Shangril'La is beauty at its best - stayed Feb 27-March 6 2016 Greg and Kim from Miami FL
"We were at Shangri'La for seven glorious nights and enjoyed every glimpse and experience this property offered. We travel a great deal and use VRBO when we have extended stays, and Shangri'La is by far our favorite. The lush landscaping and the lagoon is all you need to think you're in paradise (which you are). The lagoon was very clean and fun to swim in several times a day. We enjoyed the friendly fish and looked forward to feeding them in the afternoons. The uniqueness of this property is not revealed until you actually get to it.
The proximity to Pahoa was not very far; so don't worry, you will find a grocery store and just about anything else you need. Volcano National Park is close by and is a must see. We had plenty to do at the normal tourist spots, but we were able to find a few out of the way spots too. If you have mountain bikes, you will find getting around some of the local parks and out of the way beaches (Green Sand Beach) will make your experience even more enjoyable. Snorkeling in the Kapoho Tidepools is phenomenal. We saw hundreds of beautiful fish and exotic looking coral. Something that is fun to do on Wednesday nights, is to go to Uncle Robert's. It's a quirky little place in Kalapana with live music, more food than you can imagine, and several local vendors selling art etc..Give it a Google for directions as there are two ways to get there. Going through Pahoa 130 seemed to be the best route although you could take 137 (kind of dark and skinny for nighttime).
If you have time, read Lonely Planet's newest guide book about the Big Island before you go. Lonely Planet offers information about the touristy spots as well as the local spots.
Shawn, the property manager, is also a guide, and he took us on a few tours. Had it not been for him, we would have not seen as much as we did, and he is lovely to be around as well. He knows the area extremely well, and it is worth every penny to hire him for tours. Because we were on the go every day and did not feel like cooking, Shawn recommended an incredible chef (his name is Shawn as well) to come to Shangri'La to cook for us. The food was out of this world - very fresh, local, and tasty. We can't say enough about the two Shawns and feel we have two more forever friends in our lives.
If you're lucky enough to stay at Shangri'La, you will have a fantastic experience. The area is magical, the local people are wonderful, and the swimming will never be forgotten!"
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