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Love being outdoors, fresh light food, and Hawaii!
Juan has a beautiful place!! And he is a wonderful host! We were here for one week and were sad to leave. The home is true to its description and even more. There are beautiful hikes all around. The people in the neighbourhood are pleasant and add to the warmth of the experience. When we came home late in the night (we arrived at close to midnight as our flight was delayed), Juan had left the lights on in the house and made arrangements to have us enter the house. Inside, a beautiful vase of Hawaiian bouquet was greeting us along with loose flowers in the bathrooms. The entire place was clean and welcoming. The home has everything you would need to make your stay pleasant and memorable, including beach and snorkelling supplies. The kitchen is very well-equipped. The water is triple filtered and UV treated for a clean and hygienic water supply. The internet is fast and reliable allowing easy and continuous T-Mobile wifi phone connection.
Juan is courteous, understanding and prompt with responding to any emails and queries.
What more could you ask - wonderful host, beautiful place, spectacular Hawaii!!
Juan was terrific! Readily in touch before we came and as soon as we arrived . Knew our various arrival times. Responded immediately with one extra pillow, air mattress. We were a family of 7 and had everything we needed. We loved the neighborhood and were greeted by folks as we waked around ant to a beautiful ocean view. Felt like our home. Nice to have a suggested local guidebook, snorkel equipment, beach towels, etc. We loved the Hilo side of the island. Easy drives to great sites and locations
My friends and I (5 girls) stayed at the Lotus Residence for almost a week. It was one of the best week we had. The place is located about 40-50mins drive from Hilo. The location is quite and close to alot of beautiful sceneries. The place is fully equipped with everything you need and more! Juan is super friendly and helpful when we had trouble with the wifi connection and giving us advice on where to go and eat. We've enjoyed every minute of our stay. Would definitely come back if we visit again =]
John was very welcoming, yet gave us the privacy we wanted to get away from it all. The house was incredible, and actually much better than described on the listing. I would recommend the host amend his description to include all of the amenities. There are board games, DVDs, a deck of cards, sun screen a first aid kit, emergency supplies with flashlights and extra batteries. The fridge was stocked with bottled water. There are a lot of kitchen essentials and a gourmet kitchen and a BBQ on the lanai. There are sand toys, snorkeling equipment, boogie boards, spare hats, beach towels and beach bags.
I packed all kinds of extra stuff because a hurricane was on the radar and the listing did not show this and I made the reservation at the last minute.
We had such a great experience here at the Lotus Home! We arrived earlier in the day of the booking and John was very responsive on directions the the place and getting the keys to the space as we booked the place very last minute. We LOVED the location ! a quiet neighborhood that had that extra relaxing feel to it , not sure if it was the sweet wind blowing the magic of the forest or what it was.... not far away is a few markets in pahoa where you can buy your own foods or the very community based bar/resturaunt uncle roberts at the end of the road. Thanks again to John as we will be back!
We really enjoyed staying at the lotus residence. The house was beautiful with a fantastic kitchen.
The Lotus Residence is just beautiful ... well-appointed and very comfortable, in a quiet neighborhood with wonderful views. If you are coming in at night, however, keep in mind that the road in is very dark. We found the home very easily with a combination of John's excellent directions and our car's GPS. There is no cell service in the area whatsoever, but the house has a strong wifi connection. We were able to communicate home through Skype.
John was very hospitable! He even allowed us to stay past our check-out time so we could further enjoy our stay before catching a night flight home. There is much to do in the area (be sure to check out the handy guide binder John has put together), although it is a bit of a drive to Hilo, which is where most of our time on this trip was spent (we came for Merrie Monarch). As the home is a far from the town, be sure to stop for groceries before you make the drive.
Mahalo nui loa, John! We hope to stay in your lovely home again!
We had an amazing time! Truly a magical place.
We (three adults) had a wonderful time at the Lotus Residence. Everything was as expected. There was of course much more space than we needed but the location was perfect to enjoy and explore the east cost of Hawaii.