"This was our first time to Ko Olina. Despite reading the description and reviews here, we did not fully know what to expect. To our very pleasant surprise, Ko Olina and this home in Coconut Plantation surpassed all imaginings of what our month in Hawaii would entail.
First of all, let me express that this home is far more elegant and beautifully appointed than the photos show. I'm not sure if the owner is aware, but the photos here do not do the home justice. Everything is just as it should be. Comfortable, lovely, and with every amenity that you could desire. It truly became our home for the month. If you're curious what you should bring with you, all you need is clothing/swimsuit, toiletries and food. Everything else is provided, including towels and pool and beach supplies (a wagon, cooler, chairs, kids toys, snorkel gear).
Coconut Plantation is beautiful, clean, and quiet. The grounds are stunning. The pool and hot tubs are immaculate. The fellow owners and guests are polite and friendly.
As for Ko Olina, everything is within walking distance. Upon exiting Coconut Plantation, there is a shopping and restaurant area with an ABC store (groceries, trinkets, alcohol). If you arrive late in the evening, as we did, rest assured that you can find some basic groceries at the ABC store. The restaurants are varied - Mexican, sushi, Hawaiian, pizza, ice cream, and Monkeypod with a fresh, varied menu (that we LOVED). Beyond the shopping/restaurant are the hotels and lagoons.
Walk straight out of Coconut Plantation, through the stop light, and one more block to lagoon 1A in front of Disney's Aulani hotel. It's a busy lagoon, but there are food/drinks to purchase if you like. Head south to lagoon 1B for a quieter lagoon (and the use of straw umbrellas, if one is open). Head to Paradise Cove (north of lagoon 1A) for a "local" hang-out with sea turtles at your feet.
I believe it is approximately $80-100 for a taxi ride from the airport to Ko Olina (each way). If you can get a good deal on a rental car and/or you want to explore the island, get a car. BUT you would be just fine without one, if you so choose. (Costco is 1 exit away.)
So the long of it is, this townhome, this neighborhood, this area of Oahu and Hawaii... well, it's stunning and I highly recommend it. It will quickly become your new favorite place to be when you visit Hawaii."
Date of Stay: November 2014
Review Submitted: November 30, 2014