|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Blue Ginger Cottage/Mele Hale - 'Happy Home' is situated in the wonderful town of Kailua on the windward side of Oahu. This is the ideal Bed and Breakfast home for a family with 2 – 3 children, or couples celebrating a special event. It is three blocks to the center of town, and two blocks to glorious Kailua Beach. The property is very private; like a park on almost one half an acre. Feed the birds in the morning. Laze in the hammock; sit on one of two lanais - one off the bedroom in the garden, the other overlooking the pool and Jacuzzi. Recreation opportunities abound. Swim in the lap pool, or work out in the outdoor fitness center. In addition, the adjacent family lanai is available to guests for private parties. there have been weddings, family reunions and rehearsal dinners just to name a few of the events. Some Sundays, we like to entertain those guests who are interested in what we call Bubbly Sunday.' That means a small gathering of family and friends for a light, potluck dinner and some champagne.
The inside is bright and very comfortable with 18 foot ceilings and ceiling fans. Fresh flowers, fruit, juice, breads, cereal and coffee are all part of the welcome package. The refrigerator and cupboards have condiments often needed for home cooking; spices, vinegar/oil, peanut butter, etc. The amenities include everything needed for cooking – full size refrigerator with ice maker, microwave, electric skillet, toaster, coffee maker, etc. The outdoor 4 burner grill is often used. The only thing missing is an oven.
Sleeping arrangements are the queen bed in the bedroom, a double bed in the loft which overlooks the bedroom, and two twin beds in the sitting area.
Access to the property is through 3 exclusive exterior entrances – the sitting area, the bedroom and the bathroom. We are the owners living on the property, next to the attached cottage. We are available at your request to answer your questions and share what we know about the islands. Our goal is to provide you with a home-like atmosphere. Your comfort is our top priority.
Keywords: Park like grounds, tropical spacious cottage for 2 to five people; ideal for family with 3 children.
We had a wonderful stay with our three kids age 7, 11 and 14 this summer at Blue Ginger. They enjoyed the spacious garden, the pool, the jacuzzi, the hammock, and all the pool toys, as well as the bodyboards and surfboard we were allowed to take to the beach. Susan and her husband were excellent hosts, with good recommendations for our excursions.
We really enjoyed being invited to their potluck barbecue with all their Hawaiian friends. It was a wonderful experience for a Norwegian family.
The cottage was pretty, very clean, and we appreciated the basket of baking goods, fruit etc that Susan left for us on our arrival. The kids fought to sleep in the attick.
We would really love to return some day.
By the way - the beach and the bay was beautiful - you will not miss Waikiki for a minute!
I spent three of my four weeks in Hawaii in this cottage in Kailua (The first was on the Big Island in a timeshare.) and had an absolutely wonderful time! It has an open, airy feeling and was just the right size for me so that I felt like I was at home in my own apartment. Having access to the pool and grill in the backyard were especially important to me, and the Jacuzzi felt fantastic after attending my weekly boot camps at a gym in Honolulu. The walk to Kailua Beach is a mere block or two away and ends up in a section that doesn't get as crowded as the beach park area further south. I could also walk (or drive) to the business district and have delicious breakfasts and the best Americano (sorry Starbucks!) at a little café called Morning Brew.
As for the landlords, Susan and Claude were delightful and so accommodating! They ventured all the way to Waikiki with me (a far distance for these settled-in town dwellers!) to attend Hawaii Five-0's Sunset on the Beach premier...what great sports! And their Bubbly Sundays, where they serve Prosecco and grilled foods to whomever of their family and friends that show up, were a lot of fun.
The only drawback was that the island was experiencing unseasonably hot, humid weather for a couple weeks because of the absence of the usual trade winds, so the apartment got hot and stuffy during the day. But the large ceiling exhaust fan and the little fans placed around the cottage helped alleviate the heat and, since I was out and about during most days anyway, it wasn't a major problem. (Maybe a strategically placed swamp cooler in the kitchen/living area would help keep it cooler.)
I would rent this cottage again without any hesitation. Mahalo, Susan and Claude, for helping to make my dream vacation in Hawaii extra special!
We stayed with our 2 kids and absolutely LOVED it! The pool was wonderful and the room was very comfortable. We enjoyed letting the kids run around in the HUGE yard and they enjoyed chasing and catching the geckos (the owner has toys for the kids to do this). The loft worked great for our teenager to slip away and have his own space. We hope to stay again soon!
We could not have been more happy with the Blue Ginger Cottage, it absolutely made our trip. The location is perfect, only a few blocks from the heart of Kailua Town and a block off the beach. We hardly used our car during our stay because it was just so much more pleasant to walk everywhere. The actual cottage is fantastic, Susan has added a lot of small touches that makes it above and beyond most rentals. The breeze that goes throughout the rooms is lovely, we were never too hot, and it's an added bonus to listen to the tropical birds sing outside your windows in the morning. We thought the place was actually much more spacious than it appears in the photos, in the three weeks we stayed there it was the perfect size. The back lanai is lovely for morning breakfast or bbqing in the evenings and the landscaped backyard is beautiful.
The nearby beaches, Kailua and Lanikai, are honestly two of the best beaches on the island (trust me, we explored almost all of them). We felt so spoiled to be within walking distance of both.
Our favorite part of the whole stay though was the hosts, Susan and Claude. They are wonderful people that we really enjoyed getting to know. They give you plenty of privacy when needed but are available to give advice about places to eat, sightseeing on the island and any other questions you may have. We now consider them friends and can't wait to come back and stay again in the future!
This place was perfect for our family of 4. We stay at a lot of rental properties while holidaying and it's places that have owners as managers that really are a cut above the rest. Sussan was fabulous. She borrowed cribs and strollers from her friends for my children and even put a child gate at the back door. There were plenty of condiments etc in the fridge and towels were changed whenever we wanted. We were even able to use her washer and dryer and she supplied all the powder. Probably the most amazingly generous thing she did was buy us a 2nd hand booster seat and deliver it to our car rental company (at the aiport) the day before we arrived. I'm sure my own brother wouldn't even do that for me!
The photos do not do this light, airy place justice. My husband was worried when I said it had no a/c but it really didn't need it as the ceilings are very high and the fans worked so well that some nights we had to turn them off because we were cold!
The master bedroom is enormous we had the baby crib and a single mattress (as my son didn't want to sleep by himself!) in there and there was still plenty of room.
THE POOL! Ahhh it was divine. Every time we left my 3 yr old would ask if we could go back to our 'little house' to go in the pool. It is literally 3 paces from your back door.
While there is no oven there were plenty of gizmos and gadgets to prepare a meal for us almost every evening (it's often hard eating out healthily with a 3yr old and 11 month old so we chose to eat in most meals).
I know I was a little nervous about being so close to someone else's house (there is a common wall) but those jitters were quickly extinguished. In our 2 week stay we 'shared' the outside area with Sussan's family once, and she even asked if it was ok prior. I have very noisy children and with the time difference they were up at 5am every morning, often in the pool shortly after and Sussan never complained, she actually mentioned that they hardly heard us at all.
It really is a perfect place to stay at an excellent price. We hardly went to the beach because we couldn't tear the 3 yr old away from the pool and spa. We chose Kailua so we could feel a bit more like locals and it was a great choice.
I can not recommend this place highly enough. We hope to be back one day and our son would really like to sleep in the loft bedroom this time ;)
Thank you for a fabulous stay, sorry it took me so long to write a review!
We've been to Hawaii 6 times and found this property two years ago. We've stayed here twice and are going back again July 2013. First, Kailua is the gem of Oahu. It's quiet, peaceful, and the most beautiful area of the Island. Second, Susan's place, Blue Ginger, is absolutely wonderful. It's a large property with a front yard and back yard full of shady palms and tropical plants with several places to just hide away and sit and read and relax. The breeze off the ocean ruffles the palms as you are only a block and a half from the water. The pool and hot tub are great and you have your own grill to cook out. Susan is a wonderful host and checks in occasionally to see if you need anything. My grandson (9) loves the loft with his own TV and bed. We just love this place and the hosts and highly recommend it to all!
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