My wife, daughter and I arrived from California, we arrived 2 hours before the designated check in time. The very helpful and friendly owner Candace, gave us an early check in which made it soooo much easier after a long 8 hour flight. (Layovers are tough! ) When we opened the front door we were stunned. The place was out of a travel magazine. Beautiful furnishings, gorgeous interior, and the condo was literally on top of the Pacific Ocean. When Candace says it is on the ocean, it is ON the ocean. The view is an absolute 10! The kitchen has everything you will ever need including a coffee grinder which we really appreciated as the first thing we did was go up the hill to the Kona Coffee farms to pick up our weeks worth of Kona coffee. The condo is stocked with boogie boards, beach chairs, umbrella, coolers, beach towels, pack and play crib, high chair...Candace has thought of everything. Please be advised that this unit is on the second floor. We have friends that booked a unit on the 4th floor and they said it was very hot even with AC. I understand the second and third floors are the desired rentals. There is no first floor as that is the parking garage. My wife really enjoyed the fluffy sheets and towels and the unit was squeaky clean and smelled fantastic. Take our advice and don't waste your time with other units on the Big Island. This place is the best and we will be back next year.
Just amazing place to hear the waves crash
Very relaxing very central to see the big Island of Hawaii
This condo was as advertised! The photos were accurate. The owner was extremely helpful and available to answer questions. Candace wants to make sure you are happy and informed. Great spot, close to everything, quiet complex, specalular views and caring owner.
My wife and I found Banyan Tree 204 to be every bit as good as advertised. The scenery at the location is fantastic, and there is a bonus surfing show going on whenever there is surf. The location is quiet and convenient to shopping and beaches to the south (walking distance), and once you learn the streets, it's easy to avoid the congestion of Kona village itself. The condo itself is spacious, clean, well-kept. It has completely private accommodations for two couples. Parking is on the lower level with elevator service to the upper floors. The pool is quite nice and maintained daily.
This was a return trip for us to Kona and staying at Banyan Tree 204. Location couldn't be better, just feet from the ocean, whale watching, turtle watching, dolphin watching and surfing. Amenities are wonderful from a beautiful pool, free parking, internet, water toys, beautiful kitchen, washing machine and nice furnishings and a quiet location close to shopping and restaurants. Price is right, view is spectacular, location is peaceful. What more could you want...other than more time at Banyan Tree 204, paradise. We will be back. Thanks Candace!
I booked this condo with two of my girlfriends to celebrate my 60th birthday and what a birthday I had. This condo was AMAZING! It is located just under 11 miles South of the airport so getting to it was a breeze. It is right on Ali'i Dr.. Some who have been to the island before will tell you to stay somewhere off the main road because of the noise from the traffic. Well let me tell you...we NEVER heard the traffic. All we heard was the ocean! As soon as you step through the front door you are transported to island living. The building itself is four stories. The first level is parking. The condo is on the second level. It's a small complex, I believe 18 - 20 units. We never heard our neighbors unless they were at the pool or using the BBQ. But it was rare. The pictures you see of the condo depict every aspect of this lovely home. The kitchen is fully stocked with dishes, glasses, cookware, utensils, etc., so you have everything you need to cook most anything you want. There was even a "pay it forward" pantry, which we thought was great and added a few things when we left. There was a washer/dryer unit if needed, which we did take advantage of during our stay. Plenty of towels, linens, etc. as well. They even provided beach towels! We took the beach chairs to the beach, which was great. There was an umbrella as well as ice chests and a couple of insulated bags. They had a couple of noodles which were great for floating. There was a hair dryer in each bath room as well as a curling iron. If needed there was an iron and ironing board...didn't bother with that! We had it all! Right next to the condo (walk left when leaving the parking area) there is a great little beach where you are able to get your feet wet. In February, the tide is up a little further than in the summer months so there are not many beaches on the Kona side for us older folks who want to be able to get in and out of the water without being shredded by lava rock. The best place we found was Spencer Beach and a beautiful little cove a short walking distance from Spencer called Mau'umae Beach. Another BEAUTIFUL beach is Mauna Kea Beach, but only good for swimming if the seas are calm. But what made this trip so memorable was the condo. If you're reading this review and wondering if you should book it, don't hesitate! You'll be glad you did. Aloha!
This unit is as advertised. Candace was excellent is sharing all the necessary information to find the location which is centrally located just South of Kona close to several beach locations, snorkeling, stores, groceries, as well as the Keauhou Boat launch which is used by many of the regional snorkeling, dolphin swimming, Manta Ray swimming tours etc. You cannot beat the location which keeps you out of the car with more time for activities.
You have a reserved parking space which is great. The condo is very secure with codes needed to access the elevator and common areas. The condo is small and private with a common use veranda and pool area accessible by all members/guests of the condo.
The condo takes your breath away the moment you walk into the main living space with ceiling to floor glass and a million dollar ocean view. The waves are breaking into a sea wall within spitting distance of the balcony with nothing to obstruct your view of the ocean. The main bedroom has a movable wall for privacy or can be open to the main living area which is a plus. From this room the breeze and sounds of the ocean at night are as if you are lying on the beach itself. We often hurried back to the condo to enjoy a shower after snorkeling and laying on the bed with a book and the ocean breeze.
The condo is not huge but is more than adequate and very comfortable for 4 people or even a 5th if you do not mind sleeping on a sofa with an ocean view and breeze while you sleep! The condo is very updated, clean, and extremely well appointed with everything you will need during your trip from cooking utensils, towels, boogies boards, books, beach bag, and even a cooler. Candace has thought of everything. She has even included a binder filled with her local knowledge of the local sights, hiking, and places to eat.
The condo has inside laundry which is key in Hawaii but does not have AC. This was not a problem as we found by leaving the front door open with windows open in the back there is a wonderful cross ventilation clearing most most of the heat when returning from activities. The condo is well appointed with numerous ceiling fans and even a portable fan which was helpful during our stay in August which was unusually hot for the season. Even in those conditions we found the condo to be very comfortable and enjoyed using the ocean as our air conditioner.
We are still in the condo and could not be more happy with our choice. We have vacationed on three Hawaiian Islands living in other wonderful condo's and a luxury motel and this has been our favorite. The only limitation of this condo which is really a limitation of the big island is you cannot take long walks on the beach as the big island consists primarily of volcanic rock that extends to the water with a beach area here and there. The main road from the parking area that parallels the coast has ample size bike lanes on both sides with great views of the ocean and is only across the street - not bad at all for an evening walk and sunset. Candace, we thank you very much for sharing your condo. We have created memories that will last a lifetime for our children and we look forward to the opportunity to return in the future.
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