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What a special place! Thanks so much for sharing the land you so obviously love with us. The ocean pounds, the fruit abounds and Maggie sealed the deal. Most excellent!
I had a very pleasant stay at Pohoiki Bay Cottage. What a wonderful place to experience the real Hawaii. The ocean is a very short walk (about 2 minutes) away from the cottage. I fell asleep on the lovely screened in porch on the futon to the sounds of coqui frogs and the ocean almost every night. How relaxing! The place was very comfy and had everything I needed including full kitchen with necessary, pots, pans, plates, glasses, paper towels, filtered water (from bottle/cooler). There were also other little goodies such as cooler, fins, umbrella, beach chairs and beach towels provided which was very useful for day's out exploring the area. Mary gave me some great recommendations for places to eat in Hilo and Grocery Shopping (Safeway) in Hilo when I first arrived and was good at communicating throughout my visit either via Air BnB Messaging or via her caretaker(s). If you enjoy plants, nature and a relaxed hide-a-way type of location that is still close to interesting sights such as the Aluhuani Hot Pools, Champagne Ponds and Volcanos NP, Hilo and Akaka Waterfalls then this is an ideal spot. There are no resorts around and the place is free from the tourists and commercialism you typically get from the Kona Side. This was exactly what I was looking for and my stay here and the experience of the cottage really made for the perfect vacation. When I was done hiking, snorkeling or exploring for the day it was comforting to know I had a safe, comfy and laid-back special little home to come back to every night. I highly recommend Mary's Cottage. It's a real gem!
Marys cottage was wonderful and the entire setting from the lush tropical grounds to the waves crashing off the lava beach was amazing. This place was like a secret piece of paradise! The entire atmosphere was so relaxing and Mary made us feel welcome and was always available and helpful when we needed any assistance. The champagne coconuts were an especially nice touch for our anniversary vacation. We could have spent our entire time there relaxing on the lanai it was perfect! The location was perfect too, snorkeling and volcano were very close by and we really loved this Hilo side of the island the most. We would definitely stay at Marys cottage again in the future and we highly recommend it!
Mary is a very gracious and thoughtful host sharing her home and knowledge of the island. The cottage is fabulous, in a gorgeous location surrounded by the flora of the island and a very short walk to the ocean. A true escape from everyday realities!! Mahalo Mary!!!
The descriptions and pictures really don't do this place justice. When my husband and I arrived on Hawaii from Oahu we weren't sure what to expect. We got to the cottage late at night and there was a candle "lit" on the porch and lights on in the house for us (candle was battery powered). When we got inside the cottage Mary had left us some fruit which was very thoughtful.
The cottage itself is beautifully constructed and tastefully decorated with art from the islands. The kitchen counter looks like hand it's hand-crafted (sort of rustic reclaimed wood deal) it was really cool! The kitchen had everything we needed to cook. We were so exhausted we went to sleep right away (nice firm bed). We fell asleep to the sound of coqui frogs (overwhelming almost on the first night, but you get used to them fast) and crashing waves nearby.
In the morning, I saw that the ocean was just outside maybe 50 yards away. You can see it from the kitchen in the cottage as well as from the side of the super awesome porch. The porch, by the way is screened in and big. Loved the tiki table!
On our first full day we walked over to Mary's house, which is on the property by pretty removed from the cottage (we had total privacy at the cottage). What a delight she was! She talked with us for ages and even showed us around some of her favorite spots in the area. And we loved her dogs.
The cottage, like the whole property, is off-the-grid (water catchment, solar power, etc) but we didn't want for anything. The WiFi signal was great and we were just careful about turning off everything when not in use.
I could really go on forever; the place was more than we could have asked for. I only wish we had booked Mary's cottage for our whole stay on the Big Island. We got the seclusion we were looking for, but really enjoyed interacting with Mary who clearly loves the area of Puna she lives in. We do too now and hope we're back soon (we'll definitely stay here again if it's available).
Wow, how do you describe paradise found? The cottage is down a rainforest lined driveway on a beautiful property just a short walk to the lava 'beach'. There are many great activities a close drive and Mary is happy to give you the local knowledge. Many mornings we simply lounged on the screened in porch drinking coffee and eating fruit. If you want a Hilo side experience this is the place and Mary is the host!
Mary was amazing and the listing cannot convey how great the house is. I would stay again for sure when i am on Big Island.
This place was just what it sounds like, quite, relaxing and peaceful. The place itself is so cute and we had plenty of privacy. I would recommend picking up some food on the way in if you plan to be there an be enjoying some meals on the porch, as the grocery stores are back into town. We loved hearing the surf and visited the hot pools which are not far when it was a bit rainy and cold, they really helped to warm us up.
Mary was great, very welcoming and great at communicating with us. We were only there for three nights so we stayed pretty busy but would have liked to have spent more time just relaxing and enjoying the beautiful surroundings. Very relaxed and perfect if you are looking to get away from it all.
Wonderful stay at Pohoiki Cottage. Sound of the waves and the coqui made for a great natural connection.
So close to tidepools and lava walks everyday. Will recommend to others for their Puna trips. Mary provides everything you need for cooking meals. Thanks Mary
Mary was a fantastic host. From the moment we arrived on the Big Island and called her she was very helpful in every aspect, from finding her beautiful property to where to go and what to see. It was an experience filled with the Aloha energy.... the property was sweet - coconuts we could drink fresh coconut water out of, picking fresh fruit, actually being able to really Relax. :) This is a quiet, laid back part of the island that is close to a great retreat center if you are interested in a massage or a little yoga, fresh local food, flowers, fresh fruit, trees, surfing. Views of ocean were fantastic and magical drive into the area. My husband and I had an amazing time and would definitely go back to Mary's . We wanted something a little more laid back and not touristy and we got it - Maholo. :)