Makai Hale at Kohala Ranch is an incredible alternative to the resort hotels, shopping centers, and the hordes of stressed-out tourists just 20-30 minutes away on the Kohala/Kona Coast. After all, isn't a vacation supposed to help you relax and get away from stress?
The bed and breakfast is located in a gated community. The lots in this community are large and tiered so there is little obstruction of one's view. The B&B wing is separate from the hosts' home which is in a different wing. Both are connected by a covered walkway. There is a stunning, sweeping view of the ocean from the main bedrooom, lanai, pool, and hot tub. Kona sunsets are legendary. Kohala Ranch is up the road from Kona, but we think their sunsets are just as spectacular.
We found the room to be very comfortable and clean. The channels available on the cable TV were greater than offered in most local hotels. The hosts, Audrey and Jerry, are warm, friendly, and inviting. Our breakfasts were a delight. There was fresh fruit with every breakfast, along with different breakfast items every day. (We LOVE the papayas and pineapple.) Audrey prepares the breakfasts every morning and very quietly leaves it in the entry area around 7a.m. If you're already awake, great! If not, the fruit plate is placed in the refrigerator, and the rest of the breakfast fare awaits your awakening.
There is a small refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker available. There is no hot plate or stove. It's not a condominium. The small refrigerator is stocked with juice, milk and water and ground coffee. Sugar and creamora, tea, small boxes of cereal, breakfast bars, and a few other items for snacks are also available in the cupboards. There are utensils, beverage cups, plates, corkscrews, etc. available if you choose to prepare a quick snack or dinner. There are a couple of boogie boards, beach towels, beach chairs and umbrellas for guests to use. (And you are not charged an additional fee to use them, as you are in the resort hotels.)
Reservations are for one party at at time whether it is a couple or a family. Your party will be the only one there! (Yippee!! No forced socializing with other b&b guests!) Audrey and Jerry will be in their separate wing and provide their guests with as much privacy as they wish. There are two bedrooms available, and I think that the beds can sleep a total of 5.
Great beaches are just a few minutes away. Options for dining are many and varied. There are menus for many local restaurants in the nightstand. Our favorites were the Bamboo Restaurant in Hawi, and Cafe Pesto in Kawaihae.
This is a wonderful base from which to explore most of the island. After a full day of exploring or beach-bumming, it's a quiet and relaxing place to spend your evenings and nights. We had vog for most of our stay, but that just made for even more colorful sunsets! We didn't see too many whales, but we didn't spend much time looking for them, either.
We'll be back - again, and again. Mahalo, Audrey and Jerry. You made us feel like 'ohana. A hui hou.
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