My wife and I wanted to take the whole family to Hawaii so we could see the grand kids experience Hawaii for the first time. There were 17 of us...9 adults and 8 kids ranging in age from 3 to 16 yrs. of age. We rented one house and never felt crowded. Every room is like its own private hotel room and very spacious. I really can't add much to what has already been stated in other reviews other then "believe it". We spent 10 days in Kona and went out to eat for a Mother's Day breakfast. We have a number of outstanding cooks in the family who all contributed. The gas grills were clean and well maintained. With the abundance of fresh fruit and a very good local grocery we ate like Ali'i. We're already planning a return trip. Best vacation ever!
We LOVED our stay at the Ohana retreat (plantation)!! Two extended families shared the property in one house and enjoyed a beautiful Thanksgiving there over 12 days. We enjoyed the fact that the pool was immaculate as was the house and property. We had use of boogie boards, bikes, snorkel equipment, kayaks and paddle boards and beach chairs that come with the property. There is even a volleyball net to put over the pool for games. Tennis is available too! The managers Miguel and Ariana were wonderful taking us on a tour of the plantation when we arrived and explaining the fruits available and even making themselves available to cut open coconuts to drink from at any time! We had a fruit tasting and chocolate tasting as well. The coffee and chocolate is made on the property. They had everything we needed at the pavilion including table cloths and chairs, silverware, warming dishes etc for our huge family Thanksgiving. As we sat at the pool each day we remarked at how lovely it was to be sharing with just one other family (next door at the other house on property) instead of hundreds of other people at a resort. It was like having our own private resort!! We really enjoyed playing shuffleboard too and the neighbor even came over to explain the rules! I can't recommend this property more highly. It's the only way to go if you have a large family with numerous couples who need their own space (bedroom and bathroom) yet want to share a house. The bedrooms are large too! Almost everything you need is at this property. Just bring your clothes and toiletries.To rent the number of hotel rooms we would have needed would have been much more expensive and not nearly as private. The beach is walking distance (and we saw turtles there every morning) and the property is quiet and beautiful. There is even a small view of the ocean from the top floor of the house. The owner was very easy to work with as well. She gave us a lot of information on things to do on the island and how to arrange activities. She even gave us a detailed list of foods and spices that were at the house so we wouldn't buy unnecessary items. If I could give this place 20 stars I would!! We will go back to this property for sure!!
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The "Ohana Retreat" was a perfect setting for our family reunion. The Aloha Spirit was felt from the first moment met by gracious and attentive resident manager Ariana. Each lovely room was nicely furnished, had its own lanai was spacious and private. We enjoyed the special Kona Roast coffee and delicious macadamia nut chocolate brittle grown and prepared right at the Plantation. The Orientation is a must to learn all you can take of advantage of right onsite. The common areas offer casual luxury for a family to congregate to prepare meals, play and relax. Everything needed to make meals for 16+. It was the ideal home base for day trips to Volcano National Park, Deep Sea Fishing (our son-in-law caught a #257 Blue Marlin with Sea Wife II Captain Kent and Doug), Manta Ray snorkel (Hang Loose crew) and Big Island exploration. We enjoyed playing in and lazing at the pool, reading in a hammock, bike rides to the beach, runs along the coast, snorkeling and eating luscious tropical fruit: star fruit, mangos, papayas, bananas, limes, jack fruit and many some exotics we'd never heard of before. Miguel fired the Fornos Portuguese oven (takes a day) in the Plantation to bake pizza. The pavilion is a good day retreat or a beautiful place to grill the days catch or dance under the stars. Owner Carolyn and Resident Manager Ariana and Miguel from our Family to Yours, Mahalo for the Magic!