"We were lucky enough to spend 3 wks. here on a family trip with 4 generations split between 3 units. Colony Villas is a lovely complex with beautiful pools, lush landscaping, and nice BBQ's. And the other units our family members rented were nice as well. But I do believe ours was the best. That feeling started when I made my initial email request & Mary called me almost immediately, rather than just emailing. She & Chuck were so friendly, helpful & great to deal with throughout the whole process. They spend a lot of time at their condo and it shows in all the nice little touches. This is not a 'generic' rental with just the basics!!! Certainly different things matter to different people & the pictures on the listing show you the unit well, but here are some of the things we really appreciated: comfortable beds & pillows, flat screen TV's in living room & master, TV's in the other 2 bedrooms, wonderfully stocked kitchen (sharp knifes too), wi-fi that was fast (even with several devices all using at once), ALL the beach toys (chairs, boogie boards, cooler, ice packs, beach bags), lots & lots of beach towels, full-size stacked washer & dryer, open downstairs floor plan with comfortable furniture (room for all 6 of us without feeling cramped), great location within complex looking out onto 10th fairway of Beach Golf Course. If you are a golfer, the Lepley's have the Gold Membership that transfers to their guests - so we played the King's Course for $50 and the Beach Course for $75. Discount applies to club rentals as well, as some in our party did not bring their clubs & rented beautiful Nike sets (men's & ladies) for $25. This is a huge benefit & savings over paying regular rates at both courses. If I had to list a negative, I'd say for us its the fact that this complex does not have ocean views - BUT, especially at night with the sliding doors & windows open & fans going, you 'feel' like you are close to the ocean with all the palm trees & landscaping plants swaying in the delightful breeze. We've visited the Big Island many times, and stayed in many other complexes in Waikoloa Beach & Kona area. We've had great ocean views, but we've never had a more comfortable, delightful place to stay. My dining tip - The Beach Tree at the Four Seasons Hualalai for great food, gorgeous sunsets & live music - NOT as expensive as you might think. For Shaved Ice - Anuenue, up by Kawaihae Harbor - whatever flavor you pick, get it with a snow cap...YUM."
Date of Stay: March 2014
Review Submitted: May 4, 2014