"Every morning my husband and I woke up from a restful slumber in a very comfortable four post bed. We would drink our coffee in the sitting area outside the master room overlooking the private pool, black lava cliffs, stunning ocean waves and pale blue skies. The neighborhood was quiet and the house serene as my mother in law and sixteen year old daughter slept in their two rooms on the opposite side of the house. I would set up my yoga mat at the far end of the pool so that I could feel the sprinkle of refreshing ocean mist that would occasionally be carried over to the yard by the gentle sea breeze. By that time my husband and his mom would be sharing their coffee in the shaded, covered area that had the larger outdoor table and chairs which we would use every night to play a rousing game of scrabble that the house provided along with other games, a puzzle, several books and DVDs to watch. The house had a long closet full of visitor friendly items like sunscreen, bug spray (which we never needed) rock sandals, pool floats (the house had plenty of pool accessories in an outdoor box), snorkeling items, and other tourist friendly items. There were plenty of bath towels and beach towels. By mid morning I was eating my breakfast sitting out past the back gate and on the lava rocks overlooking the ocean (not too close to the edge, always keep a respectful distance from the drop off). It was surreal in the beauty and the simplicity. It was the kind of view that deserves the over used word - Awesome. Our days were spent exploring the Hilo side where we ate great meals and enjoyed the culture of the Island. My husband and child went zip lining while my mother in law and I enjoyed a day strolling and visiting the Lyman museum. We went to the volcano and took the two hour hike in the caldera after a great lunch at the Volcano House. On Saturday we went to the outdoor market and purchased hammocks, got henna tattoos, and some local art after eating a great meal at Pineapple. At the end of the day we would take a dip in the beautiful maintained pool and sit in the pool chairs to enjoy the last moments of sun before starting our scrabble game. We are foodies so we did cook several dinners at home. The only thing I would have changed would have been better cookware and updated kitchen appliances. We were able to cook fabulous steaks on the great grill outside, and enjoyed many of the fresh fruits from the island. I would return here again!"
Guest: Neill P.
Date of Stay: July 2016
Review Submitted: July 15, 2016