Rick's Place


Rates: $299 / night (avg.)
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 3
Bed types: K (sleeps 2)
Reviews: 5.00 (from 249 reviews)
Rick’s Place

Discover how to REALLY relax!
Would you like to relax in your own peaceful pool that you share with no one, listening to your favorite tunes, while contemplating the vast expanse of the ocean right in front of you - amazing whales, spinner dolphins and colorful fish, the sunsets, and complete serenity, for less than the price of a resort hotel room? Then our home will be perfect for you.
If you are like us, you want to do nothing but relax and disconnect while on vacation. We don’t like resorts, eating every meal out, sitting around a pool with 100 other people.
Rick’s Place is a cozy, romantic home, perfect for two. Unwind, enjoy each other’s company, and disconnect from your crazy busy life. We suggest stopping in town for a few groceries. Spend your days sitting around in the solar-heated pool, reading on the lanai or sitting by the sea wall. Watch the whales jump in the winter months (they will wake you up at night during whale season!), Enjoy cooking dinner on the gas barbeque or in our well-equipped kitchen while enjoying an icy cocktail. Milolii sunsets are the highlight of the day- no two are ever the same. Turn off all the lights and lay out on the chaise lounges and look at the moon and the Milky Way at night. Showering in the outdoor shower with the ocean breeze blowing on you is refreshing and revitalizing. There is good Wi-Fi and Direct TV on smart TVs, as well as a Blu-Ray player.
There is a viewing area on the cliff where you can sit and contemplate the sea while enjoying your morning coffee or your evening libations. The Kona fishing fleet aims for the waters in front of the house, so sometimes you can witness a hook-up while staring out to sea (we provide binoculars). You can look down and see tropical fish and the occasional turtle swim by. Sometimes the surf is high and the waves crash against the cliff dramatically. One guest called the high surf “Hawaiian fireworks” which is a great description.
The drive down from the highway takes you from 1500 ft. elevation to sea level across a lava flow. We remember our first impression! It’s a long, narrow, winding ride, but there are spectacular views on the way down. If you want to go to town every night or do a lot of sightseeing, the drive may be inconvenient. For a day trip every few days, it is no big deal.
There is easy access to water and great snorkeling a short walk north of the house at the Milolii Beach Park. There are many beautiful beaches and good restaurants within an hour’s drive. Our house is centrally located between Kailua-Kona and Volcanoes National Park.
If you need supplies during your stay, there are well-stocked grocery stores 20 minutes south, in Ocean View.
Our home has one bedroom, 1.5 baths, plus an outdoor full bath with a shower overlooking the ocean. Every room in the house except the half bath offers up an ocean view. Kitchen is easy to cook in and is well-appointed, and the living area is furnished very comfortably and is open and breezy. Bedroom and living room glass French doors open to the ocean view and breeze. The wrap-around lanai includes a small solar heated pool.

Our Hawaii Tax number# W26310508-01
STVR#19356815
NUC#19-888

Registration Number: TA-204-395-5200-01, GE-204-395-5200-01

Rick's Place Reviews



Craig H.
March 2024
Such a beautiful place, so hard to leave. We ended up not visiting other sites so we could continue watching the whales, dolphins, birds, waves, etc. and enjoying the well-stocked, open-air home. We had our wedding ceremony there on the cliff!!


William R.
January 2024
Everything was perfect. All of our expectations were met or exceeded.


Craig F.
January 2024
This property comes as advertised: beautiful and well-equipped. We absolutely loved it. Dan was very welcoming, easy to reach, and provided detailed instructions to assist with the trip out.


Todd B.
January 2024
My wife and I really enjoyed your home Dan. The way you decorated, your home was just the way we would’ve decorated our VRBO. Anywhere we sat, we could watch the ocean, we enjoyed the whales the first day we got there. The secluded neighborhood was fun to walk through and talk to the neighbors. The house was in a perfect spot to visit the southern end of the island for the first time for us. The kitchen was well stocked with utensils, lots of towels and we sure enjoyed the geckos sneaking into our wine glasses. :-). Will always remember this trip! Thank you so much!


loretta t.
January 2024
This is the perfect place to get away from it all. We had stayed in Miloli’I before, just down the street, so we knew to bring supplies with us, and that the location was a bit out of the way. Which is one of the reasons we chose to stay at Rick’s Place. Ok I did forget my hairbrush and it was quite an adventure to find one. This is one of the best equipped properties we have ever stayed in. The kitchen has everything you need. I cooked daily. The relaxation began the moment we arrived. The house was decorated (we arrived Dec 23rd) with a small tree, lights and we opened the door to Hawaiian Christmas music and in time for sunset. I can’t describe how relaxing it is just to sit on the lanai and stare at the ocean or sit in the pool and stare at the ocean, take a shower and stare at the ocean or lay in bed and stare at the ocean do yoga on the lanai and stare at the ocean. The house is magical. I brought a kindle but found it more enjoyable to just grab one of the many paper books. Whales arrived on Christmas night. We had daily visits from them, a highlight of the trip. There were a few days that we had plans but decided just to stay at the house. We were there for New Year’s Eve, we watched the fireworks from the lanai. We haven’t relaxed as much on a trip in years, if ever. I am a big question asker and Dan was great dealing with my many questions and was quick with all his response. I have already been looking at the availability so I can book a return trip.


Theresa M.
December 2023
We stayed for 2 weeks and loved every moment. We have a farm in rural northern Colorado and prefer to be away from the city. This house was perfect. It felt like a true Hawaiian home. We spent most of our home time on the lanai, watching the water fireworks, enjoying the pool and hammock. Dan was super nice and wanted our time here to go well. Loved the gecko friends! Mahalo for sharing this special place!


Dennis V.
November 2023
Book Ricks Place for 10 days, was exactly as advertised on VRBO. quiet neighborhood, comfortable place to relax. Beautiful setting right on the ocean.


Jeff D.
November 2023
We had a great time staying at this house. It is so relaxing and peaceful. A bit out of the way if you are wanting to sightsee everyday, but only a little over an hour from both Kona and Volcano National Park. We spent most of our time in the pool or sitting by the ocean. We met Dan and he was a great guy. Had told him we were celebrating our anniversary and asked if there were rafts available for the pool. When we arrived, there was a bottle of champagne in the fridge and two new rafts waiting for our use. Great gestures to start our stay. Would highly recommend staying here and we are actually already looking for dates next year.


Carol W.
October 2023
Derek and I were celebrating our 35th anniversary and both of our birthdays. We were driving to the house around the 5 o'clock hour. We die not want to miss the sunset. We walked into the house where Hawaiian music greeted us. What a welcome! We couldn't stop looking around at everything. The layout of the house was great and so many fun things to look at. Then we stepped out onto the patio deck and once again we were stopped in our tracks. The lounge chairs; the hammock; the pool; the cliff deck; and best of all - the view! Oh, and the outdoor shower. I never took a shower inside - only the outdoor shower where I could see the ocean while cleaning up. We spent much of our week at the house. It is so inviting and comfortable. We relaxed in the pool with music playing on the outdoor speakers, watching the ocean for dolphins and sea turtles - we saw both! Dan was a wonderful host and it is obvious he loves his job and the house. The house was very clean and well-equipped. Everything we needed was there. Even a Thermal coffee carafe to enjoy coffee down on the cliff deck, where we spent each morning. When we visit the Big Island again, we are definitely going to try and book here again. We just want to thank Dan for the wonderful hospitality! Derek and Carol


Terry F.
October 2023
Great place to relax and enjoy the beauty of the ocean and this special village. No need to leave the premises. Layout of home is fabulous. The swimming pool is such a plus to sun and enjoy the views. The sunsets are spectacular. Dan is a wonderful host and personable guy. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. We will be back.


Tracy M.
October 2023
This was our 2nd time at Rick's Place and it didn't disappoint. The house is equipped with everything you would need, we just stopped off at Safeway in Kailua for food & bottled water, then headed to the house. The location is out of the way but the views are worth it. (If you want to eat out and shop every day, this may not be the place for you). It was nice meeting Dan, he was quick to respond to any questions we had and we enjoyed learning about the area from him. We loved the pool and sea side cliff, we saw turtles and fish swimming around. I was excited to see a pod of dolphins swim by and the sunsets are unbelievable. This was by far our most relaxing vacation, we didn't want go home. We will definitley be back!


Peg L.
September 2023
Unique private home with crazy good Hawaiian vibes. Forever ocean views with incredible sunsets every night! Short drive and 20 minute hike to the totally private Honomalino Bay beach for snorkeling.


Renee D.
September 2023
Beautiful place! Just perfect for two people. We never wanted to leave! Incredible views. Everything was just amazing! Dan is an incredible and very kind person!


Carol L.
September 2023
Just love this place!! Fantastic location, quiet and comfortable. Not for the partiers.


Greg G.
August 2023
5 Star doesn't cut, our stay at Rick's Place was a 10+++. We had stayed here in 2014 and fell in love with it. We didn't think it could have been any better. Boy were we wrong! Fast forward 9 years. From the moment we pulled in the driveway we knew we wouldn't want to leave. Dan you have outdone yourself. From the fully stocked Kitchen, to the openness of the Bedroom, to all the upgrades to the outdoor area there wasn't anything that we needed. Two of the Seven days we were here we decided to not even leave and enjoy the much needed relaxation. Only regret we had was due to a delay in our flight we not only missed being able to meet you, but we missed the first sunset by mere minutes. Mahalo Dan, you are a wonderful host and we will be back. Hopefully during Whale season.


James B.
August 2023
This is an amazing property with every amenity you need to relax and restore your soul. We enjoyed reading in all the comfy seating areas, lounging in the pool and loved the cliff overlook to the ocean. House is stocked for everything you might need from the kitchen, to the bathrooms and outdoor activities. There’s even yoga mats and straw hats. Property manager Dan was amazing and great to work with while booking and all during our stay. Overall a beautiful, peaceful space and one that my husband and I can’t wait to return to. Mahalo nui, Dan!!


Mark P.
August 2023
Amazing property amd perfect location for time on the island. So relaxing and the sunsets were amazing. We especially enjoyed the outdoor shower and private pool!


rachel M.
August 2023
The place is absolutely stunning with gorgeous views and we loved how it felt like our own private resort! The bed was super comfortable and the kitchen beyond stocked. Dan was available when we had questions and answered quickly. The only thing which I feel obligated to say because it effected our sleep was the dog next door. Unfortunately he had a loud booming bark and woke us up throughout the night and early each morning starting as early as 430am. Even with the dog this place was one of the best stays we’ve ever had! So just bring ear plugs or a white noise machine!


Cheryl T.
July 2023
The pictures don't do it justice! We spent so much time on the lanai just taking in the beauty.... amazing any time of day but the sunsets are spectacular. It's so relaxing and we would have loved to stay longer. This home is really comfortable. We enjoyed eating on the lanai each day and we loved the outdoor shower! Dan is an incredible host, very responsive and helpful whenever we needed something. We will definitely be back!


Diane & Keith T.
July 2023
The owner of this property is absolutely amazing. Great person to deal with and he makes you feel like your his number one priority. Absolutely, gorgeous and quiet place to stay and recharge on vacation. If we visit the island again, we will definitely book this property.


Julia H.
July 2023
We enjoyed our stay so much that we are considering moving to the area 😊


Justin N.
June 2023
This place is totally as great as it looks in the pictures. It was so pleasant that we spent a nearly two of our days on the island just lounging at the property. It is also well-appointed with the little things that make a property comfortable to spend time in rather than just being a roof over your head with amenities. It is well-stocked with everything you will need: towels (beach and bath), cooking necessities (pots, pans, and spices, oils). If we make it back, we will definitely stay here again. The only thing renters should keep in mind is that it is in a remote area of the island so it will be a bit of a drive to most attractions.


jennifer r.
June 2023
This was an amazing property and exactly what we needed to spend time together and relax. Landed in Kona and after a late lunch went to the grocery store and headed to the property. When we walked in there was Hawaiian music playing, a soft breeze and that amazing view. We saw dolphins, turtles and even a reef shark while we relaxed in the pool. The host was very responsive to any of our questions and has created a comfortable and inviting home. On the last day my husband kept asking to rewind the week and start over. For us this was the perfect mix of relaxation and quiet that we were looking for to spend our anniversary together. Definitley plan to return.


John B.
June 2023
This home exceeds expectations at every turn. We wanted for nothing. We have used VRBO every vacation for the last 10+ years. Having stayed in some beautiful properties I must say this home is over the top fantastic. If you are looking for a place to re-charge and be totally relaxed, look no further. FYI...The pictures don't do it justice! John & Jerri


Jane H.
May 2023
Our stay was perfect—and that’s not hyperbole! My communication with Dan was extraordinary. He was consistently helpful, responsive and good natured. The house itself could not be better designed to focus on the amazing surroundings, it’s a remarkable interweave of outdoor and indoor living. I have never stayed in a short term rental that was so well stocked. Rick’s Place is truly in a class of its own!


Alexander H.
May 2023
This has been by far the best rental experience we have had yet. The house and host were incredible. With all the great things to do and see in Hawaii we found the house to be a highlight of our trip. If you are looking to get away from the crowds and have a resort feel at the same time this is the place to stay!


Jackie M.
May 2023
Such a wonderful house! Dan is a very gracious and helpful host, and the neighborhood is safe and friendly. I would stay here again in a heartbeat. You can venture out for the day, but you'll want to spend time here.


Jack M.
May 2023
A great place to relax. The outdoor shower is a real treat, as are the geckos who like apricot jam. Dan is a wonderful host, available but not intrusive. Highly recommended


Jason M.
April 2023
My wife and I spent a week here and had an amazing time. The place is just like the pictures with an amazing view of the ocean and coastline. We spent the majority of our time at the house and lounging in the pool. We really enjoyed have the indoor and outdoor speakers that you can connect to via bluetooth. The outdoor shower is amazing. Would definitely recommend staying here. The kitchen is well stocked with all the utensils and appliances you need. Also, a large selection of staples if you run out of anything. I do recommend doing your grocery shopping in Kona as the stores near the unit are limited to your basic supplies. The host was very friendly and responsive to any questions or concerns about the unit.


Ruth S.
April 2023
This property was an absolute dream! We were there to celebrate 40 years married and it was a perfect place to relax, appreciate life and the beauty of Hawaii and majesty of God’s work! It’s hard to describe how wonderful our experience was. We are grateful for the time spent and dream of returning! Peaceful area, amazing scenery in every direction, no reason to leave if you are looking for relaxation. Cupboards were stocked with more than expected, as well as pots and pans for cooking. Bed was comfortable, breezes and fans kept the climate delightful, and the constant view of the ocean was perfection. We hated to leave! Thank you Dan! Your gift of sharing this property is appreciated!


Betty S.
March 2023
Really quiet and seemed very safe as never locked doors.


Judy P.
March 2023
Rick’s Place is stunning! The views, the amenities, and Super Host Dan made this stay fantastic! I am a VRBO owner myself, and I left feeling like I need to step up my game 👍 The mood is set from the get-go with soft Hawaiian music surrounding the pool, lanai and overlook where whales and dolphins make almost daily visits. The location was ideal for checking out roadside stands for lemons, limes, avocado and Mac nuts. All the favorites! Five ⭐️ all the way! Mahalo


Robert S.
March 2023
Had a great time, great location and awesome VRBO


Eric L.
March 2023
My wife and I still can’t believe how amazing a stay we had. Despite a rainy week for the island, we still had beautiful sunsets/rainbows and totally relaxed looking at the ocean from the large lanai and swimming pool. We saw spinner dolphins and humpbacked whales come up very close. The outdoor shower was amazing and the house itself is well appointed and clean. We were able to connect our cell phones via Wi-Fi to the indoor/outdoor stereo system to play our favorite music. As others have noted, you can hear the whales at night spouting and tail slapping. Plan on eating most of your meals in as there are limited choice nearby. Shop in Kona before you head down to the property. Dan was very attentive and took care of us during a short power outage. Nice neighbors let us fish off their property and gave us tips on places to see. A great place to relax and recharge.


Rachel S.
February 2023
My husband and I spent 2 weeks here for our honeymoon and it was amazing! The house was even better then the pictures! We saw whales a few times right off the sea wall and the pool heats up pretty quickly for nice afternoon swimming. Dan was super helpful with anything questions we had. Would highly reccomend Ricks Place!


Brenda H.
January 2023
This house had amazing views overlooking the ocean. Loved the open air concept with nice cool breezes along with the sound of the waves crashing making it the


Steven H.
December 2022
This place is truly amazing. Right on the ocean with the waves crashing all day. The house was exactly as shown in the pictures. Great place to relax and enjoy the view.


Lee G.
December 2022
Well furnished. Owner is easily contacted and helpful.


Jennifer P.
December 2022
What a wonderful, relaxing place to stay. Far from city lights and noises. Dan was amazing and shared some of his local honey as well as avacados with us. So good!! He even got us new bikes to ride around in the neighborhood with. He was always a text away if we needed anything. It was really an amazing place to stay. We even were able to see the glow of the erupting volcano from our deck!! WOW!!!!


Tracey A.
November 2022
Absolutely the most relaxing week in paradise. We loved this place. The house is stocked with everything you could imagine. Loved the pool and the view is incredible. Thank you Dan for sharing your little piece of paradise . We will be back soon.


Kayla D.
November 2022
This is the most beautiful location I could have ever dreamed of! My husband and I spent half of our honeymoon here, and the other half at a resort, but we both agreed that we should have stayed here the entire time! The view was indescribable, the pool was perfect, and there was more than we could have ever asked for. Everything we could have possibly needed was right there on the property...kitchen items, bug spray, sunscreen, pool floats/noodles, snorkeling gear, extra sheets and blankets, towels, toiletries, and even some over the counter medications. The house was decorated so cute and beachy, and the outdoor shower was a dream! We loved looking out over the ocean watching the sunset every night and waking up with that beautiful view in the morning. Our host was very helpful and was always available for questions. Overall this was a 10/10 stay and we would definitely stay here again!


Robert S.
November 2022
Rick’s Place was a great spot to get back home to after long days exploring and driving. Upon arrival we were greeted by open doors and island music playing in the house (new favorite station, Kapa FM). The views from the lanai and the sea wall are amazing. The host made sure that the place had everything you need to have a great stay, and cook meals to your hearts content. We made friends with the local geckos, and even saw some wild goats chilling on the cliff next door. We finally took a break from activities on our last day to just enjoy the house. It didn’t disappoint, we were graced by a humpback that breached 3 times a couple hundred feet off the sea wall. Wow! On our stay we also got to see the lava at the volcano at night, huge sea turtles at black sand beach and take in a beautiful sunset dinner cruise in Kona. All reachable within an hour or so drive. Great memories, highly recommended accommodations! Mahalo!


Paris D.
November 2022
This was our third stay in Milolii and by far our favorite house! We love to start our vacations here to unwind and forget the world. The house is charming, well-equipped, and has a fun vibe! Simply the best sunsets! We loved the pool, the curious geckos, the colorful fish at the sea wall, the song birds and even dolphins swimming by! The patio was the perfect place to read, sip on coffee and wine, and spend hours looking out at the incredible ocean. Stock up on essentials in Kona and enjoy your stay in paradise! We will be back! Mahalo!


Tracy M.
October 2022
It was the perfect place to celebrate our 35th Anniversary. What a beautiful and romantic setting, we barely left the house the entire stay. We sat planning our next trip while watching the sunsets from the cliff patio each nite. Thank you Dan for sharing this beautiful home!


Elizabeth Z.
October 2022
We had the most amazing time! This is a perfect place for couples. Very romantic and absolutely gorgeous views! NOTHING better than watching the sunset in your own private pool. Dan is the best host and is always available for questions about the area. And there’s EVERYTHING here! Seriously… you wouldn’t need to buy anything! Just bring your flip flops, swimsuits and get your groceries here! You’re going to want to come back too! We are!


James C.
October 2022
Love this property! Very relaxing, beautiful sunsets! Great for a couple! This is our second stay here, and we plan a third. Thank you Dan (the owner), for being so hospitable!


Matthew G.
September 2022
We came here for our final Honeymoon stay on the Big Island and it was perfect. The house is wonderful, and the view from the pool is amazing. We saw a couple of pods of dolphins swim by! Like the description reads, I would advise stopping for groceries before coming to the house. There is not a ton of food options close by, however, the kitchen and grill are excellent and we choose to spend most of our stay relaxing at Rick's Place.


Katy H.
September 2022
This property was absolutely amazing. The view is breathtaking. Everything we could have wanted was available from kitchen utensils to beach toys to extra coolers and obviously the pool. We never changed the radio station and very much enjoyed local hawaii radio the entire time. Thank you for being amazing hosts!


Warren L.
September 2022
We just spent our second time at Rick’s Place Love every thing about this small but very comfortable place. We are already planning on out third visit😎


Joseph S.
August 2022
My wife and I got married at 4 seasons on Kona and spent our honeymoon at Rick's place. Absolutely beautiful views and complete relaxation. Highly recommend.


Laurie J.
June 2022
This property was like a dream come true. It was off the beaten path, which is exactly what we were looking for. It had everything you could imagine wanting or needing, down to bug spray, toiletries, kitchen spices, laundry detergent and ziplock bags…they’ve thought of EVERYTHING! The location is absolutely stunning and after 7 days, I wasn’t even close to being tired of that view. The bed is amazingly comfortable and with the doors and windows open and fans blowing, it actually even got a little chilly at night, making for a perfect’s night sleep! If you’re looking for quiet, privacy and stunning surroundings, this is the perfect place for you!


Mark H.
June 2022
We were looking for a place to relax. This property was perfect! We could see the fish and turtles in the water from the sea wall and the sunsets were amazing! We made friends with the geckoes but found the mosquitoes to be most unfriendly. Enjoyed visiting the volcano and eating malasadas! Looking forward to visiting this beautiful home again soon!


Melissa O.
June 2022
From the very beginning Dan was super informative, fun, kind, and very quick to respond to any questions we had. The property was more than we could have imagined. Pictures don't do it justice. From the decorations to the well stocked kitchen and everything in between. This property had everything. We didn't even bring bags to check at the airport. The property was so well supplied we just needed our carry on bags. The neighborhood was quiet and peaceful. The sunsets were breathtaking! We saw dolphins off of the lookout, and watched countless fishing boats speed by. The weather was perfect. The drive down is not that bad. Everyone drove responsibly. We just took out time. We went to Hilo one day and into Kona for 2 days. Other than that the rest of our trip was at the house. We even cancelled a dull day of activities just to stay at the house. You can't beat the view! We didn't find a reason to go looking for anything better than what was right infront of us. We bought local produce at the Kona farmers market and picked up everything else at the target in kona. They had everything we needed, and it just a 1/2 mile from Umekes which was some of the best food we have ever had! Dan recommended it to us! Rick's place is about relaxing, taking in the view, and spending time with someone you love. We played cards on the lanai and read in the pool for hours. It was a perfect spot for our 20th anniversary and I would recommend it to anyone who wants quality down time with a breathtaking view. Thank you Dan for sharing your special home with us! We will be back!!!!


Jarred H.
May 2022
Everything from check in to check out was great. The views and all the wildlife were amazing. We saw dolphins, turtles, crabs, geckos, goats and so many colorful fish. We planned this as a once in a lifetime event, but we now plan on coming back in the next couple of years.


Gail S.
May 2022
Dan was very responsive to our needs. He made sure we knew how remote the house is. (That is exactly what we were looking for!) We couldn't think of anything we needed that wasn't provided. Plenty of towels, kitchen equipment, condiments, TV streaming (we used our passwords), beach equipment, and yes, plenty of peace and quiet. The sunset every evening was a show we never missed! Sitting in the pool reading, watching waves and and the boats pass by was about all the entertainment we needed. We were in excellent proximity to coffee roasters, macadamia nut groves, south point, black sand beach and more for exploring. I wish we had more time to explore the food choices in Ocean View. We took advantage of the b-b-q and food cart options! He checked with us to make sure we got in safely and we let him know when we left. We highly recommend this stay!


MaryAnn R.
April 2022
I stayed at Rick’s Place for a week for some much needed relaxation. It was perfect for this! The house had everything you could possibly need a beautiful view! I would highly recommend this place. Dan, the owner, is a wonderful host!


Stephanie S.
March 2022
Wonderful time at this amazing house in Miloli'i! The house was lovely and had everything we needed, plus a bunch of things we never thought we did like the fantastic outdoor shower. While the location is remote, and the drive down the hill is jaw dropping, the perch right over the ocean just can't be beat. We loved floating in the little pool, having morning coffee and evening drinks at the outpost on the rocks and grilling meals using local produce. The area was so quiet and relaxing. Discovering nearby Honomalino Beach (accessed by short hike from Miloli'i Beach parking lot) was a highlight for us too. Dan was a very thoughtful host--always accessible but never intrusive. The house is filled with things you might need during your visit to the Big Island like a flashlight (which came in very handy for our nighttime visit to the Volcano) and binoculars. The kitchen was probably the best stocked kitchen we've ever had in a vacation rental. And I gotta mention that outdoor shower once again--so amazing and so darn hard going back to the regular indoor shower here at home! Mahalo for a truly unique Hawaiian experience!


Rick L.
March 2022
Trying to use words to describe our stay at Rick's Place doesn't really do it justice. It was an incredible experience, from the moment we arrived until our last. The owners attended to our every need, checked in with us frequently, and made us feel like very special guests. We arrived to an inviting, warm house filled with Hawaiian music, and even though we had never been there before we felt like we had come home. This house was made for relaxation and the enjoyment of all the senses. It was actually hard to leave the house to go see other parts of the island, and so wonderful to come back to when we did. To call the views stunning is an understatement. There are no times of day you can look outside and not take in an awe inspiring view. It was like living in a postcard made just for us. Of course our favorite way to take in the view might have been from the amazing outdoor shower! Parting is sweet sorrow, and we genuinely hope to come back here again, sooner rather than later. We cannot recommend Rick's Place highly enough. It is the perfect romantic destination for two, and if you come once, we guarantee you will start planning your next visit in your mind before you even leave. Mahalo Dan and Melanie!


Emily D.
March 2022
Rick’s place offers peace, quiet, a private pool, and a view of humpback whales as they swim by. The house is comfortable and stocked with beach chairs, coolers, seasonings, and snorkel gear! The location is a bit of a drive but the view and privacy are absolutely worth it.


Brian J.
March 2022
This was a fantastic place. Perfect for a couple seeking quiet relaxation outside the usual tourist areas. Spectacular views, property perfectly situated and equipped. We hope we can stay here again on our next trip to the Big Island


Del S.
February 2022
We really enjoyed our stay, it was exactly what we were looking for. Excellent location, so relaxing! Dan was an awesome host, not obtrusive, very helpful! We will definitely be back!


Lee L.
February 2022
We started our retirement by staying at Rick's Place for 24 days! We couldn't have asked for a better place to stay. The view from the lanai is stunning. The house has everything you could want to do a staycation. It is away from things, so if you are visiting the Big Island and want to sight see, know you will be traveling to get to places. The peace that we felt there cannot be described. Dan, the owner, was available if we needed anything. He also has some great stories and we felt we added a new friend to our ohana. The road to Rick's Place isn't the best, but once you're there it really doesn't matter. We give Rick's Place 4 thumbs up and 10 stars!


Bill I.
January 2022
This was our second stay at Rick's Place. Dan ensured our stay was once again everything we hoped it to be. We stayed for a week and never left. Once again, we never turned on the TV. We lived on the lanai all week. We saw a humpback whale breach about 150 yards off the point. We also had a hammerhead shark swim around for a half hour as we watched. The winter swell was up, and shook the house! In short, we can't wait to come back.


Janet M.
January 2022
Once you get to this house, you’ll never want to leave! The ride down to the house is super winding so highly recommend arriving the first time during daylight. Appreciated the extra design details taken to provide privacy on the deck. Loved the different seating areas and the outdoor shower. We were amazed at how cool the house stayed even on hot days. Would definitely stay here again.


Janelle T.
December 2021
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Rick’s Place! We had rough weather the first night with sheets of pouring rain (I had NEVER seen here before) and very high winds, but the next day and all those after were beautiful. It was quiet (except for a couple dogs barking early in the morning a couple of days), the pool was perfect for a couple (and heated) and we enjoyed the sitting area on the lava rock too in the evening to watch the sunset while sipping wine (can also view from pool area). The lanai was so nicely planned and laid out – lots of shade when needed. To us, Rick’s Place screamed Hawaiian!!! – so cutely decorated. There is snorkeling in the area- entrance to water right up the street – walking distance. The owner, Dan, came out one afternoon and introduced himself and we got to visit a bit ---- and he gifted us with homemade honey from his farm (can’t wait to try it). GREAT COMMUNICATION WITH US and we appreciated that very much. During the day and night we left the windows open as well as the doors – felt very safe and the house stayed cool. We were never hot and a couple days the temp was up at 87 degrees. NOW, if you have been before you know the area; if not, this is a fairly remote area – AWAY FROM TOURISM. I would recommend driving to this area in the daylight and do groceries before you go. There are a couple grocery stores in nearby Oceanview – about 20 minutes up the road and you can find items you missed as they are pretty stocked. The road down from Hwy 11 (bringing you down to ocean level) is fairly curvy and not well lit during the evening so you would want to drive it a couple times prior to doing it in the dark (my opinion). IF YOU ARE WANTING A QUIET, ROMANTIC, AWAY FROM THE HUSSLE/BUSSLE TYPE OF GETAWAY, THIS PLACE IS FOR YOU!!!! YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!!!!


Ellen W.
December 2021
They have thought of everything to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable at this amazing oasis. We always like trying new rentals when we travel but this one is so special that we know we will stay here many times again in the future. Thank you, thank you!


Vickie H.
December 2021
Perfect in every way for our first visit to Kona since Pandemic!


Sharon K.
November 2021
My best friend and I spent 5 nights at Rick's Place and we LOVED it! This place was absolute paradise. You might say "off the beaten path" but we found the location and privacy fantastic. The home was great and the owners have it stocked with everything one might need if they failed to pack it. The front door was open and the music was playing when we arrived. What a cute touch. We lived on the deck and at the pool and enjoyed the endless views of the ocean. Our favorite part were the 2 wild goats that visited each morning. This is a place I would definitely stay at again.


Martha W.
November 2021
This was a wonderful place to stay for our anniversary. We had everything we needed. Watching the whales and dolphins from the lanai was icing on the cake. It was the perfect get away from it all vacation house!


Daniel S.
October 2021
Could not have been more perfect! Quiet and peaceful! Beautiful!


Adam S.
October 2021
We were looking for a house with a great view of the ocean that was secluded and this place was perfect. The closest grocery store was about 25-30 minutes away and the closest resort was an hour away. Owners were helpful with directions and the house itself was beautiful.


Martha F.
August 2021
This is a wonderful, special property. It is perfect for those who really want to get away and enjoy time in beauty. This is a fairly remote area of the Big Island, lovely contrasts of black lava, blue ocean, green spaces, and incredible sunsets. Bring your groceries, once you arrive and enjoy the pool, ocean views, and lanai, you won't want to leave. The house is very well appointed and comfortable.


Kenneth C.
August 2021
This is the most amazing place, if you want to get away this is the place, the pictures do not do it justice, it is better!!! Kitchen is extremely well stocked to cook nearly anything. Ocean crashing on the cliffs is mesmerizing.


Eric H.
August 2021
My wife and I spent our honeymoon here and it was perfect. No surprises and everything was exactly as it was presented. We will be returning.


Kati K.
August 2021
We had a great time. The owners did a great job explaining their property to make sure this was the right match for us. Note that one bedroom is a partial wall and open at the top into the main room that limits privacy and noise. We split time at a resort and then at Ricks Place. Much closer to the volcano, black sand beach, green sand beach, etc.than up North at the resorts.


Matthew H.
August 2021
Beautiful home in a rugged environment. If you are looking for socializing, this is not the place. Quiet mornings watching dolphins and fishermen. Long soaks in small pool. Ample snorkeling gear is available. The cliff that boarders the valley inhibits daily excursions, so buy what you need before heading down…and try to arrive before night. Only negative: Bring cool PJs as the home holds onto the heat of the day.


Alyssa M.
July 2021
I never do reviews but for this location I must. It was a perfect secluded spot on the big island away from the tourist traps to truly experience Hawaii. The drive there is wonderful and you will find yourself on the waterfront with crashing waves against a cliffs edge. Here you can watch the sunset, snorkel (enter just down the road), take a dip in the heated pool, sun bathe on the pool deck, shower outside with the view of the water and make a great dinner with the use of the large kitchen and outdoor grill. This spot has everything you may need. Want to bike around the neighborhood? They have two. Want to make a day trip to the beach? They have the chairs, umbrella, and snorkel gear you may need. The bed was comfortable and you can open your eyes to a view of the water. Absolutely perfect for a romantic getaway.


Bruce M.
July 2021
Melanie and Dan Lewis' beach home in Captain Cook / Miloli'i was the perfect getaway for us! Small, super comfortable, well-equipped, and with a fantastic (close to off the grid), quiet location right on the ocean. Fabulous ocean views all day long and the most awesome night sky (no light pollution) including countless stars (shooting stars, too!) and the Milky Way. Our favorite feature of the home was the private pool - so clean and refreshing, with the most stunning ocean views. Oh, yes, and the outdoor poolside shower, with its own ocean view. All in all, this was the PERFECT place for us to get away from all the craziness of our day to day lives on the mainland. Thank you SO much, Melanie and Dan!


Dan N.
July 2021
We were absolutely delighted with our stay at this property and can't think of any area needing improvement. The house was everything we expected based on what we saw in the photos in the listing and more. While the location IS remote, we had every modern convenience including a high speed fiber optic internet connection. We would definitely recommend this property to anyone looking for an intimate getaway on the Big Island!


Praful S.
June 2021
Immaculate property that is exactly as advertised. If you are looking for a quiet retreat for 2 people you would be hard pressed to find a more comfortable home. The description is accurate, this is about as close to ‘the middle of nowhere’ as you will get on the island. If that sounds appealing, this is a perfect fit. Buy your food, get some good books, and relax with the peaceful ocean right in front of you. We only had one clear night with the stars above, but they looked like a million bright Christmas lights.


Austin G.
June 2021
Perfect honeymoon!


Dean H.
May 2021
The house and location were great. Great vacation spot for getting away


Leslie J.
May 2021
This stay was exactly what we needed. The views from the pool and the deck are amazing. The home is well furnished and the bed was very comfortable which is a rare find. Stop at Safeway on the route from the airport for all of your provisions and just chill. If you are looking for a spot to jump from place to place, this might not be for you. It was perfect for us. We wanted a beautiful place to enjoy and relax and we found it. Mahalo Dave.


Stephen C.
August 2017
Amazing sunsets and beautiful stars at night. It was an amazing house with everything you need to get your mind away from the hustle and bustle of city life.


LANA G.
August 2017
This place is beautiful ! Perfect place to get away from it all yet close to great beaches and sights !! I would move here if I could !!!


Heidi S.
July 2017
Everything you expected and then some. Worth the money for sure. Didn't need anything - like home! High end appliances and extras through the home -


Troy A.
July 2017
This house is truly amazing! What a blessing it was to experience a week in the house. Ocean view from the pool, beautiful mountains, unique decor, and a break from the hustle and bustle of life. The owners give you so much information and tips that usually takes half your vacation to figure out. They also provide alot of items you normally go without or pay for on vacation(snorkel gear, water, grill, etc.) They also have people a phone call away if you have questions about the house or need something. I had the privilege of meeting the owners during my stay. Such wonderful people and hopefully friends for life. This house is truly your own private paradise!


Richard R.
July 2017
Thank Mel and Dan for the best experience ever. Your house is so well appointed we needed absolutely nothing. Awesome to arrive with the breeze blowing through and soft music playing Thanks again, Rick and Robin


Frances D.
July 2017
Rick's Place is a wonderful small house where you can sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Everything you need is here. Nothing to do but kick back, enjoy the (small) pool and the fabulous ocean view. Great, attentive hosts. Highly recommended.


Kelly E.
June 2017
We had an amazing time at Rick's Place. This was the perfect destination to celebrate our anniversary. Dan & Melanie are amazing hosts, they make you feel like the most welcomed guests. They truly have thought of everything! We enjoyed our days just hanging out at the house. The drive to our various excursions wasn't bad at all. We highly recommend Rick's Place & are planning our next trip back soon! Thank you, Dan & Melanie, for a wonderful home for our vacation!


Dave M.
June 2017
My wife and I stayed here for the last 5 nights of our honeymoon and Ricks place didn't disappoint! First off, the place was much more beautiful than the pictures lead on. As others have said, they have thought of everything you would ever need to feel comfortable. Some owners cheap out on appliances, furniture and other amenities in their vacation home (which we learned from the place we rented in Hilo- whale house). Melanie and Dan made their vacation house feel like home. It was very nice to use a good quality oven/stove and bbq since we did a lot of cooking. We spent lots of time in the pool and snorkelling down the street. There was lots of good fruit stands and local spots to eat along the highway. The Poke Shack was our favourite! Theres nothing negative we have to say about Ricks place. We would recommend it to anyone visiting the big island. Whenever we plan another vacation to the big island we will definitely book Ricks place again. Thanks again Dan and Melanie!


Staci D.
June 2017
First off, I have never stayed in a VRBO that has this much thought and attention to detail. It is literally as if Dan and Melanie just leave their personal home so that you can vacation in it! Anything you may need or forgot or didn't know you needed is provided! And that is nice, as closest store is about 20 minutes away. Let's start with that road: its super fun to drive! But made me nauseated going up as a passenger on an empty stomach. But oh the views from the road! Also, make note that Milolii is not touristy. At all. An hour plus from Kona, Volcano, Hilo. Being from Houston, we don't mind driving alot. In fact, we drove over 700 miles while we were there: Captain Cook kayak/snorkel, South Point and Black Sand Beach, Volcano Park, biking to see lava, Mauna Kea and Saddle Road, dinner cruise in Kona, and more! House: so comfortable! Pool even has a solar heater and would get up to about 87 degrees by early afternoon and stay until a bit after dusk. Outdoor shower is fun! Lots of snorkel equipment provided, along with ice chests, and boogie boards! Kitchen has much more than basic seasonings and condiments: syrup, butter, full assortment of seasonings and condiments, just everything! Our in-laws rented a house up the street and they were so jealous of ours! Didn't even miss having AC! And the view! Loved just sitting and watching the waves crash. I cannot say enough glowing, fabulous things about this special home! Also, we really appreciated meeting Dan and Melanie when they brought us a bottle of wine, a mango, and a papaya! Melanie has made me a fan of mango! Not that I'll be able to get that mango back here in Texas though...


Judy B.
May 2017
Worth every penny _ furnished with everything you could need to enjoy a getaway!

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