Nice & clean, with little touches like soap, scrubby sponges and all you need for cooking and laundry. Small insect problem brought a handyman in a few hours who handled it and also made arrangements to fix minor things after we leave. Phone calls to Abbey Rentals promptly returned. Located away from bad traffic but close to everything we needed.
The location of this condo was ideal for us. Just a short walk to the beach with great snorkeling. Couldn't ask for a better place. The condo itself was very nice and all the amenities you need they had. It was very well kept and clean. We met the manager and she was also very nice. if you had any questions or concerns, she was there to help. This location was also great for good restaurants nearby and a grocery store a few minutes away. It was also a great spot for going off to explore the island. The complex has a wonderful infinity pool, which we used every day - just perfect. The owner was great to work with - no problems there. If we head back to the big island again, we would stay there again!
Amazing location! The snorkeling at Kahaluu Beach was outstanding. The pool and hot tub area were very nice. We enjoyed the BBQ. The views from the lanai were great.
I have rented several condos in Hawaii and found this condo lacking in a few ways:
The condo is very hot! A/C is billed extra but it is stated that with the trade winds it is not often needed. We didn't find this to be true. It's possible that you could get enough airflow if you could leave the doors open to the lanai but they ask you to keep doors shut to avoid bugs entering the condo. We found that the temperature was 85-87 degrees each night. We should have added A/C but didn't want to have to go through the hassle of reaching out to the owner and then meet up with the property manager to get it set up. For the hot summer months it should be included.
The condo is stocked with minimal paper products. We ran out of toilet paper in one bathroom and ran out of paper towels. We were there for 6 nights and only one extra TP roll was provided in each bathroom. One paper towel roll was supplied for 6 days.
The condo would be better received with a few niceties. The towels were basic white towels that have shrunk up and look cheap. Two of the 4 beach towels were thin and poor quality. With Costco on the island it would be simple to spend less than $100 for some nice towels that would last longer.
Overall the condo is furnished nicely. The beds were comfortable and the bathrooms were beautiful.
Most vacation rentals ask you to take out the trash but this one asks you to wash the majority of your laundry (only leaving your sheets and one set of towels). It would be nice to have extra sets so the housekeepers could switch out sets without worrying about the tight cleaning window. I kindof feel like we did a lot of the cleaning that should be covered in the housekeeping fee.
Overall it was an ok condo close to an amazing beach but definitely not the 5 star ratings I read. I've stayed in much nicer rentals on each Hawaiian island for less money.
We truly enjoyed our stay in this well-maintained condo that is conveniently located just across the street from one of the best snorkel beaches in the Hawaiian islands. We very much appreciated the timely and thorough communication with the owners (James and Hee). They are on top of it! The property manager (Britt) was welcoming and exceptionally helpful (she even found a coupon for a local establishment to give to us). The condo itself is well-appointed and beautifully decorated, and included useful amenities such as snorkeling equipment for us to borrow. One minor thing for the building owner to consider is putting up a patio umbrella by the pool for those who want to be outside and enjoy the view of the ocean across the street while being protected from the sun. Overall, our experience was excellent. Mahalo!
We stayed here for one week in January. We were very impressed with the location. It is just across the road from Kahaluu Bay ranked as one of the best snorkel locations in the area. The colorful variety of sea life in the underwater world being so close was a real advantage. We could check the surf level from our lanai and see if it would be a good time to head to the water. We usually began our days on the lanai and ended our day there as well. James and Hee were so thoughtful with including so many amenities to make our stay very comfortable. From the extra items in the kitchen to shower products to the little things we may have wished we would have packed, but didn't think of them. No need. Our hosts thought of all the incidentals. The condo felt private, yet close to everything we needed. The elevator was extremely handy when bringing in groceries or just coming and going. The surf is too high? No problem. Enjoy the privacy of the pool with view of the bay. There is a grill near the pool and Kualoa Ranch was just down the road with reasonably priced items for grilling. Thank you to James and Hee for our home away from home. We also appreciated the prompt return of our security deposit.
We stayed in this condo in late December and found it had everything we needed, all the rooms were comfortable. The kitchen worked well and we were able to eat most of our meals there. There is a grocery store very close by and restaurants too. We loved the view of the ocean from the lanai and that you could walk across to the beach to watch the sunset. My husband and daughter also took surfing lessons at the beach across the road and had a blast.
We really enjoyed our stay. The condo was nice and clean and exactly as shown in the photos. The location cannot be beat. When we wanted to go and enjoy the beach and snorkel it was just steps away. The elevator was nice when we were with our suitcases and groceries. The grocery store is a few minutes drive away and the stores and restaurants are only a 10/15 minute drive. The balcony was always shady and was amazing for our meals and relaxing. The ceiling fan on the balcony was a great way to have an ocean breeze anytime we wanted. The view was great and the neighbourhood is relatively quiet. The pool and barbecue were great, but we spent almost all of our time at the beach. Amazing snorkelling. We saw turtles, an octopus, lobster, and a huge variety of reef fish. The beach park has showers, bathrooms, snorkelling rentals, and there is a food truck there everyday with ice-cream, snacks, burgers and so-on. The kids loved the beach, the pool, and the condo. We were all sad to leave when our vacation was over. When we return to Kona we will definitely choose to stay there again.
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