Rustic Elegant that has nice touches and simple. Different than most.
- english, Some Hawaiian. Expect to learn some new words
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Please do this outside thank you
No Pets Allowed.
Yes. Safe neighborhood with little traffic
Shoes are left outside which is Hawaiian tradition. Mahalo
No pets of any kind. No service animals of any kind unless it is a certified service animal. Papers and documentation must be presented.
A copy of your drivers license or passport as VRBO does not properly vet the guests. Even hotels must have this.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Best family trip ever
If you enjoy off grid living surrounded by beautiful plants and birds, this is the place for you. The kids especially enjoyed catching and releasing frogs and geckos. We had a wonderful time.
Magical part of Hawaii - but house maintence, attention to detail, privacy was less then expected.
Cleanliness was sub par... kitchen island, kitchen fridge, under the couch, under the bed all needed a good sweep and scrub (dead fruitflies in the fridge, food crumbs under the kitchen island, dust bunnies under furniture). Screens on Windows and screen door had tears and holes.
Outdoor shower had great water pressure and temperature but you are on full display to the neighborhood when showering. Property was 3 to 4 yards from the residential road with little privacy barrier - little street traffic beyond the neighbors but many walkers in the morning hours.
Can walk to the black sand beach just 10 min away which is an ideal spot for the sunrises.
Recent lava flow is accessible just further down hwy 130 which is a must see.
Nice gas BBQ on the patio - we asked for a new tank after our first night but it was never filled/replaced.
There was no broom accessible to allow us to clean the floor surfaces.
Meow meow is cute and smart.
Hawaiian Eco Lodge
We truly loved “ the Sweet Spot” Pahoa is the place we keep coming back to. I hope we can come back here again. If you are like us, you will love it too.
A little piece of Heaven in Hawai'i
Marlin's little cottage was everything we'd hoped for and more. We were welcomed at the door by Meow, the lovely Tuxedo puss, who was a big attraction to us when we read of her presence in a previous review. She was so affectionate and continued to keep us company throughout our stay. A quietly calming co-tenant who reminded us to slow down and soak up the rays.The property is nestled in a neighbourhood of beautiful homes, from the huge and luxurious, to rustic and more symbolic of the real 'old Hawai'i' we wanted to experience. The size of the land around the cottage and the tall trees, combine to give a feeling of space and separation from the usual hubbub of a neighbourhood, while being only a ten minute walk from the famous Kahena beach and the spectacularly wild coastline of the south Puna district. The lava was not flowing this time and the volcano was quieter than it has been in decades, so we were treated to the cleanest air in many a long year along with crystal clear nights of a billion stars. The outdoor tub was wonderful to relax in while spotting constellations and watching for shooting stars. Falling asleep to the sound of crashing waves and singing frogs and waking to birds and sunshine was a real treat for us who are well worn down by the clamorous chaos of city life. Wandering the property marveling at the tropical plants, picking amazing things to eat and sharing breakfast with Gold Dust Geckos was incredible and showering outdoors amongst the sprawling branches of the extraordinary Monkey Pod tree was magical. This was a truly restorative experience and one not to be missed if you have the chance to venture a little further from the madding crowd.
It was nothing but a joy to host Suzanna and Fernando from Manhattan. From the Big Apple to the Big Island. They made the most of their time being here with inquisitive minds and enthusiastic curiosity. It is so heartwarming to know that this little retreat has a restorative effect on people and given that they are both seasoned travelers, made it all the more special. Fernando took serious advantage of the coastline fishing just a walk away and we were gifted numerous times with fresh caught fish. Who doesn't like a guest like that? Suzanna and 'Meow Meow', our resident relaxation instructor, became fast friends. They brought a hammock and set it up on our porch between the ohia posts and sent a picture that we will now include in our album of the place. The exemplified Hawaiian "laid back".
They were always on top of keeping the place clean and tidy and were flexible and easy when it came time to start up the generator on those stretches of days when the sun was overshadowed by rain and clouds and the solar panels didn't quite get enough sun to fully charge the batteries. The winter here is when our heavy rains come. It was fun to share all of what I have learned living here for 30 years with folks who soaked it up. They left the place immaculate. If you get the call for them to stay at your place, JUMP at it. We are looking forward to them coming back whenever they can fit in another visit to the Sweet Spot.
This house is just south of Pahoa, a neat little town on the Hilo side. The kitchen is a little sparse and don't expect chocolates on the pillow, but it's a great place to just relax and kick back. You can walk to the ocean and see lava tubes, and there is a great little black sand beach just down the road. Don't miss the Wednesday music/market at Uncle Robert's, or a trip out to the lava flow going into the ocean. Kapona tidal pools are close by and have great snorkeling. Marlin was a generous host with lots of local knowledge. I would recommend it for a taste of island style.
Off the grid gorgeous property in great location
When the tux cat named Meow greeted us immediately, we knew we were in a great place and the right place (it's hard to find in the dark but what place isn't?!). Marlin was a great communicator and so happy to show us the sweet spots on his property. He even showed us how to fill up the tub for a star gazing soak and gave us some soursop that he just picked from his tree. Try the grapefruit tree if soursop isn't your thing. There's no cell service, but there's internet. The outdoor shower is what you'd expect from an outdoor shower - it's enclosed and gets you clean. There's another outdoor shower by the monkey pod tree but that one's not enclosed - we used it to rinse off the salt water from snorkeling at the tide pools down the awesome jungle road or from swimming at Kahena Black Sand Beach (about a 10 min walk). If you're there on Wednesday, it is a must to visit Uncle Roberts with their night market, live music and dancing, awa bar, great food vendors and a lava field parking lot. In the evenings, we'd sit on the front porch swing and listen to the frogs - even saw an owl swoop down by the pond. Marlin will help your stay mean something and caters to who is staying there with advice, tips and hospitality. We always felt safe there but there was no way to lock up officially -- he might be getting keys in the future? Something to check on if you're worried about that sort of thing. Also, the deep freezer holds his ice for his ice box so he'll have to grab some occasionally. The sun powered hot water was HOT and there always seemed to be enough power. The huge oscillating fan above the bed was perfect to cool down the room before bedtime. Pahoa town is a 15-20 min drive away if you want more civilization like a record store, shops and restaurants. In all, this was a great place to stay for our Big Island lava and black sand beach adventures.