|Minimum Stay||1 - 2 nights|
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Blue Ginger Cottage/Mele Hale - 'Happy Home' is situated in the wonderful town of Kailua on the windward side of Oahu. 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. Our concierge is Nicky the cat. He greets all guests but is happy to stay away if not welcome.
This is the ideal 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. The back yard has other spots for relaxation - the gazebo and lawn chairs clustered under the lush vegetation .
Access to the cottage is through 3 exterior entrances – the sitting area, the bedroom and the bathroom. The inside is bright and very comfortable with 18 foot ceilings, skylights and ceiling fans. Sleeping arrangements are the queen bed in the master bedroom, a double bed in the loft which overlooks the bedroom, and two twin beds in the sitting area.
Fresh flowers, fruit, juice, muffins, 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 burner on the grill is often used.
Most Sundays, a few family and friends gather for what we call 'Bubbly Sunday' - potluck, some prosecco, and sometimes the Jacuzzi. Cottage guests are always welcome.
If you are looking for local adventure we recommend hikes, kayaking or, consider paragliding. Come! Join us in paradise.
We are kama`aina family living in the islands for nearly 30 years.
This was our second stay at the Blue Ginger Cottage and it was amazing! Susan and Claude were so helpful with information about the area and welcomed us with a bowl of fresh cut pineapple. Our highlight of the trip was sharing a meal with their friends and family on "Bubbly Sunday". They were wonderful hosts! The cottage itself was immaculate and beautifully decorated. The yard and pool were spacious and lovely and the beach was just a few minutes walk from the home. It was especially nice to have towels, snorkels, sand toys, and other beach gear available for our use. We loved the gorgeous, quiet location and the beautiful beaches of Kailua. We wouldn't stay anywhere else!
We had such a great time staying at the ginger cottage. Everything you could ever need what is there - towels, boogie boards, sand toys and even some breakfast food to welcome us. The kids loved playing in the pool every morning when they woke up and every day after either an adventure or a day at the beach. The beach was only two blocks away and the main town was only two blocks away. There were plenty of choices for food, whether it was coffee, dinner out or Whole Foods to purchase some food to cook or make at home. We were able to visit Pearl Harbor, the North Shore, hike KoKo crater manoa falls and the lighthouse all an easy drive from blue Ginger cottage. We were also lucky enough to be there on a Sunday and were invited to join Susan and Claude for a bubbly Sunday which was a special memory for all of us. As you can see, we thoroughly enjoyed our time, the cottage as well as the Phillips!
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!
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 ;)
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!
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!
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:
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jan 30 2016 - Jan 1 2017
1 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Cleaning||$50 + Tax|
25% due at booking. Balance 15 days before arrival. Discounts available for 8 nights or more.
Refunds guaranteed if cancellation is necessary. Please contact me if that is necessary so the calendar can be cleared.
Tax Information available on request. Call 808-262-9626
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.