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Horizon Guest House
Ranked #4 of 6 Honaunau B&B and Inns
Reviewed December 3, 2010

If you were going to design your perfect hideaway home, it might end up looking something like the Horizon Guest House. Beautiful expansive views of the southern Kona coastline, and on a clear day you can see the 8000-ft peak of Hualalai. The website photos do not do the verdant property justice. Adjacent to the property's own gardens is an Ohia forest, wonderful native trees with red (and sometimes yellow) flowers. The infinity pool makes you feel like you are floating above the ocean and the attached hot-tub/jacuzzi section makes nighttime soaking and star gazing a must do. There are 4 rooms all with a private lanai, they are immaculate and spacious. The owner Clem has taken the time to label all the switches in the rooms so you always know where to turn something off or on. The bathroom has a large walk in shower, there is a refrigerator in the room, king or queen bed, terry robes, included WiFi, and a french Press for coffee in case you awake before Clem does at 600 AM. The main part of the house includes large comfortable rooms that are open to the amazing view and have sliding screens for night. There is a sound proofed media room with over 800 movies for you to choose from (although I could never be bothered to give up the jacuzzi and stars). Central to the main room is the top-chef kitchen area where Clem creates his scrumptious breakfasts. Each day we had fresh fruit plates (mango, papaya, figs, pineapple), hot cereal (whole grains and dried fruits), and some special creation (mango-cinnamon pancakes, mushroom frittata). The most wonderful thing was that Clem catered to our schedule. Unlike so many B&B's where you have to plan your day around what time breakfast is served, or miss it, Clem will find out what time you want breakfast and make sure it is ready for you. One morning we needed a 630 breakfast, no problem, another day 600 AM coffee, we left for an early snorkel and came back for an 830 post snorkel meal.

An additional feature is the great grilling area by the pool. Clem has it stocked with spices, plates, and cutting boards. There is a great health food store about 15 miles away, you can find easy items to grill, fresh local produce for salads, and decent bottles of wine or local beer. Allowing you to eat outside listening to the coquis (frogs) and simply put your dishes in the basin under the sink and in the morning they will be cleaned and replaced. This is great since there are a few good dining options in the area but after about three nights you will have exhausted them and probably be happy for the availability of the grill.

Many would simply be content to stay here for the views, relaxing setting, and attentive pampering of Clem, but you just happen to be in one of the best locations for snorkeling on the whole island. Two miles from Ho'okena, a bay that is frequented by spinner dolphins, four miles from "Two-Step" and about 12 miles from Capt. Cook Monument, two of the best snorkel spots that the island offers. In about 40 minutes you can be at South Point the islands green sand beach, and in about the same amount of time in the other direction you are in Kailua-Kona in case you need a Costco or many more dining options.

Between the great snorkeling, beautiful flower gardens and fruit trees, the nearby native forest, the two wonderful "house puppies" along with Clem's hospitality you will find that you really do not want to leave. This place is a gem and should not be missed.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 1, 2010

My partner Mike and I spent a week with Clem at Horizon Guest House, and its as simple as this "WE CAN'T WAIT TO GO BACK"! We are always looking for unique, quiet, relaxing spots on the globe to get away from the daily stresses of life. This is one of our favorite places on the planet....in the middle of 40 acres of lush green, so quiet you can hear yourself breathing at night...among the other soothing noises of nature and not a car or city noise around. Clem is a gracious host, and an incredible cook, beautiful breakfast every morning, including fresh local fruit, most of it from the trees surrounding the guest house. Don't forget to ask him for the Mango Macadamia Nut Pancakes, and his custard soaked French Toast...two of my favorites...but it was all delicious! Its a small place and very gay friendly. Don't miss out on a wonderful experience, you can be a room number at a big resort, or you can be treated like a friend and human and called by your first name at Horizon Guest House. Its a magical place! Clem is knowledgable about the Big Island, and we had several great excursions from his reccomendations. ONE LAST THING, don't rent a car at the Airport Thrifty or Dollar Car Rental location....all the cars were old, beat-up, had high mileage, and were just filthy, my first and last time doing business with Thrifty, which is owned by the same group as Dollar Car Rental, and they share the same counter and cars with Thrifty at the Kona Airport. Mike and Steve, Seattle, WA

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 22, 2010

Best B&B ever... And we did great B&Bs during our stay...
First thing to say : we didn't plan to stay at Horizon guesthouse but the place we booked mixed up our reservation and upgraded us to this amazing place.

First thing to say : the website doesn't do it justice. It's so much better than it looks like.

When we arrived, we were strucked by two things :
- how quiet and peaceful the place is (the freezer in your room is even turned down at night so you won't be bothered)
- how nice Clem is : he really makes you feel like you are his special guest, and we felt priviledged to stay there.

Everything is decorated with taste, the room has much privacy (especially room number 4), the common area and the pool area are amazing. The view is gorgeous. The breakfast was different each morning and so good (the best we had, and we had great breakfasts during our stay)... You can have breakfast with the other guest our stay on your own if you wish. And no children ;)

If you stay there long enough, Clem has a great collection of DVD (but no TV in your room, we didn't miss it).

It was so romantic and magical, we didn't want to leave this place.

The only bad point is that you are far from any restaurant (10 to 15 miles) and that the restaurant choice is not great... If only a caterer could deliver there, it would be perfect !

Thanks again Clem, our stay at your home was the highlight of our honeymoon !

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 27, 2010

This B&B cannot be beat. Not only does it have gorgeous views of the ocean but the owner, Clem, is a gracious host and fantastic chef. As soon as my husband and I arrived we were pleasantly surprised by how wonderful this place really was and is. A gourmet breakfast was served every morning and coffee was always waiting for us as soon as we woke up. Clem's two dogs are the most well behaved and sweet dogs I have ever met. The grounds are spectacular. The rooms are clean and comfortable, I don't think I've ever slept so well! The pool and jaccuzi were really nice and overlooked the bay that has some of the best snorkeling. Clem is very pleasant and makes you feel right at home. If you're looking for a place to stay on the Big Island, you must give this place a try...you won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 2, 2010

After staying in Hilo and the vulcano park we drove to the East coast.

The sign could be easily overlooked, but with the description from the owner we mananged to find the house. It lies lonely high above the sea; the view is spectacular.

The owner Clem gave us always a feeling of beeing a preferred guest in his wonderful house. He served us a huge delicious and every day different breakfast with eggs, omelette, cereals, fresh fruits, whatever you like.

The house is airy, elegantly furnished with an Asian touch and has an open living room area. This and a TV room may be used by the guests. Clem had a very friendly and playful dog; we hearded now he has got two.

When we were there we had the pool just for ourselves. There is hardly anything more relaxing and pieceful than looking down onto the ocean from a sunchair.

Our room was tastefully furnished, not very big but sufficient. There was a refrigerator and a private terrace.

You can do your laundry and use the dryer.

You definetively need you own car when you want to stay here, since the house is 15-20 minutes drive to the nearest restaurant (which was a good recommendation by Clem).

There is lot you can do. For Scuba divers we especially recommend a night dive with mantas with Jack's dive locker.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 27, 2010

My partner and I stayed at Horizon Guest House in January, 2010. This is the first time I’ve ever had the desire to write a review though I’ve stayed in many great places before. Nothing can compare to the awesomeness that is Clem’s place! First of all, Clem is an absolute dream. He made us feel welcome from the get go. He gave us a tour and told us to make ourselves at home and we did! We grilled; we hit the pool and the hot tub; we cruised around the ranch and hung out with the goats; we played with the dogs; we borrowed all sorts of gear; we helped ourselves to a phenomenal breakfast. Yes, it really is gourmet and he really will share the recipes with you. Horizon Guest House is really close to two exceptional snorkeling areas (Two Steps and Captain Cook’s Monument) and is about 30 minutes south of Kailua-Kona. If you plan to stay on the big island, you’ve got to stay here (and do it soon because Clem may want to retire in a couple of years). We’ll be back and we’ll definitely send our friends there without hesitation. Go there… you won’t be disappointed.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 25, 2010

We stayed just 5 nights, visiting Hawaii from Italy, decided to stay in Horizon after reading all those good notes and comments. We liked a lot, is a bit far from a town, and more or les 30 minutes drive to any restaurant, but if u like cook, you are very welcome. Owners provide grill and all equipment just next to the amazing pool. Every day cool, fresh b'fast ( God, those spectacular french toast), and fantastic hawaiian coffee. Room are big, spacious and with great view of the ocean. definitely worth of coming back soon! Big plus is no bloody tv in the rooms, no radio, silence and just u and person u love :-)

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Horizon Guest House

Address: P.O. Box 957, Honaunau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96726-0957
Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Honaunau
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Honaunau
Price Range: $250 - $255 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Also Known As:
Horizon Guest House Hawaii/Honaunau

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