What can I say. It was perfect for everything. Close to start of the paddling races, the view from the lanai perfect for seeing the canoes, watching the dolphins and turtles, and watching the sun go down. The accommodation itself had everything we needed. Having travelled from New Zealand (and my family from Australia) and having beach gear available to use was a bonus. Thank you Brett for your helpfulness. My grandson and his Dad did the manta ray snorkelling as you suggested and loved it. Also great that Hurricane Lane did not cause the canoe races to be cancelled. Perfect holiday venue. Thank you.
This was everything we expected and more. The location is waterfront and convenient and central to restaurants, bars, shops and farmers market. The patio overlooks the bay and we watched spinner dolphins every morning. It was beautiful decorated and so completely equipped with everything we needed and more. The kitchen had amenities we didn’t expect, and there was beach chairs, towels, and toys. There was plenty of seating both inside and outside on the deck. We give this a A++ rating and would highly recommend it.
LOCATION: It is in the heart of the action across the street from the ocean. There are a lot of good restaurants and waterfront bars within easy walking distance. Having a parking spot meant we could frequently just leave the car and go on foot.
LAYOUT and FURNISHINGS were well beyond what we expected. There is a large lanai with extremely high quality furniture as well as a ceiling fan (with remote). The living room has lots of comfortable places to sit. The dining room table seated the 4 of us with lots of room. Both sleeping areas were great. There were good mattresses as well as both drawer and closet space (with hangers) so we were not living out of our suitcases. With 2 couples, we were slightly worried about the loft for one of the sleeping areas however it worked extremely well.
AMENITIES were also terrific. The kitchen was very well equipped with pots, pans, and utensils, lots of plates and cups and glasses (including wine glasses). There was also pantry space for storing food and a high quality refrigerator. There were also lots of “nice touches” such as 2 pair of good quality binoculars for checking out wildlife, boats and people in the water. The toy box with beach equipment was very useful. It had boogie boards, snorkeling equipment, etc.
HOSTS and COMMUNICATIONS – before leaving, I had some questions and request of Brett and Dianne. They were extremely responsive and accommodating. They provided a large packet of very useful information on using equipment in the condo as well, check-in & out procedures, accessing the pool and bbq as well as information on things to do, etc.
During our stay, I needed medical treatment which required extra time in Kona. Although the penthouse was already booked following our planned stay, Brett and Diane went out of their way to be helpful. Among other things, they offered to contact friends who also rented condos to check availability. They also made a point to check on me. I have rented over 30 condos and houses for vacations and without a doubt Brett and Diane are the absolute nicest and caring hosts I have ever encountered.
If I visit Kona again, I will try to schedule it so that I can stay here again.
Just came back from a wonderful vacation in kona. This condo is great and made our trip memorable. It is very well appointed to suit all your needs. Can,t wait to go back to kona
The place is superior to any other brand name hotels in Kona. We have stayed in Sheraton, Hilton, and other vacation rentals in Kona that cost $250-$300 before. However, this penthouse was much better than our previous experiences. First of all its location and view are one of a kind. Pictures do not tell the whole story. You have to be there to know what it is like on the penthouse and see a panoramic view of the ocean. There are a couple of shopping malls nearby and within walking distance. It was very convenient. Secondly, the condo is brand new. The appliances are all name brand. The owner totally remodeled the inside from the ceiling to the floor. He seemed to use the highest quality materials and welcome guests as if they were part of his family. For example, I had to print something and there was a new laser printer upstairs. Wow! I seldom find the owner of vacation rentals going the extra mile to take care of his guests and Brett is definitely one of them. I know some vacation rentals in Hawaii that charges for air conditioning, which is additional money that the guest has to pay for. I think there is no hospitality in this situation. However, the owner of the penthouse condo does not charge you for air conditioning. Lastly, you can see cruise ships, professional swimmers, surfers, snorkeling people, fishing boats, etc from the lanai. The best thing to do is to watch the sunset from the lanai while eating dinner. Our family was there for a week and it was fantastic. We will not go to other places when we visit Kona again. This could be your vacation place that has everything you need away or more from your own house.