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A Taste of the Tropics in Carmel

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths2
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 - 6 nights

About the property

Estate, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 5 Baths, (Sleeps 10-12)

It took 2 years and $5,000,000 to recreate this British empire estate worthy of Tommy Bahama. Whether it is the flowering vines on the main residence or the giant ferns shading the cottage/catering center you will wonder if indeed the tropic splendor of 1880's Singapore has come to coastal elegance that is Carmel by the Sea.

Our long time business clients or new friends can stroll the quiet rose gardens or do some entertaining of their own on the the over 2,000 sq. ft. of stone patios. Is it the tropical cabana or the slate roof lines that provide the perfect backdrop to an corporate gathering or a 50th anniversary? Is it a catered dinner or 'smores' at the outdoor fireplace with the kids that gives pause in the lush surroundings to contemplate the blessings of success?

A tiger-stripped stone walkway guides you from the off street parking to the carved glass of the Mahogany front door. As you enter the main residence you are surrounded by the comfortable elegance that at once says 'Wow' and also 'welcome home'. Our upper drive parking accommodates three vehicles easily while the lower drive preferred drop off allows all guests easy access.

The gourmet kitchen featuring a sub-zero refrigerator and Viking 6 burner range presents our guests with their first dilemma! Should I prepare the evenings offering myself? Perhaps free range chicken with local chanterelle mushrooms and glass of 2006 Robert Talbot Pinot?. But then again you're in Carmel home to some of the best restaurants in the world. You take the 10 min. walk to downtown Carmel by the Sea where world class dining awaits!

Throughout the main residence one's expectations are well accommodated. The flicker of wood burning fireplaces is seen in the kitchen and living room, while the library/video room can be shut off for viewing privacy and 'quiet' for the rest of the house. Our 'Boat room' doubles as a game/fitness area while also having a conference option hosting twenty attendees. With over 70% of the residence accessible from the main floor with no steps and preferred drop off via our lower drive all guests are comfortable.

There are 2 suites on the main floor. The 'Queen room' done in shades of cinnamon and coral features a queen bed, private bath and wood burning fireplace. For those whose life experience now exceeds their stair climbing talents, this is a great suite. Across the hall, the Twin room has the flexibility of either 2 twin beds or a single king. Either way the claw foot tub is the perfect spot to end a day at the links of 'Pebble' or shopping on 'Ocean Ave'.

The upstairs suites neither disappoint. Morning is greeted in the 'Birds Nest' with a birds eye view of the Monterey Pines. A king bed, fireplace and Jacuzzi tub make the evenings pleasant as well. The other suite, 'Bridge room' - it literally bridges the 2 halves of the home - is our largest suite with a king bed, gas fireplace, Jacuzzi tub and queen sofa bed. Both suites offer private slate decks overlooking the forested patios, whispering 'more wine and cheese, please'.

Aloha Estate is located off of Ocean Avenue. Due to its location it often escapes the chilly afternoon fog, yet is only a 10 minute walk to downtown. In line with Carmel Valley, the Estate benefits from its warming breezes, allowing one to enjoy a BBQ on its stone patios or a lounge with a good book. Its expansive gardens back to the Carmel Mission trial, a 15 minute stroll away!

Main residence too elaborate or need more space ? Check out our adjoining cottage, listing # 294846.

Keywords: Aloha Estate, Aloha cottage, Carmel, Carmel by the Sea, Cottage, Luxury House, Luxury Home, Coastal House, New Remodel, Villa, Cottage,Bahama Estate

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Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 9, 2016

Why Martin chose Carmel By the Sea

Prior to purchasing the property my wife and I had visited Carmel for almost 30 years. Being a real estate developer in N. California and Hawaii, I was 'picky' regarding what we were looking for in a high end house. We started seriously looking 5 years ago, when my wife found this property it had actually been taken off the market. Though it was in need of much updating I loved the location and my wife appreciated the interior 'bones'. With our background of developing in Hawaii we decided to do a rendition of a British empire 'fusion', our version of British estates found throughout Singapore, Hong Kong and the Philippines. 2 years and $5,000,000 later, we hope that we succeeded!

What makes this estate unique

The 'top' ten experiences of 'Aloha Estate' 1. Pitch dark sky at night and quiet ! 2. Morning coffee on one of the upstairs decks 3. Gourmet cooking while a fire sizzles in the kitchen fireplace 4. A glass of Rombauer Chardonnay any where 5. Soaking in the claw foot tub after a round at Pebble 6. Dinner downtown at Le Bicyclette 7. Basking in the morning sunlight of the Living room 8. Finishing a good book lounging among the gardens 9. A Walk downtown 10. Ending the day with a cup of tea from our extensive tea collection


Exceptional! 5/5 -
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A Taste of the Tropics in Carmel
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 22 reviews

Quiet, luxury and tranquill beauty just minutes from the beach and headlands

  • 5 of 5

Whether you are a couple looking for a private cottage or a group with a special occasion to celebrate together in a memorable setting, this rental hits the mark. As you walk out of this beautiful home you will be struck by the beauty of the gardens and the peaceful, private tranquility of the location just a few minutes from Carmel beach. The furnishings and linens are four star hotel quality with luxury upgrades through out the meticulously finished home and cottage. Highway 1 and its access to headlands, beaches, vineyards, forest wilderness, shopping and great food is just three minutes away - yet you do not hear traffic. Just 15 minutes from the property the Pacific crashes into North America at Point Lobos, the most beautiful headland on this continent. The only downside to this rental is that you will be tempted to spend too much time in the gardens and might not get to all the places you wanted to experience.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Los Angeles, CA

First ever reunion with my siblings and spouses

  • 5 of 5

Now that the nieces and nephews in my family are raising their own children, my siblings and I decided that it was time to begin a new tradition of coming together with our spouses annually for a "Sibs' Reunion". My husband and I volunteered to plan the inaugural event and quickly chose Carmel as our destination. We have loved the town and the area always and wanted to introduce family coming from Florida and Indiana to the beauty and charm.

I cannot imagine a better experience than we had at The Aloha Estate! While the photos show the beauty, they cannot do justice to the lush greenery and privacy of the grounds - with many hidden seating areas and that lovely Carmel breeze. We used every inch of the house and the Cottage as well - our Florida couple chose the Cottage and claimed dibs on it for future visits, saying that it was their "own little world" with every amenity they could imagine needing.

We spent each morning drinking coffee around the kitchen table, catching up on one another's lives. Our group ranged in age from 57 - 75 and we all easily walked into town, strolled the shops and lunched at Clint Eastwood's Hog's Breath Inn - a good time.

We ALL slept soundly...possibly because the owners have gone to great lengths ensuring that each bed is comfy, that there is a lovely thick bathrobe for every guest. And what's nicer than a Keurig Coffee Maker whenever you need one? I counted at least 4 of them complete with every choice of coffee or tea. What can I say? This was a pampering weekend for all of us.

Sadly, I did not work out in the well-equipped exercise room because the rest of the estate was just too much fun. If you're looking for luxury, space, every thoughtful amenity and responsive owners who want your stay to be the best, this is the place.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Francisco, CA, USA

Retirement Party

  • 5 of 5

My father wanted to celebrate his retirement in Carmel with his wife, three children and each of his children's young families. The Aloha Estate could not have been a better choice. The home is beautiful, elegantly furnished and well-located (on a private street about 10 minutes walking into town). Each family had plenty of private space. Because of our small children, we celebrated at the house, hiring a private chef who had been there before. It was a special evening and an ideal venue for our group. I would recommend this place to others.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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60th Birthday Celebration and work offsite meeting

  • 5 of 5

To celebrate my husband's 60th he decided he wanted to have a house party with two weekends of different friends - golf buddies and cycling/hiking friends. Additionally, every other October, he holds an offsite management retreat for his direct reports from our business. We chose Aloha Estate for a combined business and pleasure stay of 10 days, and cannot say enough wonderful things about our experience! From our first email exchange regarding the possibility of renting his well appointed and maintained home, to the day of our arrival when my husband needed to quickly get on a web based conference call and i frantically texted Martin for the wi-fi access code (it was clearly displayed in the library, but we were stressed and in a hurry!!) to the friendly texts to let me know that his house manager would be able to accommodate our cleaning requests during our stay - everything was as advertised and better! The main house is very user friendly, with lots of space to spread out, 4 master suites and two extra 1/2 baths on the main floor. The media room was perfect for doing work presentations for the management team, watching the world series and showing the surprise birthday video. The kitchen is very well equipped, we had several dinners on site, one outside at the lovely outdoor cabana and grill, and utilized many of Martin's recommendations for dinners in downtown Carmel. The house is about a 10 minute walk to the central shopping/dining area's of Carmel. We also utilized the beautiful cottage on the property for part of our stay. This is a stand alone master suite and living area with a utility kitchen. We would love to come back, just the two of us and rent the Cottage!! All of our friends commented on what a great property Aloha Estate is, interested for their own family gatherings and work related getaways. All in all, we were very happy with our experience in renting Aloha Estate and recommend it without reservation.

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An Exquisite Get Away

  • 5 of 5

My family of 8 and our grandson spent a wonderful week at Aloha estate. From the initial booking, Martin was outstanding to deal with. He was always responsive and eager to make sure our needs were met in advance of arriving, as well as a couple friendly texts during the week to ensure everything was going as planned.

If possible, the home is even nicer than the pictures. A common worry for us is whether the camera angles make an area look larger or more attractive than they really are, but this is not the case with Aloha Estate. The rooms are tastefully decorated, incredibly clean and large. My family thoroughly enjoyed the fully furnished patio's.

This is the first time i have actually completed a review for a place we have rented (and I completed this without being prompted). If you are looking for an elegant home that is beautifully landscaped in Carmel, you won't be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wichita, Ks

Big Sur Marathon Weekend

  • 5 of 5

My wife and three of her friends ran the Big Sur Marathon last weekend. The husbands came along for moral support (and golf at Pebble Beach). The Aloha Estate was a perfect home base for us. We walked down the hill to the beach in the mornings with a stop at the coffee shop along the way. Wine on the patio out back before dinner reservations each night was perfect. The night of the race we grilled dinner out back for the girls. On the day we played golf, we had a driver come pick up the girls and take them out to the wineries and vineyards. We really couldn't have been happier with the home and its comfort features. The owner was anxious to answer any questions I had as I planned our stay in the Carmel area. I would not hesitate to recommend this home to anyone. Many thanks to the owner for helping make this trip so special.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Monterey Airport
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Pebble Beach
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hywy 1
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Ocean Ave & Monastery Beaches
Nearest Point of Interest
Carmel Mission Trail
Nearest Point of Interest
Los Lobos State Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Carmel Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Scenic Drive
Nearest Point of Interest
Ocean Avenue
Nearest Point of Interest
Forest Theatre

Top Attractions:

1. The Refuge - European Spa and Massage

2. Monterey Aquarium

3. Los Lobos State Park and Big Sur


Rates & Availability

Southeast Carmel Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jan. 2017
Jan 6 2017 - Jan 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $150 per night, per additional guest
A.T.&T. Tourne.
Feb 5 2017 - Feb 12 2017
6 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $200 per night, per additional guest
Feb.-April, 2017
Feb 14 2017 - Apr 7 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $180 per night, per additional guest
Easter Break, 2017
Apr 8 2017 - Apr 23 2017
6 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $200 per night, per additional guest
May - July, 2017
Apr 24 2017 - Jul 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $195 per night, per additional guest
Early Aug. 2017
Aug 1 2017 - Aug 11 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $225 per night, per additional guest
Concours d'Elegance
Aug 13 2017 - Aug 21 2017
6 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $250 per night, per additional guest
Late Aug.-Labor day
Aug 22 2017 - Sep 4 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $195 per night, per additional guest
Sept. - Early Nov.
Sep 5 2017 - Nov 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $180 per night, per additional guest
Thanksgiving, 2017
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 27 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $225 per night, per additional guest
Early Dec. 2017
Nov 28 2017 - Dec 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $180 per night, per additional guest
Christmas, 2017
Dec 17 2017 - Dec 27 2017
6 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $250 per night, per additional guest
New Years, 2017
Dec 28 2017 - Jan 4 2018
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $250 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

Minimum stay in accordance with Monterey County Regulations, whether weekly, by the month etc.

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Southeast Carmel Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Media Rm - toilet , Complete with Tortoise shell sink
    'The Bird's Nest' - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , Glass tile bathroom, cherry cabinetry with jacuzzi bath
    'The Beach Room' - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , Slate clad bathroom with jacuzzi tub/shower
    'The Coral Rm' - toilet , shower , Handicap accessible walk in shower with grab bars and chair
    'The Twin Rm' - toilet , tub , An original cast iron claw foot tub...the best for a bath !
    Hall Powder Rm - toilet , The Main lower floor Powder Rm
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • The 'Beach Room' - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Master Rm, jacuzzi bath, private slate deck, 600 sq. ft.
    'Twin' or King Rm - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , Can be set up either as 2 twin beds or 1 King, Claw ft. tub
    Convertible bed(s) - 3 sleep sofa /futon , Media Rm has Qn Sofa Sleeper and Twin Sleeper bed
    Aloha Cottage, VRBO #294846 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Aloha Cottage, a 600 sq. ft cottage on the same property
    'The Bird's Nest Rm' our Master! - 1 king , 1 queen , Private view deck, fireplace, jacuzzi tub & shower, Apple TV
    'The Coral Rm' - 1 queen , Full handicap bathroom with walk in shower & seat, fireplace
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Tropical Cabana entertainment center, multiple outdoor dining patios.

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