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Minutes to the Beach - Fast WiFi - Comfortable King Bed with AC

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Living in a Botanical Garden up country with Great ocean Views

This is a Great price in a GREAT location! Just 4 miles from the hustle of town and yet close to beautiful beaches and the local Harbor from where you can take off on many fun water activities like deep sea fishing, snorkeling cruises or manta ray diving.

This is Hawaii at it's best. . You will enjoy the lush. luxurious landscape in this peaceful paradise, away from the crowds, yet close to many pristine beaches. This one acre estate is located in one of Kona's most desirable neighborhoods, four miles north of Kona village, at 900 ft elevation where the days are 10 degrees cooler than the coast and the humidity is far more comfortable than by the ocean.. You can open your windows all year long and enjoy the breezes. You'll love the spaciousness of the 1 acre lot with no neighbors in sight.

Your accommodations are in the Ohana (guest suite) which is attached to the main house but is self-contained with its own private entrance, kitchen and parking space.

It seems like you're far removed from everything, but everything is close by at your fingertips, just a short drive away when you want anything. Staying here is the best of both worlds!

High speed Wi-fi internet is included, and the flat screen television is equipped with Roku for on-demand viewing using Netflix, and Amazon Instant Video. We also have basic cable. Here are some of the other things that will delight you staying at The Great Kona Escape.

Loads of Tropical birds singing sweetly all around you.

The botanical gardens just out your door.

A temperature that is comfortable all year.

Close proximity to a dozen world class golf courses.

The beauty and wonder of living in a floral paradise.

The ability to pick from the large variety of organic fruit


We are located 3 miles up from a quiet sandy cove beach where sea turtles are often seen sunning themselves on the shore and 15 minutes to the most pristine golf course you can imagine, where the wild Peacocks and Nene birds are free to roam.

You couldn’t ask for a better location or a more tranquil environment to go along with this uber comfortable, tropical spacious, yet cozy, ohana. This truly is a piece of paradise.

This is a home you will want to return to year after year. Come and enjoy the lush, rich, peacefulness of The Great Kona Escape. You will be glad you did.

More Details

Sandra McGrath
Member since: 2000
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 22, 2017

About Sandra McGrath

Aloha Pumehana, (warm welcome)

Our names are Sandra and Ken. We are both originally from California, i, Sandra, came to visit Kona in 1970 and liked it so much I made this my home and didn't look back. Living on different parts of this Island, Maui and Kauai, I can truly say that The Great Kona Escape is in the BEST location on the Islands for kicking back and enjoying the perfect climate or visiting the many activities Kona has to offer. Now that I am semi-retired, I have more time to devote to making sure that your stay in Kona is all you dreamed it would be. I'm a medically trained Massage Therapist and can help you relax into Island mode - give you directions to just about anywhere - good advice for dining and activities, and assure your comfort and privacy at all times. You'll love it here.

Sandra McGrath purchased this house in 1990

Why Sandra McGrath chose Kona Coast

The Great Kona Escape is at 900 foot elevation where the trade winds offer a gentle breeze to keep the warm days at a perfect temperature. The song birds are plentiful, the rainbows are seen often and the location is central to many beaches, golf courses, water activities, hiking, dining and shopping. We are on one acre of beautiful flowers, herbs, a vegetable garden and fruit trees, all this and great ocean views as well.

What makes this house unique

At The Great Kona Escape you can help yourself to the fruit on the trees, the organic vegetables and herbs in the garden, roam the property delighting in the many beautiful orchids and other tropical treats; while waiting your turn for an amazing Massage therapy session. There is WiFi and cable TV for your entertainment. The beaches and shops are just minutes down the road and your comfort is my highest priority.


Kailua-Kona House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Double Vanity and a Bathtub / shower give plenty of room in this bathroom for 2 to take care of their necessities at one time.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • This bedroom has a Luxuriously Comfortable King Bed in it and air conditioning. The Living room has 2 separate fold out futon sofas. One is a twin and one is a Queen.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
This is a quiet, beautiful, neighborhood of 1 acre lots. The only thing between you and the ocean is 3 miles of flora and fauna. It's a great location for a home base while exploring the Island. Central to many activities; the harbor is just 3 miles away where diving and fishing boats take you out to explore. The property itself is like a botanical garden with places to sit outside and enjoy the beauty around you. Come and enjoy this very special piece of paradise. Many people have made The Great Kona Escape their annual pilgrimage to paradise.


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Minutes to the Beach - Fast WiFi - Comfortable King Bed with AC
average rating of 4.785714 based on 56 reviews

Excellent home away from home. Quiet, peaceful, refreshing, rejuvenating.

  • 5 of 5

Sandra is a delightful and artistic lady. Her property examplifies her creative spirit and her Aloha hospitality. We definitely made the right choice staying here. Thank goodness we found this gem of a place to stay on the Big Island. Highly recommended for those wanting a taste of living on the Big Island of Hawaii.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo Kurt, We hope you'll come again. Sandra & Ken
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Loud Screaming Kids

  • 1 of 5

The place is nice and the location is convenient to Kona activities, however the kids in the adjoining house are awake at 6:30amand literally screaming as the bang the doors. I was seriously stunned when one was screaming obscenities becausr he stubbed his toe. He had to be about 10 years old. I would not reccomend this place to anyone.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bummer, I understand that for 2 nights of your stay there were screaming kids and banging doors near by. I apologize for this. I was out of town and had I been home or informed of this, I certainly would have addressed the problem. Most visitors are respectful of the meditative, quiet surroundings and it's very rare to experience otherwise. Again, had I been notified I certainly would have intervened. I work hard to insure a peaceful, pleasant place for guests to come and refresh and I'm very sorry you left unhappy.
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Just the Place that we Needed

  • 5 of 5

Their location is on a hillside in a neighborhood that is very quiet, and though you do need to drive it really is just a short few minutes to the coast, and the breezes kept temperatures near perfect the whole time. This unit had plenty of space, it is part of the host's residence structure but has its own entrance. Sandra gave us great tips for our activities in the four days we were there.

Everything in the unit worked fine - very comfortable. A bonus is the beach equipment that they provided, as you can access amazing ones up and down the coast. Just allow some (island) time as traffic can be slow in the few miles around Kailua and the airport.

  • Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Convenient location, clean, quiet

  • 5 of 5

The home is located 1,100 ft above sea level, conveniently between the airport and Kailua in a very nice established neighborhood. Very convenient to Costco, WalMart, Safeway, etc.... I plan to return in 2 months with the family and hoping it's available. Ken and Sandra were very friendly and helpful.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Awesome place!

  • 5 of 5

We spent 2 weeks at Christmas and we couldn't of stayed at a nicer place. The privacy of having your own pool and grounds was the best part. The view was spectacular! Sandra and Ken couldn't have been nicer. They were there if you needed them, and tolerated our noisy grandchildren. They keep the grounds in excellent condition with fruit and avocado at your finger tips. This property is perfect for a large family or group since there is an additional rental unit on site. Location is pretty central to Kona and beaches. I highly recommend staying here.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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great kona escape

  • 5 of 5

excellent location beautiful setting wonderful help from Sandra. outside of kona to the north so minimal of traffic delays. open air housing with just enough elevation to avoid heat or air conditioning. excellent view from bedroom. only downside is cooking with a double burner hot plate and refer has too small of a freezer space for ice cream. Sandra gladly kept it for us until we needed it in a downstairs freezer which worked out fine. good food pantry for accessories. reasonably priced.

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Robert for your suggestion. We now have replaced the burners with a high efficiency True Indiction cooktop and we are always happy to know how to make improvements for the comfort of our guests.
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Nearest Airport
4 Miles
Keahole Airport (KOA)
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Queen Kahumanu Hwy.
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Kona State Beach Park
Car: necessary

Medically trained Massage therapist, me, lives on the property and is available by appointment to soothe and smooth you into 'vacation mode'.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 13.25%

CANCELLATION POLICY ... If you need to cancel within 60 days of your arrival there will be no refund. If you think this is a possibility I recommend trip insurance.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.