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Susan Phillips

Member since: 2003
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Speaks: english

Blue Ginger Cottage/Mele Hale

18 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage

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Kailua Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Loft + Den, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-5)

Blue Ginger Cottage/Mele Hale - 'Happy Home' is situated in the wonderful town of Kailua on the windward side of Oahu. This is the ideal Bed and Breakfast home for a family with 2 – 3 children, or couples celebrating a special event. It is three blocks to the center of town, and two blocks to glorious Kailua Beach. The property is very private; like a park on almost one half an acre. Feed the birds in the morning. Laze in the hammock; sit on one of two lanais - one off the bedroom in the garden, the other overlooking the pool and Jacuzzi. Recreation opportunities abound. Swim in the lap pool, or work out in the outdoor fitness center. In addition, the adjacent family lanai is available to guests for private parties. there have been weddings, family reunions and rehearsal dinners just to name a few of the events. Many Sundays, family and friends gather for what we call 'Bubbly Sunday' - potluck, some prosecco, and sometimes the Jacuzzi. Cottage guests are welcome.

The inside is bright and very comfortable with 18 foot ceilings and ceiling fans. Fresh flowers, fruit, juice, breads, cereal and coffee are all part of the welcome package. The refrigerator and cupboards have condiments often needed for home cooking; spices, vinegar/oil, peanut butter, etc. The amenities include everything needed for cooking – full size refrigerator with ice maker, microwave, electric skillet, toaster, coffee maker, etc. The outdoor 2 burner grill is often used. The only thing missing is an oven.

Sleeping arrangements are the queen bed in the bedroom, a double bed in the loft which overlooks the bedroom, and two twin beds in the sitting area.

Access to the property is through 3 exclusive exterior entrances – the sitting area, the bedroom and the bathroom. We are the owners living on the property, next to the attached cottage. We are available at your request to answer your questions and share what we know about the islands. Our goal is to provide you with a home-like atmosphere. Your comfort is our top priority.

Keywords: Park like grounds, tropical spacious cottage for 2 to five people; ideal for family with 3 children.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Susan Phillips (Owner)
Member since: 2003
Call Owner
Speaks: english


based on 18 traveler reviews

Blue Ginger Cottage/Mele Hale
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews

Wonderful Cottage Wonderful Hosts

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is awesome, the pictures do not do it justice. Susan and Claude are two great hosts who went above and beyond to make sure our stay was a good one. Our stay was over Christmas and they extended an invite to their Christmas party. You are less than 3 blocks (walking) from one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. You can also walk to many shops and restaurants and majors stores (Target, Wholefoods). I highly recommend the Blue Ginger/Mele Hale!

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Can't wait to come back!

  • 5 of 5

Susan and Claude are absolutely wonderful hosts! I'm an Oahu local from Waipahu who wanted a nice getaway with some friends from Washington and the Blue Ginger Cottage was perfect. The listing doesn't do this cottage justice! The property was beautiful, well-maintained, pristine, and the amenities were overflowing!

My friends and I attended their weekly event "Bubbly Sunday" and it was like being part of a family, our hanai family. I would recommend it to anyone who stays here. Susan also let us have some of our own guests over for a bbq and some swimming in the pool, which was so gracious of her.

The beach was less than a 10 minute walk away. It's a lot closer than I thought it was going to be! At the cottage, there is basically everything and anything that you may need to go to the beach. Snorkeling gear, towels, beach bags, squirt guns, floaty tubes, boogie boards, and other things that I can't even remember right now. The outside shower was great for washing off all the salt water and sand before entering back into the cottage.

The Blue Ginger Cottage was just everything that we could have wanted and needed in our stay. Thank you so much Claude and Susan for everything! I would definitely love to come back and stay here again. I'll make sure to reserve some time to have a nice painting session with Susan ;)

  • Submitted: May 26, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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A great experience

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay with our three kids age 7, 11 and 14 this summer at Blue Ginger. They enjoyed the spacious garden, the pool, the jacuzzi, the hammock, and all the pool toys, as well as the bodyboards and surfboard we were allowed to take to the beach. Susan and her husband were excellent hosts, with good recommendations for our excursions.

We really enjoyed being invited to their potluck barbecue with all their Hawaiian friends. It was a wonderful experience for a Norwegian family.

The cottage was pretty, very clean, and we appreciated the basket of baking goods, fruit etc that Susan left for us on our arrival. The kids fought to sleep in the attick.

We would really love to return some day.

By the way - the beach and the bay was beautiful - you will not miss Waikiki for a minute!

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Park City, Utah

My Hale away from Home!

  • 5 of 5

I spent three of my four weeks in Hawaii in this cottage in Kailua (The first was on the Big Island in a timeshare.) and had an absolutely wonderful time! It has an open, airy feeling and was just the right size for me so that I felt like I was at home in my own apartment. Having access to the pool and grill in the backyard were especially important to me, and the Jacuzzi felt fantastic after attending my weekly boot camps at a gym in Honolulu. The walk to Kailua Beach is a mere block or two away and ends up in a section that doesn't get as crowded as the beach park area further south. I could also walk (or drive) to the business district and have delicious breakfasts and the best Americano (sorry Starbucks!) at a little café called Morning Brew.

As for the landlords, Susan and Claude were delightful and so accommodating! They ventured all the way to Waikiki with me (a far distance for these settled-in town dwellers!) to attend Hawaii Five-0's Sunset on the Beach premier...what great sports! And their Bubbly Sundays, where they serve Prosecco and grilled foods to whomever of their family and friends that show up, were a lot of fun.

The only drawback was that the island was experiencing unseasonably hot, humid weather for a couple weeks because of the absence of the usual trade winds, so the apartment got hot and stuffy during the day. But the large ceiling exhaust fan and the little fans placed around the cottage helped alleviate the heat and, since I was out and about during most days anyway, it wasn't a major problem. (Maybe a strategically placed swamp cooler in the kitchen/living area would help keep it cooler.)

I would rent this cottage again without any hesitation. Mahalo, Susan and Claude, for helping to make my dream vacation in Hawaii extra special!

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Susan was an absolutely energetic guest. We did venture to Waikiki with her for the premier of Hawaii Five 0. She is the ultimate fan. Three years ago our garage was used for one of the shows. She remembered it! We appreciate her comments. She became part of the family. We strive to give our guests what ever they need. If it is joining in the activities or absolute privacy that's what we do. We hope she comes back!
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Felt Just Like Home!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed with our 2 kids and absolutely LOVED it! The pool was wonderful and the room was very comfortable. We enjoyed letting the kids run around in the HUGE yard and they enjoyed chasing and catching the geckos (the owner has toys for the kids to do this). The loft worked great for our teenager to slip away and have his own space. We hope to stay again soon!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Portland, OR

The Perfect Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

We could not have been more happy with the Blue Ginger Cottage, it absolutely made our trip. The location is perfect, only a few blocks from the heart of Kailua Town and a block off the beach. We hardly used our car during our stay because it was just so much more pleasant to walk everywhere. The actual cottage is fantastic, Susan has added a lot of small touches that makes it above and beyond most rentals. The breeze that goes throughout the rooms is lovely, we were never too hot, and it's an added bonus to listen to the tropical birds sing outside your windows in the morning. We thought the place was actually much more spacious than it appears in the photos, in the three weeks we stayed there it was the perfect size. The back lanai is lovely for morning breakfast or bbqing in the evenings and the landscaped backyard is beautiful.

The nearby beaches, Kailua and Lanikai, are honestly two of the best beaches on the island (trust me, we explored almost all of them). We felt so spoiled to be within walking distance of both.

Our favorite part of the whole stay though was the hosts, Susan and Claude. They are wonderful people that we really enjoyed getting to know. They give you plenty of privacy when needed but are available to give advice about places to eat, sightseeing on the island and any other questions you may have. We now consider them friends and can't wait to come back and stay again in the future!

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
14 Miles
Honolulu International Airport
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
50 + small restaurnats in Kailua town/walking dis
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Kailua Beach
Car: recommended

Oahu has so many activities - particularly in the out of doors. Besides the obvious ocean fare, there are aerial activities. Dillingham airfield has parachuting and glider flying. our son is part of a paragliding group here. Given the right wind conditions they fly off the Mokapuu Lighthouse site, Kahana Bay, Nanakuli and even Diamond Head. check out their website:


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Kailua Cottage Rental Rates

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Jan 30 2016 - Jan 1 2017
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.93%

20% due at booking. Balance 15 days before arrival. Rates vary depending on length of stay. Pay Pal with a credit card or personal check.

Tax Information available on request. Call 808-262-9626

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Kailua Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1)
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Amenities, Local phone, 3 Cable TVs, Outdoor Shower, Beach towels and beach chairs, coolers, boogie boards, coolers

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