning. Until that time, all the best with your project.
February 13, 2017
This spacious home is spotless and beautiful but the location is spectacular!
We have rented many large houses around the country but this home gave us the best array of accommodations we have had anywhere. Both Rae-Marie and Tom met us at the house and made sure we understood everything we needed to know about the house and that they were only a phone call away. The house is beautifully laid out and each of the three suites were well-appointed, offering the most privacy and luxury you would expect.
We did the usual hiking, snorkeling and taking in a helicopter ride around the island. But we spent a majority of our time at the house! This was because we were able to see whales breaching out of the water from anywhere on the north side of the house. No need for an expensive tour. We spent hours every day watching them frolic around in their playground.
The rest of the time was spent barbequing on the back patio, having drinks by the pool while we worked on our tans or lying on the back lawn at night watching the stars. Additionally, our morning walks and runs through the neighborhood allowed us to see the many Albatross nesting on the front lawns only a few houses away.
I would highly recommend renting this house and we will definitely be back to the Garden Isle in the near future.
January 14, 2017
Amazing home and MAGNIFICENT location
A truly amazing home with incredible ocean views. High on the cliffs of Princeville and over 300 degrees of ocean view. Loads of windows to soak it all in. Very new, modern with all the touches for any vacation.
The owners have thought of it all. Bicycles, snorkel gear, pool toys and beach chairs to name a few. Wonderful entertainment center and lots of space in the three bedrooms.
The owners sense of pride is really apparent. They were more than accommodating and responsive to all our needs. Rae-Marie and Tom you’ve created an amazing place to truly enjoy our vacation. Mahalo.
St. Albert, Alberta
December 6, 2016
Perfect House for a Family Holiday!
My whole family loved staying at Honu Point–it is truly a special place. The weather did not cooperate during our stay and we had rain nearly everyday. Yet, it was still a pleasure to hang out at the house and admire the view–we could watch the ocean and sky change from every room. And the silver lining to the rain was the beautiful rainbows that we could see from the point. Our daughters especially loved sitting in the hot tub on the cool rainy afternoons.
Honu Point is one of the best appointed rental houses we’ve seen. The house is immaculately clean and well stocked with anything you could possibly need. Rae-Marie is a wonderful host. She welcomed us upon arrival and gave us a tour of the house. We didn’t need to contact her during our stay, but it was very clear that she and her husband, Tom, who live just a few minutes away, would be available to help at any time. They felt so badly about the rainy weather during our visit that they generously invited us stay on for a few extra days on them–an absolutely lovely gesture which we only wish we could’ve taken them up on!
The basket full of homegrown fruit that Rae-Marie left for us in the kitchen was a delicious surprise. Her avocados were the best we’ve ever tasted! We found the location of Honu Point to be perfect for us. Despite the somewhat clearer weather on the south side of the island, we preferred the vibe of the north shore and spent most of our time in nearby Hanalei. Our daughters’ surfing lessons on Hanalei Bay were the highlight of the trip.
I would highly recommend Honu Point to anyone looking for a beautiful retreat in Kauai. We will remember those views forever.
December 6, 2016
A Great Hawaiian Experience
This is a beautiful, well appointed home with first class amenities throughout. The view from every room is spectacular with some of the best sunrises and sunsets I have seen. The size of the house is ample for the six adults that were here, and the gourmet kitchen made it unnecessariy to hunt for restaurants. The house is also close to shopping, dining and activities in Hanalei and Princeville. The owners have done a fantastic job creating a best of Kauai experience.
November 14, 2016
My husband and I stayed at Honu Point to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. The house and views are even more fabulous than the description and photos! Rae-Marie was very welcoming and thought of everything down to the smallest detail to make our stay perfect. The house is spotless, spacious and very comfortable. Best of all there is a view from every room! Surrounded by all this beauty we found it difficult to leave the property. We are already talking about when we can return with our family. Paradise found!
Renee & J.T.
October 30, 2016
Amazing House In Paradise
If you are looking at this house, just stop right now and get it booked! The house is perfect, the owners have thought of everything, the views are some of the best on the island up on the bluff, the location is superb, the pool, the outdoor shower, the gourmet kitchen and oh my the landscaping is beautiful!
We really had a difficult time leaving the house to explore because it was so relaxing and spectacular. Every bathroom was special, the beds are comfy and one thing with 6 women, we felt we had plenty of space and privacy.
You do not really see or hear neighbors either even though it is in a subdivision..PICK THIS HOUSE AND THANK ME LATER! Mahalo to Rae-Marie for sharing her home with us, I don’t know if I could if it were mine.
October 11, 2016
A Little Piece Of Your Own Private Paradise
We enjoyed our stay at the house that we are already talking about coming back. We wouldn’t stay anywhere else.
It had the privacy and the best views you can only dream of. We will have these memories forever and definitely recommend to anybody visiting Kauai.
We were so fortunate that the house was available when we were visiting Kauai. We only hope that you are still renting the house out when we decide to come back. Thanks for the memories and relaxation.
September 21, 2016
Heaven On Earth – Honu Point
Rae-Marie is warm, friendly, responsive and totally committed to ensuring your stay at Honu Point is flawless and completely enjoyable.
The home and setting she introduces you to far exceeds the images and descriptions posted online, it is truly spectacular!
Our stay at this beautiful home was bittersweet – we loved every minute but knew we’d have to leave all too soon. Honu Point is an unbelievably gorgeous, spotlessly clean and extremely comfortable home that is owned and managed by Tom & Rae Marie May who are very caring and thoughtful people.
If you plan to go to the beautiful island of Kauai, you MUST stay here!!
Dorothea & Joseph A., New Jersey
September 22, 2016
AN UPLIFTING AND LUXURIOUS SANCTUARY
We just returned from our first delightful visit to this beautiful vacation home, and I already miss it! We’ve been coming to Kauai every year for many years, and our intention is to experience as much peace, upliftment and rejuvenation as possible–and that’s exactly what this property offered.
Rae-Marie and Tom have created a truly elegant home in paradise, with tremendous thought put into everything from the fantastic design of the home, the lush landscaping and grounds, the perfectly equipped kitchen, the abundance of towels and linens, and of course the unparalleled views from each and every corner of the house. The love and care they put into every detail is apparent, and adds to the experience of being there and feeling utterly pampered.
We often felt like we were on a luxurious ship out at sea as we gazed at the ocean and listened to the soothing sound of the surf. In fact, we didn’t feel we needed to go anywhere to experience the beauty of the island–it was surrounding us from every angle. The pool was pristine and heavenly looking out onto the ocean, and surprisingly, utterly quiet with no annoying motor sound except for the waterfall that gently pours into it. The point of land slopes down to the most divine 180 degree view, and is a perfect place from which to watch the spectacular sunsets.
We have rented from many VRBO owners over the years, and without a doubt, Rae-Marie was the most thorough, responsive, considerate and professional from the first phone call and throughout our visit. I felt like I was visiting the home of my favorite cousin who truly wanted us to enjoy every moment, and I cannot wait to return. Thank you Rae-Marie and Tom for creating such a slice of paradise and sharing it–and your love–with us.
Dr. Barbara D.
September 8, 2016
All Of Our Notions Of This Property Were Absolutely Surpassed By The Reality
Firstly, let me say that we are discriminating travelers. We own a VRBO property and are true believers that this is THE WAY to see the world!
We were so excited to see Honu Point online and had great expectations. All of our notions of this property were absolutely surpassed by the reality. The pictures cannot do justice. This is a fully equipped fantastic home on its own point overlooking open ocean and two beautiful beaches.
We hiked to Sea Lodge beach several times and had great snorkeling. We ate at the St Regis once but just wanted to be ‘at home’! We barbecued and shopped at the farmer’s markets for fruit and veggies. When the weather was clear, we had our own personal sunsets. No one competing for the best camera shot…it was just ours. The only decision was whether to sit out on the point closest to the ocean or view it from the infinity pool. What a conundrum!
We stayed at the St. Regis in a great room 3 years ago but it couldn’t compare to the amenities of this lovely home. The owners are wildly gracious and provided us with a luggage scale at the simple mention that it would be useful. They love Kauai and care about your experience. We couldn’t have asked for better hosts. We have only been home a few days but are still in awe of our amazing vacation.
August 3, 2016
Fantastic Property/Invaluable Memories
We stayed at Honu Point the week of July 9th through July 16th and had a wonderful and memorable stay. As others have pointed out, pictures just cannot capture the beauty or serenity of this home. This home was perfect for a family of 4 giving each of us plenty of room on our own, but also allowing plenty of space for us to enjoy the pool, games, or dinner together.
Its location was fabulous for snorkeling with Sea Lodge Beach a short walk down the path, Hideaways Beach a short bike ride down the street, and Tunnels Beach a short car ride down the way. We also enjoyed Hanalei Bay where we enjoyed paddle boards, a Napali Coast boat tour and food and drinks.
Our favorite memory, though, is clearly seeing 2 albatross fledge. It is simply awe-inspiring to watch those young birds build up the courage to jump off a cliff. With 2 children (12 and 15) learning to build up the courage to do things as they grow, it was fun to watch the bird’s ultimate test of faith in themselves and a pure treasure to share that with our kids.
Thank you, Tom and Rae-Marie for sharing your home.
July 19, 2016
One of a kind – It Met Our Expectations And Then Some
We could not have been happier with our stay at Honu Point. The house sits on what has to be one of the best properties on the island with fantastic views in nearly every direction. The owner was very nice and met us on the day of our arrival to help us get acquainted with the house and the property.
Our family had a wonderful time sitting on the point enjoying the ocean breezes and the fantastic sunsets each evening. It rained more than usual during our stay and we still had a fabulous time – watching the rain move across the ocean was one of our favorite activities. The house is situated in such a way to give it both privacy from neighboring properties and fantastic views. The pool has its own fantastic views, and the landscaping around the house and pool was beautiful.
If the pool is not your thing, Sea Lodge beach (which sits nearly directly underneath the house below the cliff) is a 10-15 minute interesting hike around the corner. The house is a short drive from most of the restaurants and attractions around Princeville and Hanalei. We feel fortunate to have been able to stay at this fantastic property. One of a kind – it met our expectations and then some.
A True Gem In Paradise
The house is beautiful and it is very apparent that a lot of thought and love went into designing the house. It is spacious, beautifully appointed and immaculate. The setting is gorgeous and the views are spectacular. As already mentioned, the photos do not do it justice.
North-shore activities and Hanalei are within easy reach and so are several good restaurants and bars. This was our first vacation rental rather than a hotel, but it will not be our last. Much more space and privacy than a hotel. We are planning to return to Kauai and Honu Point before too long.
Thank you Rae-Marie and Tom !!
Brand New, Well Located Home With The BEST View (Perched On A Cliff)
Our family of six adults and one child had a fantastic time at this home. I would highly recommend this home to other friends and family and would definitely stay again.
Key Positives: – One of the best views possible given that the home is perched on the edge of a cliff. Every room has a gorgeous ocean view. – Brand new (build about a year or so ago) that is pretty much spotless. – Well stocked and furnished with with ample cooking equipment/supplies along with bicycles, snorkel gear, body boards, etc. We were particularly pleased with how well stocked the kitchen was. – Ideally located in Princeville (great location) with easy access to daily activities and excursions. – Very gracious, warm, and friendly hosts.
Key Negatives: – None. I don’t have a single complaint with this property.
As a side note, we found that our views were better at the home than what we found during many of the excursions during our trip. We often came home tired thinking it might have been better to just stay in the comfort and convenience of the home or go down to the beach right below the home which was empty throughout our trip.
Thomas Y., Los Angeles
Your Search Is Over, You’ve Found The Perfect House!
Our family of 5- 2 adults and 3 kids (ages 16,15,12) had the pleasure of spending the week of Honu Point. It was one of our most favorite places that we have ever stayed.
The house is beyond words…. even better than the pictures if you can even imagine it. The house is beautifully decorated, immaculately clean, and everything feels fresh and new.
Rae-Marie greeted us when we arrived at the house to show us around and familiarize us with how everything worked. Rae-Marie was so thoughtful that when she noticed that there were only 4 bikes and 5 of us, the next day her husband dropped off a 5th bike.
The views from every room in the house are spectacular. Sitting in the back yard in the mornings looking over the pacific and watching whales swim was the perfect way to start every day. This is one of the first times that we’ve rented a house as we are usually fans of luxury hotels with all of the amenities. But we certainly did not want for any more luxury than Honu Point offered us. If you have the opportunity to stay here, I highly recommend it!
My family and I stayed at Rae-Marie and Tom’s beautiful home for a week in March. Walking into the house for the first time, we were completely stunned by the home and the incredible view from every single room. I think another guest commented that the photos don’t even do it justice– so true!!! Upon arrival, Rae-Marie greeted us and gave us a quick tour of the house and run down of how some things work. She was the sweetest person and it was quite obvious as she walked us through the house, describing the history behind the property and the design of the home (done by Tom!), how much love and thought went into their dream home. My family and I felt so lucky to share it for a week!
The house was very well designed and comfortable. Each bedroom had its own bathroom and all of the towels and linens were nice and fresh. It was so peaceful sleeping with the ocean breeze and the sound of the waves crashing below. In the evenings, we enjoyed the sunsets over the water and watching the stars come out. It was also nice relaxing in the hot tub! Rae-Marie and Tom had thought of every little detail to make guests feel comfortable and at home, right down to the umbrellas in case of a rain shower.
I would definitely recommend downloading the Home Away app and reading through the tips. There is a lot of helpful information in here (i.e. suggestions for when/where to go grocery shopping, activities, etc) and we referred to this on numerous occasions.
One of Rae-Marie’s recommendations for a private chef was Janice McKeachern of Farm Cook Kauai. Janice came and cooked dinner at the house for us on two evenings and these nights were definitely a highlight of the trip. Amazing food combined with amazing views from the house—SO much better than a restaurant!!!!! Everything Janice prepared was fantastic and she was extremely knowledgeable about the island and some of its unique ingredients. We would highly recommend her!!
We hope to return to Honu Point some day! In the meantime, we’ll be reminiscing with our awesome photos 🙂
Photos Of Views Don’t Do It Justice
We absolutely loved our stay at Honu Point. Despite some windy and wet weather, the views from the property are incomparable and photos don’t do them justice.
Rae-Marie and Tom were very accommodating and are the most hands-on property owners with whom we’ve dealt. We already cannot wait to go back – plan to book the same week next year!
Honu Point Is A Beautiful, Unique Property
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Honu Point as we celebrated 15 wonderful years of marriage. The home immerses you into the Pacific Ocean w views from every room. The infinity pool and hot tub welcomed us home each day after excursions on the North Shore. Though we ate out each meal, the kitchen and grill I am sure would make for an easy food prep and clean up.
The owners were helpful and never intrusive. Rae Marie is organized and welcomed us into her rental with a nice basket of local candies and a bottle of wine. We are blessed to have met her and to have experienced such a beautiful place.
When you combine perhaps the most beautiful piece of property on earth (180 degree views of the Pacific Ocean perched 150+ feet on a cliff) with a 5+ Star home, you have the Gold Standard for PARADISE!
We have stayed in some of the most beautiful places in the world, and this is at the top of our list.
Rae-Marie and Tom are the consummate hosts, not only attending to every detail regarding the property, but truly caring with an active presence about their guests having a perfect experience.
Although there are plenty of great things to do nearby, the setting and quality of the house is so spectacular that we often chose to just hang out with a book and enjoy the spectacular views and warm ocean breezes. The toughest decision of the day was where on the property should we sit! Often it was on the point to watch for whales, or one of the patios overlooking Sea Lodge Beach, by the pool surrounded by a gardenia scented tropical garden, or in the spa!
We are already talking about coming back next year. Thank you Rae-Marie and Tom for creating this tropical paradise for your guests to enjoy.
Mary and Ed
A Perfect Week
Just returned from a week with friends in this absolutely wonderful house! The owners, Rae-Marie and Tom, have anticipated guests’ every need and no detail has been overlooked. The rooms are large and the house is so beautifully maintained that I felt like we were the first persons ever to stay there.
If you think the ocean views are pretty on the website, multiply them by 100 and add a Hawaiian breeze. Then you MIGHT have some idea of what it’s like to be there. It’s breathtaking everywhere you look. I can’t imagine a more perfect vacation.
GE, New York
Exceptional In Every Way
Exceptional in every way. This new home has one of the most drop dead views of the Kauai shoreline we have come across and we have been coming to Kauai regularly for 18 years. The house itself is only 8 months old yet beautifully appointed, and the infinity pool and jacuzzi are as amazing as they look in the pics.
Marie-Rae was beyond generous with her time and help during the length of our stay. Centrally located in the North shore, it’s location was perfect for Hanalei Bay, Kiluea, Sea Lodge beach, which has some of the finest snorkeling we have come across on the island (yet is usually deserted). it’s also only a short 20 min ride to tunnels etc. We stayed for 2 weeks and just can’t wait to get back. This house will be top of our list.
Fantasy Cliff aka “The Shack”
If what you’re looking for is privacy, comfort and the most fantastic views of the Pacific Ocean this is your place! The owner is very accommodating, every detail has been thought out at this spectacular home, great location, comfort in all ways.
Wow!!! great house views are unbelievable. The sound of the waves are so soothing I didn’t want to leave. The quality of the construction of the house was top notch. My wife and I were their celebrating our 26th anniversary and the experience was filled with memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you
A Birthday Surprise
My husband and I visited Honu Point with several of our half-grown kids in July. Unbeknownst to me, while we were there, he booked a five day birthday get away as a surprise for me and two of our dearest friends. This house is my favorite place on earth! Kauai is gorgeous of course and kick back, but no place is more gorgeous and kick back than this house. The views are incredible, the house beautifully appointed. We are already planning to come back again.
World Class Home and Experience
Honu Point is a world class property with all the amenities of a world class resort but none of the people. From the backyard (i.e. the pacific ocean) you can see the sunrise and the sunset.
The home is stocked with many books on the area. No detail is omitted (thanks for the binoculars). The kitchen is a cooks delight and includes all the accessories including grill for taking advantage of that view and the local markets. We spent most our days by the pool and hot tub (which heats in less than 1/2 hour) literally soaking in the views. The area is cooled by trade winds and the occasional welcomed rain that passes quickly.
The owner met us at 10pm upon our arrival to give us a quick overview then texted when gardners or pool maintenance were to arrive. The neighborhood is quiet and friendly. The walk to the beach is less than 10 minutes and worth the stroll if secluded beaches with great snorkeling are your thing. Down the street is the St. Regis which we reccommend for breakfast (Makana Terrace) and dinner (Kauai Grill).
Consider using Kauai by Stephanie for activities. She was kind enough to send us a very detailed list of considerations which was very helpful. You may be interested in stepping out but once you arrive be forewarned you may cancel everything and sit by the pool once you convince yourself the view is not photo shopped.
We have stayed at many VRBO but this is in a league of its own. Hold your breath because upon arrival you will lose it.
Don S., Walnut Creek
This One Tops Them All
My family just returned from a week at “Honu Point.” Wow!!! I’ve stayed in beautiful vacation homes in four Hawaiian islands and throughout Europe and the Americas, and this one tops them all. As spectacular as the photos are, they do not capture how breathtaking this property is. The house is brand new, and the rooms are decked out in high-end travertine, granite, and hardwoods. Wide-open ocean views from every room, including the bathrooms.
The house is on a little private peninsula that juts out into the ocean, so the ocean views are actually greater than 180 degrees. We saw the sun rise directly off the ocean and set directly into the ocean every day.
With the four bicycles provided, we enjoyed daily rides exploring Princeville. My kids never wanted to leave the swimming pool, and I could have stood in the pool at that infinity edge staring into the ocean all day. After eating out at several restaurants the first couple of days, we quickly realized that no restaurant table on the island could beat the views and breeze at the house’s indoor and outdoor dining tables; so we either grilled, cooked, or brought take-out home for the rest of the week.
The short hike from the house down to SeaLodge beach was interesting, and the snorkeling at that beach was fantastic, better than any of the other beaches we explored during the week. Rae-Marie and Tom were wonderful hosts, who responded quickly to any question we had. I could go on and on about this property. We hope to return soon!
One Of The Most Beautiful Places We’ve Ever Stayed
My husband and I stayed at Honu Point with two of our adult children and their respective partners. The setting is magnificent, the house seemingly perched on the edge of the world. The set up of the house was great for our group as each bedroom had it’s own en suite bathroom. The kitchen was spacious and well equipped and we had a great time cooking. The infinity pool overlooking the ocean is captivating. Truly one of the most beautiful places we’ve ever stayed.
Beautiful Home & Perfect Location
This house is even more beautiful than the pictures show! It is on the end of a cul-de-sac and has amazing sunset views from the pool and back deck. The house comes with a lot of convenient amenities like high-end beach towels, bikes, snorkel gear, tennis rackets, free Netflix and Pandora (as a part of a very nice TV/entertainment system), and the owners even provided a cute welcome basket with some treats and wine!
The Wi-Fi was also great both inside and outside. We liked the place so much we cancelled dinner plans one night to get to spend a little more time at the house! The only downside was that the house did not have AC, this didn’t really bother me because there was a very nice breeze going through when all the windows are open, but I know by boyfriend had a hard time sleeping in the warm temperature. We only used the master so I am not sure how well the other rooms were ventilated by the breeze.
Perfect Family Vacation
Our family has stayed at several different rentals from vrbo and this property may be the best that we have stayed in. We went to the 4 big islands and stayed at some nice places, but if we were to go back to Hawaii, this is where our whole family would choose to stay. This part of the island is one of the most beautiful places that we have seen. Truly 180 degree views of ocean( you can watch sun come up and go down without leaving house) and then look other way and see the beautiful mountains.
The house is just about perfect and is equipped with much more than other vacation rentals that we have seen. Pictures are accurate and its even better in person. Dealing with Rae-Marie & Tom was a joy. We had one minor glitch with TV and Rae-Marie was there in about 5 minutes and got issue quickly resolved.
We are from Texas and are used to lots of air-conditioning during the summer, so I was somewhat concerned about no AC, and even though we were there for some near record highs, it was very comfortable most of the time with the sea breezes, and would gladly go back without concern for no AC. Everything is basically new as we were only the second true renters. I was a little concerned about how high the deposit was, but was notified by email about already getting my deposit back before we left the airport the day we checked out. Perfect family vacation.
We have stayed at many villa rentals, and this one is by far the best! This home was very carefully designed and every detail has been considered. All the rooms have stunning views, and all 3 bedrooms are very private with wonderful bathrooms.
We loved the house so much that we cancelled dinner reservations and ate in to enjoy the postcard perfect sunsets, sound of the surf and views of the turtles and birds. In addition to all of this, add new, extremely comfortable beds, top quality linens, a heated pool, hot tub, bicycles, a gourmet kitchen and you have heaven on Kauai.
If you stay here, you will only have one regret – that you have to go home at the end of your stay. As for us, this is now the only place we ever want to stay on Kauai when we return. Thank you so much for making our stay absolute perfection.
The Baker Family, Washington DC
Princeville 5 Star Property: A Slice of Paradise
We visited the house for a friend’s milestone birthday to relax and unwind from life. We couldn’t have asked for a better place to stay. The house is situated in a quiet neighborhood of Princeville that you can enjoy daily walks to say hello to locals walking their dogs or other visitors checking out the local flora. We saw the baby albatross sitting in people’s yards waiting for their mom’s to come bring them food.
This 5 star property is one of the most breathing taking places I’ve ever stayed and I’ve travelled all over the world. The house has been designed to take advantage of the spectacular view of the ocean. You can see the sea from every room including the bathrooms. The entire house has been exceptionally designed for comfort using luxury fabrics and opulent materials. Yet, it still felt like home.
This place will make you forget about your life back on the main land the minute you step into the house. After five minutes in the house, I know we didn’t want to EVER leave the house.
My favorite feature was the large bathtub in the master bathroom with another amazing view of the sea. Make sure you get that room. The 70” TV in the living area was a great addition to the space if you wanted to just relax and enjoy a night in with the family.
There’s a little bit of something for everyone in the house offering places to relax while enjoying a cocktail, read your favorite book or having an afternoon nap, and not get under anyone’s feet.
Conveniently, there’s also a place to get groceries and other supplies close by. Check out the local restaurants and bars to enjoy affordable food that’s full of locals. You can also find several restaurants that will deliver if you don’t feel like cooking in the modern and beautifully designed kitchen. Rae-Marie has put together a great binder full of information for anyone visiting helping you find things to do and where.
My friends and I had a trip of a lifetime and will definitely go back to stay to relax and recharge from life. I can’t say enough great things about the property.
smarshus, San Francisco
Private, Luxurious Paradise
Tom and Rae-Marie, thank you so much. This was the perfect place to celebrate my 60th birthday with friends. You’ve created a beautiful house with stunning views. I appreciated the open floor plan, chef’s kitchen, outdoor grill, infinity pool, spa, and beautiful landscaping. And every room really does have an unobstructed ocean view.
My version of paradise is private, quiet, beautiful, and relaxing with a graceful and alluring aesthetic, and I experienced all of that here. When in paradise I like read, rest, eat, laugh, nap, lounge at the pool or on the beach while appreciating the natural beauty, and then repeat. I did it all here at Honu Point. I did leave the house a few times to go into Hanalei and on to Tunnels Beach at end of the road but I was quite content to stay here.
The house is spacious enough for 6 adults to sprawl or nest without getting in one another’s way. There are multiple places to hang with family and friends or you can find your own quiet spot. A few of my guilty pleasures are movies & television. The living room has a 75-inch TV and media center. Some of us binge watched Netflix shows and watched movies while others went scuba diving, snorkeling or to sleep. We also had a birthday brunch catered by Carla and Eric of Poi Dog Catering. Delightful and delicious.
Sadly, I’ll be leaving in 2 days but I’m so grateful to have been able to stay in such a rich and luscious place. It’s so obvious that Tom and Rae-Marie spent a lot of time and put a lot of love into the details, and they were always available to answer questions. Hopefully I’ll be back very soon. Mahalo.
Toni G, San Francisco Bay Area