Space and comfort for all. What a find for a group!
Submitted: January 5, 2013
Stayed: December 2012
This impressive home is located in a gated community right off the coastal road, Ali’i Drive. It’s far enough off the road to be very quiet and yet it’s just a short walk to La’aloa Beach (also called Magic Sands) for easy access to boogie-boarding, snorkeling and general beachy fun. Kailua Kona is a short hop away to the north.
The first thing you notice upon arrival is a carport the size of a small hangar. There is plenty of room for four cars in the shade so you never have to scald your sun-deprived, mainland legs on hot upholstery.
You enter the house at the closed end of a horseshoe. The main wing is on the left and comprises a large living room, dining area, kitchen, two master suites and an extra half-bath, all looking out onto a massive lanai. The wing on the right contains three more bedrooms. Between the wings are a narrow grassy courtyard and a roofed dining area (dining area #2).
The house is built on a grand scale. It was such a hike from the main living area to our room -or, rather, rooms- at the end of the main wing that every time I thought about heading that way I made sure I had a compelling reason for the journey.
The house is elegant, the furnishings comfortable and homey. The grounds are immaculately manicured and very tastefully landscaped.
Outdoor activity centers around the 25 meter salt-water pool (max depth 5’). A table and ample chairs provide poolside dining space for a large group (dining area #3), while a coffee table, easy chairs, a couch and some very nice chaises longue make it hard to be anywhere but outside. It’s very easy to just camp by the pool until the sun drops into the ocean beyond the palms and your relatives start crying out to be fed.
I like to cook and was delighted by the amount, quality and variety of cookware, utensils and extras, like spices, baggies and foil. The kitchen really is unusually well supplied for a rental house. If I may pick one tiny nit it’s that the knives might have been sharper; but this was really no problem since I always travel with my own (Geez, what a snob!). We beefed up the glassware supply on a trip to Pier One, so the cabinets are now bulging with tumblers, highball glasses and Champagne flutes.
The manager of the property, Zac, is very responsive and happy to do anything that will make your stay perfect. You can rely on him.
The eight of us who shared this house are unanimous about it; we’d stay here again in a Hawaiian heartbeat.
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
People with Disabilities
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