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Patio with private hot tub, outdoor dining, gas-fired BBQ grill and yard
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Patio with private hot tub, outdoor dining, gas-fired BBQ grill and yard
Entry Gate to patio Living area with double futon couch and smart TV, has ocean view
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Patio with private hot tub, outdoor dining, gas-fired BBQ grill and yard
Entry Gate to patio
Living area with double futon couch and smart TV, has ocean view
New Serta Perfect Sleeper queen bed with ocean view
Kitchenette with fridge, two burner hot plate, coffee maker, blender, filtered water
2nd kitchen counter with toaster oven and microwave. Shows door into changing area and bathroom
Smart TV with Netflix, Pandora, cable and DVD player
Patio with gas-fired BBQ, outdoor dining area, private hot tub and outdoor shower
Outdoor shower with hot and cold water, and private hot tub
Chemical-free salt pool with mermaid, waterfall and ocean view
Mermaid at pool
Private yard with ocean view
Carved dolphins at entryway
Dolphin and whale mural in breezeway entrance
Garden path
Buddha in one of the gardens
Red Ginger in gardens
Lobster Claw Heliconia in the gardens
Best snorkeling on the island at Two Step, next to Place of Refuge
Turtle and tangs, snorkeling at Two Step, just 2.5 miles away
Place of Refuge sunset, a sacred historical park, 2.5 miles away
Painted Church interior, 1/4 mi. away
Spinner Dolphins come into the nearby bays to rest and play
Volcano National Park crater plume, 1.5 hour drive from Tropical Hideaway
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Studio, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii

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Maurgana...
Makawao
2 reviews
“We loved it”
Reviewed July 19, 2017 for a stay in July 2017

It's a sweet place . Beautiful location, lovely ocean. Just relaxing a filled with vibrancy and beauty. Kathy is wonderful.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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V-diz
Vancouver, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
186 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Wonderful island retreat”
Reviewed July 14, 2017 for a stay in June 2017
1
person found this review helpful

Tropical Hideway is basically a screened-in studio with kitchen and a covered but open private patio area that includes a gas grill, a (naked) hot tub, and a shower. At first, this city girl was somewhat taken aback by how *outside* everything was and by small drawbacks like having only a hot plate (with only one working burner) instead of a stove. But very soon I was enjoying pretty much everything about this beautiful little corner of Honaunau. It's on a hill above the road with neighbours nearby but hidden away. Even when it was hot out, we often had a cool breeze blowing through the screens. We were a five-minute drive from Pae'a (Two Step) for excellent snorkeling and a short drive from many other attractions and services. The only time the outdoor living got to me was when it rained. Even though the room is well sheltered, everything gets damp, which I felt when I climbed into bed. But it never bothered me for long. For an older couple like us, the sideways raised bed posed a bit of difficulty for getting in and out, especially at night when you're trying not to disturb the other sleeper, but we made it work. The owner and her partner live upstairs, and they are both very nice and helpful, as is the gardener. There is also another vacation rental on the property in the back. Sitting in our room surrounded by trees and garden, watching Netflix, and drinking White Zinfandel was pretty near perfect. I want to be back there right now!

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Jul 16, 2017
Aloha V-diz, thank you for the wonderful review. I really enjoyed having you both as guests. I'd like to clarify a couple of things for those who read the reviews. In addition to the hot plate, the kitchenette has a large Oster toaster oven with convection setting, a microwave, a steamer and rice cooker, and two coffee-makers, blender, plus the gas-fired outdoor grill. Most guests don't do much cooking. And you were here in our rainy season, the summer. The rest of the year it hardly rains, as we are on the dry side of the island. There is a built-in bed-length step to the bed. I look forward to a future visit!
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Jeanne K
Seattle, Washington
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Lovely Place to Restore and Relax”
Reviewed May 18, 2017 for a stay in May 2017
1
person found this review helpful

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
We stayed at the Tropical Getaway and were completely enchanted by the location and ambiance of the place. The website pictures are a true representation. The grounds are beautiful and quiet (bring earplugs though for the coqui frogs!). The bed was super comfortable. The whole place is screened in so you feel like you are outside all of the time, which we loved. Since it was so lovely outside this was welcome and wonderful. We loved the hot tub which is kept very clean. It is a very private spot and we felt like we had it all to ourselves. Kathy, the owner, was friendly and helpful. It was nice to meet her. The kitchen had everything we needed and was easy to use. The bathroom was super clean and the outdoor shower was easy to use and very private. We used the Getaway as a base for many adventures but our favorite was the Place of Refuge and Two Step snorkeling spot which were mere minutes from the Getaway. We enjoyed delicious avocados from the surrounding gardens. We couldn't have chosen a better place. It was so hard to leave!

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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HikerBob6...
San Rafael, California
Level 6 Contributor
89 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“A relaxing stay”
Reviewed May 16, 2017 for a stay in May 2017

We chose Tropical Hideaway due to its proximity to 2-step (best snorkeling on the island) and Kealakakua Bay. We were also intrigued by the promise of privacy and lack of city noise--and the reviews were uniformly 5-stars.

The garden setting is absolutely peaceful and relaxing, the bed was quite comfortable, and the screens let the gentle breezes through at a perfect temperature. We were able to hang out in total privacy, which is much nicer than the rows of side-by-side lanais in big box hotels and condos. We adopted 2 "pet" geckos and enjoyed the beautiful sounds of the birds and frogs. The resident cats were a very nice touch.

However, the online pictures and amenity descriptions were a bit misleading--the unit needs a good cleaning and an overhaul/replacement of the appliances and utensils. The ocean view is limited and has power lines running through it. Also the occasional trucks and motorcycles were surprisingly loud due to the proximity to the road and woke us in the mornings.

Overall this was a relaxing stay but the above issues prevent a 5-star rating from us.

Pros: Proximity to 2-step and Kealakakua, no other tourists or nearby businesses, TV has free Netflix, Kona Coffee farms nearby.

Cons: Appliances need upgrade, unit could use thorough cleaning, bug bites, limited ocean view with power lines, traffic noise, little storage space, kitchen not great.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
May 17, 2017
Hi Bob, I'm sorry that you weren't completely happy with Tropical Hideaway. The kitchenette is advertised as a kitchenette, not a kitchen, so it is limited in nature. I'm puzzled about your comment about the appliances, because the kitchen appliances are all fairly new. I will look closely at the utensils and make any needed replacements. Also, the cleaner spends four hours cleaning before each guest arrives, so the unit should have been very clean. I can speak with her about this. You were here during the rainy season, where there are more mosquitoes (the only insect that anyone has been bitten by). We do have a bug black light repellent unit, mosquito traps, citronella candles and torches to lessen any impact. Only certain people seem to be bothered by mosquitoes. I guess the mosquitoes don't like me, because I never even see any! I appreciate the positive comments you made about Tropical Hideaway, and am glad that you mostly enjoyed your stay.
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Tasha G
Calgary, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
20 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Wonderfully rustic and relaxing”
Reviewed April 16, 2017 for a stay in April 2017

Loved my 12 days at this rental. Amazing gardens, fabulous pool and everything I needed to enjoy every moment. There is everything you need in the kitchen, the outdoor shower was amazing and the bed is very comfortable. Having no windows and just screens allowed a wonderful breeze to fill the unit and because of the rustic location this allowed the sounds of nature to also fill the unit. Ear plugs helped the first few nights but then was used to the noises and thoroughly enjoyed falling asleep and waking up them.

The location is away from town and you must have a car to access stores. The snorkeling 3 mins away at two step beach was amazing and I was blessed to have seen dolphins, turtles and hundreds of fish.

Thank you so much Ivy for welcoming me in Kathy's absence and thank you Kathy for your hospitality upon your return. Would return again in a heartbeat!
Big Mahalo!!!
Tasha

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jerryandk...
san diego
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Fabulous place to stay to explore dolphin beaches 2 step, Hookena Bay, and Kealakeua.”
Reviewed February 16, 2017 for a stay in February 2017

Wonderful private location of road but easy to get to and near all best beaches. Has new excellent bed, and great hot tub that was appreciated after being in ocean . Clean , well appointed , very natural and in the jungle feel. Kathy is an amazing resource to everything on Kona side and extremely knowledgeable about whales and dolphins. A lovely layed back Hawaiian getaway.

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Olympia, Washington
Reviewed June 22, 2016 for a stay in June 2016
1
person found this review helpful

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