Amazing. I wish I could live there.
Before booking a vacation property, I probably looked at hundreds of listings between three different sites. Once I found this one, I kept going back to it. There was just something special about it which I later determined to be the fact that it's Dave and Beth's actual primary home. That explains the warm and unique decor--it's definitely not one of the carbon copy condos populating the Big Island. The property is actually further south than I initially realized; it's definitely past the main portion of Captain Cook. This wasn't an issue for us since we weren't planning to spend much time in the actual city of Kona. I preferred the more rural setting, as did my fellow travelers. I went with my boyfriend, our friend (we're all in our mid-30s), and my younger brother who turned 21 the day we got to Hawaii. The house is absolutely true to the pictures, down to the knick knacks. I of course staked claim in the master bedroom--no way was I giving up that bathroom with the sunken tub! Our friend took the other bedroom and while Doug gave us an inflatable mattress for my brother to use, he ended up just using his sleeping bag on the sort of day-bed on the covered porch. I loved the small private porch off of the master for morning coffee, reading, etc. It was nice to have TV, but felt my bf and friend overused it; I would much rather have music than noise of TV when no one's really watching. Be aware that sound does travel, esp. when people are talking outside since most of the windows are screen only. Hopefully the guys in my group didn't bother the people staying in the studio. The fresh fruit was a great bonus and my brother ate a plethora of papayas that Dave supplied us with. I was sorry we missed mango season. Being able to cook meals was helpful and I liked having the grill in the carport area. The boys used one of the paddle boards and we took a kayak trip to Captain Cook one day. Definitely plan ahead and get a landing permit. It's easy and will make your life easier & make you feel good for following the rules ;o) Being able to borrow the kayaks and snorkeling equipment probably saved us over $200. Tips: *If you stop at Costco, don't go too crazy. We had a lot of leftover food which I hope Dave and Beth were able to use. *Bring earplugs (coqi frogs and geckos are loud) and a sleeping mask if you're a light sleeper and want the option of sleeping in. *Make the bed tightly. The days I didn't, I found ants once and then a millipede. *Have fun!!
$75 night June - Nov. $110 night Dec - May Kayaks & Paddle boards included