In a word..."Perfect"! The Cove was all we had hoped it would be and more! I am not sure I can add much to the previous excellent reviews other than to say that if you are looking for the most relaxing way to enjoy Hawaii then this is the place.
The Cove is exactly what is portrayed in the VRBO ad. It truly is a wonderful home on the edge of the cliffs with spectacular views and all the amenities you could ask for. The kitchen is the most well stocked of any home I have ever rented. We cooked almost all of our meals and ate all of them on the Lanai overlooking the ocean and enjoying the sound of the waves in the cove below. The pool and spa were enjoyed daily and we played ping pong for hours on end. We loved snorkeling in our own private cove and diving off the rocks!
As others have pointed out, the drive in to Kona does take some time but it is beautiful and enjoyable....after all, you are in Hawaii!! There are several day excursions to be enjoyed but my family primarily wanted to stay at the house and enjoy the peace and quiet. I will say that the trip to the black sand beach is not to be missed! The short hike is not difficult and we enjoyed a completely private morning swimming, playing and snorkeling.
I cannot think of anything that would have made our week more enjoyable. The owners were so professional and easy to work with from the first contact to the day we left. (We arrived late in the evening our first day to find the house well lit with Hawaiian music playing....we felt at home immediately). They were available to us throughout the week and responsive to any request.
Thank you Craig and Melanie for allowing us to enjoy your slice of paradise for all to brief a time!