"We are just completing our holiday stay at this beautiful condo. My family (3 adults--my husband, au pair, and I--and 2 kids, ages 8 and 12) thought this was the perfect place to spend Christmas. The condo was well-appointed with everything we needed, and our kids especially enjoyed the pool table and large TVs (with PS-3). We were able to easily cook our Christmas dinner in the kitchen, and loved having the nice grill and table and chairs outside on the lanai.
The condo is located right near the pool and hot tub, which was nice. We never had trouble finding a place to sit. We loved the condo location, with a very short walking distance to the shopping areas, which have nice stores for all price ranges. Perfect for last minute Christmas shopping! Other things we enjoyed on our Big Island visit:
1) Paradise Helicopters tour of the island. It truly is a must-do! There were several first time helicopter flyers in our group, and everyone loved it! The close up views of the volcano and numerous waterfalls were unparalleled. Seeing snow up close on Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa was breathtaking (and a nice touch for a white Christmas), and flying above glowing lava as it hits the ocean was a bucket-list item. We even saw a whale in the ocean from the sky. It was worth every penny. Our pilot, Dan, made the trip perfect.
2) Visiting Kona coffee growers and sampling fresh coffee. Informative and enjoyable couple of hours. We went to Hula Daddy and Mountain Thunder--both easy to find and < 30 min away.
3) Swimming and sunset watching at A-bay. Short walk or drive from the condo. The beach chairs/towels/boogie boards at the condo were so nice to have. There were plenty for everyone in our group to use. Plenty of shady areas. Though we went on Christmas Day, it was crowded but not overcrowded. We saw many sea turtles chilling on the beach or rocks. We found it preferable to drive to A-Bay rather than hauling all the gear with us. Plentiful parking and about a 2 minute drive.
4) Dinner at Roy's. We love Roy's and have eaten at these restaurants all over Hawaii (and at Pebble Beach). Waikoloa Roy's, which is only a short walk away, did not disappoint. Definitely make reservations in advance (can do on OpenTable).
Thanks, Lars & Sherry. Great communications from you and the resort company. We didn't have any problems with our stay and would stay here again! Highly recommend this property!"
Guest: Sonnet E.
Date of Stay: December 2016
Review Submitted: December 27, 2016