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

Kailua-Kona, HI, USA
  • House1000 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps3
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights

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.


Sandra McGrath

Member Since 2000
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 12, 2018
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 Kalaoa

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.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, 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.


        • 1 Bathroom
          • Double Vanity and a Bathtub / shower give plenty of room in this bathroom for 2 to take care of their necessities at one time.

          Location Type

            • Near The Ocean
              Just 3 miles down the hill takes you to a quiet beach where sea turtles are often seen sunning themselves on the shore.
            • Ocean View
              From the comfortable chairs in the beautiful gardens, surrounded by lush tropical spendor, there is a grand ocean view
            • Rural
              Close to town but with a distinct country feel. We are on one acre with lots of room to roam.
            • Village
              Just 4 miles from Kona village
            • Water View
              beautiful expansive view of the water and coastline


                • Adventure
                • Away From It All
                • Budget
                • Historic
                • Romantic
                • Spa
                • Sports & Activities
                • Tourist Attractions


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Living Room
                          Large living room with a TV Book shelf and a very comfortable reading chair.
                        • Air Conditioning
                          There is an AC unit in the bedroom for your comfort.
                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Internet
                          Hi Speed Internet.
                        • Iron & Board
                        • Linens Provided
                          Plenty of linens to wrap your self in luxury.
                        • Clothes Dryer
                          same info as Washing Machine
                        • Parking
                          When you get here I will show you which is your designated parking stall. It is just steps away from your front door.
                        • Parking Off Street
                          Generally it's ok to park just steps away from your front door.
                        • Telephone
                          Bring your own.
                        • Towels Provided
                          Beach and bath towels provided.
                        • Wireless Internet
                          Wi Fi throughout.


                            • Coffee Maker
                              There is a 12 cup coffee maker and a hot water kettle for tea.
                            • Cooking Utensils
                              There are lots of utensils and pots and pans to prepare meals at home.
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                              All the dishes you will need to enjoy meals at home.
                            • Kitchen
                              There is a large toaster oven and a microwave in this unit with Mid size fridge, good size freezer and a new induction two burner cooktop.
                            • Microwave
                              This is a microwave / convection oven.
                            • Oven
                              A toaster oven and microwave.
                            • Pantry Items
                              There are some pantry items so it's a good idea to check before you go shopping.
                            • Refrigerator
                              A new mid size Fridge with good size freezer for your ice cream and ice cubes.
                            • Stove
                              There is a 2 burner cook top.
                            • Toaster
                              Toaster oven


                                • Dining
                                  Your dining table (cafe style) has a beautiful view of the flowers blooming.
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 3 people


                                    • Books
                                      Lots of Books for you to borrow.
                                    • CD Player
                                    • Music Library
                                      Just a few Hawaiian music CD's. There is a plug for your iPod.
                                    • Satellite / Cable
                                      Cable TV
                                    • Stereo
                                      There is a little stereo so you can either plug in your own music or play the cd's provided.
                                    • Television
                                      We have a Roku Box with Netflix and Amazon plus basic cable.


                                        • Bicycles
                                          Bikes can be rented just a couple of miles from the house.
                                        • Boat
                                          The harbor is just down the hill. Boats can be chartered there or you can join a fishing or diving excursion from there.
                                        • Deck / Patio
                                          Some beautiful spots to relax outside of the unit.
                                        • Golf
                                          There are 12 world class golf courses within minutes from the house.
                                        • Lawn / Garden
                                          You'll feel like you're in a botanical garden.
                                        • Outdoor Grill
                                          Beautiful large gas grill.
                                        • Tennis
                                          Tennis courts are 4 miles away.
                                        • Water Sports Gear
                                          This can be rented very inexpensively.


                                            • not suitable for children
                                            • wheelchair inaccessible

                                              Pool / Spa

                                                • Communal Pool
                                                  3 miles away there is a beautiful public pool ... but the ocean is just as close : )

                                                  Onsite Services

                                                    • Massage


                                                        • marina
                                                        • botanical garden
                                                        • cinemas
                                                        • festivals
                                                        • health/beauty spa
                                                        • library
                                                        • live theater
                                                        • churches
                                                        • museums
                                                        • playground
                                                        • recreation center
                                                        • restaurants
                                                        • ruins
                                                        • synagogues

                                                          Leisure Activities

                                                            • photography
                                                            • beachcombing
                                                            • boating
                                                            • eco tourism
                                                            • horseback riding
                                                            • luaus
                                                            • paddle boating
                                                            • bird watching
                                                            • 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

                                                                    • parasailing
                                                                    • basketball court
                                                                    • deepsea fishing
                                                                    • fishing
                                                                    • golf
                                                                    • hiking
                                                                    • hunting
                                                                    • jet skiing
                                                                    • kayaking
                                                                    • mountain biking
                                                                    • cycling
                                                                    • 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.

                                                                          House Rules

                                                                          Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                          Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                          Cancellation Policy

                                                                          100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                          3 Reviews


                                                                          Latest reviews

                                                                          Beautiful cozy property

                                                                          Danielle S.

                                                                          We rented this vrbo for a work trip and it was perfect. Spacious, clean, cozy and had everything we needed. We would absolutely come back! Mahalo Sandra!

                                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                                          Thank you for taking the time to review The Great Kona Escape. Whether for work or play, we work to make your stay as comfortable and convenient as possible.

                                                                          Hope to see you again.


                                                                          Great location if you like to explore

                                                                          ANN D.

                                                                          If you want to be close to the action but want a good nights sleep this is for you. Our apartment was clean and roomy with kitchen, overall very comfortable. The location worked for us because we like to explore the island not just lay on the beach. Would have got a full 5 if it had a deck with a view. There was a view from our bedroom. Minutes from the beach. Very nice owners.

                                                                          Sweet spot up the hill in Kona,

                                                                          Roscoe L.

                                                                          This is a great place overall to stay in Kona. Location is good, 5-10 minutes out of downtown Kailua, apartment is comfortable and well stocked, price point is right and Sandra was a very sweet and generous host. If you are the type that likes to hang out at your apartment for long periods of time during the day, I would recommend somewhere else, but as a place to make home base while you go off and explore the island (what I prefer to do), this is ideal. If you like to cook your own meals, the kitchen is a little bit of a challenge owing to its size, but fully workable. We were able to make full egg breakfasts on the hot plate and even stuff like roast fish and potatoes in their little tiny toaster oven. The only things I'd say this spot needs is sharper knives and a few cutting boards.

                                                                          Thank you Sandra!


                                                                          Owner's Response:

                                                                          Thank you for taking the time to review The Great Kona Escape. I appreciate the feed back and will supply more cutting boards and sharper knives tomorrow; this is how we can continue improving the experience for our guests. There is also a large outdoor gas grill available with this unit for guests to prepare meals on.

                                                                          Mahalo for your kind words and we hope to see you again.


                                                                          Kailua-Kona, HI, USA

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

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                                                                          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.

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