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Rarely does a rental exceed your expectations in every way! This incredible property managed to do just that. We fished in the Gallatin River daily…and caught fish whether it was sunny, raining, sleeting or a dusting of snow. The beautiful inviting fireplace was always nice to sit by and share stories of our rainbow trout getting bigger and bigger. :) After sitting in the hot tub at night, we now know why Montana is referred to as "Big Sky Country"….the amount of stars was simply amazing! The kitchen was very well equipped as was the deck with the nice Weber gas grill. We even decided to eat popcorn for dessert a few evenings just because we could with the nice popcorn machine in the bar area. We loved opening the windows on the more mild evenings and listening to the sound of the river. Yes we EVEN loved the awesome Pella windows with the built in blinds. Now on to the bedding….not sure if there are enough characters remaining for me to explain how awesome it was…so I'll suffice with it was by far the most comfortable sheets, blankets etc of any place I have ever stayed….and that is saying a lot as I have traveled for business regularly since 1990. The house was conveniently located to Yellowstone, Big Sky, and Bozeman. There are many good restaurants nearby that we enjoyed including Olive B's, Lone Peak Brewery, 320 Ranch, and Buck T-4s. We were able to find all the groceries we needed at the Hungry Moose and also at the Country Market. We really enjoyed the wonderful hospitality of the owners and can't wait to schedule our return to this unique guesthouse!
We are lucky and got to go back to Alaula Kai for a second time. You wonder whether your memories are inflated, but really this place is much better then you can remember. From the moment you open that front door and see the pool, the palm trees, and that wonderful peaceful bay, you are reminded why you always smile when thinking about your time here. Then the spinners come to entertain you during your morning coffee on the lawn or you simply look over the lava coast and see the tangs swimming by. If you want tranquility this is the place. We always find it hard to leave, but when you are energetic, there is always a kayak across to the monument or a short ride down to two step for a great snorkel. And I have not even mentioned where it gets its name, the sunsets which are different every night and gorgeous. We can't wait until we are lucky enough to come back for a third and fourth and many more times to come. Alaula Kai will remind you why you love Hawaii.