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Recent Kealakekua Bay reviews

  • our home in paradise

    "this is the bench mark all places should strive for"
    Guest: Bill Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: November 18, 2014
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  • Wonderful vacation destination

    "We had a great week at the Cottage. We found it perfect for the two of us, and enjoyed Mike and Vika's gracious hospitality. WIFI was much appreciated! Location is scenic and quiet, but close to many attractions and restaurants. A small microwave would be a nice addition to the kitchen. We hope to return again in the future!"
    Guest: Dan Date of Stay: December 2014 Review Submitted: December 16, 2014
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  • A Perfect Three Generation Vacation

    "A three-generation vacation can sometimes be fraught with tensions. Not so at this wonderful house overlooking Kealakekua Bay. The house is beautifully laid out and has room for everyone to find their own space without stepping on each other's toes. In the end, however, we all spent a lot of time sitting on the clifftop watching the waves bashing the lava, the whales (two adults and a calf), the spinner dolphins gamboling in the waves and even a green sea turtle. The kitchen is perfectly laid out and stocked including with a supply of spices and herbs that I have never seen in a vacation home -- thank you John! When we weren't out enjoying the island sights, especially in the southern part of the island and Hilo areas, we were cooking in the kitchen, barbecuing on the patio and spending time together sitting around the table and the pool. Krista, the manager of the property, was exceptionally helpful with advice about where to shop, what to visit and how to find a good deep sea fishing outfit. As photographers we were thrilled with the many photo opportunities at the house, including a setting full moon over the bay and spectacular sunsets. The small beach nearby was perfect to take our grandson for a morning of playing in the sand and the waves. All in all, one of the most wonderful family vacations we have had in a most spectacular location. Thank you John for letting us share your little bit of paradise. We will definitely be back!"
    Guest: Diana Date of Stay: December 2014 Review Submitted: January 9, 2015
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  • Outstanding

    "10 years later this was our second stay on Big Island where we spent our 10th wedding anniversary. The days before we arrived, we resided in generous suites in 5* hotels in Las Vegas and Honolulu but Tara Cottage topped those (also very good) experiences easily. The surroundings are spectacular to say the least and everything is in pristine condition. The cottage itself is super cosy (but not small) with a very sophisticated interior and has got all the ameneties one could wish for. Also Michael's hospitality was better than we ever could have expected. Despite knowing quite a bit about Big Island, Michael's "bible" contained extremely helpful information and provided us with experiences we otherwise would have missed. The outdoor shower was probably the best kind of shower we ever had in our entire live. Breakfast on the upper lanai, chilling on the lower lanai, PRIVACY, Kiholo the cute and friendly dog, wildlife a plenty, sunsets out of this world, the nightly bird concerto, we could go on forever and hope you get the idea, everything was FANTASTIC. A very special thanks also to our new friends the Geckos, they are so friendly and took care of unwanted insects. Please, if you visit Tara cottage, feed them some honey, it's their favorite. We will never forget our wonderful stay at Tara Cottage and if we ever manage to come back to Big Island, there is no question where we will stay, Tara Cottage and Tara Cottage only. Honestly, you'd be a fool to go somewhere else. MAHALO AND ALOHA from Europe!"
    Guest: Daniel & Anna-Kaisa (Switzerland/Finland) Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: January 22, 2015
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