Belle Vue Waimea certainly lives up to its name - the views are among the most spectacular we've seen anywhere in the world. Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa mountains on one side, a panoramic vista to the ocean on another side, breathtaking sunsets, and the surreal bright green slanted hills of Parker Ranch (complete with cows) on the other side. From the lanai of the extremely spacious Penthouse room/suite, we spent hours just watching the interplay of sun and the puffy clouds skidding by, or - if there was some "liquid sunshine" at the moment, there was always a rainbow or two to enjoy in the distance.
The hospitality provided by Viviane and Gayland can't be beat, with fresh fruits and home-baked muffins, and fresh flowers everywhere. Since the property is at the very top of Waimea, at about 2,800 feet elevation, we found it essential to prepare for cool breezes at times. But after a 15-minute drive we could be at guaranteed-sunny beaches. We have found Waimea to be a great location for driving either West to the sunny shore, North over Highway 250 - which is one of the most spectacular drives anywhere - to the quaint old-Hawaii towns of Hawi and Kapa'au, East to the Hamakua Coast and Hilo, or over the top of the island on the Saddle Road. And we love the local cowboy (paniolo) culture, including the Parker Ranch rodeos which are a real hoot!
Though there are ample good reasonably priced restaurants (e.g. Pau and Parker Ranch Broiler), I love to cook, and between the numerous farmers' markets with fantastic local produce and the fresh-off-the-boat fish store down the road in Kawaihae, I am in heaven. We have been coming to Belle Vue (both Waimea and Kona) for a number of years, and definitely will return in the future.