"This house was an amazing place to stay with two toddlers (ages 2.5 and 3). The kids absolutely loved running up and down the garden pathways, which are less dangerous, and as stunning, than they looked in the photos. There are a couple drop-offs, and a couple beds of thorny plants, but they weren't particularly inviting hazards. It was easy for the supervising adult to keep the kids away.
The access trail to Pila'a Beach turned out to be too rough to take the the kids, so we only went there once. For toddlers, anyway, Pila'a was not as nice as some of the other close beaches. Kalihiwai Beach -- with its flowing river -- was our favorite. The garage was well-stocked with beach toys and chairs.
The kitchen had all the equipment we needed, and some basic ingredients too. The dining gazebo turned out not to be practical for most meals; it's just too much work to haul everything up and down, if you're cooking in the kitchen. But, the dining table in the house is just as large as the one in the gazebo. Unless you're grilling, you'll probably decide to eat upstairs. Down the street, there are several honor-system produce stands from neighboring small farms: in February, we got tangelos, avocados, eggs, fresh flowers, coconuts, bananas, and other citrus.
There are basically two master bedrooms in the main house, each with an attached (and totally dope) bathroom, and one full bedroom in the upper guesthouse, which has an indoor toilet/sink but the shower is outdoor (though private). The extra 'half bedroom' is attached to one of the masters in the main house -- it has one door to the outside, and its other door leads to the other bedroom. So, this half-BR is the least convenient sleeping room for an adult, since you either need to go through another bedroom, or outside, to access a bathroom. But it might work for a kid, or an unfussy uncle.
Both full bathrooms in the main house were drop dead gorgeous, with an extremely high level of finish and luxury materials throughout. The shower/tub on the ocean side of the house is particularly amazing, with a 270-degree view through one-way privacy glass. The shower base there is a custom tile tub, and our little kids loved splashing in it at bath time.
Only caveat: this house might not be a good choice for folks with limited mobility. There are lots of stairs from the parking area / guesthouse to the main house; making (for example) loading/unloading groceries a fair chore. But otherwise, you will love this house."
Guest: Nick C.
Date of Stay: February 2017
Review Submitted: February 22, 2017