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Reviewed 10 July 2012

We booked this condo as a bit of a splurge for us and that turned out to be the decision that we made. This unit was well decorated, and in very nice condition. The lanai makes the location, the view and sunsets were amazing. The focus of our stay was in Kona and this unit is very nicely located just a few miles from the downtown are but away from the main traffic. You do hear the waves crashing every evening/morning but for us that was relaxing. Without a doubt if we would be in Kona again, we would stay here as a first choice.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Kccey
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Reviewed 29 June 2011

This unit served as our honeymoon getaway in 2009. The biggest disappointment was the lack of AC. Apparently at this complex, it is up to the owner to install their own AC. When I had researched it online, I assumed since other units had AC, the all did. WHOOPS. As you search for a place to stay, everyone will tell you - "aw brah, you don't need AC- we got the trade winds." If these trade winds take care of everything, why does it seem every store, every resturant, and every place we went where locals were hanging had AC? AC isn't life or death, but if you are like us, and not used to warm, you want AC.

As it is OCEAN FRONT, and had apparently been vacant (not aired out) for at least a week before we arrived, it was musty and mildew/moldy smelling. Having the patio open constantly while we were there pretty much took care of that issue.

The lanai is HUGE! We spent so much time out there, and loved that patio so much that the rest of the condo seemed an afterthought.

It was a great vacation, and I have stayed in worse places, but I wouldn't recommend this place unless you are very budget concious but want ocean front and can't find something cheaper- and even then I would highly recommend you splurge for something a little nicer. The complex itself was great.

The pool is small, and not really good for kids, but for us as honeymooners, it was a perfect place to quietly cool off and unwind after a day of running around.

We did feel like we got what we paid for, as this unit was one of the most affordable ocean front places we came across.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank SaraCastic
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Reviewed 24 February 2011

We stayed in Kona Nalu #302 for seven days in mid-February, 2011. This unit rents for luxury prices but the facilities leave much to be desired. The unit has not been renovated: be prepared for dirty, stained carpets and throw rugs; outdated, chipped, and worn appliances; stained sheets with holes; stained towels that look and feel like they have been recycled from a car wash; broken blinds; electrical outlets that sparked; a front screen door that doesn’t close; and, a sign on the sliding glass doors to the lanai that says “Be careful, these doors will lock behind you, trapping you on the lanai”.

In keeping with it’s 70's feel, unit #302 does not have internet access. The dining room table was missing a chair (3 not 4). The sugar ants had been controlled in the kitchen fairly well but they showed up in the master BR bed by the end of the week.

There are positives–the large lanai is well furnished and very pleasant, the view is great, there is air conditioning, a well equipped kitchen, and comfortable furniture in the living room.

But when I pay this rate for accomodations, I expect them to be well maintained and comfortable. I don’t expect to have to wear shoes inside (this is the first Hawaiian condo we have stayed in that did not have a “Maholo for removing your shoes” sign on the front door). And I shouldn't have to sleep on sheets with holes and use towels that feel like sandpaper.

Kona Nalu suffers as well in comparision to another complex just a half mile south we stayed in the week before. The Kona Nalu pool is tiny and came with a dead gecko which I removed. There is no hot tub, the grill requires charcoal (not provided), railings were chipped and rusting, and the elevator seemed to be on its last legs (the emergency phone is outside the elevator on the first floor). Noise levels in the second bedroom are high due to the location at a three-way stop sign on Ali’i Drive.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled with friends
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6  Thank waterwizard_28
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Reviewed 21 July 2010

We enjoyed 6 nights at Kona Nalu #105, the condo was the best part of the trip, the sunsets from the lanai, the sound of crashing waves. The decor was pleasing and everything was satisfactory. There are boogie boards, beach towels for use. The bathroom towels could have been updated, they are very rough, however. There were a couple lightbulbs out, but everything else was great! We arrived to music, lights on and cool central air. That was very appreciated. Visit Huggo's for dinner when there. The island is pretty spread out, so plan your time wisely! If you go, this condo would be my choice! Especially if you don't care for the big resorts and having to walk a distance to get through hotels. Having a home away from home is so much better! Abbey Vacations is A plus!

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Annettencalif
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Reviewed 13 November 2009

We have stayed in #301 numerous times. What a wonderful place. The owners are updating it constantly, with new linens and up to date furniture and colors. The locationis fabulous, you couldn't be any closer to the ocean. The whales are great to watch along with the spinner dolphins and sea turtles. The sunsets cannot be beat. I would highly recommend #301 at the Kona Nalu, Kona, Hawaii The lanai is the BEST!!!

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled with family
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3  Thank youandmeinidaho
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