|Minimum Stay||6 nights|
Two floor condo located just 50 yards from large pool and exercise room. Great room includes living room area with 50 inch flat screen HD TV with cable, DSL recording, and a DVD player, also a dining area with large table that seats 6, and a kitchen with 4 stool counter. Kitchen is fully stocked for cooking, baking, and BBQ using a gas grill on the lanai. Lanai also has 2 chaise lounges and a table with 4 chairs. Upstairs includes a second bedroom with a King size bed made of two twins that can be separated. The third bedroom/ office has a queen size convertible couch, a Dell desktop computer, a HP fax/printer/copier, and a regular TV. The second floor bath has a combination shower/tub. Air conditioning included.
We have been happily married for 39 years. We met in Boston during college days, were married in Maine at Linda's parents' home, moved to San Francisco in 1979, and moved from our San Rafael home to a new home in Oakmont (Santa Rosa) CA and The Fairways condo in 2013.
Kerry and Linda Simpson purchased this townhome in 2013
We have been coming to The Orchid since it was a Ritz Carlton over 20 years ago. We love the Big Island for all it's variety and especially love Mauna Lani for it's location, weather, and all the activities it offers.
We love The Fairways because of the great construction, the relatively small size of the development, the great pool and activity areas, and it's proximity to The Fairmont Orchid and the Shops at Mauna Lani. We are only 30 minutes away from the Kona airport.
The unit was attractively furnished. Everything was very clean when we arrived. There were lots of beach and bath towels. It was also supplied with coffee for the arrival and some condiments. It was a most pleasant stay. The beach club was very good for swimming and snorkelling. The food market was handy as were nice restaurants. Would recommend the unit as well as the location if the Big Island is your choice.
Just returned from a week on the Big Island. I have rented numerous units within The Fairways but this was the first 3 bedroom. Very nice and convenient to the pool. Nicely appointed and clean. I would suggest this unit for older couples not in need of the garage or any bikes or beach toys. Great owners and property manager and is very responsive to needs.
A very top drawer facility. A dream kitchen, there is nothing lacking, down to the rice cooker. The private beach club that you have membership use of is excellent. Snorkling is terrific and easy to access. The whale watching boat as well as the snorkle and dive trips are available from there as well. The restaurant is quite good and the setting is perfect. We enjoyed many meals on the lanai, many birds would entertain us at breakfast. The pool and hot tub were never crowded and the exercise facility while small is adequate. We could walk to the grocery and the shops and restuarants in under 15 minutes.
Working with Larry the manager was a great experience, he keeps the property up very nicely and the owners, Linda and Kerry were beyond generous when we arrived to a non-working dishwasher. They were right on top of the issue.
We appreciate that we have found this gem in Hawaii. All the ingredients for a perfect vacation
Terrific complex, lovely and well appointed condo with very hospitable owners and an attentive property manager. Could not ask for a better rental and experience! We stayed for two weeks with our three teens. We rented bicycles (Big Island Motorcycle Co. in the Kings' Shops, Waikoloa Village) for the duration of our stay and they served us well, to/from Foodland Farms (Grocery store) and the beach. If you are inclined to sight-see, would also endorse Kohala Zipline's Zip and Dip Tour, surf lessons at Kahalu'u Beach with Surfer Bear and spending a night at the Volcano House Hotel on the rim of Kilauea's Caldera! (Note: Will need a car to do the last two suggestions.)
Would happily return to this property and strongly recommend it to others. Mahalo!
We had a fantastic family vacation on the Big Island, much of it due to this well-appointed townhouse. It had everything we needed to feel comfortable, right down to the built-in grill on the lanai, beach towels, and pantry with everything needed for cooking. There is a Costco near the airport which was great for stocking up on food. For water lovers, you'll love the close proximity to the swimming pool and the short drive to the private beach for snorkeling which is always calm and full of fish. You can rent your snorkel equipment at the small shopping center in the resort. The owners were great to work with and provided lots of helpful information. I've stayed in many vacation homes, and this is definitely one of the best.
We stayed here for one month while my husband recovered from back surgery. We are active people and this location was perfect for exploring the island. We hiked every day, snorkelled and swam as well. The condo location is perfect for hiking trips to Mauna Lani and Mauna Kea as well as the north end of the Island. It was lovely to be able to come back "home" to soak in the hot tub and swim in the beautiful pool. We also appreciated being able to bbq for ourselves although we did eat out a couple of times at nearby restaurants. (Roy's is great - but noisy and pricey). We were amazed by the array of daily delivered fresh seafood at Foodland - what a find! We also took advantage of the guest pass to the private beach and found the snorkelling to be wonderful. In fact, it was better than any other location we hiked/drove to, including the hot hike down to the Captain Cook memorial. Admittedly, the water there was astonishingly clear, but the amount of sea life was more abundant and varied at our own little private beach!
The condo itself is beautifully furnished and the kitchen was supplied with everything one could possibly need. We were astonished by the number of Keurig choices! It was a lovely place to stay and we were so unhappy about having to leave. We came to know the gardening staff who were friendly and helpful. As well, Larry the manager was incredibly helpful and gave us invaluable insider information.
The owners were easy to work with and wonderfully flexible. We never had to use the air conditioning as we do not like it and we relied on the trade winds to cool the home. It worked out really well. This property is absolutely wonderful! I would go back in a heartbeat! We actually looked at purchasing a property here - but the owners have secured the very best condo location, to be sure!
During the months of December, January, February and March, whales arrive in Hawaii and have their calves. Tour boats go out daily from many ports along the Kona side of the island from Captain Cook in the south to Kawaihae in the north.
We have taken the Blue Hawaii helicopter tours both on Kauai and here on the Big Island. They fly out of both Hilo and Waikoloa at the turnoff on route 19 just one traffic light south of Mauna Lani. Currently a tour of just the lava fields near Kilauea flies from Hilo and costs around $200. A tour of just the northern Kohala coast leaves from Waikoloa and costs around $200. The granddaddy of tours does both Kohala and the lava fields but costs around $500.
There are many beautiful and interesting driving tours you can take that range from vast desolate lava fields to lush tropical rain forests. We like to drive north on 19 and then 270 to Hawi which is a hippy-like town with many art and jewelry shops and restaurants. At the end of the road is the beginning of the vast eroded valleys that have formed on the oldest part of the island. To get home take route 250 down the spine of the Kohala Mountains to 19 and then west back to Mauna Lani.
You can also see this area by driving north on 19 through Waimea to Honokaa and then taking route 240 west along the north coast and ending at Waipoa Valley overlook. Don’t forget to stop at Tex’s small restaurant for malasadas which are Portuguese pillow shaped donuts sprinkled with sugar and filled with wonderful fillings.
There is a shortcut route across the island called the Saddle Road that runs from near Waikoloa Village to Hilo. Take 19 south to Waikoloa Road (a left turn at the first traffic light), pass through Waikoloa Village and continue until you reach a T in the roads. Turn left on Mamalahoa Road (route 190) and then take a right onto the large road (route 200 – the Saddle Road), and continue to Hilo. You travel right between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa and pass amazingly huge fields of lava. You could also take the road up to the Mauna Kea visitors’ center but we would not advise driving your own rental car to the top of the volcano.
If you want to spend an entire day on the road, you can travel the whole way around the island next to the coast. Same route as above to Honokaa but continue on 19 south toward Hilo. Be sure to take the side road to Akaka Falls and stop to walk in and take pictures. There are also some scenic drives that take you down from 19 to the coast through thick rain forests. Take route 11 south out of Hilo and follow it up past Volcano National Park. Stop here for views of the crater which might still be venting steam. Continue on 11 around the southern part of the island but watch for a left turn onto S. Point Road. This road takes you down to the coast and the most southern point of land in the US. After visiting this point, go back and continue on 11 into Captain Cook and Kailua-Kona and then follow 19 back north to Mauna Lani. Be sure you start the day with a full tank of gas and several bottles of water for each of you.
For an underwater adventure, visit Kona and take the Atlantis Submarine Tour. You spend about an hour under water diving to up to 100 feet below the surface. You will see lots of different types of fish, coral reefs, junk, and possibly a shark or two.
There are numerous opportunities to go out on a boat along the coast between Captain Cook and Kawaihae. Some are sunset cruises, some aim to show you whales and dolphins, some you can snorkel from and see manta rays and colorful fish, and some let you try your luck at catching dinner for the family! We have provided numerous brochures covering boat excursions for you to peruse.
Hawaii is also a great place to walk or hike. If you take the right just before reaching the Fairmont Orchid you can park and walk out to some ancient petroglyphs through an amazing twisted growth forest. You can also walk along any of the beaches at Mauna Lani as all beaches have public access.
And finally, the beaches. The closest ones of course are at the Mauna Lani and Orchid Hotels but you will have to take your own towels. There is also the “private” Mauna Lani Beach Club that you have access to. Again take your own towels. There are places to eat at all of these beaches. Just north of Mauna Lani is Hapuna Beach State Park. It is probably the prettiest little white sand beach on the island. There is a charge for entrance and parking, lots of covered picnic benches with BBQ pits, rest rooms, and a snack shop. There are numerous other beaches the whole way around the island including a black sand beach at Punaluu off route 11 south of Volcano National Park and a green sand beach at Papakolea even further south near the southern most point.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
May 1 2015 - Oct 31 2015
6 night minimum stay
Dec 20 2015 - Jan 6 2016
6 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
|Cleaning after departure||$235 + Tax|
|Notes||Advance damage deposit of $500.00 is due upon contract signing. If upon departure there is no damage to our property or need for extreme cleaning, the deposit will be returned.|