Fabulous house in Kona Paradise
I would definitely give this property an "Excellent" rating. The owner was most helpful in arranging our stay, with good communications and thorough information in advance of our stay.
It was very clean and thoroughly prepared for our two-week stay in May 2012. Everything worked, the kitchen was well stocked with various miscellaneous condiments, and we couldn't have been happier when we stepped in the door. The linen closet had plenty of extra bed linens and towels (including beach towels). Although we didn't use most of them, there were lots and lots of beach toys and other beach items -- perfect for a family with children, large or small. There was even plenty of laundry soap with the washer & dryer downstairs. We didn't try the gas grill on the lanai, but plan to do so during our next stay at this property in August of this year. From the lanai we were able to see wild pheasants, mongoose, and geckos, and were blessed with beautiful flowers all around the property.
All in all, it was exactly as advertised, and the view from the spacious lanai was just like the photo. Having toured the property on a previous visit to the island, we came prepared for the steep driveway and rented an all-wheel-drive vehicle. It managed the incline (common in this area) without a problem, although there was ample parking at the top of the driveway off the side of the street. The stairs up from the driveway to the door didn't cause us a problem, but should be noted for potential guests who have trouble going up and down steps.
The house to one side of us was for sale and thus vacant during our entire stay. On the other side of this property there was a vacant lot. We rarely saw anyone in the area, although that may be due to the time of the year (May).
Local restaurants & stores are approximately 15 miles north of Kona Paradise, as this is not close to any town. There were numerous ones about half way between the property and the city of Kona, and Kona itself is about 45 minutes to the north. Two good public beaches are within 5 miles of the property. I don't recommend the "pebble" beach at the waterfront below the property -- too hard to navigate the tennis-ball-sized rocks there, although we saw some folks who were braver than we.
We highly recommend this property and will definitely being going back ourselves!
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
Helpful votes: 5/5
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