""No way" was the first thing one of our sons said as we entered the condo for the first time. It was very spacious and comfortable, and we ended up spending a lot of time on the lanai just listening to and watching the surf smash against the rocks beneath us. There were two couples, each with their own bedroom, and our son had his own bedroom up in the loft. The air conditioning was quite nice, and we never had to adjust it during our 8 day stay there.
There are three pools on the property, though we only used the oceanfront pool and the one closest to us. They were quite refreshing, and the spas were also welcome.
The tennis courts are quite close, though we did not use them.
A couple of suggestions for people who rent. If you want to drive over to the volcano via Hilo, the road over Saddle Point is really quite good now. If you're consulting slightly older guides to the Big Island, it may say that it's not a good road. Just the opposite. Except for a quarter mile of road being worked on just outside of Hilo, the road over Saddle Point is probably better than any other road on the Big Island. Most of it is part of the Daniel Inouye Highway. It's a lovely drive and much shorter (and safer) than going the southern route, especially at night.
Also, you should note that all of the snorkel equipment, etc., in the storage off the lanai are leftovers from other renters. None of it is very good, and you're much better off walking or driving up to the Keauhou Shopping Center and buying inexpensive snorkeling equipment at the CVS/Lonn store there. In addition, there is a KTA shopping center there to buy food and beverages. There is also an Urgent Care Center there, but they don't accept insurance cards. You have to pay cash and then bill your insurance for reimbursement.
As for places to snorkel and body surf, we would recommend Two Step as the first choice. It's near a National Park to the south. Closer in to town is Magic Sands. Much better for kids and adults not wanting to slice open any part of their bodies on the rocks. Finally, in town and near the pier, is a lovely area (with a nice park) where you can swim without having to deal much with the rocks. Not a lot to see if you're snorkeling, but little kids might like it. To give you an idea of the area, it's a place where swimming teachers work with little kids.
We hope this has been helpful."
Guest: Sandra and Michael
Date of Stay: September 2016
Review Submitted: September 19, 2016