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Last Min October Special $73/n 2pp - Huge ocean & mtn view on golf course

Bedrooms 1
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Condo, 1 Bedrooms, 1 Baths, (Sleeps 2)

Laughing Gecko is a delightfully tropical designer furnished top floor, end unit located on a secluded bluff overlooking stunning ocean, mountain and golf course views. (Traveler tip - many rentals display photos of beaches and ocean views but don't have either. Check carefully for accuracy of photography.)

This special unit was the developer’s model and, as such, placed in the best location in the complex. One of only four units with double lanais; one off the living room and one off the bedroom, Laughing Gecko is a cut above the rest. The condo is set well apart in a small building with only 4 upper units; quiet and private with the best views. Ample parking and sunrise & sunset views of all 5 mountains; Hualalai, Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea, Kohala, Haleakala, ocean and Maui sets this lovely condo apart from others in the complex.

Sitting right on the Waikoloa Robert Trent Jones Jr. course 11th hole, it’s the perfect spot to base yourself for a great Big Island vacation. The Waikoloa Village course is a favorite of local golfers, who consider it one of West Hawaii's best-kept secrets-low green fees that make it a superb value and guests receive a discount.

The bedroom lanai opens onto incredible sunrise mountain views and sweeping vistas of the plains below the mountains. The guest bedroom has views of Kohala mountain over the golf course. The living room lanai faces rolling green views of the golf course framed by Kohala mountain, blue ocean and Maui.

The condo has a fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher and microwave, washer and dryer, and everything you need to make your vacation enjoyable. The bedroom has a queen sized bed. The bathrooms is spacious and has a tub with showers and additional closet / storage space.

The complex is right opposite the golf course club house, Banjy’s restaurant, pool and tennis courts. The recreation area features a large pool, spa, BBQ area, and well equipped workout room; the only complex in Waikoloa that has a gym. Everything you need is right there and it's just a short stroll to the shops. A very good grocery store is a short walk away, along with banking, medical, post office, etc.. The Resorts and world class beaches are just 5 - 10 minutes away by car.

Waikoloa Village is a planned community with underground electric, world class golf course and amenities conveniently located between Waimea, Kona and Hilo, just minutes from the best beaches. It is the perfect central location to base yourself for your Big Island vacation. The condo complex is gated and wrapped on three sides by the golf course.

This condo does not have AC. Very few condos in Waikoloa Village do as the higher elevation and nightly temperature inversion typically keep the area cooler in the evenings. There are ceiling and floor fans.

Per HRS ACT 204 HI TA tax ID# is displayed in the rental and provided to renters by contacting the owner/manager.

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Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 16, 2017

About Bookings

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 Ali, an independent Real Estate Broker, specializes in Kohala Coast property. A lifelong real estate investor, Ali knows a good property when she sees one and bought Laughing Gecko because it is one of the all-round best view condos and locations in Waikoloa Village. If you are visiting Big Island to look at or buy property Ali would be delighted to assist you with your search and purchase.

Bookings purchased this condo in 2005

Why Bookings chose Kohala Coast

In searching for a condo as a vacation rental my criteria included a superb location, outstanding ocean and mountain views, golf course frontage, established and landscaped common areas, privacy and quiet - all at an affordable price. A tall order indeed but I found the perfect unit in the perfect place, that met all my criteria, and then some! For a couple, two couples or a family of four this is a delightfully affordable gorgeous getaway.

What makes this condo unique

The complex is located right on the golf course and just opposite the golf course club house, pool, tennis courts and restaurant. As a top floor end unit set apart on a bluff from the rest of the complex the condo is private and quiet. This developer model unit is one of only four that has double lanais with exceptional views of all five mountains, the ocean and Maui. It's a very sweet spot within easy walking distance of shopping and dining and a quick ten minutes to the beach by car.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Great communication and let us check in way early!! Great views on the golf course.
Jul 2017
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Nearest Airport
19 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.01 Miles
Nearest Golf
0.01 Miles
Waikoloa Village
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Queen K
Nearest Restaurant
0.01 Miles
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
A Bay / Hilton
Nearest Point of Interest
Golf Course clubhouse
Nearest Point of Interest
Highlands Shopping Center
Nearest Point of Interest
Car: recommended

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


Waikoloa Village Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front
  • Golf Course View
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • shower over tub, sink, toilet, storage closet
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (2),
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Shared Hot Tub
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
tennis, golf discounts, gym


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Last Min October Special $73/n 2pp - Huge ocean & mtn view on golf course
average rating of 4.4545455 based on 36 reviews
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Big Island Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Went to Kona to watch the ironman and play golf. This was the perfect place to stay with a wonderful view. Ali was very helpful with any questions we had about our 4 day stay and super responsive. At first we were a little concerned about no air conditioning but with the cross winds, lots of windows and fans, it was very comfortable. Will stay here again on our next visit.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha and thank you for your review. The Trades do keep things cool with windows on 3 sides of this condo. My goodness, the Trades picked up substantially right after you left. Thankfully Ironman Saturday was perfect, because the following day Sunday the wind was, well, windy as you know. I'm so glad you had a good stay and the triathlon was a success for your family member. I would love to host you next year. And thank you for the kind words. Aloha, ali
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Awesome condo

  • 5 of 5

We had a very meaningful 10 days. Great location, facilities and usability were satisfied. I felt the worry of the owner. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Shigeo. Thank you for your review. I know, because I lived in Japan for 5 years, that sometimes translation of words can be unusual and that what you meant is that you could see the 'attention to detail' of the owner. I'm so glad you had a pleasant stay. Much aloha, ali
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A Perfect Week in Paradise at Laughing Gecko

  • 5 of 5

We arrived Monday evening after a long flight to our beautiful condo in Waikoloa Village. We were fortunate to find Ali, the owner, waiting to greet us. Ali is such a gracious lady. She was warm and welcoming as she gave us a tour of the condo and explained all the details of our beautiful new home. She gave us her phone number and told us to call her for anything we might need.

Everything was spot on, from the easy directions to the condo to having a well equipt vacation home. We had everything we needed to live comfortably during our stay. We had breakfast every morning on the lanai. And, as lovers of nature, we especially enjoyed the turkeys in the morning, the birds singing in the trees and the geckos who came to visit daily.

Our home was beautifully decorated, with attention to detail through out. Ali is a talented designer, as well, and her talent shines everywhere. The furnishings were extremely comfortable and clean. The bed was luscious which made it a challenge to start our day. One of our biggest reasons for our love of Waikoloa are the trade winds. We were fortunate to have them almost everyday. We kept the windows and slider doors open as much as possible to enjoy them. The neighborhood where Laughing Gecko is located is extremely safe. People are out walking and enjoying the area in the early morning as well as late at night. We felt safer here than in our own community and we live in a very safe area.

The condo is conveniently located near the Village shopping center which includes a gas station, KTA market, restaurants and other businesses. KTA has the usual grocery items as well as a deli and bakery. All the food we purchased was delicious. It makes heading out for an adventure or to the beach quick and easy. The malasadas and the pastries were better than other places we tried. Everything you need for your excursions is provided in the condo from beach towels, boogie boards, snorkel gear and ice chests to sunscreen and toiletries. No need to rent or purchase any equipment, just some food for your meals if you're dining in.

Looking forward to our next stay, which can't come soon enough.

Mahalo, Ali for a perfect week!

Paul and Brindy Dworshak

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha, and thank you for your kind words. I'm so glad you like this spot and home away from home. I too love to sit on the lanai and look at the scenery - ocean, Maui, mountains, golf greens, trees ... and the birds. I love birds. It's such a nice space to sit and relax with coffee in the morning, or a glass of wine at sunset. We are truly blessed to enjoy such things, aren't we? Thank you too for treating the condo like you would your own home and leaving it in such good shape. Kind regards, ali
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Great property. Lots of good dining in the area.

  • 5 of 5

Great views. Trade winds keep you cool at night. Very comfortable and well appointed unit. The beach gear is an extra plus.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay and thank you for taking such good care of the condo. Kind regards, ali
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Rattling when windy

  • 3 of 5

The window and patio door in the Master bedroom rattled on windy days (and nights), and some other whistling/rattling noise coming from somewhere when it's windy. Otherwise, it's quiet, convenient and comfortable.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha, Yup. Some people call it "Waikablowa" because when the Trades blow, there is wind! It's what keeps us cool. These buildings are not brand new and they do have their creaks in windy weather but it's also easy to fix. If you want the window or slider closed and it's windy out just do like the locals do and pop a small fold of paper towel in the sill and that will fix any rattle. Same works with interior doors. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. aloha, ali
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Enjoyed Our Stay

  • 3 of 5

It was very nice staying up the hill where it wasn't as hot. The property was very nice. I've noticed lately that cameras used to show rentals, home for sale, etc. make the rooms look larger than they really are. And that is the case here. But, in general, we were very happy with our stay.....

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha, and thank you for the review. I've noticed that too about the wide angle shots - they help to give the viewer a better idea of what's there, but they can make rooms look bigger because they have a wider angle. Tips to figure it out - look at standard items like a stove or fridge and if it seems super wide you can figure the whole room looks wider than it is. Or look for space on either side of a nite stand or sofa for example. If it looks overly generous that may be a camera wide angle aberration. It's hard to get a happy medium to show what's there, but not mislead. This is why I think it would be a good idea for all rentals to display actual square footage. This unit is a 793sf interior (does not include the double lanais). most 1/1 in this complex are 492sf, so this one is a good bit larger than most.
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
cleaning 2pp $95 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.42%

Rates quoted are for 2 people using 1 suite.
Ask about last minute bookings and stays under six nights and discounts.
Cancellation 60+ days prior to arrival full refund less processing fee. 60- days prior to arrival see rental agreement.
PLEASE NOTE the rental agreement on VRBO is a guide only. It is not your rental agreement. Your rental agreement will be e-mailed to you. Check your rental agreement for specific terms. Thank you.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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