The Cottage, "Mahina Meli Makai" (oceanside Honeymoon)
 
 
 
 
Property Details
Property Type: Cottage
Bed/Bath: 1/1.00
Sleeps: 2
Pets: No
Smoking: No
Rental Rates:

$150 - $160 per night

$1,050 - $1,470 per week

$4,500 - $4,800 per month

 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Description
"The Cottage", Mahina Meli Makai (Oceanside Honey Moon)

This truly oceanfront (and we mean oceanfront) cottage, is all about a peaceful quiet Romantic Hawaiian Holiday dream come true. Just the two of you.

This "Honeymoon Getaway" begins the moment you arrive and step through the gate. Once inside you will see nothing but the exotic truly tropical d├ęcor right at natures hypnotizing oceanfront door!

This darling cottage is fully equipped with all the accoutrements you can find yourself wanting, all in Hawaiian style! You will forget there is another world out there.

Watch the calming seas from the master bedroom (also oceanfront) and let the sound of the sea lull you to sleep. The main living area spills right onto the oversized oceanfront lanai designed for early morning coffee, quiet reading, or lighthearted entertainment by the dimming light of Kona?s spectacular world famous sunsets.

This bungalow is a true Hawaiian tropical paradise.

Come to be rested, come to make special memories, come to be delighted. Leave booking your stay for next year!

Just a few steps down the shoreline you will find Kahalu?u Beach State Park, famous for its encounters with the graceful green Hawaiian Sea Turtles.

If you are seeking local markets and historical context, downtown Kailua-Kona is approximately a 10 minute drive for easy access to shopping, businesses, waterfront restaurants and hotels. Watch the people and the cruise ships come and go from the Kailua Pier. Visit the famous Farmer's Market. Enjoy a shave ice or a cup of Kona coffee, have a light snack or a gourmet meal, buy an inexpensive souvenir or a piece of fine art, book an activity, go for a swim or hang out on the many beautiful beaches.



Up the coast is a busy marina with Hawaii's best scuba diving, big-game fishing, kayaking, dolphin and whale watching and other ocean activities. Hale Akala is conveniently located, a great home base to explore the many wonders of the Big Island including Volcano National Park, Mauna Kea Observatory, coffee and macadamia nut farms, artist communities, and more!

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HAWAII TAX ID: W-01

Bedding Configuration: 1 Queen

Additional Features:
* Convenience: Area Fitness Center, Craft Shopping, Medical Services Nearby, Nearby Grocery, Shopping, Snorkel Beach
* Entertainment: Television, WiFi Internet
* Family: Beach, Library, Miniature Golf, Movie Theatre, Playground
* Geographic: Exceptional Sunrises, Exceptional Sunsets, Exceptional Views, Near Beach, On Beach
* Kitchen: Coffee Maker, Cookware, Full Kitchen, Microwave, Oven, Refrigerator, Stove, Toaster, Utensils
* Living: Fully Equiped Kitchen, Ironing Board, Linens, Washer & Dryer, Oceanfront Plus!
* Outdoor: ATV Rental, BBQ Grill, Beach Walking, Beachcombing, Biking, Boating, Boogie Boarding, Coffee Plantations, Deep Sea Fishing, Dolphin Habitat, Fishing, Galleries, Gas Grill, Hiking Trails, Jet Ski Rental, Ocean Kayaking, Patio, Sight-Seeing, Snorkeling, Surfing, Swimming, Tennis, Scuba Diving, Manta Ray Diving, Whale Watching, Dolphin Watching, Dinner Cruises, Snorkel Trips, Firepit
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Owner/Manager last updated on 09/13/2014

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Amenities
Amenities
  • ·Full Kitchen
  • ·Gas Grill
  • ·Patio
Appliances
  • ·Coffee Maker
  • ·Microwave
  • ·Oven
  • ·Refrigerator
  • ·Toaster
Activites
  • ·Biking
  • ·Boating
  • ·Fishing
  • ·Golf
  • ·Deep Sea Fishing
  • ·Hiking
  • ·Surfing
  • ·Swimming
  • ·Tennis
  • ·Walking
 
 
 
 
 
 
Reviews
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Beautiful views but loud surf
David G. from Salem, OR does not recommend this property.
Stayed for 12 days in August, 2014
Very nice in many ways. However the surf crashes on the rocks under the lanai quite loudly. With no AC doors to lanai from both rooms must be open at all time to keep temperature manageable. Tile floors were dirty. Rental agent provides only minimal initial supplies including toilet paper & garbage bags. Not reasonable given price per night is it? Kitchen cabinet door hinges were failing- had to find screwdriver to reattach one door!
 
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Beautiful cottage ? just needs some TLC (and housekeeping...)
Ashley W. from Vancouver, BC recommends this property.
Stayed for 7 days in July, 2014
We got into the house at about 1 a.m. (we took a cab ? highly recommend reting a car for the trip as this house is a bit far from everything and cabs are very expensive and not in abundance). Getting in late was probably part of the problem ? but there were dead cockroaches EVERYWHERE. Just a little bit creepier to walk into at night. It looked like no one had been in the place for months. We cleaned for about an hour and went to bed. Waking up the next morning and seeing the view made it all worth while. What a difference a day makes! This little house is such a gem. It's on the waterfront, waves crashing all day and night, surfer outfront of the patio, a bbq, a sweet retro painting on the wall in the living room :) Basically heaven. The house itself is a cottage on the water, so some wear and tear from the salty waves and age. It could use some love and maintenance. Maybe a paint job and a few things here and there. That being said, there was such a beautiful charm about it. It was so relaxing and full of character. We will definitely come back next year. We will just know to arrive in the daytime :)
 
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perfect location but house needs work
A guest from leeds, AL recommends this property.
Stayed for 4 days in April, 2014
The location is perfect and the sound of the waves crashing at night is great, the house however needs some tlc
 
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Very dirty, but great location
Cathy V. from Fredericksburg, TX recommends this property.
Stayed for 4 days in April, 2014
Upon arrival we found 6 dead roaches, two of which were already deteriorating so we know those had been there quite a while. The side doors in the bedroom don't have a threshold (and neither do the doors in the living area) so the dirt and bugs come in constantly. Evidently the maid doesn't clean to try and compensate for this. A considerable amount of dirt and left over trash from prior visits can be found under the bed and behind the side tables. We put a towel on the floor in front of the door while we were there. The cottage would be wonderful if the doors in the bedroom and living area would seal at least a little bit. That would cut the bug problem down considerably and help keep the cottage cleaner. If this was done, it would be worth what we paid for it.
 
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Kona Honey Moon Cottage
Ruth A C. from San Jose, CA does not recommend this property.
Stayed for 6 days in January, 2014
We had trespassers on the property. They walked in through the unlocked gate and walked into our living space. They announced themselves as the owners and they took offense when we asked them to leave. We filed a police report and got a lock for the gate so the property was somewhat safe. We didn't feel safe there.
 
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Condition of house was disappointing; View was lovely
A guest from Whitehorse, Yukon does not recommend this property.
Stayed for 8 days in January, 2014
We arrived on Saturday afternoon and soon realized that with the exception of the fridge and bathroom the house was dirty and infested with mice and cockroaches. We called the weekend number and the woman who answered the phone was very nice, but could not get us any help (mouse traps) until Monday afternoon. This was disappointing. Over our week-long stay at The Cottage, we disposed of 8 mice and numerous dead cockroaches. Every part of the house was full of mouse poop - even the kitchen drawers and cupboards. The floors were black with dirt and the rugs had perhaps never been washed as two were stuck to the floor. We ended up buying our own cleaning supplies, and mouse and cockroach traps. Cleaning and vermin killing was not something we wanted to do on our vacation. The ceiling fan in the living room did not work so it was hot and stuffy when the doors were closed. We asked about this and they sent a very nice repairman to fix it right away. As he fixed it we realized that the fan was not hooked up to anything and had been broken for a while. So, although it was fixed right away - that was great - it begged the question why it wasn't fixed before we arrived.The view from the house is spectacular. It is located right on the water and has a lovely view of the sunsets and surfers. The surf was high when we were there and the sound of crashing waves was very loud. As all the oceanfront in Hawaii is public, there were often surfers outside the house. We liked this as they were fun to watch.I called to complain about the cleanliness of the property and although the person I spoke with was nice they did not refund any of the fees we had paid. We decided to leave the house 3 days early (to end our vacation a non-mice-infested hotel room) and they did refund the money for those nights. We appreciated that.I found the state of the house unacceptable and would not recommend it. It needs a lot of work but could be a spectacular property if properly
 
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Great View, With A Catch
Lacey H. from Sunnyvale, CA does not recommend this property.
Stayed for 6 days in December, 2013
The negatives outweigh the positives at The Cottage. The price is great and the views are stunning, but they won't make up for the cockroaches, ants, and mice you'll encounter during your stay. I called the management company, Boundless Hawaii, twice during our stay about the infestation: the first time the day after we checked in, and the next the day before we departed. They were friendly and courteous, but said it would take 3 days to get an exterminator out to place traps - I had to do some convincing it get them out the following afternoon. 24 hours later a strong odor alerted us that each of the 4 mice traps had caught a mouse. There is a BBQ in the side yard, and we were looking forward to grilling dinner one of the nights, but seeing 4-inch long roaches scurry over the kitchen countertops and fly in and out of the open doors is revolting, and enough to make us loose our appetites. No roach traps were set. The Cottage lacks air circulation, and without AC, temperatures in the evenings reached well over 85 degrees, making it uncomfortable and difficult to sleep. There were two ceiling fans, and one portable fan in the bedroom which helped, but not much. The ceiling fan in the living room was broken. And without lockable bug screens on any of the windows or doors, we were unable to leave them open for long periods of time. The house is in need of repairs: A number of the door locks and latches were broken or loose, leaving big gaps between the doors and the door frame. The latch to the window in the kitchen was corroded and couldn't be opened.
 
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Cuddy's
Paul C. from Prineville, Oregon recommends this property.
Stayed for 9 days in October, 2013
No need to post on line unless you want to. bug potential worked the lights so had no problem, normally 1 or 2 dead cockroaches in the morning and had 2 dead mice. One night I had to stomp on 2-3 as they ran across the floor, but again we were ok with this. Some aspects of the house are a little tired eg. never sure if a cabinet door would fall off when opening for first time.Air circulation: Poor.We got in at 3pm opened everything up, fans on, at 10pm the inside was still much warmer than outside was. I switched the living room fan (only one I could) to pull air up instead of pushing it down, this seemed to help bring the cooler outside air in instead of keeping it out (having all 3 fans pushing air down)at night, but the fan is undersized to do this well. Obviouly getting some venting on the street-side would be best, but maybe getting a bigger/faster fan that could switch between pushing down and pulling up easily would solve most of this problem.A couple of the outside lights had no bulbs but I assume this was by design and was fine. Thelight on north side of the Patio/deck (cannot spell the L word) had a bulb in it but did not work (there were no extra light bulbs or tools to fix it). Not sure if this was by design but if so need some big candles ( eating by flash light was kind of a pain). I did not inform the realtor so no blame on your part. The one thing that really bugged me, believe it or not, was the fact that there was no beach stuff, probably90+% of folks fly in, you need to have a couple of cheep fold up beach chairs for folks to use!!Open concept: Although it would be nice to have some tight fitting screens to close at night, the opening from the bedroom/living room onto the deck (that L word again) was absolutely fantastic!!!!! We would come back in a heartbeat! Thanks.
 
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Wonderful Hawaiian Vacation
Tony & Cathleen B. from Fort Bragg, CA recommends this property.
Stayed for 7 days in May, 2013
Looooved our stay here. That being said, it is very loud because of the surf pounding right below. Could use some new sliding doors, the existing doors are very difficult to open and close and offer no sound insulation.
 
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Paradise + roaches
A guest from San Rafael, CA recommends this property.
Stayed for 7 days in May, 2013
15-20 dead cockroaches littered the floor of entire unit when we arrived. Apparently the unit had been vacant for some time. As a result feel that management should have checked the condition prior to our arrival. That said, Cottage itself is a great place for a couple to spend a vacation as the ocean waves break at the foundation creating a mesmerizing effect of being "in" the nature.Overall, we would go back to The Cottage again.
 
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Amazing Ocean View
Scott & Shauna K. from CHico, CA recommends this property.
Stayed for 7 days in February, 2013
The Location of this cottage was AMAZING! The online pictures are accurate... being on the lanai with the ocean literally 10 feet away 24/7 was a major highlight of our vacation. The cottage is very close to the Turtle beach and great snorkeling. We saw a whale and some dolphins from the Lanai as well as many surfers who were present promptly at sun rise until the last drop of sun was set. The Cottage was broom clean accept for the bugs and geckos you find everywhere in HI. Repairs are needed as this place was built in the 60's and when they say "starter supplies" they mean one roll of toilet paper and a few garbage bags, so prepare to shop. Overall, we would love to go back and we would recommend this place to our friends but be prepared for a rustic and no frills stay (as they posted this is NOT a hotel). It's all about the location, location, location at the cottage.
 
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Paradise
Anthony S. from Novato, CA recommends this property.
Stayed for 7 days in February, 2013
We stayed in this beautiful house three years ago and enjoyed this stay even more. Great laocation and canT beat the view. Can't wait for our next trip.
 
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A Special Place
Shirley M. from Auburn, CA recommends this property.
Stayed for 28 days in January, 2013
This is our 9th year staying in the Cottage, we love the place but the owners need to add some tlc after all this time.
 
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Perfect View
Roger V. from Henderson, NV recommends this property.
Stayed for 5 days in December, 2012
Perfect place for two to enjoy the Big Island. Saw some whales during our evenings on the big lanai. Very short walk to some of the best snorkling on the island. Great location and very comfortable. Loved it!!!
 
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If you like being on the water, this is hard to beat
Robert H. from Denver, CO recommends this property.
Stayed for 8 days in December, 2012
We expected "The Cottage" to be a little funkier than it was. It's clean and had everything we needed to make meals, grill outside, and enjoy the Pacific right at our feet. The location is great - walk to snorkeling and beach. Surfers are always riding in front of the cottage. Most of the ocean-side wall opens up, floor to ceiling.
 
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I would rent the cottage again in a second
Todd H. from Poulsbo, WA recommends this property.
Stayed for 10 days in October, 2012
Perfect. If you have a chance spend some time at the cottage. The perfect place to explore the Kona coast from or just sit and relax.
 
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Everything you need, nothing that you don't
A guest from Eugene, OR recommends this property.
Stayed for 8 days in March, 2012
Lovely little cottage by the sea - perfect for a couple. The views of Kahaluu bay are great - saw an Orca breeching, schools of dolphins swimming past, and great sunsets. The house itself was clean - it is approaching readiness for some improvements, but all in all a good value.
 
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Honeymoon - with a warning
Kate M. from Stevenson, WA recommends this property.
Stayed for 4 days in February, 2012
Overall this place is great with a few exceptions. There is no hot tub, the jets in the bathtub don't work. The place is for sale. We could never figure out how to turn certain lights on they should be labeled. There was a mouse or mice that left little droppings for us every morning. It had everything in the kitchen except for the most important thing, a wine key. We ended up just having to stab the cork through. The location great and right on the water. When you wake up on the morning there are surfers literally 100 feet from your back door surfing. It is the best place to see the sunset by far. We are on our honeymoon and The Cottage was the 2nd stop for us. Maui being the 1st and Kauai the 3rd. We rented a condo in Maui , The Cottage in Kona and a little house off VBRO in Kauai. The amenities in Maui and Kauai were just better and more. For what you pay for the cottage they should give you unlimited toilet paper and paper towels everyone else does. All in all I think The Cottage was a great place but would not return b/c of the little things that were not working or what we were not made aware of. The other 2 places we stayed on the other two islands I would return to year after year. That is what you want your customers to say and I cannot say that about The Cottage.
 
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Oceanfront Alii house - Very nice
A guest from Fairbanks, AK recommends this property.
Stayed for 5 days in February, 2012
The structure is ON the ocean, in fact the waves wash against the building's lanai foundation. It is next to a great beach, snorkel area, and popular surfing spot. The surfers sometimes launch from the rocks in front of the house, and occasional fishermen using the rocks, too.House seemed a bit 'tired' but in good shape. We appreciated use of the outdoor grill. Access is off a busy street, but there is parking on the street and room for one car in an off-street alcove at the edge of the property. There is a fence between the road and house, so it doesn't have excessive road noise inside the house. Street is quiet at night.There is a section of wall made of folding doors that can be opened between the living room and the lanai overlooking the ocean. These doors are not easy to operate, but do provide a wide-open feeling between indoors and outdoors. If updating, we'd suggest a small indoor dining table and replace the sliding wall leading to the lanai with something more user-friendly and perhaps sound-deadening.Overall it was a very nice place.
 
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Right on the water!
A guest from Oak Harbor, WA recommends this property.
Stayed for 11 days in December, 2011
The location was absolutely fantastic! We loved watching the surfers and saw turtles and marlin from our deck, which was not near, but over the water! The only problem was that there are no screens. We learned how to cope rather easily though. Overall we loved the Cottage. We will be back.
 
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Great location!!!
Frank W. from Sacramento, CA recommends this property.
Stayed for 2 days in October, 2011
This was everything we wanted. Right over the water at a good price. My new wife is already telling me this is the place we are coming back to. Wonderful place can't wait to go back. I even snorkeled right of the front of the property.
 
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water's edge getaway
A guest from PAGE, AZ recommends this property.
Stayed for 6 days in October, 2011
we really needed a break and this was a perfect location for us. Everything we needed was on site, and we rented snorkels and masks across the street. turtles abound. Surfers are very fun to watch and they love the waves in front of the cottage. If you want to be in the presence of the ocean, this is perfect.
 
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A guest from Seattle, WA recommends this property.
Stayed for 7 days in September, 2011
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The Cottage
Claire & Norman S. from Pasadena, CA recommends this property.
Stayed for 5 days in July, 2011
We really enjoy the"Cottage"; but the windows and glass doors needed washing.
 
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Our 2nd Kona Cottage stay
Daniel B. from San Francisco, CA recommends this property.
Stayed for 7 days in July, 2011
The view and ocean sounds are amazing! We were very disappointed to find there was no hot tub, that was a main selling point for our vacation pick at the cottage. It was in all the ads and virtual tours as well as was there 3 years ago when we stayed here, a big let down to find it was gone when we arrived. Everything worked well and the pests were at a minimum, being so close to the ocean and all, but there were still enough to make us cringe a few times. There was also trash in the kitchen garbage can and fridge when we arrived.
 
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Our Hawaiian Getaway
Diana M. from Delta, BC recommends this property.
Stayed for 7 days in March, 2011
Aloha from the West Coast of British Columbia!The Cottage was the perfect little getaway if you like being right on the ocean. You have to like hearing the crashing of the waves for sure - and we do! From the lanai watching the surfers trying to conquer the might seas is a great theraputic way to get rid of the city hum-drums! The only "issue" we encountered was the broken coffee pot! Always a city dweller, the first morning was a little rough until Walmart opened and we purchased a new coffee pot. Java is on us! We are hoping to make the Cottage our yearly retreat.Mahalo !!!
 
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A wonderful honeymoon in and idyllic setting
Sarah M. from Adelaide, South Australia recommends this property.
Stayed for 7 days in March, 2011
This property is in the best location with waves lapping onto rocks below the lanai and beautiful sunsets ! We had an amazing 7 nights here and really enjoyed ourselves - the property could do with a bit of updating and maintenance but we didn't tend to notice due to the amazing location and view. We would highly suggest this property for couples that want a more private honeymoon :)
 
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Quaint little cottage with great location, but some drawbacks.
Joyce C. from Vancouver, British Columbia does not recommend this property.
Stayed for 10 days in February, 2011
Overall the cottage was a unique experience. The location was stunning. However I would chose a location off the beach next time. However, I would have some reservations before recommending it to a friend. 1) It is very noisy, if you are a light sleeper the surf is a distraction. 2) There is no air conditioning and the trade winds were light and fitfull when we stayed. Although the overhead fan helps it can be stuffy if you shut the doors on the lanai to cut the surf sounds.3) The extras were not there. We had to purchase toilet paper and laundry soap which in my estimation should have been provided in more abundance for the 10 day stay. Also we could not access the internet or use the telephone without undergoing some complex process or paying extra (this was not clear). 4) Some extra indoor furniture and lighting would be appreciated. Difficult to read in the rooms at night because of dimness, nowhere to recline inside except the bed. Somewhere to eat inside would be nice, particularly if the weather is inclement - though this is not often.
 
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It?s on the water and cheap, so we accept the issues?
russ c. from san diego, CA recommends this property.
Stayed for 5 days in December, 2010
We have rented vacation homes many times, have rented from this property rental firm twice and in fact have our own vacation rental.It is difficult to find a one bedroom free standing home right on the water anywhere. So this place, and the one next door (to your right as you look at the water) are nice finds. This property is pretty tired, but because of its price, that is fine. The property to the right has a pool, a second bedroom, but smaller outdoor lanai. And if you are going to rent a place right on the water, I presume you plan to live outside as much as possible.Some reviewers complain about the noise of the waves. It is loud. But a joyous loud. If you don?t want to experience the crashing waves, then don?t rent a place with a rocky shoreline, therefore don?t rent a house on the water in Kaliua-Kona. Extremely difficult to open the accordion doors to the outside lanai. Almost made us stop trying. But having that openness is why we were there, so we kept pushing forward. We succeeded. But we also just left them open the whole time there, even when away. A risk? Sure, but we have never had a problem in Hawaii with break-ins.The fact that there is still no cork screw is a huge indicator that the property management company just doesn?t care. They have such a huge set of rules for renters, but don?t seem to care that the place is adequately supplied. Thank goodness that I read the review noting that the coffee filters were in the cookie jar. The property management company wants you to do almost all of their work before you check out. I?ve never experienced that with other rentals.I wish we had known when we checked in that there would be a steady stream of dying cockroaches each day. We would have collected them and made a nice cockroach soup on our final day.Old property. Dirty property. But right on the water and priced right. We would stay again if the property next door wasn?
 
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A guest from Santa Cruz, CA recommends this property.
Stayed for 5 days in November, 2010
The property location was wonderfully, located, near great snorkling beaches and close to Kona. Feedback, the coffee filters were hidden away in the cookie jar not easily found and a wine bottle opening would have been helpful. A couple of bulbs were out but we were able to fix. The views, and the sound of the pounding surf was exceptional.
 
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Cozy and Private
Carrie M. from New Richmond, WI recommends this property.
Stayed for 7 days in October, 2010
It's a wonderful house--right on the crashing waves. Stirring and lulling at the same time. The house is solidly built, with gorgeous wooden/glass doors. It's small, with only one bed, which was okay for us on this particular trip. Sometimes we bring friends/family, though and sadly, will have to go elsewhere. The furniture is of good quality, but there's no couch (only two chairs)--probably just for lack of space. The only real negative for us, though, is that there's no table inside--so all meals have to be eaten on the lanai. For the days we were there, the weather cooperated, but I'd worry about that a bit.
 
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Return to Paradise!
Mark M. from Monona, WI recommends this property.
Stayed for 4 days in October, 2010
This was our 2nd stay at The Cottage, and once again, we absolutely loved it. The location is wonderful and we can't wait to plan our next stay here.
 
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We'd stay here again
Thomas S. from San Francisco, CA recommends this property.
Stayed for 7 days in October, 2010
Overall this is an excellent vacation property and location. Given the location right on the ocean's edge, the place has a kind of funky old beach house feel to it. Perhaps someone could apply some WD-40 to the glass doors, but obviously maintenance is a challenge given the location. It's worth it. One problem: I'm a professional blogger and needed the high-speed internet connection they claimed was available. Not too much, but a few minutes every day to stay on top of my work. No high-speed connection to be found. I worked around it, but it shouldn't be listed as an amenity if it isn't really available.
 
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ocean front cottage
Kathryn B. from Foley, AL recommends this property.
Stayed for 7 days in July, 2010
The only problem with the cottage was the noise. If you are not a sound sleeper keep in mind the waves crash under the porch and are LOUD. You can not shut the doors because there is no A/C, so either noise or heat. Did not bother me, my husband ended up sleeping in the closet. Seriously. Other then that it was beautiful and very convienent.
 
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watchd out for this clever ripoff
A guest from Oakland, CA recommends this property.
Stayed for 8 days in May, 2010
Prince Properties' security deposit turns out to be insurance for damage up to $500 non refundable. Normally I would have caught this [you are allowed to opt out] but I was undergoing chemo at the time I made the reservation. this is at least non-standard and at most a clever ripoff. good bye Prince Properties.

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Response from Prince Properties, Inc.
I don't get your complaint? It was for $5000 damages. It saves you also having to pay a security deposit up front.Is there something I missed?I am sorry about your medical condition. I hope your stay was nice other than that.
 
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Tarsha R. from Seattle, WA does not recommend this property.
Stayed for 6 days in May, 2010
 
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The Cottage near Kahaluu
A guest from South Pasadena, CA does not recommend this property.
Stayed for 8 days in March, 2010
We spent a week at 'The Cottage' (Mahina Meli Makai). We visit the Big Island frequently (this was probably our 20th trip over 10 years) and are familiar with rental options in Kona. We had mixed feelings about our stay at the Cottage. On the plus side, the location is ideal - 3 houses up from Kahaluu Beach with a great views of the bay and surfers from the lanai. The cottage was also surprisingly quiet in the evenings despite the proximity to Alii Drive (thanks to the constant sound of the surf). On the negative side, the house is not well maintained. The lanai awning has been replaced with several tarps which are functional but unsightly. Roaches are a problem - more so than we're accustomed to from our many other visits to Kona (or from living in a tropical setting before). The problem here is the house has large gaps at the bottom of the doors on the lanai and the side patio. So roaches are free to enter the house. There's no safe way to preclude this with pesticides and the roaches will come looking even if you're fastidious about cleaning and taking out the trash as we are. With regards to service from Prince Properties, the reservation and checkin/checkout processes were smooth. With regards to support during our stay - we called immediately after we arrived with two requests. The gas grill on the patio had run out of propane. They sent somebody around the next day to replace it. Also, the spa on the patio wasn't working (no power to heat or jets). I checked the breaker box and noted the breaker had blown. I reset it - it ran for 5 minutes then tripped again so I shut it off and notified Prince. When I called they admitted that the spa heater hadn't worked for about a year and the owner didn't want to fix it but the jets should work. I explained the tripped breaker and that there was no power at all going to the spa. They said they would have to look into it and get back to me but never did. Overall, we enjoyed our stay given the loc
 
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Anthony S. from Novato, CA recommends this property.
Stayed for 11 days in February, 2010
 
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This was our 3rd stay at the Cottage. We love the location.
Kathy Z. from Phelan, CA recommends this property.
Stayed for 7 days in December, 2009
 
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A guest from Bell Canyon, CA recommends this property.
Stayed for 8 days in September, 2009
We would recommend this property solely on the location, which was exceptional! The condition of the property was disappointing... Our expectation was that it would be clean and well-maintained, but it fell short of our expectation in these regards.
 
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Chris P. from Suquay Varina, NC recommends this property.
Stayed for 5 days in August, 2009
was hot inside , had to leave doors and windows open at night, so the security system was in vain. otherwise great location and view
 
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Very hard to leave...
A guest from Newport Beach, CA recommends this property.
Stayed for 5 days in June, 2009
The location was so perfect, it was sometimes hard to pull ourselves away from the waves breaking right below our feet. This unit is perfect for a couple who'd like a little piece of paradise for themselves. The pictures are not doctored, the place really is as good as it looks.
 
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Great location, will book again (if possible after sale)
A guest from San Clemente, California recommends this property.
Stayed for 13 days in May, 2009
Wasn't aware that the property was for sale when I arrived, with the possibility of clients potentially walking through. Perhaps the addition of an in-house safe would be appropriate for security, as most guests will spend most of their time outdoors while on vacation. I hope this home continues to be available for rent in the future, I would like to return. And, like a ship on the water, there are signs that it needs a little TLC, but nothing that will dissuade my re-booking. Thanks for a great time!
 
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A guest from Salt lake city, UT recommends this property.
Stayed for 6 days in March, 2009
Great little bungalo right on the water. Kitchen was well equipped. Only complaint was no door on the bathroom (open to the closet) which made it less than 100% private.
 
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A guest from Santa Rosa, CA does not recommend this property.
Stayed for 15 days in January, 2009
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Ray H. from Thousand Oaks, CA recommends this property.
Stayed for 13 days in December, 2008
The place grows on you. We have many fond memories of the stay. Property Mgr. was excellent, property is aging and needs some repair. Property is for sale and I am sure someone will fall in love with it and take good care of it. Would not repeat visit, but for "our" reasons, not the property's fault.
 
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Perry Anderson RPh
Perry A. from Sammamish, WA does not recommend this property.
Stayed for 14 days in November, 2008
great location but building in poor condition.
 
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GREAT PLACE!
Margery N. from Herndon, Virginia recommends this property.
Stayed for 6 days in October, 2008
I'd have the owner fix the front gate and the moving wall in the bedroom (especially since it's up for sale). Many light bulbs were out and the switches were a bit hard to figure out, but WOW the location can't be beat, right over the water, a few houses away from a beach with decent snorkeling. It was GREAT.
 
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honeymoon in paradise
Mark M. from Monona, WI recommends this property.
Stayed for 3 days in September, 2008
wonderful location. lanai hanging over the rocks made it hard to leave to explore Kona and the Big Island. Will definitely consider The Cottage on our next visit to Kona.
 
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Honeymoon
Peter V. from Lakeland, TN recommends this property.
Stayed for 9 days in September, 2008
We had an exceptional visit to the Cottage. The tour books were very helpful with getting around. The property was stocked well with dishes and utilities. I would suggest giving instructions for the hot tub with the reminder that the maintenance person comes by on Thursdays. Directions to the nearest grocery store would also have been helpful upon arrival. We would definately recommend this to friends and love to visit again.

Property Manager Response:
Thank you for your stay here at the Cottage. We hope to have you back again soon.

Brad (mgr)
 
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Amazing location and views right on the water
Tony D. from San Francisco, CA recommends this property.
Stayed for 4 days in August, 2008
Right on the water - great breeze even during the heat of the day, with a fully covered lanai. Front room opens up completely to the lanai and ocean. If you want direct sun, another side area off the bedroom is completely open to the sky (except for palms above) and ocean . Gas grill is great. New tile throughout is great. Kitchen has all the utensils you need. Only bad - place smells very moldy when the doors are closed.
 
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The Cottage vacation
Daniel B. from San Francisco, CA does not recommend this property.
Stayed for 3 days in August, 2008
The cottage is in a great location with incredible views. The ocean right at your doorstep and the sound of waves at night are very relaxing. Unfortunately The Cottage was overrun with huge cockroaches which are found all over The Cottage. This made for a very unpleasant stay. The dryer did not work and the BBQ did not get very hot. As much as I liked the view and location, I will not be back to stay at The Cottage.

Property Manager Response:
Aloha,
Thank you for staying with us. As we all know cockroaches love it here as much as we do. In effort to minimize the amouts we see, Ecolab pest service services this property monthly. They have proven to be valuable. Rain does increase chances of sightings. The dryer has now been fixed by sears, sorry for that. We will check into the BBQ and find out what is going on there. It may be rust problems. We have not been made aware of the BBQ in the past nor did we receive a call from you, but thank you for letting us know via this review. We hope to have you back with us again soon!
Brad
Property Manager
 
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A guest from Eureka, CA recommends this property.
Stayed for 3 days in July, 2008
nice place to watch the surfers and the crabs below our feet.
 
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Great Place, But Needs Maintenance
A guest from Oro Valley, AZ recommends this property.
Stayed for 9 days in July, 2008
The cottage is in a beautiful location, and very nicely decorated. But it's very close to the road (something you can't tell from the photos). Unfortunately, it needs some serious maintenance. The sliding doors don't work very well, the lanai leaks when it rains, the skylight in the bathroom leaks, and we had continual problems trying to get the bedroom door closed so we could activate the alarm. It's certainly better than most, but it could be much better.

Property Manager Response:
Aloha,
Thank you for your review. The doors are a constant fix as they are right on the water. The owners do enjoy the rustic part of the cottage and are also aware of the repairs needed to the skylight. We were not aware of the other door problem until now, so thank you for letting us know. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us.

Brad
Property Manager
 
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A guest from Nerima-ku, Tokyo recommends this property.
Stayed for 5 days in July, 2008
 
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Awesome Location!
A guest from Missouri City, Texas recommends this property.
Stayed for 6 days in June, 2008
This was a great place to stay and also do snorkling nearby and watch the surfers in the morning. The only issues we had were some unwanted 6 legged "guests" that would pester us at night. The roof in the bathroom leaked during a torrential rain. The alarm system had a few glitches. However, we still enjoyed our stay.
 
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The Cottage, Kona Hawaii
Candia S. from Camas, WA recommends this property.
Stayed for 4 days in June, 2008
My husband and I loved the locaton and the feel of the cottage. It was such a treat to wake up and go to sleep to the sound of the ocean. The ability to open the doors wide to the view, bringing the outside in, was fantastic. You have to be able to move beyond cockroaches though. My biggest complaint would be in the fact that in addition to the price of the room/house, you pay an additional cleaning fee, however only the towels from the morning can be left in the wash without an additional fee. That is a bit extravagant. The cottage has only room for two, so the amount of laundry that is generated is low. When you have towels from the beach, bath and kitchen, there should be no reason that one load of laundry couldn't be left for the staff to handle.
 
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The Cottage review
Terry B. from Oakland, Mi. recommends this property.
Stayed for 8 days in May, 2008
Improvements: needs laundry basket, higher wattage bulb in kitchen and living room area, strainer net for jacuzzi, adjustment to entrance gate, carpet cleaning throughout especially in bathroom. Lots of water and moisture damage in bathroom near floor and very dirty in some of the nooks and crannies around bathroom, hot water heater and closet area (most of the contact we had with bugs were from these areas). House could also use a very good dusting above the divider between bedroom and closet area. Other than that we had a wonderful time.
 
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Nicole G. from Portland, Oregon recommends this property.
Stayed for 7 days in April, 2008
 
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Chris B. from Reno, NV recommends this property.
Stayed for 6 days in April, 2008
 
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Amazing Property Right On the Water!
A guest from Piedmont, CA recommends this property.
Stayed for 7 days in March, 2008
Great and fun property for 2 people. Amazing location, the waves come up to the foot of the property. Beautiful sunsets. We will definately return, as well as recommend to friends.
 
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Amazing view and location
A guest from San Pedro, CA recommends this property.
Stayed for 4 days in February, 2008
Waterfront doesn't begin to describe this cottage. At high tide, you feel the spray on the large lanai. The living room doors unfold to make one huge patio, and you can watch and hear the waves from the bedroom and side patio too. Just 2 houses down from a fantastic snorkeling bay w/sea turtles, and from the patio we could enjoy watching dozens of surfers riding the waves there from pre-dawn to nightfall. Absolutely loved it.
 
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Skip this rental!
A guest from Stillwater, MN does not recommend this property.
Stayed for 5 days in February, 2008
Great view & OK location but the home suffers from lack of care! Door in bedroom wouldn't open, gate didn't open all the way, interior of cupboards in kitchen smelled funky, no screens and lots of dead & live bugs; didn't mind the ants, hated the roaches. Bed was comfy but no blanket, just an empty duvet that I'm sure hadn't been cleaned in some time - ick. Carpet had been cleaned but was sticky & the smell most unpleasant. What a surprise given all the 'warnings' about what you could & could not do stated in the rental agreement. No way would we return to that property.

Property Manager Response:
Aloha,
We thank you for your review. The bedding is washed and drycleaned on a regular basis. The carpet has now been pulled and tile has been set in its place. Thank you again.
Brad
 
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A very nice romantic get-a-way for two.
Chris H. from Great Falls, MT recommends this property.
Stayed for 5 days in January, 2008
My wife and I very much enjoyed our stay at The Cottage. A very charming one bedroom home with a terrific view of the ocean, and surf. If you were any closer, you would be getting wet. Very nice living room, lani and side yard with plenty of chairs, lounges and tables. Just a short walk to Kahalu?u Beach Park with very good snorkeling, swimming and surfing. While the unit was very clean when we arrived, do take advantage of the provided Tupperwear containers for any dry food stuffs. There was evidence of some small four legged visitors during our stay. Overall, very nice. We would gladly stay again.
 
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Heaven on Earth
A guest from Phelan, CA does not recommend this property.
Stayed for 9 days in January, 2008
This was our second visit to the Cottage. We love it there. Our favorite past time is snorkeling at the nearby Kahaluu Beach. The surfers are fun to watch too. Its wonderful.

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We are glad you had a great time.
 
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Big Island 5-Year Wedding Anniversary Trip
Amanda H. from Cincinnati, Ohio recommends this property.
Stayed for 14 days in December, 2007
The Cottage was a fabulous, romantic getaway for my husband and I. Even though it rained half the time we were on the Big Island, we were still able to enjoy the ocean and palm trees from our covered lanai and hot tub. Fabulous--can't wait to come back!
 
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A guest from Concord, CA recommends this property.
Stayed for 4 days in November, 2007
 
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The Cottage On the Ocean
A guest from Redlands, CA recommends this property.
Stayed for 9 days in October, 2007
We loved this vacation home and have booked it again for next fall. We had two problems: We arrived late at night and there were NO lights on anywhere. Fortunately, we had a flashlight to help us grope around in the dark to find first the address, then the front door. The ice maker in the fridge didn't work, and there were no ice trays for making ice - a must for those Mai-Tais.
The sound of the surf is quite noisy, so if you're a light sleeper, this may be a problem. Because there is no A/C, it's necessary to keep the doors to the lanai open all night.
The location is fabulous, and we loved the openness of the living area to the lanai.
 
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Could have been heaven but was ****
Michele S. from Granger, IN does not recommend this property.
Stayed for 4 days in August, 2007
We rented the Honeymoon cottage for our 25th anniversary. Our stay was to be for 8 nights. I fell in love with it as I scanned through the pictures on the web. It was a darling cottage and on the water. Unfortunately, when we arrived, there were dead cockroaches and bugs all over the cottage floors, sinks, counters, and tub and fecal matter on the toilet. The hot tub had bugs floating all over in it, more dead ones on the bottom and seats, and squished between the cover and ledge. We would not walk around barefoot in the cottage as cockroaches as big as three inches would scamper under cabinets when we turned on the lights. We first spent our own money and bought some roach killer after we sanitized and cleaned all the surfaces and swept the floors. (Not exactly how I pictured spending our first evening in beautiful Hawaii. After 3nights of coming back from our daily explorations to be greeted by scampering cockroaches, we called prop.manager and asked the to have some one clean the cottage and hot tub so we could use it and also spray or bomb for bugs. Our request was refused. We asked if there was another house on the ocean we could move to. We were told there was but we'd have to pay a large sum for the difference of the two houses. I asked if under the circumstances, wouldn't they Comp the difference. Again, our request was refused. We had planned this anniversary trip for over 3 years; saving and looking for the perfect place to stay. Our third child just graduated college and it was tough to scrape the funds together for this trip. Brad Lusk did offer us another accommodation. It was a unit in a complex. No privacy, no hot tub, no beautiful lanai to look out over the ocean from. This special trip was nearly ruined, as Prince Properties would not, did not, step up to the plate and do the right thing. Fortunately, my ever positive husband and I consoled each other and we enjoyed all the big island had to offer despite the extremely poor hospitality via Princ
 
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great vacation
Tim P. from TalkingRock, GA recommends this property.
Stayed for 7 days in August, 2007
This location is great, it's close to local activities, and a great sunset view.
 
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A guest from EDMONDS, WA does not recommend this property.
Stayed for 5 days in July, 2007
The property had rats and the fridge barely worked. Overall not very clean.

Property Manager Response:
Aloha,
Thank you for your review. Pest service was stepped up to control this problem that comes up on the ocean. No signs of rodants thus far. The fridge has also been looked at as well. Thank you again for your reviews as we strive for quality control.
Brad
 
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Didn't want to leave
David E. from Crane, MO recommends this property.
Stayed for 7 days in May, 2007
We had a great stay at the cottage, I could not imagine it being any better. Waking up to the sound of the ocean and going out and setting in the hot tub under the gazebo, watching the cruise ships pass by and the surfers settling in for the day. This was our first experience in Hawaii and it was a great one. I would recommend this unit to anyone. It was one of those places that you just didn't want to leave.
 
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Ginny H. from Livermore, CA does not recommend this property.
Stayed for 12 days in May, 2007
Awesome location! We overlooked the stained carpet, the leak under the kitchen sink that had obviously been leaking for some time (it was repaired quickly after our call), and the broken bathroom accordion door, but what almost ruined the stay was that the property was over run with cockroaches! We could actually see them coming and going under the exterior bedroom door (not sealed)every night. We have stayed on almost all of the Hawaiian islands, in a variety of properties, and never experienced so many cockroaches. In one of our nightly chases of cockroaches we found several dead ones, that appeared to have been there prior to our stay, under the bed. This property had such great potential if it weren't for the over abundance of cockroaches. We loved the general area and we are planning a trip back to the same vicinity this year, but will not staying at this particular property again.

Property Manager Response:
Aloha,
We have now pulled all carpet in the home and replaced it with tile. Constant spraying keeps the ongoing pest control at it best. If they enter they will not live (roaches) Thank you for your review.
Brad
 
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Judith W. from Canonsburg, PA recommends this property.
Stayed for 7 days in April, 2007
 
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Fun Fun Fun!!
Angelica S. from Anaheim Hills, CA recommends this property.
Stayed for 4 days in April, 2007
 
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