This year I turned 60 & wanted to find a great way to celebrate.We decided to search for a vacation spot we could afford for 5 weeks,a real extended vacation.I began a dialogue with Andrew after seeing his property on VRBO.He was simply awesome.From the get-go he was a pleasure to work with & we booked our 5 weeks.We were so excited.There would be 2-7 of us at different times in our stay,1 guest is an amputee, and we had 2 babies,all considerations to plan for.
When we 1st arrived I had a pang of disappointment because at first glance the kitchen looked a little dated.(I have since learned from Andrew that it is being fitted this summer with new cabinets and granite,perfect. Without that knowledge I would have had to rate the unit a 4 star,so I am thrilled about that development).But it was clean and quiet so we decided to reserve judgment for a few days and see how it worked for us.
Well...it was simply perfect!The property met the needs of 3 generations in every way with 3 roomy bedrooms/lots of storage & 2 bathrooms that worked really well for our family. The kitchen appliances are updated & were in great working order.The lanai was roomy & private and we had many a happy-hour out there. The in-suite washer/dryer was a godsend & there were plenty of beach towels & toys for the pool/beach.
The pool is simply amazing.A large 2ft deep section so toddlers can enjoy, all the way to 9 ft at the other end for adults who may want a kid-free zone. The grounds - astoundingly beautiful & groomed every week.
The location is perfect. Central to shops, gorgeous beaches,(Keawakapa was our favourite by far), hwys for sightseeing trips local coffee shops and boutiques.It is residential,so the feeling of family and belonging is everywhere.We certainly felt safe there.For us it was everything the Hilton is not.We never felt like just a number.It actually felt like OUR home for 5 weeks.We just loved it.All of it.In every way.I SO didn't want to come home.I could easily have stayed another 5 weeks.
This experience could have gone so wrong.But from the initial contact with Andrew,who is a veritable wealth of information,this process was simple,straightforward and extremely gratifying.He was available at all times via email during our stay,and any concerns were dealt with promptly and to our satisfaction.
We will NEVER stay in a hotel again!
To Andrew and Phyllis:Thank you so much for sharing your home with us. We look forward to revisiting in the future.Aloha!!!