Wonderful retreat from the world, plus a fantastic view!
My mom, husband, and I stayed at Max's for a week, and it was exactly what we wanted. A place away from the hustle-and-bustle. We spent every evening enjoying the sounds of birds and frogs from the lanai. We relaxed in the hammock, and felt completely isolated from the rest of the world. It was a nice break.
The place was clean and had pretty much everything we needed. The photos are exactly what it looks like, so no surprises. Max was friendly and helpful when we needed something, but otherwise unobtrusive, and we liked having a "home" to come back to after sight-seeing around the island. It was our little piece of paradise at the end of the day, and we truly enjoyed the experience of being there, getting an entirely new perspective on the island.
From the lanai, we had a great view out over the ocean when it was clear. (There was a bit of VOG when we were there.) We could see Kealekekua Bay where the Captain Cook Monument is - the Bay was a short drive, as was the Place of Refuge and the Painted Church. All good places to visit. No restaurants at Place of Refuge, so pack a lunch if you want to eat while you're there.
The property is about 45 minutes from Kona, but the highway is new, so driving is easy. The road up the mountain to Max's seems a little rugged at first, but you get used to it quickly, and honestly, compared to getting to the Green Sands Beach, it's a dream to drive! (Green Sands Beach is definitely worth a trip, but do not even think about driving into it yourself, even with a 4WD. Seriously. Pay one of the nice local drivers there to take you to the beach - Alfred was fantastic, careful and slow, and he asks only for an appreciation payment. Believe me, you'll really appreciate his driving abilities afterwards, and $20+/person is not unreasonable after you see the road, or lack of road. Consider going early and spending the day - lunch, bathing suit, water, etc. We didn't have the time.)
The Costco in Kona is your best bet for cheap everything, including water and wine. We had lunch there for 3 of us and it cost us $5.20 - I kid you not. Also the drive into Kona always gave us time to figure out exactly where we were going and what we wanted to do, so it never seemed like a bother to have to drive a little further.
Closer to the property there are restaurants and small shops along the highway. Jake's BBQ/L&L BBQ are both recommended. There are coffee places everywhere if that's your thing. Great place to stay!
Families with Teenagers
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