vrbo guest reviews



"Our Dream Vacation"

We stayed at Esther's condo for two weeks and had a wonderful vacation The weather was perfect and the Islander's location is the best on the island in our opinions. It was so easy to travel to local beaches and the many outdoor adventures we'd planned from the Islander...it was very central. The Coconut Market Place was literally a 2 minute walk so it was especially handy for dining and picking up incidentals (and everyone was so nice!). The pool and hot tub area were lovely and the view from the lanai of both it and the palm trees on the ocean's edge was just beautiful. We enjoyed many meals out on the lanai just taking in that beautiful view. The condo was very comfortable and clean and Esther's made sure that the kitchen area has all the necessities you'd need to feel at home for your stay. I can't say enough good things about this trip. Kauai is a beautiful island, The Islander is a great location and so reasonably priced and Esther is a sweetheart! I'm definitely letting my friends that may travel to Kauai know that they should look into staying at the Islander. Thanks so much Esther!

Kim - June 2011

"Great location and amenities with fabulous view"

My husband and I very much enjoyed our stay at Islander on the Beach. It was conviently located and the grounds were beautiful. It was nice having beach towels, chairs and a cooler available to bring with us. Esther was very helpful and had great communication with us before and during our stay. I would definitely stay here again.

Ciara - May 2011

"Beautiful Grounds, Great Location!"

We just spent 10 days in Esther's condo, and loved it! The unit was clean, and stocked with everything we needed. Having the beach chairs and cooler to take with us was an added bonus. We liked being able to walk over to the marketplace. We took advantage of the Bbq's that were available for use down by the pool. When we come back to Kauai, we will definately rent from Esther again.


"What a great view."

Loved the location on the island (easy to access either north/south shore) and right on a beach. I loved going on the balcony and eating breakfast... can't get any better than that! The extras were nice like having free wi-fi and going to relax in the hot tub. Overall, was a great experience staying here and would recommend Esther's place without question.

Sarah - may 2011

"Beautiful Grounds, Great Location!"

We just spent 10 days in Esther's condo, and loved it! The unit was clean, and stocked with everything we needed. Having the beach chairs and cooler to take with us was an added bonus. We liked being able to walk over to the marketplace. We took advantage of the Bbq's that were available for use down by the pool. When we come back to Kauai, we will definately rent from Esther again.

Colleen - may 2011

"Excellent Experience with Condo 341 and Esther"

Check-in was a breeze and the condo was just like advertised - beautiful view overlooking swimming pool and the ocean. The first night from the lanai was with a beautiful full moon glistening over the ocean with a gentle breeze blowing. Oh what a site!! My wife said right then and there that she would love to come back to the same location next year! The condo was very clean and well stocked. Thanks Esther for making our holiday memorable!!!

Sieg - Calgary

"Nice place...Good value"

We came across Esther's condo on Tripadvisor while planning our first trip to Hawaii. The price for a week's stay in this ocean view condo was such a good deal. Esther's condo is centrally located and makes getting to the north shore or south shore a relatively short drive. Your also close to nearby shopping and dining. The condo was exactly as the pictures depicted. one of our favorite things was to sit on the lanai and listen to the ocean. The beach in front is not a desirable swim beach but better beaches are only a short drive away. All in all it would be hard to find a better value on the island. We had a fantastic time. Mahalo Esther for providing a clean and affordable place to stay. It allowed us to be able to come and experience the beauty and magic of the Garden Isle of Kauai. Someday we hope to return and introduce our kids the the wonders of this beautiful island.

Aloha, Justin and Lacey

"Amazing Value - Amazing View!"

My husband and I took our first "real" vacation in 25 years, and stayed in Esther's unit at The Islander in Kauai. It was perfect for the two of us. The Islander exceeded our expectations. The grounds are beautiful. The unit has everything you need for a great stay. There's a lovely view of the ocean from the lanai. Esther was awesome to work with. This is truely the best all around value on the island. I can't wait to go back!

Jeri - March 2011

"Kelly's Kauai Condo- Best Deal on the Island"

My husband and I traveled to Kauai to attend a friend's wedding, and stayed in Esher Kelly's condo at Islander on the Beach. We had rented previously through Vrbo and had a good experience, but must say that Esther's attention to detail and assistance with many of our planning questions was sensational. The condo was everything we expected and more. Great loacation for getting anywhere on the island, and great view and ocean breeze from the location of the condo itself. Condo was well maintained, clean, and staff at the facility was very helpful. Esther communicated with us often before and during our trip to assure everything was okay. The accomodations were excellent for the price, and really a bargain. I would hightly recommend Esther to anyone interested in this type of accomodation, and have already referred some friends to her for future vacations. We weill definitely stay with her again on our next trip to Kauai.

Nancy - 01/21/11

Good Times on Kauai

Barb and I had a great time in Kauai staying at Esther's place. It was clean, comfortable, conveniently located, and surrounded by Restaurants and local shops. The complex was very clean and safe with a wonderful pool and a fantastic HOT spa by the pool for the "Older Bones." The view from the Lani' was spectacular and the Island is diverse in many things to see and do. Esther was very comfortable to work with and the rate was very reasonable. Check it out, you won't be sorry!

J and B, TN
Feb 2011

"Four Thumbs Up!"

Not only was the condo and beach beautiful and precisely as described, but Esther helped to make our holiday and wedding a serene and wonderful experience with her personable professionalism, thorough communications and responsiveness that went above and beyond. Beautiful memories were created in this gorgeous location and we hope to return for many anniversaries. Thank you so much, Esther!"

K and M, MN

"The condo was everything it was described as and more!"

We had a great stay at The Islander on the Beach #341. It was very comfortable and the view was wonderful!!! We arrived to a clean and well equiped accommodation and were very happy with the location. The grounds are lovely and we felt the rates were outstanding for this rental. We will definitely recommend this to friends and family! Mahalo Esther for sharing your space with Bill and I. Aloha

Sandy and Bill, Florida

"Perfect Condo in Perfect Location"

This condo is located in the perfect spot..it is near the airport and Kapaa but also a short drive to either the north shore (Princeville) or the south shore (Poipu). The condo is extremely clean and has a wonderful view of the pool and ocean. Even with the door closed, you can still hear the sounds of the waves crashing on the beach..just wonderful. We brought our two teenagers with us and they enjoyed the condo very much, loved the location as they could walk right to the Coconut Marketplace , the beach or even nearby surf shop. There are a few restaurants nearby and a nice little lounge "Trees Lounge" that offers happy hour and live music. We ate breakfast at Eggberts and the macadamia pancakes with coconut syrup were very yummy. There really isn't anything negative to say about the condo...it was lovely. We really enjoyed our stay and loved the relaxed atmosphere of the hotel. We stayed 2 nights at another location nearby (Aston aloha Resort) prior to our stay in the condo and would not recommend that hotel as it was older and had a wet/mildew smell. This condo is in near perfect condition and you can really tell Esther goes above and beyond in keeping it clean and fresh.

J. Campion - AZ

"Great place to stay that was affordable"

The condo was clean and had everything we needed for our stay. It was difinitely the right decision to stay there versus a hotel room for 2 or 3 times more money and less of a view. Although no services were provided (no cleaning services during the stay, however, you do have this option for an extra fee), it was a very comfortable stay if you clean up after yourself which you should do regardless. At first, I was hesistant dealing with a single owner versus a company/hotel, but Esther, the owner, was very helpful with her instructions and her check-in and check-out process, which was fair and hassle-free. I would love to come back and stay here again on my next trip to Kauai!

Ruth - WA - Nov. 2010

"Very Enjoyable"

This unit was in a very well maintained complex, with relaxing island atmosphere. The view from the balcony was perfect. Although the unit is small, it had everything to make 2 people comfortable. There was plenty of storage and a great new air conditioner that worked soundlessly and efficiently. The Tommy Bahama furniture was top-notch. It was private, yet not isolated, right behind the Coconut Mkt. (a plus) !

Edie - Castro Valley - Nov 2010

"An amazing 3 weeks"

My husband and I rented for 3 weeks from Esther. We were so pleased with the accomodations!! The room was very clean and had everything we needed. The view from the lanai was worth the trip in itself! We would sit out there and have lunch and people watch. There was always something interesting going on. It's a perfect location to go north and swim in Hanalei Bay or south to Poipu. There is a safeway close by to pick up groceries. Every afternoon we would go down to the beach and lay out and swim. Most days we would see sea turtles right by the shore eating at the coral reef. This is definately a place we will come again and we will certainly rent from Esther. She met and exceeded all of our expectations! Mahalo

Terri - MI

"We loved the Islander on the beach"

Excellent value, beautiful resort in central location in Kauai. Very clean and very easy to deal with owner. I would definitely go back.

S. Kabbani, Quebec, Canada

My husband and I spent two weeks on Kauai. Roughly a third of the time was on spent on the west side in Kekaha, a third on the north shore in Wainiha and the last third on the east side in Kapaa at Esther's place. Our next visit we will be staying at Esther's condo for the entire trip! Everything that has been written about the condo is true: it is clean, it is centrally located, it has everything you need, the beach does not have a lot of people on it and it is a great walking beach, the pool is very clean and comfortable, the unit has everything one needs, and the sound of the surf at night is the best, not to mention the breeze that flows in (without the air conditioner on...which we never even used). The other aspect that meant a lot to us was the friendliness of the staff at the Islander. Even though this condo is privately owned, we spent some nice moments talking with the housekeepers and other staff people.....it was like being in a community of very kind people who enjoy being there. Thank you Esther for providing your unit to others for an incredible price that cannot be beat anywhere on the island ...it was our best stay by far!"


The unit has a great view of the ocean. It was very clean and organized. The pool and the easy beach access was our favorite part of the property. We saw Monk seals sleeping on the beach. The condo is in a central location on the island making for a relatively short drive to the north or west sides. "

Hubbler , Montana

"A great location, a fantastic vacation"

"The was a great place to stay while in Kauai. The location cannot be beat; it is right in the middle of everything and equal distance to the south and north shores. My boyfriend and I rented a car and had a great time driving around the island. We only ran into traffic a few times during the week we were there. You really do need a car unless you intend on not leaving the area around the condo. There are a few great restaurants right in the parking lot, and the Coconut market place (right next door) has a general store. You can also walk to a grocery store and a starbucks. Esther's condo was great. Exactly what you think you are going to get when you view it online. Plenty of towels, very clean, etc. It was great to have to refrigerator and there is also silverware, plates, glasses, etc in the condo. The view is amazing! The pool is nice and its great to have the pool bar open (again, especially if you don't have a car). The beach in front of the condo was a little rough, but there are so many great beaches on Kauai, we did not really mind. All in all, it was one of the best vacations that we have been on and you cannot go wrong with renting this unit at Islander on the Beach. The price is very good compared to what others rented at this same complex. "

B. Michelle 05/27/10

"We had a wonderful stay at this condo while celebrating our 10th anniversary. Esther was very accomodating, friendly and organized. We would definitely rent from her again.
We found the location of the condo to be an excellent starting point for exploring the entire island. Centrally located in Kapa'a, we were close to grocery stores, shops & restaurants, and could get to either the north shore or south side quite quickly. We rented a jeep and explored about every corner of the island!
The grounds at the condo were very well maintained and the condo's interior was clean, updated and comfortable. The pictures that you see on the website are exactly what you get. This isn't an all-inclusive type resort, but that wasn't what we were looking for! We weren't planning on spending a lot of time at the condo since we wanted to explore this fabulous island. This studio condo was exactly what we wanted with its comfortable bed, and top floor balcony with an ocean view.
We took full advantage of the "Snorkel Depot" located in the Islander shops next door ... to rent snorkel gear, boogie boards, and bicycles at very reasonable prices.
This privately owned condo is a great value for the money we paid! I looked it up online, and rooms at the same Islander complex go for twice as much if you book directly through them.
Thanks for the wonderful stay, Esther!"

Mark and Meredith May 2010

My husband and I stayed 10 days....accommodation was within walking distance of local restaurants, grocery stores and next to the beach. View from the balcony was indeed stunning with the sound of the waves putting us to sleep at night! The bed was sooo comfortable. Everything was clean and well-maintaned....just as represented in the photos and listing description. Esther was kind and caring....even concerned when she found out that my husband was 74 because of the third story.....but the stairs were no problem at all....and we really would have chosen the third story even if we would have had a choice. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and have already recommended this location to our family and friends.

JoAnn Post Falls

Very clean, bed was comfortable, and the view is very nice. Bathroom accomodates easily. I would definitly stay at the islander in this condo again

Kelly Ernest, Belgrade MT

this is the one! We spent 4 hours on the internet searching but it was worth finding Esther's condo. She is great to work with and this place is centrally located (in Kapaa)to all parts of the Island. The condo itself is perfect for 2-3 people with a queen bed and pull out couch. Small refrig and microwave. Utensils and plates are provided. Great experience! We'd go through Esther again. Thank you!


This unit was perfect for a 2 person getaway on Kauai. It was clean, the view was fantastic and the owner was very attentive to any needs we had during our stay. The location was perfect too, as it was an easy drive to either end of the island. I would definitely stay again and would recommend to others.
Brenda Thom, St. Paul, MN

This is a perfect getaway and and incredible price for a couple. The beautiful ocean views from the balcony were our highlights for our morning cup of coffee or cocktail in the evening. We will definitely go back and highly recommend to our friends.

Sandra Summer , Littleton, CO, USA

We had a wonderful one week stay at Islander on the Beach room 341. It was so nice to wake up, fix a cup of coffee in the little kitchen, and sit out on our lani, watching the sun come up! The location of the room is excellent. This room overlooks the pool and on out to the ocean. Esther, the owner is very conscientious and easy to work with. The atmosphere here is relaxing, and we can't wait to return!! Mahalo!

Judy Snyder, West Jefferson 03/09/10

We had a great stay at the Kelly's condo. The place was exactly as described - everything in order and spotless. It was a great homebase from which to easily access the whole island. Esther was wonderful about communicating. We highly recommend this condo!

Karen M, Ohio

Our stay at the islander was amazing! The view was exactly as pictured - absolutely perfect and there's no better way to enjoy some Kona than sipping it from this stunning lanai. The condo was very clean and came pre stocked with many essentials - Esther really did think of everything. The Islander grounds were very well kept. The location gives you quick access to everything on the North, East and South shores. Shopping and restaurants are within easy walking distance (but you can grill right at the condo if you want) and Kapa'a is just a short drive from the airport. The owner was very nice, super easy to work with and even emailed us during the week to make sure everything was going ok. I would definitively recommend this condo and will definitely be staying there on all subsequent returns to the island. 5/5 stars!! Thanks again Esther!

Josh Sloat, Chelsea, MI

We were looking in Kauai a nice condo to stay,
quiet and close to the beach, so we rent this
condo from Esther. This place is EXACTLY what
the web shows and what we were looking for.
On the top of that, Esther, the owner is really
kind and easy to work with, she takes care of
everything you need. We would definitely
recommend this condo to anyone visiting Kauai
and if we are back in the island, we will rent this
condo again.
Thanks Esther for all your attention.

Maria & Zsolt, Valencia / Spain

The condo was exactly as described in terms of accessibility and amenities. We wanted a clean, modest accommodation with a great view, well located for exploring Kaua'i but also a comfortable place to come "home" to, and it was just right. The owner was helpful and responsive in recommending services, and made booking and getting there easy. We'd happily choose this condo again. We took home some great memories!

David and Judy

This is a lovely condo with a fabulous view and location. The owner was very helpful, and the staff at the complex was very cordial. Easy walking distance to a multitude of restaurants, grocery stores and shops, and right on a peaceful beach. The lanai is a lovely place to watch the sunrise. The gardens are gorgeous and well maintained. This was the perfect quiet condo and location for my 9 year old and I.

Janet Sargent , Boise, ID

An incredibly beautiful and peaceful room with a knockout view. I fell asleep to the sound of the Ocean and saw spectacular sunrises and sunsets from my patio. The Islander is convenient to all of the activities of the island of Kauai. An incredible room! You will be very happy about choosing this haven by the sea.

victoria montgomery , California

We have stayed at Islander on the Beach many times. This unit has a great view of both the ocean and the pool. The unit was clean and well equipped. We enjoyed our visit and the owner was very accommodating. We will rent this unit again in the future.


Bob & Patty Longnecker , Longview, WA

My wife and I spent our honeymoon in this excellent condo. There were so many positives - the complex was very clean, great view, great location right on the ocean, short commute to nearly everywhere on the island. But above all, everything you see on the website is EXACTLY what you get! Big thanks to the owner Esther for being so kind and easy to work with. I would definitely recommend this condo to anyone visiting the wonderful island of Kauai!

Adam , Rockford, IL

There are several reasons why we recommend this location. Price, location and service. The accommodations were a good fit for what we were looking for our first visit to Kauai, Hawaii. A great location from the airport and centrally located for the Island. It has great views for the ocean and a good location for a number of activities and shopping on the Island. I must add a special note that make's this a consideration when you look for a place in Hawaii. The owner "Esther" tries to make sure that you are comfortable and happy. She also makes sure you have everything within reason the things you need to make this an enjoyable stay. We enjoyed staying at this location and will be back in the future.

The Smith's , Atlanta, GA

Had a great time! From JG in Eugene, OR.

JG , Eugene, OR

The place had an amazing view great location in town, clean and exactly what we were looking for. Thank you again for everything. We loved it and will be back!!

Roxanne , Mission Viejo,CA

If you have any comments or questions, email esther.kelly@sbcglobal.net