About This Listing
Aloha! Luxury awaits! No expense was spared in this beautiful ocean view condo. Designer furnishings, 2-person spa shower, granite, luxury linens, quality kitchen items with spices and basic cooking needs. Overlooks pool with stunning ocean view from your private lanai. Beachside BBQ, small gym, hot tub. Walk to town.
Wonderful oceanside location in the heart of Kona. Watch Ironman athletes train and compete as they run down Alii Drive. Enjoy the sound of the ocean surf and watch whales and dolphins from the lanai.
Tennis courts available with a key deposit; hot tub, pool, cabana, small exercise room, outdoor grills, lending library. Smart Blu-ray/TV, Free Netflix, play your favorite music from your smartphone using the Sonos sound system.
Interaction with Guests
Happy to give tips and best bets!
Walk to town, farmer's market, close to world class snorkeling. Shopping nearby. West side sunsets are a daily treat; Kona Brewing, Huggo's and other restaurants nearby. Pool, cabana area lovely for relaxation and the outdoor BBQ area which is oceanside is excellent. Not a day goes by that I don't wish I was there.
There is a shuttle bus. You can rent a car on Costco's website for cheapest car rentals too.
Other Things to Note
Prices are more during Iron Man and High Season. If rental is for less than a week, $150 cleaning fee will be added to the rental.
The complex is non-smoking. Adults only please. This is our beloved home; please care for it as if it was your own. It has been furnished with lovely and high quality things. If you use up supplies, please replenish. All of your basic needs are provided for; We don't believe that you should have to buy much when you are on vacation, so it saves you a lot of $. :-) You will find the kitchen and bath to be filled with basic provisions as well as some very nice unexpected items for your use and enjoyment. Other rentals are worn and have tired decor and furnishings. Nothing has been skimped on here and we ask you in the spirit of Aloha to take care of it like it was yours and leave it with care and Aloha. Mahalo.
Kaye was the most gracious hostess of any airbnb place we've ever rented! Her place exceeded our expectations and she anticipated any possible need a renter would have. Her condo is spectacular--better than any 5 star hotel! It's spacious, elegant yet comfortable, quiet, tranquil, and beautifully appointed. The kitchen with it's dark green granite and the shower in the bathroom are beyond fantastic! The grounds are beautiful and the pool and spa are wonderful. It was never crowded and we felt totally relaxed. The view is gorgeous and we even snorkeled right off of the lava rocks in front of the condo (just be sure to ask the local residents the best place to get in and out). The location of the condo is great. It's near enough to the center of Kona but outside of the most touristy area so it's not congested at all. Kaye left pages and pages of tips for things to do and places to go. She recommended a tour called Sunlight on Water which we booked to go snorkeling with the manta rays at night! It was a first rate tour and an experience not to be missed! All in all, I can't say enough wonderful things about Kaye and her beautiful condo. I would go there again in a heartbeat! Thank you, Kaye, for sharing your wonderful home away from home! We felt pampered in every way!!!
My husband and I just returned from a week in Kona and stayed at Kaye's amazing condo. The booking was easy and Kaye was prompt to respond to our emails and recommendations for places to eat, things to do etc prior to our arrival. I cannot say enough about the condo and the complex. The condo had a wonderful view and there were dolphins almost every morning that would swim in front of the condo between 730-900 am. We loved watching them and eating our breakfast on the lanai. The condo was beautifully decorated, stocked, cleaned immaculately. All the appliances were new and the bed and bedding so luxurious. The shower was also amazing lots of jets, bells and whistles etc. I loved falling asleep to the waves crashing on the lava rocksand I miss the peacefullness and tranquility of the island already.
Tips: you can snorkel in front of the condo when the seas are calmer, use the BBQ it is fun to cook out in front of the ocean and watch the sunset with cocktails.
Honestly cannot say enough great things about our experience at Kaye's Kona home. From the beginning it was clear how organized she is and how much she cares about her home, and the closer we got to the trip, it was as if she was as interested in is having a great time as we were excited to go on the trip.
The condo itself is better than the pictures and reviews do justice. We walked in and it was not only spotlessly clean, but was furnished with the perfect balance of that feeling of coming home and stepping into a place that you can just tell was done right....every little detail. I already miss the crash of the waves to put me to sleep at night and the smell and sight of the crisp sea air over morning coffee on the lanai.
If you have the opportunity, I would recommend Kaye's island home many times over and would love to go back at a moment's notice. Kaye is truly a great host and we can't thank her enough.
Nathan and Brittny
The host was very nice during correspondence. She gave us a very nice letter with suggestions on what to do while on the Big Island. The condo was very beautiful and right next to the beach as described. We never saw the owner or cleaning lady during our 9 day stay. The condo like I said was beautiful but it was not as clean as it had been described. The fridge was dirty, it had to clean it before I used it. The shower had a strong odor coming from the drain, we had to clean it as well before we used it. The sheets on the bed didn't seem clean when we got there so I cleaned them before we went to bed our first night there. Then when we used the washing machine it made so much noise we thought it was going to break, and it made being in the condo while it was running very unpleasant. Fortunately we brought everything we needed as far as toiletries, because just about everything that was there was empty, and the owner had stated use what ever you wanted to just replace it if it runs out. We would have spent a good part of our vacation just trying to replace the empty items. We did use the last 2 garbage bags in the condo during our stay but didn't feel like searching the Island for their exact match to replace them, they weren't a standard bag from Costco. Again the view was beautiful but the Condo's condition was not as good as portrayed by the owner. I know it is hard for someone to that doesn't live in their place year around to know the exact condition of their building and they must rely on their hired help which my have been why the conditions weren't as described.
I was contacted by their son who wanted them to try airbnb for the first time. I had major concerns about renting to them after I had allowed the booking because she had some serious issues and preferences, and had always stayed at hotels before. She is allergic to fragrances, especially laundry detergents. We purchased an acceptable detergent and washed everything with it prior to her arrival. When I spoke to her on the phone, she informed me that she does not like colored towels, and could I provide white ones? She informed me that does not like colored bed linens either. I think she was expecting a hotel experience, and that’s not how airbnb and renting a vacation condo works. She called my housekeeper multiple times with issues. On one call she said the washing machine was “growling” at her. She had difficulty operating the dishwasher; I think it was so quiet she did not know it was on. My housekeeper said that she had great difficulty understanding her because she was talking so fast and had to ask several times if she would slow down. We really tried to be accommodating; I don’t really know what else I could have done to satisfy her. I have never received a poor review about the housekeeping and I take a lot of pride in making sure my vacation home is clean, and stocked with basic provisions and nice things. We usually leave a couple of beers and condiments in the fridge, and it is always wiped clean. It’s a privately owned condominium complex and I don’t think she understood that the housekeeper is not onsite like at a hotel where you can call for whatever you wish. I will be there on Saturday to make sure everything is up to my expectations, and in the future I will have friends there check periodically. I have always received excellent reviews and would be happy to provide anyone with references of all my recent renters.
There is nothing we wished for while staying in this beautiful condo! We found the condo to be more than fully equipped with everything we needed to enjoy our trip to Kona! The pantry and bathroom were modestly stocked for use, which was so helpful, so we could get settled in before we ran out to do our own shopping. The kitchen really does have all the tools and basic spices and oils to prepare your meals. The entire condo was clean, modern and tastefully decorated. The view from the lanai was exactly as pictured (a rarity). We watched the Dolphins play as we drank our coffee, and watched the waves crash on shore while we played cards at night. The grounds are well maintained. We especially loved the "library" downstairs and BBQing with the great Pacific behind us.
The location is ideal. It's a short drive or walk to downtown, shopping and several awesome beaches. Kaye graciously leaves a list of the best deals, places to see, and restaurants. It was helpful to have a locals guide on where to grocery shop! We would certainly stay there again!
We had the delight of staying at Kaye's Condominium in Kona during the month of October '14. It was as described a 'home away from home'! Attention to detail in both the way the Unit was equipped & where it was situated, Waterfront views, peaceful location made our holiday very special.
Kaye's condominium was a dream come true. She has completely upgraded the condo - it has the most amazing shower I've ever experienced, a gourmet kitchen, and a really fun sound system in each room that you can control with your iPhone. The community gas grills are top of the line, on the waterfront, and impeccably clean. The location of the condo is perfect, just down the street from the main strip in Kona, but just far enough that you don't get a ton of noise and traffic where you are. If you wake up early and go out on the balcony, you'll see dolphins in the water, birds, paddlers, and more from your balcony. Kaye also provides great essentials like beach chairs, beach umbrella, and more. If you're lucky enough to land this place, you'll be happy you did! Thank you Kaye!
About the Host, Kaye
Have been traveling to Kona for the past 20 years, always renting the same beautiful condo. I was able to purchase it last May, and loving remodeled it. I love to travel, and have been to many beautiful places around the world, but I keep coming home to Hawaii.