The location is good and with good view. But the condo is old. There are dirty dishes in the dishwasher when we got in the condo. There is only one blind in the kitchen and living area which facing the park lot. Feel lack of privacy. Two homelessness guys stayed in the corridor beside our front door for one night. The property is not well managed.
We stayed on a corner condo and it was amazing!! The condo was clean, perfect size for a couple and right by the beach. We loved hearing the waves crashing at night, slept amazing!
We love the ocean sounds and view.
Nice unit with killer view. Floor to ceiling windows on west and north sides with ocean view. Older unit, but in good shape.
Slept with all sliding doors open most nights to the roar of the surf. Used air conditioning a few times.
Has pool and lawn area not accessible or visible to the public -- had it to ourselves most of the time. Corner parking spot right outside the unit with lots of room to open the car doors, but with 2 flights of stairs. Lots of yellow fish, black fish and eels visible in water from unit. Beach to the south and park to the north of the building.
With the ocean view and proximity to the beach and an in building restaurant , this listing has everything your looking for.
We usually stay at VRBO properties whenever traveling. If you are independent and would rather do everything yourself rather than having hotel staff looking after you then VRBO is for you.
The property at Magic Sands ranks at the top of all places we have stayed. Location was excellent, with close proximity to local residents, and eating places. The restuarant on property is great. Just understand that everything in Hawaii is MUCH more expensive. Groceries included.
We love this place and will return soon.
Loved the condo. Excellent views and all the comforts of home, but with a better view.
Couldn't be any closer to waves without getting wet. Priceless view. All needed for beach time included: beach chairs, umbrella , boogie boards, fins, cooler. Some condiments. Comfortable bed plus hideabed and futon. Plenty of towels, dishes. And did we say a fantastic view. AC works well but not needed now as great temperature in may. Would definitely stay here again. Close to great snorkeling, shops, restaurants.
The third-floor corner unit was wonderful. We would open up all the sliding doors and enjoy the expansive views of the ocean. Kona trolley offered convenient transport into town. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our short stay.
My only constructive criticism would be the bed… it is a Queen and a bit soft, resulting in sore morning-backs. I guess maybe some beach towels would be cool too. Other than that, the place was stellar! Way better in person than pics!
It was so amazing to see fish right from your place with a gorgeous, amazing view! What a spot!
The view is amazing!! It was great to have parking and easy access to the beach. The location was central to all our excursions. I would book this condo again!!
My family and I had a memorable 3-night stay. The reviews and owner's description are very accurate. You really can't get a more perfect location on the water, waves crashing, beautiful sunsets at dinner. Kitchen is well stocked with necessities for making your own meals. You're in a central location; a short drive from downtown but there's a large shopping center with KTA/Longs/Shave Ice, etc just a couple minutes away. My son and I were relegated to the fold-out couch and I gotta say it was the most comfortable I've ever slept on. There were drink coolers, a beach chair, and snorkel equipment. The silicon rings attaching the snorkels to the masks were all missing, but that's pretty minor. Pool was great, never crowded.
Minor cleaning issue; the top of the refrigerator was very grimy. It was as if it had never been cleaned before which is surprising since it's a natural storage place next to the sink. (You wouldn't be able to see up there unless you're over 5'10") Otherwise, the whole place was very clean on arrival. Also, be prepared, the building is not bright, shiny new construction. It's more Motor Lodge than fancy Hotel, but that's to be expected at this price point.
Overall the condo absolutely met our expectations and we would absolutely rent again. Strongly recommend.
Enjoyed our stay - would absolutely rent this unit again.
1) The view! Corner unit right on the ocean with a perfect view of the sunset.
2) On site restaurant surprisingly good.
3) Unit has everything you need to enjoy the big island, boogie boards, snorkel gear, beach towels, coolers.
4) Unlike some rentals, some basics are not cleaned out (coffee, coffee filters, sweeteners, laundry supplies). Much appreciated not having to buy some of these things.
5) sound of waves to put you to sleep
6) AC worked great
7) Remodeled unit - new tile floors and large modern bath
1) those waves can be really loud sometimes
2) the building itself doesn't look the most appealing from the road, and I'm still trying to figure out what's going with the patio area above the restaurant for those 2nd floor units. (we stayed here 15-ish years ago and I thought those units had nice patios? but now it looks like an abandoned construction project / eyesore)
Also, beware the beach next door can be hit or miss depending on conditions and tides, etc. While we were there there was little to no beach to enter the water.
Location is great too - short drive into Kona where you can find restaurants, shops, etc.
Spectacular waterfront property! We enjoyed watching the sun set and listening to the waves crash every night. Free shuttle to downtown and nice beach right next door. Great restaurant on site.
Had a great stay here. The views from the condo are amazing. We saw whales playing in the ocean one morning. Walk to the beach. Just a great place to stay.
The unit was gorgeous, well equipped and with plenty of storage space. And the views were breathtaking. A winter storm removed the sand from the beach (hence, Magic Sand), but the huge waves gave a spectacular show. Parking was convenient and the stairs were on the corner, leading right up to the unit. The location is convenient for seeing the sights all around.
Checking in was easy and convenient. Checking out was very difficult........ Didn't Want To Leave.........Relaxing hassle-free awesomeness. We left the doors / windows open all night long, every night I slept on the hide a bed. Most comfortable hide a bed I've ever slept on.
The minor imperfections that I have mentioned below are only for the owners benefit. We did not notify the maintenance crew while we were there or I'm sure they would have fixed it promptly. These minor details would definitely not keep us from renting there again. Loved it..
There are a couple repairs that need to be made on the interior. The only one that impacted our visit was the roller blind on the left side. We had to make shift clip it so that we could keep it raised in order to enjoy the entire West view.
Beach/snorkel equipment needs to be replaced. Broken lawn chair, broken snorkel fins. We did not check out/use the beach umbrella, hard side cooler or snorkle masks.
This is one of our favorite places to stay on the Big Island. Thanks!
Our stay was amazing. Very clean and comfortable space. They had snorkeling stuff, beach chairs and boogie boards for your use. The property is located right net to a beach park, close to the shopping centers. Yoy can see tropical fish from the sliding doors it really is paradise!!
The top floor has amazing views and next to the beach and park. The corner unit is more spacious than other units in the building. It actually has a comfortable pull-out couch. There are beach/snorkel supplies and a cooler. The window viewing chairs were removed, probably due to previous negative comments but it would be nice to get more chairs in there. The linens were sparse as there was no blanket for the pull-out couch and only 4 bath towels. Otherwise, the condo was AMAZING.
This was our 2nd time in this unit. We love it. 180 degree view, close to everything, stocked with everything you need for a week at the beach. If it became available for sale I'd buy it yesterday. We used the pool this time, met some nice folks who lived there. Watched a massive storm come in for a couple days...Unforgettable.
It was so hard to leave this condo with its unobstructed and infinite view of the ocean. The unit had everything we needed - beach towels and chairs, comfortable bed, great A/C for nighttime, and the location was convenient and great. We will be back!
Beautiful views every angles. Next to local park and beach. You see tropical fishes and dolphins right from the sliding doors. Great snorkeling spots right in front of condo. Everything you need for a Hawaii vacation including ice chests, umbrella, and boogie board. Ted is a great host and very accommodating. Definitely come back again if visiting big island.
This is a difficult review to write. The good first: The location is AMAZING! We even saw dolphins right out the windows of our condo. No road noise even tho you are conveniently right on Ali’i drive. Air conditioner worked great! Pool was nice, and we enjoyed using the BBQ and kitchen. Check in was easy and there was many more supplies than we thought there would be.There was salt /pepper soy sauce, oil, coffee grinder, coffee filters, dish soap, hand soap, dishcloths 1roll of paper towels, and 2 rolls of toilet paper. I brought things I didn’t need to bring. What I should have brought was garbage bags! (There was only 2 for 8 nights) Now why I feel I had to take off a star. The condo is in desperate need of an update. All the furnishings are worn out completely. Except the couch. It seemed newish. The sink was backed up. There are only 2 electrical outlets in kitchen and one was broken and dangerous and there was a giant dead cockroach when we got there. Also the fridge leaks water all over the top shelf. All of these could be very fixable and the place would be amazing 5 stars! We called management and never got a response. I was pretty worried that there were live bugs. We stayed anyway and we never saw live bugs. We also the pest control people come while we were there - so they are trying. I hope this is a fair review to help make a decision to rent or not. And I hope the condo gets its update bc it’s in a very cool location.
Well equipped top floor condo overlooking the ocean and nearby parks/beaches. Nice restaurant in the complex. Breathtaking sunsets.
If you want direct oceanfront then this is the place for you. The space is comfortable and there’s lots of storage. The unit is a bit more worn than expected but has everything you need for studio condo living while on vacation. The sandy beach next door is wonderful!
This property had the most incredible view I have ever had in any location. You are right on top of the water with the crashing waves. Very close to a beach which is a rarity in most of the big island. The rooms inside were well set up.
We absolutely loved this property. The condo is a top floor corner unit with all the expected amenities and a few unexpected bonuses (boogie boards!). We’ve stayed at most of the premier properties in Kona, but this might be our new favorite. And special shout out to Magics Grill: nice to have a full service restaurant on property.
Exceeded expectations! View and amenities are incredible! Ted, and the property management team, was great to work with. This is THE best secret on the island. I hope to return. Thank you!!!!
This apartment has a very nice view on the ocean and very cool to be so close to White sand beach. However, The air conditioning was not working when we arrived. We tried to communicate with the owner and he never answered. We never had any e-mail from him to help nor to apologize. It was so hot for our first night. Someone from the local contact finally called us back on the next day. She said it was repaired but it was not when we came back in the condo at the end of our second day and still so hot. We had to call her again. She was nice and came back to finally fix it. The condo is not for 5 since there is not any fitted sheet nor any cover sheet for the extra mattress so thin even for a kid. Air dryer was not working.
This condo was perfect for us; the corner unit has a spectacular view. It was well equipped and very comfortable . We loved every minute spent there.
Overall my partner and I had a great stay. The room was stocked with some essentials such as towels, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, etc. The kitchen had plenty of dishes, silverware, pots and pans. There were even some beach equipment included for us.
The location is right on the beach. It was easy to just hang out in the water without bringing anything and just walk back up to the room to clean up. The room being directly adjacent to the beach does have some downside though such as noise from the street and all the traffic going to the beach. It's to be expected with a location like this, but something to be aware of.
The only real complaint I have is that the kitchen area only had one set of blinds. The sun shines into the kitchen in the morning and heats up the room. The AC does help to combat this, but it can only do so much. There is also a park area adjacent to the kitchen side so at some angles, people can see into the room.
This unit is a top floor corner waterfront studio facing the south and west. Just right for a couple. Great views and sunsets and convenient to beaches and Kona town. The restaurant in the complex is nice and the staff friendly. We would recommend for a couple looking for a less expensive waterfront place to stay.
You can't get any closer to the ocean without getting wet. The view is spectacular!
Beautiful, clean, full of light oceanfront condo. Everything you need for a stay: kitchen well-equipped (ice trays in freezer, thermos, coffee maker, foil), lots of storage, great beach gear (snorkeling masks and fins, umbrella, chairs, boogie boards, cooler). Pool was very nice. Had everything you might need for a perfect vacation. Owner communicated well. We would love to come back for a longer vacation and enjoy this beautiful condo!
Five stars ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
First time to Kona. Had no idea what to expect and were pretty happy. The unit is a little worn but perfectly fine. The star is the wrap around view. And we loved the the on site restaurant. Too bad Magic Beach was not totally usable for us since the sand was out bc of the weather. The AC was good, the unit was well stocked, the bed was ok. Good value for the price.
The views are what are truly spectacular about this place. We watched beautiful sunsets from our panoramic room. It’s a studio apt set up but quite large.
Cute studio, right on the water so close you can see the fish in the waves! Plenty of towels and sheets, has dishwashing soap, etc. Bad part was when we got here and called to get the code for the door, no one picked up the phone. We called for 45 minutes. Finally texted the emergency number and got a person to call us back. that was annoying. Instructions said to call...
This was an amazing propery with a sea of windows--literly feet from the ocean's edge. Super clean and the host was very friendly and took great care/pride in his unit. The only (what could have been a downside) was that we thought we were renting a one-bedroom condo as we were continplating bringing my mother with us, this unit is more a studio than a one bedroom and sleeping with a guest would have been uncomfortable. I loved the art work and the all glass corner! The only thing that, in my opinion only, would have made the place look/feel classier would be to update the bedspread (felt a little dated/Motel 6ish). Overall a great stay! Thank you! Kristin
Loved falling asleep to the waves. Beautiful views and great for watching sunsets. The kitchen was a big plus and the snorkelling and body boards were fun.
Being right on the ocean was amazing. Location to different beaches is just right. The only issue is the sound of the waves. The waves are very loud. If this is not a concern be sure to book this location. We did not use the pool. The beach chairs and towels was a great addition.
Being on the third floor we kept the sliding doors open so we could hear the waves crash. A spacious open set up that wasn’t at all stuffy.
My family has a blast at the magic sands condo, great location, convenient to everywhere in Kona. Will be back again.
Great place. We enjoyed it very much. Loved the waves and beach and park next to it.
We enjoyed our stay close to the water- great location and amazing views!
Simply walking in and seeing nothing but ocean! That did it. It’s the first place I've ever stayed that was greater than my expectations. I'm ALWAYS let down, but not THIS time! Beyond the view and sound of ocean, it had everything we needed for a pleasant stay, and the location was great too.
The 180 degree of the Pacific ocean was amazing. The building has a very good restaurant on site which was great. The condo was a bit dated and definitely needs much of the upholstery cleaned or replaced. We had a few issues that the property management addressed quickly.
Very nice and bright unit in Magic Sands
Great place! Beautiful ocean views!
There is a reason why in four trips to Hawaii we always stay at this unit, Magic Sands Unit 314. It has everything we need: right next to an amazing beach, you do need to be confident in water and pay attention to the life guard flags. Beach chairs, beach umbrella, boogie boards and snorkle gear and great towels for the beach.
We ended almost every evening with "beverages" on the beach in comfy sand chairs provided by the condo owners watching the amazing sunsets and then just a quick across the parking lot to our unit.
With two walls of floor to celing windows and sliders its like you are living in an aquarium. The location, while on a busy street, you never take notice because the sound of the waves. Lulled me to sleep every night. We also like the location more so than the resorts up North. Within 10 - 30 minutes you are in prime snorkling territory one way or into town the other or up into the hills to the coffee growers. Very conveniently located to grocery shopping and essentials and many great farmer's markets.
The unit was very clean and tidy with attention to detail by the cleaners.
Thank you Ted for another great stay!
Beautiful Place! Loved listening to the waves! Great location, used the beach next door twice and took the Kona trolley into town!
So much fun !
Oceanfront Property, located right next to Magic Sands Beach. Sleep with the sound of waves crashing, wake up to the sights of fishes and surfers in front of you, and watch amazing sunsets in the evening. 2 Split ACs keep the room cool. Basic amenities provided - towels, beach chairs, umbrella, snorkel gear, steam iron, utensils and basic cooking supplies.. Very comfortable stay.
Just a perfect place to stay. Great location. The ocean is key here. You open up and you are right on the water. Listened to the waves crash all night. It was clean and had what we needed. Made the first few nights of our vacation ocean magical.
My wife and I stayed in this same condo complex 18 years ago for our honeymoon. We came back with our now 11 year old son. We were not disappointed. The location is perfect. Amazing views (and sounds) of the ocean and great views of the mountains and waterfalls. My entire family loves golf at Princeville Makai and it may be one of the most scenic golf courses in the world. Hideaway Beach was tough to get to compared to 18 years ago. It is not for the weak of heart. But it is a private beach great for laying out and getting a tan and for enjoying some snorkeling.
The only issue is road construction. Be sure to check out construction on the island. There are few roads on the island and any construction can lead to delays for your plans.
Overall, of the 3 times I have been to Hawaii, Kauai is by far my favorite island and Princeville is the place to be. This condominium's owner is awesome and responsive.
I would definitely stay here again.
Spacious and clean room with lots of extras like sleeping to the sounds of ocean waves, terrific views, snorkling with Spinner Dolphins, and secluded feeling. There's also great sunsets, excellent restaurant and beach!
The view was incredible. There's a beach right next to the property with a nice restaurant attached. Couldnt recommend this property more.
This place has the best views I've ever seen! I would definitely rent from here again. It was very hard to leave. Being surrounded my The views and sounds are hard to describe. I would definitely recommend.
Perfect for two people. Conveniently located right next to magic sands beach with bar and restaurant on location. Beautiful five star view. Only wish it had a balcony, but would stay there again for the view and location.
Clear information for check in and out . Very clean . Got everything you would need for cooking your own foods , all what you would need at the beach (2 beach chairs, umm, cooler,noodles for floating, boogie boards,2 air conditioning, 2 fans. Sleep 4-5. Walk to magic sands next to the building.Laurdry on site ( I used app to pay for laundry) Beach get crowded but we are next to the beach .
As soon as we walked in the door, we knew we made the perfect choice. The view is amazing! This is NOT within easy walking distance of the town or restaraunts, so plan to bike or drive. However, having the beach next door was perfect!
There was 2 downfalls we made numerous attempts to contact property manager via phone call and text and there was no reply.
As far as the tv, we could not find a DVD player as it mentions that there is one and the Spectrum Service was not great, it kept saying no signal
Beautiful sunsets, sliding doors open to breaking waves below where you can see tangs and other fish, and lots of light. We had a great stay here.
The view is astounding, and the close proximity to Magic Sands Beach is quite nice. For two days, we grabbed the provided beach chairs, umbrella, beach towels, boogie boards, cooler, and snorkel gear and lounged at this small but pretty beach.
The kitchen was reasonably well equipped. In an effort to aid anyone in determining what to bring, I will list what was present for us: pots, pans, utensils, aluminum foil, plates, cups, wine opener, corn oil, salt, pepper, soy sauce, sesame oil, balsamic.
Good experience— loved the location, between beach and park, amazing views, ocean was a little loud at night
In addition to a beautiful studio with sunset views that are breathtaking, the location was perfect! Beach, restaurant, pool, snorkeling and turtles all two steps from the place.
Really enjoyed the stay. Thank you very much!
Nice view, best condo we stayed so far.
OMG!!! I am seriously planning my next vacation not around my work calendar, but around when 314 is available. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!
We enjoyed looking at the fish out the front windows. Water was a little rough for swimming or snorkeling while we were there. We had a great time and would visit again
Loved our stay, would come again.
My husband and I stayed here only for three nights and enjoyed every second of it. Apartment was very clean, ac worked great. The view was incredible. Thank you for sharing this condo with us.
We loved staying at this condo. So close to the ocean that you can see the fish and turtles on the reef below. Really well equipped with heaps of clothes storage and fridge space. We didn't need to use the aircon because there are 3 ceiling fans.
This condo is all about the killer view and the prime location. There is a peaceful park to the right and White Sands Beach to the left.What more can you ask for -to be able to walk a Hundred yards to swim on a beautiful beach is a huge draw plus there is a small pool behind the condo that is very clean and peaceful.There are a few repair issues such as no refrigerator handle,a screen door handle that falls off every single time you go in or out--and I do mean every time.Also kitchen faucet is about ready to fall off and is very hard to use to wash dishes with as it is way too big for the tiny sink,But---that being said,they are minor. This location is a GEM and we were very h
appy with it and the price, I would recommend it to any couple staying in the Kona area.
The views were amazing and the condo had everything we needed for a great vacation. It was just my wife and I and there were beach chairs, snorkels, boogie boards, and more to make for a great trip. We were supposed to go right during the hurricane, but Ted was very flexible and easy to work with because of our delays. I wish I could stay in placelike this everywhere I go.
Views,views and views!! This is what you want while visiting Hawaii. Our stay was very comfortable It’s closer to downtown and beaches. We enjoyed gorgeous views of the sunset everyday from the living room. We woke up everyday looking at the ocean and falling asleep with the sound of the waves. The unit was very clean and maintained. Nice little kitchen to cook food. Plenty of utensils to use. We also had snorkeling gear and beach chairs to use. Totally recommend this place for vacation. It’s worth it😀
The views from the condo are impeccable. Fish, turtles, swells and sunset. If there was nothing else to do on the Island, I’d spend all my time here. Coolers, beach chairs, umbrellas and snorkel gear make exploring the surrounding area a piece of cake.
The view of the crashing sea, changing sky and sunsets not forgetting marine life ( see yellow tangs and other tropical fish) are the draw points -and walking proximity to an excellent beach and snorkeling spot 5 mins away.
Highly recommend swimming with manta rays in Keauhou Bay ( 5 mins drive away). My Kona Adventures.
Spacious condo, full kitchen facilities and comfortable queen bed. Appreciated the extras such as deck chairs, umbrella and snorkeling gear.
Would definitely return again.
The condo is very nice with a hundred eighty degree views of the ocean and the park nearby. It is basically just as described in the VRBO posting for the condo. We enjoyed its location as it was close to Kona, close to Magic sands beach and easy access to the highways. It is a very comfortable unit. As stated it is on the third floor but for us that was no problem and just helped us get more steps on our Fitbits. I would recommend staying here due to location and relaxing atmosphere.
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