We stayed at this fabulous B&B while vacationing on the Big Island of Hawaii. The hosts, Greg and Michael, are genuinely involved in making sure you enjoy your stay. Let's see, where do I start. The house is exactly what you would have thought a 'mansion' should be. Take your shoes off at the door but don't worry, the place is spotless. Even the screens on the windows are cleaned weekly. Michael cooks up a fabulous breakfast. It changes daily. I prefer a light meal for breakfast, and they provide a TRUE Continental breakfast. Most places think a bagel and a box of cereal constitutes a continental breakfast, but having lived in Europe for many years, I know better. So does Michael. He puts out a spread of baked goods, meats, and best of all, fresh fruit grown right there on their front lawn. You will NOT go hungry, I promise you.
We stayed in the 'cottage'. The bed was lower to the floor than we are used to, and my husband stubbed his toe on it. Ah, well. The one and only complaint I have is that, on two occasions, there were bugs in the room. You have to expect this in Hawaii, I cannot at all blame the management. The room was spotlessly clean. I think they followed us into the room when we entered it. I am betting that, if I could have enticed a gecko into the room, the bugs would have been taken care of quickly and pesticide free.
The neat thing about the cottage is, the windows are merely screened (there is a shade you can pull for privacy.) I lay in bed one night and watched Orion striding majestically across the night sky. Where else can you lay in bed and still star gaze?
In the mornings, we sat on the lanai, (the deck), drinking Kona coffee and watching birds. A mongoose trotted through the backyard, and we had geckos chasing bugs at our feet. The geckos are beautiful, emerald green with a little bit of red on the back. They are harmless..except to the bugs! Northern Cardinals (yes...ours..they were introduced) sang for hours, and we watched saffron finches (another introduced species) playing in the mango trees. Wow.
OH! The shower! If you go there, don't bother with the shower in your room. Greg and Michael have built an outdoor shower. It's terrific, it's like showering in a botanical garden. It's totally private, the water is HOT and plentiful, and the atmosphere so peaceful. They also have a hot tub and a sauna, but we didn't use those things.
Greg and Michael know everything about the Island. We told them we were planning on hiking down to the Captain Cook Memorial and they warned us it was a pretty challenging hike. It was. Oh my gosh, it was. It is NOT for someone unused to challenging terrain, nor for anyone with mobility issues, but if you can deal with it, it's worth the effort. Take water, even in February, it got pretty warm.
I don't believe pets are allowed there, but if you like dogs, Betty The Border Collie (who is, apparently, an unpaid volunteer from next door) will lay a stick or a ball at your feet. Then she will stare at it with that typical border collie focus, look at you and say as plain as day, "throw it." You throw it and she chases it. But being a collie, not a retriever, YOU have to go to the thing and throw it for her again. She loves belly rubs, by the way.
Would I go back? gosh, it would be such a temptation, but there's so much to do and see elsewhere on the Big Island that I probably won't. That's not at all a slam on the hosts. They have made a very lovely house/plantation into a Hawaiian destination.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A sophisticated, plantation-style B&B ideally located directly above Kealakekua Bay. Offers luxury amenities such as an outdoor hot tub, a traditional Hawaiian cedar steam, outdoor lava rock showers, a wrap-around lanai with a Hawaiian daybed, a fireplace, and an unobstructed view of the South Kona coastline! The perfect place to base your Big Island adventures! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ka`Awa Loa Plantation Hotel Captain Cook
- Ka'Awa Loa Plantation Hawaii/Captain Cook