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Laughing Gecko Lodge - Sunset Ocean & Sunrise Mtn view minutes from beach & golf

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Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
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Response rate:
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Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2015
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Laughing Gecko Lodge - Sunset Ocean & Sunrise Mtn view minutes from beach & golf

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

Kohala Estates House Rental Photos and Description

House, 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

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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More Details
Suitability:
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Bookings (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Call Owner
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2015

About Bookings

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

Why Bookings chose Kohala Estates

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.

What makes this house unique

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!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks Ali... Look forward as always to an amazing vacation at Laughing Gecko.. This is my all time favorite place to spend time.
Nov 2014
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Why HomeAway

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Contact the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
Guarantee the rental meets your expectations
Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.

Reviews

4.7
based on 25 traveler reviews

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Laughing Gecko Lodge - Sunset Ocean & Sunrise Mtn view minutes from beach & golf
average rating of 4.72 based on 45 reviews
5

Jill

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Jill, Thank you. Yes, you absolutely need a car if visiting Big Island! And, if you are arriving in peak travel times you want to book that car well in advance. Typically there aren't mosquitoes in this area as it's so dry, but, when it rains we do get them for a while. It's unfortunate that they do like to appear about the time we want to appear on the lanai, as you say, for that cuppa coffee in the morning. Sitting in the sun (as opposed to the shade) helps, but, the best thing I have found is to put a floor fan nearby; their little wings can't compete and you stay comfortably cool. I have thought about screening in a portion of the lanai, but, for the few times a year it rains it seems sacrificing the view year would isn't the best option. I'm so glad you had a great stay! aloha, ali
Penngrove, ca
5

Diane

  • 5 of 5

Exquisite view. Exquisite house. Exquisite kitchen. And KOHALA coast is exquisite in itself.

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: ...oh, and then you must throw in some exquisite guests, and you have a recipe for heaven! aloha, ali
4

Great place to stay

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Wim, and thank you for your review. I really like good food and cooking. Sharing a great meal around the table with family and friends is one of my most favorite things to do. Add on a gorgeous setting and I'm in heaven! So, my home has all the ingredients for this. Guests simply provide their food, friends and family; all the rest is there. I'm glad you had a good time. Regards, ali
5

Fantastic

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: aloha and thank you for your review. mostly, it gives me so muck joy to know this place gives so many other people joy. i think it's special naturally - that's why i bought it and have put my heart and soul into it - BUT, when other people recognize and appreciate the gift that is here, well, that's doubly special. i'm so glad you had a great stay on this very special island and in this very special place. mahalo and a hui hou! ali
Kaaawa, Hawaii
5

Heaven

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Nancy, It was so nice to meet you all and I'm so happy you enjoyed your stay. I also wanted to thank you all for leaving the home in such great shape and being respectful to your surroundings. I love sharing my slice of heaven with guests and it is so wonderful when they enjoy, appreciate and care. I would love to welcome you back. Me, I love food - good food - hence the huge pantry and all the kitchen and dining equipment. Only wish I had a wine cellar! Mahalo nui loa, ali
Park City, Utah
5

Dream vacation!!!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: it's a dilemma isn't it? to chill out on the lanai with a book and the view, or to head out and explore. the solution is simple - you must stay longer to have ample time for both! it's a nice problem to have though i'm so glad you enjoyed your stay, and thank you for your kind words. aloha. ali

Map

Nearest Airport
35 Miles
kona
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
kawaihai
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
mauna kea golf course
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
akone pule
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
kawaihae
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
kawaihai
Nearest Point of Interest
Kawaihae
Nearest Point of Interest
Mauna Kea Resort
Car: necessary

Observatories / Star gazing, Botanical Gardens, Historic Homes, ATV Tours, Farm tours, Whale watching, Sailing, Zip line, Jungle hikes, Waterfalls, Swim with dolphins, caving.

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Rates & Availability

From $298 Per night

Kohala Estates House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
peak season
Dec 15 2015 - Jan 15 2016
3 night minimum stay
$343
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $80 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$298
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
cleaning 2 occupants $182.29
Tax Rate 13.42%
Notes 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
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Amenities

Kohala Estates House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3.5
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (3) 1 king in upper ohana, 2 cal-king; 1 in master suite main house, 1 in master suite of lower ohana, Queen size Beds (1) 1 queen in lower ohana, Twin or Single Beds (1) Sofa in living room is twin bed size, Baby Cribs (1) may be rented locally. Request information
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Private chef, maid service, private hiking guide, in home massage therapist, professional photographer and pre-arrival pantry stocking available. 4 lanais provide private relaxing areas for everyone. Large landscaped gardens with secluded sitting areas. Quiet cul-de-sac location away from the highway.

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