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This property allows you to book online with a credit card. After submitting a reservation request, the owner or manager has 24 hours to accept, at which time your card will be charged and you will receive an email confirmation
"What can I say about this place that hasn't been said before? As someone who is traveled all over the world, Cliff House is such a special place. The vista from the deck, the constantly changing tapestry of color, the sounds of the night. I told Richard, the wonderfully gracious owner, that if he would just put in a Thai restaurant downstairs in the carport and build a stairway to the beach below, I'd never leave the property. In spite of our good intentions to drive into Waimea for dinner, in two visits we've never been able to pull ourselves away from the lanai in the evening. This is the place for one seeking tranquility and a Hawaii vastly different than the usual experience. Like someone said, leave the gold clubs behind. Five thumbs up!!"
Guest: LeyakDate of Stay: May 2015Review Submitted: May 13, 2015
"We wanted to try staying somewhere inland for the first time and we loved it. The cottage was comfortable and we loved feeding the pig. Such a lovely place. We walked a short distance up the road and visited the Hawaiian Vanilla Company (great vanilla shakes). We went to Honoka'a several times. Such a darling town. If you want to get away from it all, this is the place. My husband and I loved it."
Guest: Kathy PDate of Stay: February 2015Review Submitted: March 12, 2015
"After returning home from a much needed vacation to the Big Island, we continue to reflect fondly on our wonderful stay at Don & Susan's rental home. We have rented many different homes on Homeaway and VRBO in Hawaii and elsewhere and have learned to depend heavily on other visitors' review comments, especially for longer stays. The great reviews this home had online caught our attention and the guestbook at the home with many more outstanding reviews made us confident we were in for a treat.
Since we were staying for 5 weeks this trip we wanted a place that would be comfortable, clean, relaxing, centrally located, conducive to working at home when needed, and spacious enough for visitors. Wow, this rental home exceeded all of our expectations! The construction of the home is very impressive and the spacious layout is just perfect for sharing with family or friends. What a perfect place to relax with family and enjoy the peaceful scenery by day and magnificent starry displays at night. Even the wet days were enjoyable as we watched the pastures and forests around blanketed with rain. We loved being within an hour of both Waimea and Hilo, and not too much further to Kona. Frequent photo trips to Waipio Valley and Laupahoehoe Point were just minutes away.
And to top it all off, we couldn't have asked for better hosts. Don & Susan are so pleasant and made us feel at home right from the start. Having lived there for decades, their recommendations took us to enjoyable places we hadn't yet experienced on other trips here. The periodic gifts of fruit, avocados, or jelly were great. And the little things like kindly offering to have our garbage taken to the transfer station, drinking water refilled, and linens washed really made a great stay even better. We had been accustomed to doing those things for ourselves in other rental homes on the Big Island but graciously accepted. Mahalo Don & Susan for a very memorable stay to our favorite vacation spot."
Guest: Wes S.Date of Stay: February 2015Review Submitted: May 2, 2015
"Absolutely amazing home, property and owner. Eight members of my family (ages 21 to 78) just returned from spending 7 days on the Big Island and stayed in Hale 'Io (the house and property) for the entire week. This area of the Big Island is breathtaking, and Hale 'Io even more so. From the time we first made our way down the driveway to our very last view of the ocean and cliffs as we were leaving, we all lived in a perpetual state of awe and wonder.
This was our second trip to the Big Island and we did some sightseeing that we hadn't been able to squeeze in the first time, but Hale 'Io was what made this trip special and the most memorable. As all reviewers have mentioned, the views are breathtaking and the home is simply perfect. The area feels secluded (in a very good way) but is close enough to Honokaa (6 miles) for groceries, dining (don't miss the acai bowls at Hina Rae's Cafe!), a little shopping, etc. ... and the Island's other "must experience" activities are not difficult to get to by car (and the scenery is beautiful). The locals are very friendly and helpful.
Eileen, the home's owner, went out of her way to make us feel welcome from the moment we first walked in the door. The home was open and welcoming, exquisitely decorated, and perfectly stocked for cooking and eating in-home. We had the pleasure of visiting with Eileen for a bit while we were there; she is a warm and lively person with a great sense of humor.
My family has been on some great vacations, but we all agreed that hands-down, this was the best ... and all because of Hale 'Io. We spent a lot of our time just hanging out together on the outside patio, which is such a plus for us since we are all kind of scattered about. Another bonus: If you are in good physical shape, you can get a great daily workout hiking from the Waipio Valley Lookout (about 1/4 mile away) down to a black sand beach, and then back up.
My family has never wanted to stay in the same place twice, but we are all already working on dates we can return to the paradise that is Hale 'Io."
Guest: Russell H.Date of Stay: July 2015Review Submitted: July 22, 2015