While visiting Kauai, along with staying on the North shore on the beach, I also stayed at the quaint Fern Grotto Inn. I absolutely adored it. First of all, I love cottages, and at Fern Grotto Inn, I had my own cottage, staying in Canal Cottage A. It was such a wonderful alternative to staying in a big resort or a hotel. I also am so glad I got to stay near the Fern Grotto and the town of Kapaa (on the East side of the island) for a few nights, as there was such beautiful nature in the area, and Kapaa is full of wonderful restaurants to dine at.
Opaekaa Falls was just up the road and many other beautiful spots on the island of Kauai. Even though the cottages are in the middle of everything, they feel very private and secluded, and you feel like you have your own island. So, location wise, I think it’s one of the most convenient places to stay in Kauai.
My Review Of The Fern Grotto Inn
The old style plantation cottage was light and airy, and it was so comfortable I felt like I could live there. There was plenty of room, and I loved having a living room/table to relax in and not feel like I was just staying in a hotel room. The room got great breezes from the tradewinds and hearing the palm trees sway in the wind was one of my favorite things about staying here.
The bed was one of the most comfortable beds I’ve slept on in my travels, and there were extra blankets in the armoire. I also could see the Wailua River from my window, something that was really special to wake up to.
The kitchen had everything I needed, and Paul, the friendly owner, didn’t skimp on the appliances. I had a chance to see most all of the cottages, and they all have either Ninja or Blendtec blenders. Fresh fruit grows in abundance on the property, so you will want to definitely make a few smoothies while here.
There was even beer and chocolate waiting for me in the refrigerator, so what more could I possibly have needed?!
The bathroom had a powerful shower and I was most impressed that the toilet had a bidet attached. After living in Asia where either this or a sprayer is the norm, I’ve never understood why we don’t adopt the practice in the US.
The absolute best part of the Fern Grotto Inn is all of the beautiful landscaping that Paul has done to make this place feel like a sanctuary. He gave me a guided tour of every plant on the property and there was star fruit, oranges, avocados, pomegranate, mangosteen, mountain apples, and mango. You are welcome to pick the fruit and enjoy it for your breakfast.
There is a hammock for lounging in which I happen to know is very comfortable, and beautiful flowers and plants on the property.
Another wonderful thing about the property is that there are kayaks, bicycles, boogie boards, and just about anything you need for the beach including snorkels and beach shoes that are free for you to use while staying there. Kayaks on Kauai rent for $40 for half a day, so this alone will save you some money during your stay.
Definitely take the bikes on the paved concrete bike trail to Lydgate Beach Park. It’s just around the corner, and the beach there is absolutely incredible. There is an enclosed pond there, as well, that is great for snorkeling.
There is also a grill for you to use and a washing machine to do your laundry.
Make sure you give yourself a day to just relax and hang out on the peaceful tropical grounds of the Fern Grotto Inn. You will see a lot of wildlife and feel the the essence of Kauai, also known as the Garden Isle.
If you’re looking for a feeling of real Hawaii, I highly recommend a stay at the Fern Grotto Inn. Along with the smaller cottage, there is a beautiful Ohana house with three bedrooms and three bathrooms for larger groups. The lush grounds, charming cottages, and unique and peaceful setting will definitely make you feel like you’ve gotten away from it all.
Address: 4561 Kuamoo Rd, Kapaa, HI 96746
I would like to thank the Fern Grotto Inn for hosting me. As always, all opinions are my own, and I have not been influenced in any way.