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TURTLE HUT I AT PUNALU'U BLACK SAND BEACH! MORE FIVE STAR RATINGS!!

Barbara Rushton

Advertiser since: 2003
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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Barbara Rushton

Advertiser since: 2003
Speaks: english
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Response rate:
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Calendar last updated:
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TURTLE HUT I AT PUNALU'U BLACK SAND BEACH! MORE FIVE STAR RATINGS!!

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

Punaluu Condo Rental Photos and Description

Condo, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

TURTLE HUT I

Now you've found your perfect vacation spot... 'Hale Honu' or 'Turtle Hut,' aptly named for the endangered hawksbill turtles nestling along our black sand beach, offers a tranquil haven to human travelers, too! Perched on a bluff with Mauna Loa Volcano as its background and the soft blue waters of the Pacific as its foreground, Sea Mountain welcomes visitors seeking 'Old Hawaii' at its best.

Just browse through our former Guest Reviews Tab and you'll see we have earned more than double the number of FIVE STAR ratings than any other listing in our resort, or our district! There are many reasons why:

The Turtle Huts have everything you're looking for in your 'dream' Hawaiian vacation: outstanding LOCATION, fantastic AMENITIES and surprising affordability for a top-rated resort in paradise!

Serene...peaceful...secluded...oasis...historic...natural.... are apt descriptors for this magnificent region. The Turtle Hut's location in the more secluded and peaceful section of the resort is an added asset, and its VIEW of the OCEAN is what brings our guests back, year after year. We are thrilled to have earned more than TWICE the number of FIVE STAR ratings from our guests than any other property in our resort, and we work hard to achieve that record.

We are ideally located between Kailua-Kona and Hilo, making day trips to either side of the island's attractions easy! We're also only a short drive to Volcanoes National Park and its awesome eruption shows, Turtle Hut overlooks the magnificent Pacific Ocean AND the 18th Green and Fairway of Sea Mountain's Par 72 Golf Course. Can you believe 18 holes of golf with your cart for only $25.00?! with plenty of whale-watching possibilities thrown in for free! A 30 minute drive and a short hike takes you to our incredible GREEN Sands Beach, or tour nearby Kula Kai Caverns in Ocean View, South Point, Wood Valley? Hike the ancient Ala Kahakai Trail fronting our resort and beyond to discover petroglyphys and heiaus dating back to pre-contact times...The possibilities nearby are endless.

Bask in our glorious tradewinds-cooled sunshine or under our spectacular star-filled night sky! Our beach has been consistently rated among the most exotic, natural beaches in the world by beach afficianados, so the unit is equipped with great beach chairs and mats, umbrella, and basic snorkel sets.

Thoughtfully furnished and equipped with a selection of books and music to enjoy from the lounges on your lanai! and, of course, a blender awaits your mai tai or cocktail of choice.

Nearby villages of Volcano, Pahala, Na'alehu and Ocean View offer 'local style' culture as well as conveniences such as grocery stores, gas stations, banks, restaurants, hair salons, nail and facial aestheticians, massage therapists, and on Wed. and Saturdays, wonderful Farmers Markets with amazing arrays of fresh veggies, fruits, local Ka'u coffees and treasures from local artists and craftspeople. When in doubt where to eat?, just browse through the local restaurants list you'll find in the condo! for up to 21 great choices nearby, rated by travellers like you, and filled with helpful information.

Perhaps most importantly, when you rent from us, you are renting from TRUE, local owners, NOT from a property management business or out-of-state owners with little knowledge of the area or concern about your experience! Our guests receive concierge-style service from us, including recommendations on restaurants, activities and little-known 'not-to-miss!' places. You'll never receive this level of aloha from out-of-state owners or rental businesses!

Need additional room for family members joining you? Look up 'Turtle Hut II'now available for booking. Same great resort and amenities, offering additional space. Look up listing #251908!

Keywords: Exotic, unspoiled Hawaii at bargain prices!

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Barbara Rushton (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2003
Call Owner
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Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
December 22, 2014

About Barbara Rushton

I believe that my move to Hawaii in 1997 is a perfect example of why the Big Island is referred to as the 'Healing Island'. Sure, I had fallen in love with Hawaii ever since my first vacation here in the '80s, but I was far from financially ready to make the move when pow! my life blew up! one insane day and the decision to move was made for me! And so it was, within one month, I resigned from my position as a police administrator, divorced, and hopped a plane bound for Kailua-Kona, Hawaii with my 80 year old mother. Why Hawaii? It was the only place on earth where I had always felt completely happy and healthy and I where I knew I would be safe to begin a new life.

It is often said that the Mana, or 'Spirit', of this island calls out to those whose hearts need to heal. I know now that it was not a coincidence that I was called here or that I found an old coffee plantation house next to the most famous 'place of refuge' on the island, 'Pu'uhonua O Honaunau'. With pennies down, we bought it and learned how to grow and roast coffee! and hung macadamia nuts to dry in our old panty hose! Eventually, we sold that wonderful place for such a profit that you may now guess the rest of this story: yes! That first humble blessing, our place of refuge, sold for an amount large enough to provide not only for our next home, but also for the purchase of this beautiful condo at Punalu'u! And now I am blessed to offer a haven and oasis to travellers and visitors from all over the world, whether weary from life and needing to heal, as I was; or those coming to explore and enjoy the wonders of Hawaii! I still pinch myself often, to be sure this is all real!

Barbara Rushton purchased this condo in 2003

Why Barbara Rushton chose Punaluu

I first saw Colony One at Sea Mountain way back in the '80s when we stopped at the Black Sand Beach on a tour bus, and I vowed then that I would find a way to stay there on my very next trip to the islands. Sea Mountain is unique, not only to the Big Isle, but truly is not to be found anywhere else in the entire island chain! Not a ticky-tacky high rise, this small complex sits on a bluff like a quaint Polynesian Village might have, with the calm, turquoise Pacific Ocean at its foreground and the dark green forestland of Mauna Loa Volcano as its background. I can't imagine a more perfect location for a vacation, as we're located half-way between the 'big' towns of Kona and Hilo, and only a 30 minute drive to the Volcanoes National Park. There's plenty to do without ever leaving the resort, as well! With our own magnificent black sand beach, Sea Mountain Golf Course, a beautiful fresh water pool and a volcano-style spa, tennis courts, tropical gardens and manicured lawns to enjoy, I jumped at the first possible chance to purchase one that I could afford, in 2003. I've had nothing but positive experiences managing the rentals myself, and I've met people from all over the world! I've made enough $$ in the last couple of years to offer free stays to returning soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan, and have a few more scheduled this year. Life just doesn't get any better than this! So come and find out for yourself!

What makes this condo unique

The perfect day for me while staying at the Turtle Hut myself always begins with watching the SUN-RISE out of the ocean with a freshly brewed cup of local coffee, right on my lanai! Remember, we're located on the windward coast, so its the sunrise that lights up the sky with every glorious color you can imagine, and I promise you'll re-define 'pink' and 'orange' and 'red' and try to find new ways to define those desciptors. I always have great company on the lanai, as our neighborhood cardinals and finch families will be waiting for me --sometimes chirping their impatience from atop the chairs! -- calling for their pieces of fruit and nuts! We've given them all names, down to the smallest male yellow finch with a broken left foot, who we call - you guessed it: 'Lefty'. When I'm lucky enough to have finished most of a papaya from the garden here, I usually take off for a good, long walk. There are endless walking or hiking choices here, depending on your conditioning, time and interests. One of my guests called me one day so thrilled that he had found waterfalls! on his hike during a heavy rain!

The perfect day's end always is spent here in our magnificent volcano-style spa. It's huge! and the perfect place to un-wind from a long day while gazing at unbelievably clear night skies. One night, I counted seven falling stars!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Turtle Hut lives up to every great review and more! We thoroughly enjoyed the quiet and natural beauty in which we have slept so delightfully for five nights. This paradise is so different from the concrete jungle where we currently reside.
Jul 2014
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Reviews

4.7
based on 43 traveler reviews

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Turtle Hut I at Punalu'U Black Sand Beach! More FIVE STAR Ratings!!
average rating of 4.72093 based on 123 reviews
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Turtle Hut I at Punalu'U Black Sand Beach! More FIVE STAR Ratings!!
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-(808) 936-9615 (Hawaii, USA)
Punaluu Ka'u District
Windsor, CT
5

What a fabulous place to enjoy paradise!

  • 5 of 5
We were more than pleasantly surprised when we arrived at Turtle Hut 1....the pictures online don't do it justice. Not only is it tastefully decorated but the furniture is very comfortable for relaxing. We slept like logs on the wonderful mattress and were impressed with the fine quality of bed linen that the owner provided. The bathroom is very spacious, well equipped with great towels, and has a paddle fan to keep you cool after a shower. We loved how nicely equipped the kitchen was....everything you'd need to cook up a great meal....and the owner even provided wine glasses in the freezer for a little refreshment after a day in paradise! The view of the ocean from the spacious lanai is to die for and we could even enjoy it while laying in bed! The grounds of the condo complex are meticulously maintained and we really enjoyed our visits to the lovely pool and relaxing hot tub. Heaven is sitting on a chaise lounge by the pool facing the gorgeous ocean view! We were impressed with the owner's
attention to detail, her informative communications about places to visit....the Black Sand Beach is fabulous!...and her tips about where to shop for food and supplies. The cleanliness and comfort of the unit and our ability to contact the Housekeeper with any questions or concerns only helped to make our stay as wonderful as it was. We will definitely be returning to Turtle Hut,
  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Turtle Hut I at Punalu'U Black Sand Beach! More FIVE STAR Ratings!!
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Punaluu Ka'u District

Perfect Place

  • of 5
Turtle Hut 1 is the perfect place for 1-2 people. It is very nicely apportioned. The furniture comfortable. The bed cozy. The turtle theme perfect and not over done. It is very quiet and private. The pool and hot tub never crowded. This is a hidden jem. The location is great. Easy trip to Volcano's National Park and Hilo. Very close to Whittington Peach Park and walking distance to the turtle above. If you plan to golf the course looks fun however it was not open.
  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: lLori, your review just made our day, and more! After that last frantic week before your arrival when we pulled out the old bath tub and replaced it with the beautiful new "Turtle Shower", we were wondering if all the hard work was worthwhile.....and then, your oh-so-wonderful review arrived! It has me wondering if the costs of my advertising are really necessary? I could just post your review, and let it speak for our place!
Mahalos galore, Lori, for taking the time to write such a thoughtful summary of your time with us! We would love to have you back!
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Punaluu Ka'u District
Northfield, Ma.
5

Turtle Hut was the BEST place of all!

  • 5 of 5
Aloha Barb and thanks for allowing us the pleasure of staying in your beautiful Turtle Hut! We've just returned home to chilly New England and wish we were still sitting outside on the lanai, watching the ocean and feeding the yellow and green birds that appear every morning, asking for breakfast.
We stayed in four different places during our trip to Hawaii, and Turtle Hut was the best of all! We loved its location nearby everything we wanted to see and coming "home" to the swimming pool and hot tub at the end of a long days touring was just wonderful. The bed is so comfortable and you have the place so well stocked with everything we could possibly have needed, and more. Even a back scratcher in the shower!
We will recommend your place to all of our friends and hope to return again soon! There's still a lot of places we weren't able to see in our short stay.
  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Punaluu Ka'u District
New Zealand
3

Condo stay

  • 3 of 5
We enjoyed the condo very much especially the outlook and the easy access to the beach and Volcano Park. Sadly some of our party were unwell whilst there so we didnt derive the fullest benefit of the place. Loved being able to swim at the beach with the turtles.
Thank you for the opportunity to stay in this lovely place.
  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing
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Punaluu Ka'u District
St Albert, Alberta, Canada
5

Enjoyable stay

  • 5 of 5
We enjoyed 1 week here celebrating our 10th anniversary. The condo is well laid out and has everything you need. The place in general is very comfortable especially the bed and has a wonderful view of the golf course and ocean. We found the location to be ideal for hiking in Volcano park (30 min away) and visiting Hilo (1hr away ). Kona was a bit farther (2hr with traffic). There are lots of places to explore nearby too including the Punalu'u black sands beach where you are guaranteed to see sea turtles resting on the beach! Our only complaint would be that it is not a soundproof place and of course everyone's windows are open all the time so during waking hours you hear your neighbours a lot --TV , doing dishes , chairs moving and often conversations. This is so something we are not used too but it never occurred at night so was tolerable. Overall a great place to stay to explore the Big Island.
  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing
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Turtle Hut I at Punalu'U Black Sand Beach! More FIVE STAR Ratings!!
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Punaluu Ka'u District
5

Awesome place to get married

  • 5 of 5
We had such a good time at the turtle hut. We spent a week enjoying this cozy and memorable place. We were lucky enough to get married on the black sand beach and take amazing photos. We were blessed by having so much help getting married from the locals they were some of the kindest people we have had the pleasure of getting to know. The condo was clean and comfortable as well as stocked with everything we needed. We are definitely excited about going back in the near future.
  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway

Map

Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Kona or Hilo
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Shaka's BAr & Restaurant
Nearest Golf
0.2 Miles
Sea Mountain Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Hwy 11
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Hana Hou Cafe, Punaluu Bakery, Burger Shack, Shaka
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Punaluu Black sand Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Colony I at Sea Mount Resort Condominium #41 & 47
Nearest Point of Interest
Sea Mountain Golf Course
Nearest Point of Interest
Punalu'u Black Sand Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
,Uncle Abel's Beach/Surfing Competitions
Nearest Point of Interest
Hana Hou Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Punalu'u Sweet Bread Bakery
Nearest Point of Interest
Farners' Market
Nearest Point of Interest
South Point & Green Sands Beach Hike Start
Nearest Point of Interest
Wind Farms
Nearest Point of Interest
Ancient Kings' Trail (Ala Kai)
Nearest Point of Interest
Hokuloa Chapel
Nearest Point of Interest
Hwy. 11 to Pahala Village, Only 6 Miles away
Nearest Point of Interest
Turtle Hut @ Punalu'u Black Sand Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Turtle Hut I at Punalu'u Black Sand Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Whittington (Honuapo) Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Car: recommended

Wednesday & Saturday Farmers' Markets in Na'alehu & Volcano Village offer great fresh produce and local coffees as well as one-of-a-kind artist creations to take home! Enjoy a facial or Hawaiian Lomi-lomi massage in Na'alehu or Volcano; aestheticians and microdermabrasion specialists, as well!

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Rates & Availability

From $75 Per night

Punaluu Condo Rental Rates

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Winter Rates
Dec 12 2014 - Apr 7 2015
7 night minimum stay
$560
$2,400
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$75
$525
$2,100
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning & Supplies Fee $70 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.25%
Notes Winter Nightly Rate $80; Low Season Nightly Rate $75; Check-in time is 3:00 pm and check-out time is 11:00 am unless prior arrangements have been agreed to by both owner and guests. $75.00 fee will be charged if keys to unit are lost or not returned to unit upon check-out; and guests agree to leave the condo in the same condition in which they found it upon arrival, wear & tear of items excluded.

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Punaluu Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Ocean View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (1) Tempur-Pedic Pillow Top in Bedroom & queen size sofa sleeper in Living Room
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
4 Tennis Courts; Adjacent to Sea Mountain Golf Course and a short drive to Volcano Golf and Country Club and Volcano Village's art galleries, five-star restaurants and winery. Hiking the Alakai and ancient Kings Trail nearby marked with petroglyphs and sacred signs. 4-wheel drive or hike to our Green Sand Beach near South Point.; lomi-lomi & traditional massage available right on your lanai for a special treat!

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