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Oceanfront Oasis with Infinity Pool and Spa 'The Cove at Milolii'

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Sunroom, 4 Baths, pool, spa and garden (Sleeps 9)

Our two-story oceanfront home has views from every room and tropical breeze flowing from roof top cupola through every window and door. The main living area is upstairs with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, including two master suites one with a queen bed and one with a king. The third bedroom has a king bed and the fourth three twin beds. There is a large open kitchen, living and dinning area with an open deck area for dinning and lounging. The downstairs has an outside living and dinning area poolside with a barbecue. There is also a 16x16 poolside room with an adjacent bathroom, that is a relaxing place to read or rest and can be used as an additional sleeping area. (Futons are available at the house.) The house sits on the cliffs overlooking the ocean and affords beautiful views of the humpback whale migration in the winter, occasional Hawaiian monk seals and year round dolphins and turtles. The infinity edge pool and spa bring the Pacific Ocean right into our yard.

Keywords: Oceanfront, Kona Coast, Pool, two master suites, Private,

More Details

Melanie and Craig
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 26, 2017

About Melanie and Craig

We've lived in South Kona for almost 40 years and had the opportunity to purchase this property from a fishing friend after he moved to the mainland. The house was built in a slow process over 6 years with the help of a lot of great local talent. We completed the house in 2011 and spend many weekends sharing and enjoying our Milolii home.

Melanie and Craig purchased this house in 2010

Why Melanie and Craig chose Kona Coast

We live on a farm in the subtropical ohia forest up mountain from Milolii and have spent many weekends and summer days swimming, fishing and enjoying the ocean at Milolii. We are very gratified to be able to have a home on the ocean where we can continue to enjoy so many of the activities and beauty the ocean has to offer.

What makes this house unique

Milolii is far from the crowds and noise of city life. We enjoy peaceful walks and the pleasure of time with family and friends. Waking up to the sunrise over the mountain with a cup of organic Kona coffee is a pleasure we look forward to whenever we can get away to Milolii.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Wow what a great place. Beautiful peaceful place to vacation. I recommend it to anyone wanting vacation by the ocean.
Oct 2010
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Captain Cook House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Shampoo
  • Solar Hot Water
  • Solar Panels
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Water Tank
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , hall bathroom
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , downstairs access to pool area
  • 4 bathrooms. 3 upstairs and one down by the pool area
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , en suite bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 baby crib , en suite bathroom
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed
    Sunroom - 1 sleep sofa /futon , additional floor futons at the house
  • King size beds (2) 2 king beds, Queen size Beds (1) 1 queen bed, Double Beds (1) convertable futon sofa, in the downstairs sunroom.Twin or Single Beds (3) Three twin beds, Baby Cribs (1) Portable crib and high chair.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • In Ground Pool
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(29 traveler reviews)

Oceanfront Oasis with Infinity Pool and Spa 'The Cove at Milolii'
average rating of 4.9310346 based on 30 reviews
Houston, TX

Christmas and New Year's at The Cove

  • 5 of 5

First of all, I have to express gratitude to Melanie and Craig for allowing us to book this house well in advance of our travel since it was a retirement trip for my friend. The house is exactly as described and we found it to be very comfortable. It was also very well equipped. Probably our favorite extras were the fans which provided white noise to cover snoring and coughs (yes, we all got some crazy cough). The pool was a little cold for us to use much, but the hot tub was a delight. We were there every night looking at the beautiful sky. Loved the sounds of the waves crashing. I could definitely get used to living there:). My only complaint is that there is no TV on the main floor of the house. I am a terrible insomniac and would have liked to have a TV during those 1 a.m. periods of no sleep. There is one downstairs, but you have to go outside to access it. Also, two suggestions - have a refrigerator downstairs. Since you really need to stock up before the journey to the house, an overflow frig would be great AND it would be so nice to have a place to stash sodas (and margaritas) next to the pool. The second is to include on the intro to the house, instructions on how to operate the fan/lights. After traveling for almost 24 hours and arriving to darkness in the house, we had a hard time figuring out the lights. Also a complaint that is not within Craig and Melanie's control are the large dogs across the street. They bark at every person, car and sometimes it seemed leaves blowing in the wind. They did take them in around 10 at night so at least they didn't bark all night. As to the location, we loved it because the little village was so quiet and the sitting next to the ocean was magical. But know that it is a solid hour's drive from Kona. However, there are two decent markets to the south. No fancy ingredients, but they had all the basics and only 15 to 20 minutes away (also super cheap gas in the same center). All in all, I highly recommend this beautiful place. Craig and Melanie were great to work with. Thank you for allowing us to stay here especially during the holidays since I know you use it for your family.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved spring break at the cove

  • 5 of 5

We felt like we knew what to expect from the pictures and the other reviews, but I have to say the experience, the house and the view were even better than we expected.

The view from the infinity pool was amazing and we loved the hot tub. We were there to witness spectacular sunsets on 5 of 7 nights. We slept to the sound of waves crashing on the rocks every night.

The frontage down to the ocean is a little steep and rocky, but it was no problem for me and my family (2 teenage boys - 14 and 16). The seas were calm enough a few days for us to hop in and snorkel in the cove. There was a sea turtle and a variety of colorful tangs, wrasses and huge parrot fish hanging out there. I'd guess its 15-20 feet deep as soon as you jump in. A couple of rock structures made a ledge for a decent way out of the water. You have to use common sense though, there were a couple days the seas were way too rough. Safety first!

The location of the house was a nice compromise for us since we wanted to visit the green sand beach and the volcano & lava tube on the south and south east part of the island as well as hit some of the attractions in Kona. I believe the nearest store was about 25 minutes south, while Walmart and other shopping was about a 50 minutes north. Plan your shopping and stock the fridge and cupboards. The house has everything you need to cook or barbecue on the Weber, there was even a strainer to make spaghetti or Mac n Cheese. We packed light, all carry-on, due to the full laundry available there. The house really had everything we needed. Fantastic place. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 - kids 20,17 and 13 - spent 7 wonderful days at The Cove. From the moment we pulled up - to whales just offshore from the house - our stay was absolutely ideal.

Read the reviews - the house is a bit off the beaten path and that is what makes it such a treat. Completely appointed and equipped - with a well planned grocery trips - we wanted for nothing. The water was unseasonably rough, so we were not able to snorkel or swim locally, but with the sounds of the surf, the views from the lanai, the whales (we saw them every day) and the gorgeous sunsets, we hardly missed it. The kids spent hours in the pool and hot tub, while mom and dad relaxed.

With planning, the house is a great spot to explore the island. Several beautiful beaches are near by and we fell in love with South Point, which was an easy trip. We made it to Kona to go deep sea fishing and swim with the manta rays (incredible experience), but it is a pretty good drive. We loved escaping back to quiet Milolii and the sound of the surf after our outings.

Bottom line - if you want quiet & a bit of seclusion, this house is perfect. You could not possibly find more helpful and accommodating owners than Craig & Melanie (thank you both so much!) . From getting the rental arranged to having everything ready for our arrival to answering questions during our stay, they were great. To say they went "above and beyond" on the front and back of our stay is an understatement - they really helped get the very most of our short time on the island.

We loved this house, we loved the location and we loved the Island of Hawaii. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New Years at the Cove

  • 5 of 5

We spent New Years at the Cove, it was my parents first trip to the Big Island and they cannot wait to return. We were a party of 7 with 3 children and never felt crowded in the house. There was so much to do, between the outdoor games, the pool & the TV for college football :) Our reservation process was easy, and we knew to expect this house to be out of the hustle & bustle. We found the drive to be just as described, and were absolutely blown away by the house.

The kids swam all day in the pool, we enjoyed the fire pit on New Years Eve and had no need to leave the house at all.

We will definitely stay again if Craig and Melanie will have us back. Thank you again for opening your home!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect place for a relaxation vacation!!! The pictures don't do the home justice

  • 5 of 5

The Cove is truly a piece of paradise! It's away from the hustle and bustle of the city and touristy areas. The 'open air' home (which means their are screens around the house near the roof) really did allow us to enjoy the sounds of the surf and the fresh breeze. The cove itself provided great 'exploring' for our teenagers - it can be a little tough to climb down there so make sure to take care.

Craig and Melanie really make sure that their home is ready for just about anything. There were a few things that we didn't think of to get in Kona - but just about anything you can think of it already at the house. They are also quick to help with any issues that may arrive.

If you are looking for the perfect place to relax and get away from it all, this is the place. We were a group of 2 adults and 3 teenagers. Everyone had their own space and we also enjoyed having game nights with the board games in the house. Although you don't really need to leave the house to enjoy your time, there are some great places nearby...

We took a day trip to the Volcano and got to see a clear view of the steaming crater from the Volcano House restaurant at lunch. At night, you can see the red glow of the Volcano from the Jagger Museum. We also visited the nearby black sand beach and got to see a sea turtle sunning itself. Just north of the house there is another great beach (I forget the name, but I did put it in the guest book) that had several turtles that were swimming around the kids while they were snorkeling. Just remember that the turtles are protected so don't bother them or touch them purposely.

It is a steep and windy road to the house from the highway, so make sure to take it slow and watch for other drivers. The infinity pool and spa was amazing and the views from the lanai are so surreal. We couldn't take enough pictures!

Thank you Craig and Melanie for providing such an amazing home for our vacation!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Laramie, Wyoming

This spot was super

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at this house. We were a party of 5. We came to the big island to dive and have a break. We rented this house for the last days of our stay after renting another in town for the first portion. This house was by far the better of the two. It was spacious and VERY well appointed. There was enough of everything. Space, supplies, linens, cooking implements, etc. There were coolers. Shopping bags. Thermos. There were books and board games. There were cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, dish detergent, first aid bits. This place was decked out. It was clear that the owners must spend a lot of time here themselves. However, despite that, they were not restrictive or unnecessarily prohibitive about our activities and use of their lovely home. We felt very welcome and at ease here. There was even shampoo and body wash in each shower. These folks totally get it when it comes to making their space inviting for the renter! We saw whales and dolphin right off the lanai. We cooked in the fabulous kitchen and on the grill by the pool. The pool and hot tub were well used by our party. The house was out of the way and we liked that. The place was quiet and away from the hustle of town. We had a wonderful stay and would absolutely return or recommend this spot to friends. It was perfect.

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Rene, We are always so happy to know guests have enjoyed our vacation house as much as we do. Thank you for your review. Milolii is out of the way and perfect spot to enjoy the beautiful Kona coast and waters. We love getting in the ocean whenever we can for swimming and diving so we like to keep the house stocked for our use and our guests. The rocky coast line in South Kona offers some spectacular diving and snorkeling both during the day and night. Hope to see you again next time you are in Kona. Me ke aloha pumehana, Melanie and Craig
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Nearest Airport
46 Miles
Kailua Kona (KOA)
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
22 Miles
Sea Mountain
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Mamalahoa Hwy
Nearest Restaurant
11 Miles
Oceanview Pizzaria
Car: necessary

Hiking the oceanfront Kings Trail


Rates & Availability

Captain Cook House Rental Rates

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Dec 20 2017 - Mar 23 2018
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
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4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $175 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 13.41%

Groups of over 6 guests require a minimum stay of 7 nights. Please call us (808) 328-9947 for up to date discounts and rates for stays greater than 7 nights.

25% deposit to reserve your dates with the balance due 60 days prior to arrival. We also collect a $500 security deposit at check-in.

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  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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