"The Treehouse was spotless, airy and handsome (albeit a bit gloomy because of very dark-painted walls in every room), with high-end fixtures, a very well-equipped kitchen, roomy living and bedrooms and a great lanai with views of the neighborhood and the mountains. Although the beach is indeed two houses away as the crow flies, actual beach access is about a block and a half away. The beach is amazing -- clean, very swimmable and virtually empty of people except for a few visitors and locals walking their dogs. As a one-bedroom house, it seems very expensive, but I wanted to treat myself to a place almost on the beach. I was disappointed to find that, unlike virtually all of the dozen houses I've rented over the years on the island, the Treehouse was bereft of any books, maps or posters on Hawaiian history, culture, birds, fish, plants, beaches, botanical gardens, etc. The single guidebook was outdated, the free activities magazines were a year old, and the visitors' book lacked information on how to get to the beach (!). The owners' daughter assured me that the latter would be corrected, but said that guests repeatedly stole all the guides and other books, so they wouldn't be replaced. The other, very large rental house on the property, directly in front of the Treehouse, was vacant while I was there, which I appreciated as I can see that being at the Treehouse might be a very different experience if a big family or group were staying just a few yards away. And while the Treehouse would certainly be just fine for younger folks, as a 71-year-old I found it a bit worrisome: no landline and virtually no cell coverage (in case of an emergency), a very slippery shower, and a fair number of outside stairs whose individual steps were so dark that I couldn't see their edges. Falling down used to be funny, but now it's not!"
Date of Stay: April 2015
Review Submitted: May 1, 2015