|Minimum Stay||4 - 7 nights|
Our two-story oceanfront home has views from every room and tropical breeze flowing from roof top cupola through every window and door. The main living area is upstairs with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. There are two master suites one with a queen bed and one with a king. The third bedroom has a king bed and the fourth three twin beds. There is a large open kitchen, living and dinning area with an open deck area for dinning and lounging. The downstairs has an outside living and dinning area poolside with a barbecue. There is also a 16x16 poolside room with an adjacent bathroom, that is a relaxing place to read or rest and can be used as an additional sleeping area. (Futons are available at the house.) The house sits on the cliffs overlooking the ocean and affords beautiful views of the humpback whale migration in the winter, occasional hawaiian monk seals and year round dolphins and turtles. The infinity edge pool and spa bring the Pacific Ocean right into our yard.
Keywords: Oceanfront, Kona Coast, Pool, two master suites, Private,
We've lived in South Kona for almost 40 years and had the opportunity to purchase this property from a fishing friend after he moved to the mainland. The house was built in a slow process over 6 years with the help of a lot of great local talent. We completed the house in 2011 and spend many weekends sharing and enjoying our Milolii home.
Melanie and Craig purchased this house in 2002
We live on a farm in the subtropical ohia forest up mountain from Milolii and have spent many weekends and summer days swimming fishing and enjoying the ocean at Milolii. We are very gratified to be able to have a home on the ocean where we can continue to enjoy the all the activities and beauty the ocean has to offer.
Milolii is far from the crowds and noise of city life. We enjoy peaceful walks and the pleasure of time with family and friends. Waking up to the sunrise over the mountain with a cup of organic Kona coffee is a pleasure we look forward to whenever we can get away to Milolii.
Wow what a great place. Beautiful peaceful place to vacation. I recommend it to anyone wanting vacation by the ocean.
We had a great time at this house. We were a party of 5. We came to the big island to dive and have a break. We rented this house for the last days of our stay after renting another in town for the first portion. This house was by far the better of the two. It was spacious and VERY well appointed. There was enough of everything. Space, supplies, linens, cooking implements, etc. There were coolers. Shopping bags. Thermos. There were books and board games. There were cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, dish detergent, first aid bits. This place was decked out. It was clear that the owners must spend a lot of time here themselves. However, despite that, they were not restrictive or unnecessarily prohibitive about our activities and use of their lovely home. We felt very welcome and at ease here. There was even shampoo and body wash in each shower. These folks totally get it when it comes to making their space inviting for the renter! We saw whales and dolphin right off the lanai. We cooked in the fabulous kitchen and on the grill by the pool. The pool and hot tub were well used by our party. The house was out of the way and we liked that. The place was quiet and away from the hustle of town. We had a wonderful stay and would absolutely return or recommend this spot to friends. It was perfect.
My family stayed 2 weeks and it was not enough time! The house was absolutely wonderful with everything you need and then some. The view from the back of the home is indescribable. I never wanted to leave. Craig and Melanie, thank you for everything!!
This home is as beautiful as the pictures. You can tell that the owners really put thought and care into building this home. They have everything there that you would need to make your stay enjoyable. Unfortunately we were only there for 4 days! The views are breath taking. If you are adventurous, you can climb down the lava cliff an get into the ocean. The snorkeling there was some of the best that we have seen. The only drawback is the drive down the hill. There are a lot of switchbacks and curves as you come down. If you plan on eating in Kona, you need to plan about 1 hour travel time. Other than that I cannot say one bad thing. Craig and Melanie were great to work with and the reservation process was easy. I would not hesitate to stay at The Cove at Milolii again.
In a word..."Perfect"! The Cove was all we had hoped it would be and more! I am not sure I can add much to the previous excellent reviews other than to say that if you are looking for the most relaxing way to enjoy Hawaii then this is the place.
The Cove is exactly what is portrayed in the VRBO ad. It truly is a wonderful home on the edge of the cliffs with spectacular views and all the amenities you could ask for. The kitchen is the most well stocked of any home I have ever rented. We cooked almost all of our meals and ate all of them on the Lanai overlooking the ocean and enjoying the sound of the waves in the cove below. The pool and spa were enjoyed daily and we played ping pong for hours on end. We loved snorkeling in our own private cove and diving off the rocks!
As others have pointed out, the drive in to Kona does take some time but it is beautiful and enjoyable....after all, you are in Hawaii!! There are several day excursions to be enjoyed but my family primarily wanted to stay at the house and enjoy the peace and quiet. I will say that the trip to the black sand beach is not to be missed! The short hike is not difficult and we enjoyed a completely private morning swimming, playing and snorkeling.
I cannot think of anything that would have made our week more enjoyable. The owners were so professional and easy to work with from the first contact to the day we left. (We arrived late in the evening our first day to find the house well lit with Hawaiian music playing....we felt at home immediately). They were available to us throughout the week and responsive to any request.
Thank you Craig and Melanie for allowing us to enjoy your slice of paradise for all to brief a time!
The home is very very lovely. We loved your kitchen and the back deck, where we ate most of our meals. We had a great time in your backyard as well, including the pool which was a bit chilly but still enjoyable.
A few thoughts on ways to improve the overall experience. I think some written instructions on: hot tub operations, TV/cable instructions (three of us tried and had no luck), garbage/recycling.
As far as the house itself, the two master suites with entrances to the wrap around deck are lovely. The third bedroom (the non bunk bed room) was fairly awful to be honest. It is a very large (and curiously low) bed placed in far too small a space. Also, the windows open to the street, which can be very loud at times. We were awoken to activity across the street in the late hours of the night on at least a couple of nights. Also, we washed all the bedding in intensely hot water in the middle of our stay because we were being bitten by bugs in the bed.
Finally, the VRBO descriptions lists both ocean front/beach front and ocean view. While it is ocean view, it is neither beach front nor ocean front. Milolii is not a particularly quaint village--it is more a subdivision, without any amenities. The grand and fantastic draw of the ocean exists but is curiously muted by those staying in a non-ocean view bedroom and by everyone's general inability to actually access the water.
The terrain of the whole neighborhood where the house sits is comprised almost exclusively of lava rock and devoid of lush/green and much scenic beauty. I would recommend use of a four wheel drive vehicle to make that rather treacherous drive from the main highway on a regular basis. The description should also clarify that this house is intended for folks desiring a very remote experience well off the beaten track. Running out to quickly fetch something from a local store (or dining at a local eatery) is simply not an option.
Overall, again, a very lovely house but there are many aspects that left us desiring more from our time on the island.
Our two family group (5 children and 4 adults) enjoyed a wonderful stay during the Christmas holidays in December 2013. We have rented numerous vacation homes in Europe and North America. Hands down this was the best equipped – the unit (especially the kitchen) had everything we could have ever needed. As an example, we cooked a full Christmas dinner (including turkey and dessert) with the equipment on hand. The owners even had shampoo and conditioner in each bathroom – something we have never seen during our other vacation rental stays. The unit is exactly as described – and even nicer than the photos show. The owners (Melanie and Craig) were great with pre, during, and post stay questions and communications. They even had a Christmas tree and decorations available for the kids to decorate. The location made day trips to Kona, the volcano park, the observatory, etc. very doable. You can even snorkel (with gear available in the unit) a very short walk from the unit. While we loved the remote location, and the rural drive from the highway to the rental, it may be too remote for some. For example, there are no grocery stores close by. For us, it was great to get away from it all and get a taste of ‘true hawaii’. We would definitely stay again. Overall, we highly recommend the rental and hope to rent it again in the future.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Dec 20 2015 - Jan 17 2016
7 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest|
4 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest|
|cleaning||$175 + Tax|
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
Groups of over 6 guests require a minimum stay of 7 nights. Please call us (808) 328-9947 for up to date discounts and rates for stays greater than 7 nights.
25% deposit to reserve your dates with the balance due 60 days prior to arrival. We also collect a $500 security deposit at check-in.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.