My husband and I went to Hawaii, the Big Island, for two weeks in April. We wanted to be in a quiet place, away from the hustle and bustle of Kona, and near to great snorkeling. We are not light travelers, so we like to settle into one place and stay the whole time. We could not have chosen more perfectly. Frankly, we would not even consider staying anywhere else after our experience with David and Michael of Kane Plantation. Our suite, the Kanaloa, was beautiful and perfect! We chose it on their recommendation because of it's privacy and roominess for our two week stay. Being photographers, the lanai with sunset view was perfect, too. Even though it is "upstairs" is is not, actually. It is more on ground level with a slightly sloping walkway to the breakfast area, through that lanai style room, and to the next building entrance to the suite. It was maybe 50 steps from where we parked our car, so it was great for me with knee issues. I think we used the indoor shower once, as the outdoor shower was so wonderful with total privacy. I have to figure out how to have one at home! Half of the bedroom and living room walls slid aside to give a totally open feel and let the breeze flow through.
The breakfasts were incredible with fresh fruit, cheeses, nuts, breads, avocados, jellies, and meats. They made different smoothies each morning, which was a challenge in creativity for them as I am allergic to bananas. They were so good! They also provided almond milk for me in place of regular cows milk. The final course of the meal was a dish cooked by Chef David, omelets, french toast, poached eggs on english muffin. Yummo! They served a variety of local coffees. a different one each morning. We could have lived on just breakfast, and often did till dinner. They were willing to serve breakfast earlier, or bring a tray to our suite if we had an early departure for island adventures. The servers, Sean and Trevor I think their names are, were just so friendly, helpful, and welcoming. The suite was always perfectly cleaned, with bottled water, fresh fruit, turndown service, a chocolate treat on the bed, and a snack left on the coffee table each day.
The plantation is a working avocado farm with beautifully laid out and maintained gardens. I got wonderful photos, and the avocados were awesome. The chickens and turkeys running around were a hoot! Kane is surrounded by coffee, macadamia nut, banana, and mango farms on the hills. It is situated at about 1200 feet and is in what you would be most likely to expect vegetation wise in Hawaii. The Kona coast is quite dry, and we loved being up in a more tropical environment. There is no air conditioning and we never choose to go without, but it is absolutely true that you do not need it at Kane Plantation. We even put on sweaters sometimes in the evenings. It was so nice after spending some of the days in the hotter setting of the city and beaches. It is about 7-10 degrees cooler than on the coast. The road up to the plantation IS rough, just to warn you. You do not need an SUV, but you do have to drive carefully and slowly. The snorkeling at Two Step, by the City of Refuge, is awesomely wonderful, and is only between 5-10 minutes drive.
David and Michael, the owners and managers, were attentive to every detail and need we had. We sometimes made sandwiches from the breakfast offerings and got fruit for lunch. They made sure we had a cooler with ice, a bottle cooler for wine or sparkling water, and picnic supplies. They had snorkeling gear available. They stayed up really late the night we arrived. Our luggage got lost, so we were at the airport forever and then had to go to Walmart for supplies, so we arrived about 1:00 am. We expected to have a note telling us where our suite was, but they were up waiting for us and helped us get settled. The next day, they spent a lot of time trying to help us find our luggage. They kept an eye on us and were worried when we came home so late the night of the blood moon. We photographed it from the volcano caldera and got back about 1:30 am. They thought they might have to send out a search party.
Michael is a REALLY GREAT travel agent. He got us our car and searched out the very best companies with which to do our activities; snorkeling, helicopter, night manta ray dives, etc… We were totally thrilled with his selections. We got massages at the plantation. Very nice! Relaxing in the hammock on our lanai was wonderful, and my husband slept in it many nights.
There is so much more I could say, but we are so glad we chose Kane Plantation Guesthouse, and we are, I have to admit, pretty picky about lodging and service. Discerning travelers, I should say.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury Bed & Breakfast Guesthouse located in Captain Cook, the cultural heart of Hawaii's Big Island South Kona district, at the historic home of Artist and Historian Herb Kawainui Kane. The guesthouse is situated on a 16 acre avocado farm, with beautiful tropical gardens and sweeping views of the coast from Kealakekua Bay to Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau. 77mi from Volcano and 26mi from Kona airport. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kane Plantation Guesthouse Hawaii/Honaunau