a week in paradise
Submitted: February 26, 2013
Stayed: February 2013
I had never stayed at a VRBO before, and I had never travelled on my own before, but I decided to escape the cold and I am so glad I did. The setting is gorgeous and peaceful, birds singing and flowers blooming, fresh fruit to eat from the gardens on the property, lovely hosts, blue skies ... it was truly perfect.
From the start, Stacey answered every email promptly and invited me to call if I had questions as well. She was thoughtful and patient as I tried to book flights and get organized.
The studio was spotless and comfortable, from the lounge chairs outside to the comfy bed. It had everything I needed: snorkel equipment, coolers,beach towels,a coffee grinder, a juicer and a big bowl of oranges. Tony's artwork made the studio feel special. I used the clothesline and the superb outdoor shower every day after the beach. The wireless was fast and always worked well.
There is a marvellous farmers' market nearby where I got bread, fruit, vegetables, coffee, and baking. Choicemart is near for the rest. I would not have had to go more than 5 miles or so to get everything I needed or wanted. I did not want to go far anyway, I spent lots of time just relaxing in my beautiful surroundings.
Life is simple on the big island. I never heard any noise from the surroundings, certainly no cars or city noise like I experienced in Kona last year. My view was flowers, trees, and the ocean. It was so peaceful.
Stacey sent very clear directions so I had no problem finding the place, and from that location you can go anywhere you like on the island in a day. She also sent helpful shopping instructions, and had suggestions during the week when I wondered what to do or where to find things.
This studio and surroundings felt like home from the moment I arrived. Stacey and Tony made me feel welcome without feeling like I was living in someone else's house. I had all the privacy I wanted, but if I had questions they were nearby. I liked having them there to greet me when I arrived and show me around. They are thoughtful and warm people who genuinely welcomed me. I felt like family by the time I left. When I read other reviews it seems like we all feel this way, which tells you a lot about Tony and Stacey as hosts.
Staying with people who live on the island is a great way to find out what island life is really like. You can meet the local characters, find the best places to snorkel or eat or shop, and feel at home.
I can't wait to go back.
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