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Laughing Gecko Lodge - Sunset Ocean & Sunrise Mtn View Minutes from Beach & Golf

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Evening lanai view. Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa & Hualalai with Kohala & Kona Coasts.

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Last updated: 03/22/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:3.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

About the Property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8). Rate varies double occupancy 2 - 8pp

Luxury lives here ...
Kohala Ranch is a 4,000 acre gated ranch on the famed Kohala 'Gold' Coast running west to east from the ocean to a 3,000' elevation and encompassing three very different climate zones
- the Heathers (app. 200'-800'elevation)- warm, sunny, and dry
- the Meadows (app. 900'-1,800' elevation) - cooler, more rain, more windy
- the Summit (app. 1,700' - 3,000' elevation)- colder, most rain, strongest winds
Laughing Gecko Lodge is perfectly located in the most desirable Heathers at 750' elevation - far enough away from the Akoni Pule highway to avoid traffic noise, but close enough to the Ranch entry gate for convenience. This elevation offers the ideal climate if your idea of a Hawaiian vacation includes sunny skies, hot dry days and clear, comfortable starry nights. The weather in the Heathers is a predictable 80 degrees and sunny year round. Annual rainfall is app. 7 inches. (Travel tip - check the location of your rental because you may be disturbed by traffic noise at too low an elevation, or find the climate cooler than anticipated at a higher elevation).

Tucked at the top of a quiet cul-de-sac on 3.5 acres in a premiere location, Laughing Gecko Lodge is the perfect place for vacations, small celebrations, or simply getting away from it all. The vistas from the main living areas and lanais feature open ranch land, coastline, ocean and mountains, offering complete privacy. And the views? Spectacular!

The location is quiet and offers exceptional views of the Kohala & Kona coastlines, ocean and all Big Island mountains. Guests often say photos can't capture the incredible views and do the property justice. Enjoy the tranquility of the home to relax, and if you are looking for excitement or activities they are all just minutes away. The ocean is about a mile from the house and Big Island's best beaches, world class golfing, resorts, premiere shopping and dining, theater and entertainment are approximately 5 - 15 minutes by car.

This 4 bedroom home is flexible, accommodating two to eight people in individual suites. The floor-plan offers excellent separation of space between the bedrooms allowing privacy and the ability to welcome smaller or larger groups. The home is booked double occupancy by room count and only rented to one guest group at a time. This means, even if you are a couple looking for a quiet getaway for two and only renting the main house, the entire property is still all yours.

Traveler tip - VRBO auto quote does not factor double occupancy booking. Contact us for an accurate quote for your group. Cleaning fee varies by group size. The following is a guide to 2017 base nightly rental rates:
1-2pp - $345/n - upper master suite
3-4pp - $495/n - upper master suite and upper guest master suite
5-6pp - $645/n - upper master, upper guest master and lower master suites
7-8pp - $795/n - upper master, upper guest master, lower master and lower guest suites

The home is designed as follows.
1.) The main house offers 1,700 sf of tropical living and has a great-room with large kitchen & pantry, dining and living areas and a large master suite (bed & bath I), half bath, lanai & pool.

2.) The upper guest suite is on the same level as the main house and consists of a master suite (bed & bath II).
Both the main house and upper guest suite overlook the pool and spectacular ocean and mountain views.

3.) The lower guest suites are a flight lower and there are two large bedrooms (bedrooms III & IV) with a pass-through bathroom, private lanai, mini-kitchen and outstanding ocean and mountain views.

The home may be rented double occupancy dependent on the size of your group and the rate varies accordingly. Our goal is to exceed your expectations and offer true value so you can enjoy your hard earned vacation.

If you are a couple looking for a romantic getaway set apart from the hustle and bustle of resort locations consider renting the main house. The resorts are just moments away and all amenities are available to you without paying the resort price tag. Inviting another couple along? Rent the main house and upper guest suite. Bringing the whole family? Rent the whole house. This is a single home and only one booking group is reserved at a time irrespective of size. Non-booked suites are closed off. You will never share with anyone else.

Please note, occupancy of the home is limited to the the rental group only and the home is not intended for use as an event space for reunions, weddings, group entertaining, parties, etc..

All sections of the home are designer furnished and exquisitely equipped and all necessary items are provided including luxury linens, toiletries, condiments, laundry supplies, beach chairs & toys, books, DVDs, and peace & quiet. The tranquility of the property is just moments away from all the recreation and fun you could want. There are multiple seating areas on the huge lanai, a 40ft pool, outdoor dining table for 10 and a gas BBQ. Even with a full house there is enough space for everyone to find a place of their own.

Laughing Gecko Lodge is a well located gorgeous home where you can relax, explore, and enjoy a memorable stay. The times we spend in places like this offer a lifetime of memories and we want yours to be extra special. We are on-island and available at a moments notice to assist you if needed. However, we respect your privacy and will be invisible if not needed. With any home rental ongoing maintenance of pool and yard may necessitate service providers being on property during your stay. We do our best to ensure all appliances are in working order but should a system fail and repair be needed during your stay such service providers may need access.

Many of our guests love Laughing Gecko Lodge so much they come again and several have confessed it is the best vacation rental they have ever stayed in.

Please note this home has ceiling and floor fans. It does not have air conditioning.

Please don't hesitate to contact us, without obligation, for more information.

Mahalo nui loa,
The laughing geckos.

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Member since: 2008

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 03/22/2017

Property Type

  • House

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Children Welcome:

    Open pool requires child supervision...moreless

  • Smoking Allowed:

    Outdoor only smoking is permitted. No indoor smoking....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    The main house is all on one level with wide doors and should be accessible. All bathrooms have walk in showers with a 3' plinth....moreless

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Bedroom 1

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  • Bedroom 2

    ...moreless

  • Bedroom 3

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  • Bedroom 4

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  • King size beds (3) 1 king in upper ohana, 2 cal-king; 1 in master suite main house, 1 in master suite of lower ohana, Queen size Beds (1) 1 queen in lower ohana, Twin or Single Beds (1) Sofa in living room is twin bed size, Baby Cribs (1) may be rented locally. Request information...moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

Entertainment

  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Oceanic Time Warner Cable in HDTV ...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television:

    Living room and all bedrooms have TV. HDTV in living room and master suite...moreless

Attractions

  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Luaus
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View:

    view of beaches accross the bay...moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Hualalai, Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea, Kohala, Haleakala...moreless

  • Ocean View:

    The best views available in the Heathers. Ocean, coastline and mountains. The views are just stunning....moreless

  • Water View:

    huge panoramic sunset ocean view...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining Area

General

  • Broadband Access:

    Wireless Broadband high speed service through Oceanic Time Warner Cable...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Dedicated to home / not shared...moreless

  • Covered Parking:

    filtered shade carport...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    100% cotton ...moreless

  • Living Room:

    The home does not have AC. All rooms have ceiling and floor fans....moreless

  • Parking:

    Driveway and carport...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    ample parking available in gated yard...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Dedicated to home / not shared....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    You will be able to plug into the home network but if you have a wireless card like Verizon you have easy access all over the island....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    drip coffee maker and cafe press...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    All utensils you could possibly need provided...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher:

    KitchenAid...moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Large kitchen with gas range, LG fridge/freezer, standard small appliances, large walk-in pantry, all necessary utensils....moreless

  • Microwave:

    (2) One in main kitchen and one in lower ohana...moreless

  • Oven:

    electric...moreless

Outside

  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo:

    At both entries to the Ranch there are gazebos providing lovely places to sit and enjoy the views or take photographs....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    home has a large shaded lanai...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool:

    40' pool edges the main lanai with incredible ocean, sunset and starlight views. Caution needed with small children....moreless

 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
April Special
Apr 5 - Apr 26, 2017
3 night min stay
$315
peak season
Dec 15 - Jan 12, 2018
3 night min stay
$397

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $86 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$345

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $79 per night, per additional guest


Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Pet Fee $156 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,500
  • cleaning 2 occupants $225 + tax
  • Tax Rate 13.416%

Notes:

Rates quoted are for 2 people only using the main house & master suite. You do not share the property with anyone else. Ask about rates for more guests/rooms.

Cancellation 90 days out full refund less 15% handling fee.

Fees subject to change. Inquire about last minute (same month) discounts.

Cleaning fee depends on number of guests and/or rooms used. Rate quoted is for 2 people using the master suite.


Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.


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Location

35 Miles
Nearest Airport
kona
2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
kawaihai
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
mauna kea golf course
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
akone pule
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
kawaihae
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
kawaihai

Car: Necessary

Observatories / Star gazing, Botanical Gardens, Historic Homes, ATV Tours, Farm tours, Whale watching, Sailing, Zip line, Jungle hikes, Waterfalls, Swim with dolphins, caving.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2003

About the owner: Ali Blackmore is a Zimbabwean who has traveled the globe, living in eight different countries over four continents. Dual careers in real estate and design have traveled with her and continue on Big Island, Hawaii where she works in real estate & design specializing in Kohala Coast property. A lifelong real estate investor, Ali knows a good property when she sees one and bought Laughing Gecko Lodge because it is one of the all-round best view lots and locations in the Heathers at Kohala Ranch. If you are visiting Big Island to look at or buy property Ali would be delighted to assist you with your search and purchase.

Why the Owner Chose Waimea, Hawaii County, HI, USA:
I grew up on a 2,500 acre ranch in Zimbabwe and when I came to Hawaii and Kohala Ranch I found a place that was so strikingly similar to my 'home' and fell in love with the area. The location struck an emotional chord and met a career goal at the same time. Quite simply, the Kohala Coast is the most popular place to vacation on Big Island and the Heathers at Kohala Ranch is one of the nicest spots to rent a vacation home. Being here is like being 'home' for me. Guests love the house and the views and I love sharing this beautiful place with them.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
One of the best aspects of renting this particular home, especially for couples, is the affordability. Due to the nature of the design the home can be divided and rented to couples or groups of up to 8 and pricing is adjusted accordingly. For couples this means paying just for two, but enjoying all the benefits of the entire property without the cost. It's a perfect place for enjoying your vacation; quiet, private, beautifully designed and appointed, and with exceptional views. Located just minutes from beaches, golf, dining and shopping, all a holiday-maker needs is close at hand but can seem a world away when it's time to relax and get away from it all. Often when guests settle in to the outdoor living room on the lanai and look at the view they never want to leave or do anything. Yes, it really is that spectacular!


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Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 03/22/2017

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Photos

  • Evening lanai view. Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa & Hualalai with Kohala & Kona Coasts.

    Evening lanai view. Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa & Hualalai with Kohala & Kona Coasts.

  • View of the great room towards the kitchen. Window wall frames the ocean view.

    View of the great room towards the kitchen. Window wall frames the ocean view.

  • Upper guest suite lanai. Multiple relaxing areas all with wide ocean views.

    Upper guest suite lanai. Multiple relaxing areas all with wide ocean views.

  • Lower lanai at sunset

    Lower lanai at sunset

  • Master suite main house

    Master suite main house

  • Wrap around pool land wrap around view. No picture can truly represent the scene

    Wrap around pool land wrap around view. No picture can truly represent the scene

  • Upper guest suite overlooks the pool with breathtaking ocean and mountain view

    Upper guest suite overlooks the pool with breathtaking ocean and mountain view

  • Lower guest suite offers incredible ocean, mountain & coastal views with privacy

    Lower guest suite offers incredible ocean, mountain & coastal views with privacy

  • Panoramic mountain and ocean & mountain views from every room, here the kitchen

    Panoramic mountain and ocean & mountain views from every room, here the kitchen

  • Hualalai view from the main lanai. Big ocean, mountains ... and no people. Bliss

    Hualalai view from the main lanai. Big ocean, mountains ... and no people. Bliss

  • Breathtaking dead ahead sunset ocean views from the lanai served daily in Dec.

    Breathtaking dead ahead sunset ocean views from the lanai served daily in Dec.

  • Main lanai living area. Relax & enjoy unparalled mountain, coastal & ocean views

    Main lanai living area. Relax & enjoy unparalled mountain, coastal & ocean views

  • Redwood dining table on the main lanai seats up to 14 guests comfortably

    Redwood dining table on the main lanai seats up to 14 guests comfortably

  • Upper lanai at sunset

    Upper lanai at sunset

  • Right from the entry you have sweeping ocean views with shaded and sunny lanais

    Right from the entry you have sweeping ocean views with shaded and sunny lanais

  • Master bath main house

    Master bath main house

  • Lanai view at dawn with Mauna Loa, Hualalai and Kohala and Kona coasts

    Lanai view at dawn with Mauna Loa, Hualalai and Kohala and Kona coasts

  • View across the lanai and pool to the Kohala Coast and Hualalai

    View across the lanai and pool to the Kohala Coast and Hualalai

  • Lower master suite has a private lanai with stunning ocean & mountain views

    Lower master suite has a private lanai with stunning ocean & mountain views

  • Kitchen opens to the lanai for indoor outdoor living at it's best

    Kitchen opens to the lanai for indoor outdoor living at it's best

  • Total privacy and views forever. The house is tucked in, private and quiet.

    Total privacy and views forever. The house is tucked in, private and quiet.

  • Dawn from the lanai. Yes, it really looks like this. A nice way to start the day

    Dawn from the lanai. Yes, it really looks like this. A nice way to start the day

  • Floor plan of Laughing Gecko Lodge - bedrooms in red, bathrooms blue

    Floor plan of Laughing Gecko Lodge - bedrooms in red, bathrooms blue

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This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Thursday, March 23, 2017

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