We just returned from a week on Big Island and stayed 2 nights at Island Goode's and it was absolutely fabulous. The only negative is that we didn't stay more than 2 nights!
We were traveling with 2 small children ages 3 and 5, and even though the "family room" was booked, Garvin and Lara accommodated us in the other room, which is huge. There was plenty of space for an air mattress on the floor (the room is much bigger than the photo on the website makes it look), which accommodated the kids very well. The bed we slept in had a Sleep Number mattress so my husband and I slept great. The room has a big bathroom and a small kitchen area with dishes, a toaster, a coffee maker, tea maker (which impressed my British husband) and small fridge.
After we put the kids to bed, we sat outside soaking in the jacuzzi and looking at the stars. The jacuzzi was right outside our door, but we had brought our baby monitor just in case. We didn't really need. it
The other highlight was Lara's breakfast. Freshly baked muffins and an array of incredible fresh fruit, most of it grown on the property, including papaya, lychees, pineapple, mango, passion fruit, and more.
One of the best parts of our stay was when Lara took us on a tour of the farm. We started with the baby chicks, and then visited the fruit groves. They grow bananas, mangoes, pineapple, oranges, lemons, limes, papayas, and I'm sure I'm missing some. They have chickens and have started growing coffee plants, and are setting up a greenhouse with tomatoes and other vegetables. For kids who think their food comes "from the store", this was a great excursion.
The B&B is in a great location, only 10 minutes or so from Hilo and very close to the not-to-be-missed (!!!) Botanical Gardens and Akaka Falls. We also did a day trip to the volcano, which worked but it was a long day. The B&B is up above the water, so you can actually sit and watch the ocean, and in our case, the whales since it's the migration season.
Rooms: the 2 rooms are separated by a 'friends and family' room which buffers the noise, so if you're not traveling with kids and the other room has small children, you won't hear the noise.
Cleanliness: the room was immaculate.
Value: excellent value.
We hope to be back!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Island Goode's is 5 minutes from Hilo, 10 minutes from the Hilo Airport. The perfect location to experience The Big Island. New Luxury B&B with spectacular view of Hilo Bay. Each room has King Size "Select Comfort" adjustable beds, large bathrooms with full size tub and shower, 9 foot ceilings with two fans in each main rooms and A/C in all main rooms. We are grid-tie solar electric and solar hot water, but always backed up by the utility company. Sparkling clean! An optional private breakfast served to your room or your private covered Lanai. Large Gazebo with Hot Tub and BBQ over looking the Ocean and Hilo Bay. Very private 6 acre estate, tropically landscaped with exotic palms and fruit trees. ... more less
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