Most definitely our happy place!
From the moment we saw this property online, we knew this was where we wanted to be, and we were NOT disappointed. Mark and Lucretia took care of absolutely everything to make our stay exceptional. From the first communication and assistance to plan our stay, right through to sourcing food for us and greeting us upon our (very late evening) arrival, they were gracious, accommodating and friendly. Hau'oli Place was perfect - even better than the photos! Appointed with everything you could possibly need as well as a whole heap of extras (including a cozy gas fireplace), this little slice of heaven will always hold a special place in our hearts. The bed, sofa-bed and pillows were some of the most comfortable we've ever slept on, the linens were clean and snowy white and the kitchen was well equipped and spotless. When we weren't huddled in front of the fireplace sipping hot chocolate, we were out on the lanai enjoying the sights and sounds of the rainforest on the doorstep. If someone recommends that you stay in Kona - don't believe them - it's hours drive from all the good stuff! The location of this little cottage was second-to-none, as it enabled us to explore the most iconic sights of the Big Island at our own pace as everything you could possibly need and all you might want to see is practically on the doorstep. A 5 minute drive to the Volcano town as well as the Volcano National Park which is open 24 hours a day, 10 minutes from the Volcano Winery (the southernmost winery in the USA), 45 mins from all the facilities of Hilo as well as Kalapana (where the lava meets the ocean), with easy access to Mauna Kea and a multitude of other attractions, this is the place to be. Not often do you hear people return home raving about their accommodation, but after staying at Hau'oli Place you'll be telling everyone that it's THE place to stay on the Big Island, just as we are! Thank you Mark and Lucretia - we'll be back! :)
Hau'oli Place - Your Happy Place!