|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Luxury lives here ...
Kohala Ranch is a 4,000 acre gated ranch on the famed Kohala 'Gold' Coast running west to east from the ocean to a 3,000' elevation and encompassing three very different climate zones
- the Heathers (app. 200'-800'elevation)- warm, sunny, and dry
- the Meadows (app. 900'-1,800' elevation) - cooler, more rain, more windy
- the Summit (app. 1,700' - 3,000' elevation)- colder, most rain, strongest winds
Laughing Gecko Lodge is perfectly located in the most desirable Heathers at 750' and offers the ideal climate if your idea of a Hawaiian vacation includes sunny skies, hot dry days and clear, comfortable starry nights. The weather in the Heathers is a predictable 80 degrees and sunny year round. Annual rainfall is app. 7 inches. (Travel tip - check the location of your rental because at times some Ranch locations can seem more like temperate Europe than tropical Hawaii!)
Tucked at the top of a quiet cul-de-sac on 3.5 acres in a premiere location, Laughing Gecko Lodge is the perfect place for vacations, corporate retreats, small celebrations, or simply getting away from it all. The vistas from the main living areas and lanais feature open ranch land, coastline, ocean and mountains, offering complete privacy. And the views? Spectacular!
The location is quiet, without the traffic noise of homes closer to the highway, and offers exceptional views of the Kohala & Kona coastlines, ocean and all Big Island mountains. Guests often say photos can't capture the incredible views and do the property justice. Enjoy the tranquility of the home to relax, and if you are looking for excitement or activities they are all just minutes away. The ocean is about a mile from the house and Big Island's best beaches, world class golfing, resorts, premiere shopping and dining, theater and entertainment are approximately 5 - 10 minutes by car.
This 4 bedroom home is flexible, accommodating two to eight people in individual suites. The floor-plan offers excellent separation of space between the bedrooms allowing privacy and the ability to welcome smaller or larger groups. The home is only rented to one guest party at a time so, even if you are a couple looking for a quiet getaway and only renting the main house, the entire property is still all yours. The home is designed as follows.
1.) The main house offers 1,700 sf of tropical living and has a great-room with gourmet kitchen & pantry, dining and living areas and a large master suite (bed & bath I), half bath, lanai & pool.
2.) The upper guest suite is on the same level as the main house and consists of a master suite (bed & bath II).
Both the main house and upper guest suite overlook the pool and spectacular ocean and mountain views.
3.) The lower guest suites are a flight lower and there are two large bedrooms (bedrooms III & IV) with a pass-through bathroom, private lanai, mini-kitchen and outstanding ocean and mountain views.
The home may be rented dependent on the size of your group and the rate varies accordingly. Our goal is to exceed your expectations and offer true value so you can enjoy your hard earned vacation.
If you are a couple looking for a romantic getaway set apart from the hustle and bustle of resort locations consider renting the main house. The resorts are just moments away and all amenities are available to you without paying the resort price tag. Inviting another couple along? Rent the main house and upper guest suite. Bringing the whole family? Rent the whole house. This is a single home and only one booking is reserved at a time irrespective of size. You will never share with anyone else.
Please note, occupancy of the home is limited to the the rental group only and the home is not intended for use as an event space for reunions, weddings, group entertaining, parties, etc..
All sections of the home are designer furnished and exquisitely equipped and all necessary items are provided including luxury linens, toiletries, condiments, laundry supplies, beach chairs & toys, books, DVDs, and peace & quiet. The tranquility of the property is just moments away from all the recreation and fun you could want. There are multiple seating areas on the huge lanai, a 40ft pool, outdoor dining table for 10 and a commercial gas BBQ. Even with a full house there is enough space for everyone to find a place of their own.
Laughing Gecko Lodge is a well located gorgeous home where you can relax, explore, and enjoy a memorable stay. The times we spend in places like this offer a lifetime of memories and we want yours to be extra special. We are on-island and available at a moments notice to assist you if needed. However, we respect your privacy and will be invisible if not needed. With any home rental ongoing maintenance of pool and yard may necessitate service providers being on property during your stay. We do our best to ensure all appliances are in working order but should a system fail and repair be needed during your stay such service providers may need access.
Many of our guests love Laughing Gecko Lodge so much they come again and several have confessed it is the best vacation rental they have ever stayed in.
In home chef, massage therapist, maid service, private hiking guide, professional photographer, gourmet pastries and pre-arrival pantry stocking available.
Please don't hesitate to contact us, without obligation, for more information.
Mahalo nui loa,
The laughing geckos.
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Ali Blackmore is a Zimbabwean who has traveled the globe, living in eight different countries over four continents. Dual careers in real estate and design have traveled with her and continue on Big Island, Hawaii where she works in real estate & design specializing in Kohala Coast property. A lifelong real estate investor, Ali knows a good property when she sees one and bought Laughing Gecko Lodge because it is one of the all-round best view lots and locations in the Heathers at Kohala Ranch. If you are visiting Big Island to look at or buy property Ali would be delighted to assist you with your search and purchase.
Bookings purchased this house in 2003
I grew up on a 2,500 acre ranch in Zimbabwe and when I came to Hawaii and Kohala Ranch I found a place that was so strikingly similar to my 'home' and fell in love with the area. The location struck an emotional chord and met a career goal at the same time. Quite simply, the Kohala Coast is the most popular place to vacation on Big Island and the Heathers at Kohala Ranch is one of the nicest spots to rent a vacation home. Being here is like being 'home' for me. Guests love the house and the views and I love sharing this beautiful place with them.
One of the best aspects of renting this particular home, especially for couples, is the affordability. Due to the nature of the design the home can be divided and rented to couples or groups of up to 8 and pricing is adjusted accordingly. For couples this means paying just for two, but enjoying all the benefits of the entire property without the cost. It's a perfect place for enjoying your vacation; quiet, private, beautifully designed and appointed, and with exceptional views. Located just minutes from beaches, golf, dining and shopping, all a holiday-maker needs is close at hand but can seem a world away when it's time to relax and get away from it all. Often when guests settle in to the outdoor living room on the lanai and look at the view they never want to leave or do anything. Yes, it really is that spectacular!
Thanks Ali... Look forward as always to an amazing vacation at Laughing Gecko.. This is my all time favorite place to spend time.
We had a great stay. The villa was lovely and came equipped with everything we needed for the beach and around the house. The location was nice, but you will definitely need a car as things are quite spaced out along the coast. Our only complaint would be that there were quite a few Mosquitos on the deck, especially in the morning when it would have otherwise been really lovely to sit outside and enjoy a coffee. I would definitely recommend it and would love to go back!
Exquisite view. Exquisite house. Exquisite kitchen. And KOHALA coast is exquisite in itself.
Kohala Ranch offers you plenty views from the hill to the Pacific with great sun sets to finish the day. Real piece and quiet.
Laughing Gecko is very well appointed and quite a beautiful house. If you are somewhat an amateur chef, you'll find a extensively equiped kitchend to let you prepare a great meal for you and your guests.
The garden and surroundings are neat. The pool is maybe a little small, certainly for a full-house. The lanai overlooking the pool and the Pacific is simply fantastic.
The old adage, "if it's too good to be true..." simply doesn't apply here. I carefully vetted the property before sending in my deposit. We had expected to spend a couple of our 10 nights re-exploring Puna and southern Kona. But the house had other plans for us. Farmers markets, Waipo, Pololu, mushroom farm, local beef, local fish, early morning drives up to Mountain Rd, saying hello to the cows and horses, late morning returns on Humpback Highway. strolls thru Lapakahi State park, lunch at the Four Seasons or Sushi Rocks, or breakfast at Hawaiian Style. We found it impossible to leave the house for more then a few hours, and there is so much to see in the area in just a few hours. Most meals we cooked in. The fully appointed pantry was a joy. There was even a gluten free toaster! Staying here was a true gift. We will cherish the memories and hope to return. Mahalo
We were at the Laughing Gecko Lodge with two other couples. The three master bedrooms were perfect. We made good use of the professional kitchen. The views of Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa and Hualalai are breathtaking. We enjoyed stargazing at night from the pool. It is somewhere all 6 of us hope to visit again.
We recently stayed at Kohala Ranch and fell in love with the house the minute we stepped in. The house was very clean and as beautiful as the photos describe. Very tastefully decorated and equipped and stocked with everything you could possibly need. When we were at the house, we spent most of our time on the lanai. The views are amazing. After a long day of being in the car sight seeing, it was the perfect place to return to. Very quiet and peaceful.
The owner was very responsive to our needs during our stay. She recommended a great massage therapist prior to our visit that came to the house.
Would love to return to the big island and stay at Kohala Ranch again. My only regret is not spending more time at the house but the island is so beautiful, you have to explore.
Observatories / Star gazing, Botanical Gardens, Historic Homes, ATV Tours, Farm tours, Whale watching, Sailing, Zip line, Jungle hikes, Waterfalls, Swim with dolphins, caving.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Dec 15 2015 - Jan 15 2016
3 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $80 per night, per additional guest|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|
|cleaning 2 occupants||$182.29|
Rates quoted are for 2 people using the main house & master suite. You do not share the property with anyone else. Ask about rates for more guests/rooms.
Cancellation 90 days out full refund less 15% handling fee.
Fees subject to change. Inquire about last minute (same month) discounts.
Cleaning fee depends on number of guests and/or rooms used. Rate quoted is for 2 people using the master suite.
US $ check on US bank prefered. Credit card via PayPal with 3% PayPal fee
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.