Location, location, location--Beautiful and tranquil home away from home
Submitted: September 18, 2012
Stayed: August 2012
Kanaloa condo 1701 is everything advertised and more. From the moment we arrived, we felt like we were home (only better). Because, honestly, who has that amazing view at home!?! It was a bit warm on the day we arrived, so we opened the sliding doors to the lanai in addition to all of the louvered windows. We were immediately drawn to the lanai--the waves were crashing on the rocks just below the lanai. Absolutely beautiful! We spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying the view.
The kitchen is fully equipped; there was even beer and soda in the refrigerator. We did not cook while we were there, but we could have with all of the provided tools. We rarely cook at home, so why would we do that on vacation!?! Normally, we dine out when we are on vacation, but we found that we preferred the simplicity of grabbing a Subway sandwich or pizza and bringing it back to the condo to eat on the lanai while watching the sunset. Everything we needed was just up the street at the Keauhou Shopping Center: Longs Drug, Subway, Bianelli's Pizza, Kenichi sushi, and even a post office to mail our souvenirs home.
I don't know whether it was the bed, the sound of the waves, or the fact that we spent every day outside, but we slept 8 to 9 hours every night. I am guessing that all of the above contributed to the restful sleep. Plus, we never had any back or neck pain. I give the bed an A+ for comfort. We tried to stay on California time as much as possible, so we were on the lanai every morning before dawn. It was so tranquil.
We spent most of our days getting scuba certified and diving with Big Island Divers. We highly recommend them, especially for the Manta Ray dive/snorkel--it's the experience of a lifetime. While diving, we saw sharks, turtles, manta rays, eagle rays, eels, octopus, and dolphins.
The owners were very helpful before we arrived, during our stay, and after we were home. The communication exceeded our expectations. The owner heard there may have been an issue during our stay and was eager to fix it. The issue had nothing to do with the condo and was beyond the owners control, but we were impressed by his response. They provided helpful rental car information, and suggested books to read and websites to peruse. In addition, the owner has compiled a huge book of activities and reviews that is waiting for you upon arrival. We got many ideas on must-see sights and activities. Everything was spotless and in perfect working order. We will be back to Condo 1701.
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
People with Disabilities,
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