We had an awesome time. The villa was Great! Unbelievable view. Setup perfect. The layout of the grounds easy to stroll through. Enjoyed our morning/evening beverages on the lanaii. You never know what to expect when reserving vacation rentals. I read the reviews and based on what I saw I was impressed. Met our expectations and more. North Shore was the place to be. Thanks
Actually stayed in Gina's 317 studio just above this. The view is stunning and unspoiled. Very quiet beach with miles of walking paths. We've been to many nice beach resorts and I've never seen a resort with access to miles of untouched beach like this resort with harbor seals on one end and sea turtles on the other. It's so unexpected on an populated island like Oahu. The studio was nice, clean, well appointed and very spacious, complete with networked printer and large screen HD TV. This is everything you could hope for in a studio rental in a beautiful resort.
My family and I would like to thank you and Villas by Gina for allowing us to stay at your beautiful vacation villa this past week. We are now back home (in Irvine) and truly missing the sounds of the Pacific outside the sliding doors. Our 1st family vacation was a beautiful one and we will definitely like to revisit again in the future; and the amenities your villa provided was a big part of that!
Thank you again!
2017/10/12 thru 10/17
Condo was as described. Amazing view, quiet, relaxing. Beautifully appointed. No need to go leave unless you want to, the resort has bars and restaurants just a 5 minute walk. Fully appointed kitchen if you want to cook. You only have to take a 10-15 minute walk to find a nice private beach. Or down the stairs to the pool or resort beach, which is never really crowded. Beach lockers have everything you need. Owners very responsive with any requests. Highly recommend, we will return.
Absolutely everything included is exactly as described so I won't rewrite it. Here are a few additional details:
Frisbee golf or Soccer golf course available on property. Frisbee Golf is ~$15 includes 3 golf discs (putter, driver, mid-range). Each person needs there own set. 12 holes - loads of fun especially for the teens in your group! They also rent soccer balls, cost unknown. Course is fairly easy to figure out with a aerial view course card they give you at the checkout desk. I suppose if you had your own golf discs you could golf for free - but I believe the intent is that you pay the small fee ($5?). Also - each person needs their own discs - of course.
Tennis courts were FREE - bring your own racket and balls! Make a reservation, though - they get busy.
Ocean Villas pool is not the Resort pool. Pros: MUCH MUCH less crowded. Quieter. Still a few kids around, fine for kids. Cons: Looks like resort pool has a small water slide. But I promise it is not worth the crowd! Never had a problem getting a chaise lounge. But if I did, I could bring my own chair provided by the unit!
Free snorkel gear provided by owner, very good. Try it on at the storage locker. Go at low tide to see the most. We saw at least 15 varieties of fish. Best siting was a rather large eel.
Bed - Very comfortable - new mattress is really worth the mention. Pull out bed - 6'1" 195 lb 17 year old slept on it for 6 nights and never complained. A first for pull-out beds.
Kitchen - excellent. Everything you need. Caveats, which were no problem for us: No dishwasher, minimal storage space for food, but no problem to find a way to store food. Refrigerator is about 3 feet tall and freezer cannot fit much. Do not stop at Coscto - you will not have room for anything from Costco!
Have to give huge thanks for the washer/dryer and complimentary soap. This allowed us to have clean towels every day (if desired) and clean clothes too, so pack light!
Air conditioning and unit temperature: Unit temperature was very comfortable with AC off and patio door open or with AC on and door closed. Probably most comfortable in-room temperature ever experienced in Hawaii (this includes more than 20 separate stays).
Location - PERFECT for North Shore. Only other place I might consider would be near Halei'wa town. Distance to stores and restaurants can start to feel long - but Lei Lei's is excellent and reasonable (especially lunch prices) - so if you don't mind eating at the same place several times, this is your go-to, no-drive choice. Otherwise, get ready for a 15-20 minute drive each way to dinner restaurants or grocery store.
This is one of VERY few units with a full straight-on ocean (and beach) view every time you look out. You do not have to be on the deck to enjoy this view. Note that the beach you see, is not the main beach and cannot be accessed by walking directly out, unless you are willing to climb through or over some hedges. So don't necessarily choose the ground floor unit, below, to walk out onto the beach. Enjoy this beach view, generally without seeing people! Access to the beach is very reasonable even with your arms full of chairs, snorkel gear, water, etc. You can get to the beach that is viewed from this condo, but you have to walk via the main beach access.
Big plus: no keys: Your door and the gates are all push-button key-code. Excellent - no worrying about lost keys at the beach! No hiding your keys when you snorkel.
Last and maybe most important if you have teens who like to game, even on vacation. Wi-fi is EXCELLENT! Better than my house. High speed, reliable, many many connections (phone, tablet, computer for each person) and no lag!
Final note about the North Shore: If you need to be within 5 minutes of the grocery store, Turtle Bay is not the place for you.
Enjoy - I really enjoyed my stay here. You can really tell that the owner put a great deal of thought into making sure our stay was absolutely excellent!
This villa was fantastic. We have a 6 and 9 year old, and the set up was perfect. The unit amenities with kitchen, bath and washer/dryer were great. And the access to resort, beach, pool were easy. Couldn't recommend it more!
I took my 12 year old granddaughter to Hawaii for the first time in February. The view from our condo was picture perfect. In fact, I had a friend ask me if that was a photo I got off the Internet. Nope, just from my phone! The condo was very nice, clean, and right on the beach! Sunsets were unbelievable! The employees for our area were very friendly, helpful and wanted us to have a great time. We had such a great time!! I would recommend this property to anyone, and plan on going back my self one day.