We stayed here for 5-6 days and it was great. Only a couple miles down the beach from town, it's a quiet location with covered parking and an elevator. There was plenty of space for the four of us (2 adults, 2 teens) to spread out comfortably and it was very well-stocked with everything from beach gear to kitchen ware and spices. And, the view! Looking out over the Banyans surf spot from sunrise to sunset is hard to beat.
I appreciated all of those details so much more after our kids flew home early and we switched to a smaller place in town. While walking to a restaurant was convenient, the downside was a noisy view of Henry St., spread out parking, and hiking luggage up three flights of stairs. Something for travelers to consider when comparing options.
The owners were great too. They were always quick to respond and were completely accommodating to the handful of changes we needed to make, before and during our stay, to ensure we had the best time possible.
When I found this while searching VBRO, I immediately knew this was the place for us. We wanted something that was ocean front....and this is absolutely that! You have these huge floor to ceiling windows just a few feet from the ocean and then combined with a perfect balcony where you could just stare at the ocean all day if you wanted. Then, there's always surfers to watch...it's like a private viewing party (I would have paid for that). Then, add in amazing sunsets every night from the balcony while enjoying a drink or snack/dinner. The host is amazing, too. She gives you her inside scoop into great places to visit and eat. Our favorite beach was one she recommended and wasn't in the two guide books we had studied. We went there three times and it was exactly the kind of beach we wanted: not crowded, calm waters in a bay leading to plentiful and easy snorkeling. We feel like we won the lottery when staying here and will be back again if we ever return to the Big Island. You will not be disappointed if this unit is available during the dates you want to go.
Our trip was amazing and the property was gorgeous. Thank you.
we loved this place easy to get in and out of , clean and in order lots of toys to use chairs , towels snorkles etc ..was a short drive to the strip where everything was happening . The beds were super comfy ! Our only complaint would be to please invest in a split unit AC for the back room our poor friends were dying hot even with all the fans the one AC in master doesn't get to the back of the unit . other then that this place was awesome !! thanks for making it so easy
Was really happy with our choice. Could not beat the view from our room and proximity to the water. Made us not want to leave our room. Free covered parking with a reserved spot. Nicely decorated. Had everything you could possibly need including boogie boards, beach towels, kitchen needs, and appliances. Really enjoyed that it was a small complex and not busy. When we used the pool, no one else was even in it. We could see sea turtles, beautiful yellow tang, and other fish just by sitting out on our lanai. Lots of surfers in the morning and evening. One day when there was no surf we saw people go pretty far out and snorkel. It is next to a very small beach that has shade trees. Lots of great snorkeling close by. The size was perfect for us, but you could sleep 7. Loved having a washer and dryer inside the unit. The breeze and ceiling fans kept the condo at a perfect temperature so much so that we never turned the air conditioning on. King bed was super comfortable. Appreciated the compendium binder that gave us the rules of the condo, how to use things, and suggestions on where to go and things to do. The unit is fairly close to (short drive) to Walmart, Costco, and many other restaurants, and shops. We would definitely stay there again should we come back to the Big Island.
We really enjoyed our stay at this property. The location is great, and the owners are very responsive. The view of the sunrise, sunsets and surfers can’t be beat. Truly a great experience.
The attention to detail in the condo made our stay above and beyond expectations. Location was perfect. Any time we come back to Kona we know where we’ll be staying if it is available!
We very much enjoyed our time at this property. The view was spectacular. We had to return home early due to an unexpected death in the family, and Chrissy could not have been more compassionate. We highly recommend this property and this owner.
Overall great stay. Some items appeared to not be cleaned from prior stay but overall very pleased.
We stayed here for our 25Th Anniversary trip. We loved it. Felt like a home away from home. We enjoyed watching the surfers.
Our stay was absolutely fabulous! It was wonderful to wake up to the ocean and watch the surfers. The sunsets were beautiful! The location was great! It was close enough to town, yet away from town traffic. The hosts had great recommendations for everything on the island. The pool is small but perfect for a dip. The area is quiet and calm, which we loved. It was like a private hidden resort. We would come back for sure.
Amazing view from the condo, which is why it was originally booked. Peaceful neighborhood. Great location not too close to tourist areas but close enough to grab dinner in downtown Kona since there aren’t many other restaurants nearby.
The condo was wonderful, with spectacular ocean views.
Our second stay at Chrissy condo and both were wonderful. From the sound of the surf to the surfers riding the waves to the glorious sunsets. This condo is perfect.
We love this place with its floor to ceiling windows bringing the waves into your living room and bedroom. Nice furniture and kitchen
Only downside was that the floors had not been cleaned and were sandy and the front bathtub and bath mat were substandard for cleanliness
Renting for a second time says it all. We even asked to drop off a few things early and that was arranged. We highly recommend this rental.
This condo is perfect! The floor to ceiling windows across the back are the best part. Outstanding view, and the sound of the surf is out of this world. Surfers gather at this specific spot and are fun to watch. We saw plenty of whale and dolphin activity as well.
The condo is easy to find, parking is no problem, and the rules of the building make sense.
Can't recommend this stay enough!
We had a great stay. The unit was very clean and well equipped. The view couldn't have been better. We enjoyed watching the surfers and the sunsets on the patio.
We absolutely loved our holiday stay. Chrissy was extemely responsive to any questions I had. The unit it so well stocked both in the kitchen and with beach items (snorkeling, boogie boards, beach chairs and coolers!). My brother stayed in a different unit that didn't ahve nearly as much and it made such a difference. We were able to cook and enjoy. We had coffee and watched surfers, whales, and boats every morning as the sun came up and had unbelieveable sunsets every night. I would recommend this unit to anyone!
Beautiful views and a wonderful location. Everything you’ll need for a great vacation. Chrissy is very responsive to anything you may need. I definitely recommend for an awesome Hawaiian experience!
This a highly recommended property. The space was perfect for four adults staying for a week. The kitchen is well stocked to satisfy the cook in the family and allow you to cook as much as your heart desires. There is a washer/dryer in the unit for those who might want to travel light. The top element is the ability to watch a gorgeous sunset every night and listen to the crashing waves. It's a great condo to make everyone happy.
My wife, two college-aged daughters and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Banyons. The condo is right on the water with wonderful views of the ocean and surfers enjoying the waves. The complex is a little quirky with a temperamental elevator and condo keypad, but those were very minor issues. Chrissy was such a nice and responsive owner and we appreciated her recommendations for nearby sites, restaurants, etc. A couple mile walk to town or nearby beaches, but involves walking on the shoulder of a fairly busy road. Overall loved our stay.
amazing views of surfers from the balcony, living room and master bedroom. perfect location just south of the Old Kona Town. Less traffic to deal with in this location. There are sand beaches within walking distance. The unit has an upgraded kitchen, and good wifi. Plenty of towels, beach chairs, boogie boards, coolers.
The owner was great at communication, and very helpful with info about the Island. Great restaurant suggestions. I will definitely return to this property.
What a fantastic property! This was our first time to Hawaii, and we could not be happier with where we stayed. The views were breathtaking, the location very central, and amenities top notch. I don't know what was better, the property while we stayed there, or the outstanding communication with the host Chrissy. Chrissy went out of her way to make sure that we had a relaxing time in Kona. The booking process, check-in vacationing, and check-out were all easy and as relaxing as you would expect from an vacation in Hawaii. We will be back! Chrissy, thanks for letting my family create new memories at your property! Some highlights:
1. Kona is a great location for exploring the entire island. This condo is not far from anything in Kona (grocery, nightlife, beaches, and outstanding views).
2. The condo was very comfortable. The AC only works in the master bedroom, but we had 5 floor fans provided by the host as well as ceiling fans in every room. We found that the AC only needs to be ran for an hour or so when you first show up to cut the humidity in the unit, and the many fans kept us comfortable the rest of the time.
3. The kitchen is fully stocked, even with light foods that you might want when you first arrive (left by prior occupants). The TV/Cable is excellent for whatever you might want to watch for any possible down time you have on the island (which won't be much).
4. There is a small sand beach next to the condo, and public ocean access!
We all enjoyed our stay at The Banyan Tree. The ocean view was fabulous. Though you can get nice breeze, but we had to keep the sliding doors closed at night because the splashing of waves were too loud. The kitchen was well equipped but we didn’t cook at all. I bought a pineapple and it was hard to cut with the knives they had were all dull. I forgot to mention that to her.
Wonderful place to stay in terms of location and incredible sunset views. So fun to watch the surfers too! Only complaint is the electrical issues with some outlets and the dishwasher would not start, but was fabulous otherwise and lots of alternative outlets available.
Great views and amenities no disappointments
Beautiful ocean view, sunsets, surfers. No beach,
Problem s with dishwasher and fan/light in kitchen., Pool okay. Great time.
Great spot on a surfing beach, enjoyed watching the surfers every day! Close to great snorkeling and to “downtown” Kona restaurants, etc. if you want to hear the ocean while you sleep this place is for you!
Great property well supplied. Fun to watch surfers right out front. Inside air Condi yet and fans kept place a perfect temp. Outside amenities and pool very nice to have
Thank you once again for sharing your amazing property with us! This was our 5th time at Banyon Tree and we can’t imagine staying anywhere else. What a treat it was to watch all the surfer’s taking advantage of the giant waves from the hurricane right from our lani or pool. It’s so nice to have many of the things we need already there.. sand chairs, umbrellas, beach toys and even floaties.. The kitchen is well stocked with necessities also, between Chrissy and previous guests there always seems to be ziplocks, coffee filters and many basics so you don’t have to buy everything. The owners are terrific to work with and always want to make sure we’re comfortable! We will be back soon!
Great views, very spacious condo. Impressed with accommodations, plenty of pantry items. We didn't need anything, the owner supplied, buggy boards, noodles, beach chairs, beach towels towels.
The green binder had information about local attractions only wish they had included restaurants.
The family is already returning to Banyon Tree Condos.
Wonderful experience from start to finish starting with booking to checkout.
My husband and I, along with our adult daughter spent 8 nights at this property. The Banyons complex is 20 condos located on the beach in Kona/Kailua. It’s a 1-2 miles from town where there are loads of shops and restuarants all that cater to tourists in the area. The condo is fully furnished, and has a pantry and fridge well stocked with staples. The view is amazing! It’s the perfect place to sit with drink watching the ocean, surfers and sunsets and listen to the waves.
The beaches on this island tend to be very rocky; however, there are 2-3 of the sandier beaches within a couple miles if this property. If you have kids, going to the octopus farm for a tour, and/or the sea horse farms are great excursions. The Mauna Kea Summit Adventure, which we think is a must-see experience, does have a pick up in Kona.
Note: many other island activities like the natural parks where you can hike to caves and waterfalls are an hour drive away. Seeing any of the volcano-national park or related places like the black or green sand beaches are a 2-2.5 hour drive.
You simply cannot beat this location and the unit - well furnished and supplied.
This has to be one of the best locations on the Island! We’re steps from the ocean, and the views from the master bedroom and balcony are gorgeous. This condo is beautifully designed and the kitchen is very well stocked. We fell asleep every night listening to the sounds of the ocean.
The place was great. The ocean right outside the window.
We had a nice stay at this condo my family, but the place is outdated. All the appliances in the house are old and don’t work. We had to wash our dishes by hand because the dishwasher was broken. The washing machine did not clean the clothes properly. The towels provided to us smelled even after we washed them. There is only 1 air conditioned room in the condo, the smaller room only had fans so it was very hot. The locks on the door are rusted and old. The only thing we liked was the ocean view.
Chrissy's condo is magnificent. Sitting on the balcony watching the surfers and listening to the waves lull me to sleep every night wasn't a dream I was in Paradise. Everything was perfect my husband and I did not want to leave. Chrissy thank you for us being able to experience beautiful Kona in your beautiful home
The view is unbeatable. The lanai looks directly down to the ocean. We enjoyed the surfers and the amazing sunsets. Our daughters enjoyed shelling on the beach. Wish we could have stayed much longer.
We loved our stay at this condo! It was the best part of our vacation, and hard to leave!
The location felt safe. The condo was extremely clean and well kept, as well as the property grounds and pool area. It only has 20 units and was very quiet.
The amenities were great w/ boogie boards, beach chairs, multiple umbrellas, sand toys, a volleyball, coolers, even snorkel vests. We enjoyed having a blender for fresh fruit smoothies and things to cook with, as well as storage containers for fruit and leftovers.
It was just a few miles from the trendy Kona shopping and restaurants. Huggos on the Rocks was our favorite restaurant for live music on the water.
The view from the balcony was incredible! We loved waking up in the mornings to watch the surfers. All day you could watch surfers, kayakers, and boats go by. We saw yellow fish, dolphins, a sea turtle and a whale from the balcony. There are several pairs of binoculars to use.
Several nights we stayed in to watch the sunset from the balcony.
Snorkeling at nearby Kahalu’u beach park was great. We took family surf lessons nearby.
Magic Sands beach was close/pretty. We used the boards at Kua Bay and Hapuna.
The owner, Chrissy, was great to work with and responded promptly. Thank you Chrissy!!
Everything was perfect!!!
My only note- the wall to divide the master bedroom and the living room is very thin so don’t expect much privacy. But it wouldn’t stop us from renting again with our family of 4.
Very well maintained condo. Lots of kitchen supplies and, most of all, comfortable living room seating.
We've stayed in this complex before (higher floor) but this one is better. Communication with owner is instant! We're trying to figure out when we can return!
Great location with beautiful views.
My family had a great time at this condo. The unit is as advertised. The view is awesome and the location is ideal to explore the island. The Big Island is an amazing place. We explored all over the island and can’t wait to go back.
We were stunned by the ocean front view as soon as we walked in the door. We had a great time watching surfers and sunsets from Lanai. It was quite spacious for a family of 4, with a well stocked kitchen and pantry. There was a lot of useful beach gear like chairs and good umbrellas. We truly enjoyed our stay and look forward to returning in the future.
Great value, wonderful sunsets and loved watching all the surfers off the balcony and nice windows in the living space.. We very much appreciated the pantry items like olive oil & spices & even pancake mix & syrup!! The only issue was that the 2nd bedroom was very hot and had no AC. We used fans to direct the cool air from the master bedroom through the living area and into the 2nd bedroom, which didn’t work very well. Overall, we would book again as the beds were comfy the location was great and everything else was on par with the price. The owner, Chrissy, was very easy to work with too.
I spent one week here with three of my children. We all loved the place and its prime location in Kailua. It is very spacious and luminous (except in the small bedroom), with magnificent views of the ocean. It is stocked with everything one would need, even for lengthy stays. Very well-stocked kitchen, as well as beach necessities. Excellent wi-fi and TV, books, DVDs and a binder full of excellent recommendations. Gets my highest recommendation!
This was just a lovely spot and the host was fantastic. Highly recommend
Probably the best vacation rental I have ever stayed at! Property had everything you could possibly need. Made good use of the beach chairs, umbrella and cooler, kitchen has everything you need to make full meals. The condo also provides snorkeling equipment, but if you are planning a lot of snorkeling, I would recommend renting your our own for the week.
Condo itself is nice, AC works great. But the back bedroom does get a little hot since it is far away. But it was just my spouse and I, so it didnt impact us at all.
The view from the whole house and lanai is simply amazing. Perfect place to watch the sun set. It was very tempting to just stay in the condo the whole time and enjoy the view, but there is so much nearby to do and see.
There is a great local surf spot right behind the condo, it was very entertaining watching the surfers catch waves all day long.
Highly recommend this place if you are planning a trip to the Big Island!
Great condo with an incredible view!! Great amenities! We will be back for sure!!!
Our family of 4 loved our stay so much. I knew we would based on previous reviews but it still exceeded our expectations. The location was perfect for us between town and many of the activities we did. We used so many of the suggestions in the book, great tips!!
The beds and bedding were so comfortable and we loved sleeping with the sound of waves every night. We were able to cook most meals at the condo and enjoyed the pool area in the evenings. Our best restaurant meal was at Magic’s Grill, right next to Magic Sands Beach. We had our jeep packed up the whole time with all the beach gear available at the condo, that was very key for us. Can’t wait to come back. Thank you!!
We were celebrating a sister's birthday and everything about the Condo was perfect!
Janice was extremely helpful! She gave us all the info that we needed.
She even checked in with us by e-mail. And that never happens!
Everything in the condo was in good condition and clean. It was probably the best supplied place that we have ever stayed! (Our next stay on a different Island was a nice condo with bare minimum supplies!) We had been spoiled by Janice's condo being so well supplied!
As everyone has said, the view is beautiful and the sound of the waves are wonderful!
We would definitely recommend this condo to any going to Kona!
I'm borrowing the title from my niece's review of our vacation and this condo. We'd planned this vacation for nearly a year and had been in constant email communication with Janice, who answered nearly a million questions from me (thanks Janice). The condo is everything advertised, clean, well furnished, comfortable. It is literally stocked with everything you need and you don't need to bring anything (except 2 changes of clothing- you can do laundry daily if you want). Janice has thought of everything (check out the spice cabinet under the counter across from oven/stove) to make your stay most comfortable. The photos do not do the condo and views justice. The views are SPECTACULAR! The sunsets, the surfers every morning, the dolphins swimming by mid-day to late afternoon, falling asleep to the sound of waves crashing at the shore and waking up to them as well. We even had a total lunar eclipse when we stayed last week. Activities: pool, beaches, hiking Volcanoes National Park (you need a car for this--96 miles to the park one way but go as it is worth the drive), finding the best place for shave ice (hawaiian ice cones at the Lanihau shopping plaza, contrary to trip advisor's), barbecue (there are lots, but be sure to check out big Jakes at Captain Cook off of highway 11) and just good food (big island grill on Kuakini Highway--we were there 3 times just for fish and chips alone but do try their loco moco). We would all have gladly stayed another week had it not been for work and school. A VERY BIG MAHALO to Janice for sharing this little bit of heaven with us.
The owner of this condo unit, Janice, was great to work with. She was very prompt in answering all of our many questions about the unit and Kona.
The condo was exactly as described - 2BR + 2 baths with a full kitchen. The smaller BR in the back has 2 beds and a TV in it. The large front BR is open to the LR / kitchen / dining area which provides for a very spacious feeling. The entire side of this open area is wall to ceiling glass that faces sort of SW so you can watch the setting sun to try to catch a green flash. The MBR can be partitioned off for privacy by a sliding panel. During the day, there is a fair amount of traffic noise on Alii Street at the back; it decreases a lot at night. We kept the back screen door open during the day when we were in to let the breeze blow through the unit. With all that glass, the condo got warmer than we would have preferred.
It was very clean with nicely appointed furniture and Polynesian style artifacts on the walls.
My husband, Stan, is the cook in our family. He marveled at how well equipped the kitchen was with pots, pans, all sorts of spices, and condiments. There was a well stocked pantry that even had a jar of Macademia Nut honey that was fabulous on our morning toast! Stan said,"All this kitchen needs is to insert the cook!" He wished for sharper steak knives. Janice expedited them to us from Amazon! Be careful of what you wish for from Janice because you're probably going to get it!
Janice's instruction / tip sheets for the appliances were detailed & complete. She also had several tip sheets of recommended restaurants and activities. We found these to be spot on. One place we frequented several times was da Poke Shack, only about 2 blocks away. One day, we bought the first piece of a 103# Yellow Tail Ahi tuna that had been caught just a few hours earlier. It doesn't get any fresher than this. We grilled it on the gas grills in the nice, little pool area. Barry kept the grills spotless.
The lanai is 1/2 the length of the ocean side. We spent lots of AM hours on it watching spinner dolphin pods swimming past and jumping and doing 720s. (It looked like a snorkel tour with the dolphins would be fun for our next trip!) Surfer duds & dudettes rode the waves from first light until sundown. The surf crashed on the shore below us through the day and night, but was not a bad sound. We saw turtles and possibly the "wing tips" of an eagle ray near shore. One day, a small green lizard came up.
We are just ending our 2 week stay. The attention to detail in this unit is amazing. Beautiful tile throughout, nice granite and we love the master shower with TWO shower heads! The sheets are even nice quality! No trouble falling to sleep here with the comfortable king bed, open sliding glass doors to let the breezes in and the sound of the waves to lull us to sleep. The kitchen is equipped with everything we needed and we ate at home most of the time. No restaurant can top this view! There are plenty of spices and staples to help out and even condiments were left in the refrigerator. There is an amazing amount of "toys" - snorkel gear, swim flippers, even water shoes and lots of beach towels. There was laundry soap and softener sheets here as well. We have LOVED our stay here and can highly recommend it! We also appreciated the security of Banyan Tree - the elevator has a code so you can feel comfortable that only owners and renters are on the floors. We used the grill (and there are grilling tools here as well) and enjoyed the pool and spa. We brought binoculars, but didn't need to, there are several here. Thank you for sharing your wonderful vacation home!
My kids and I just stayed here a week ago and had an absolutely fantastic time. It was extremely clean, had a TON of amenities and items to use be it in the kitchen, or on the beach. Boogie boards, snorkeling gear, tons of towels, kitchen utensils and supplies, spices, there was literally no end to the items that were provided in this unit. Killer bed by a huge set of windows overlooking one of the prettiest views I've ever seen. The location is fantastic as well as it's not in the middle of downtown but instead about 2 miles south on Ali'i. I had a great time and would not hesitate a second to stay here again on future trips to the Big Island. Thank you!!
We absolutely loved our stay on Kona and this condo made it PERFECT! The condo is beautifully updated and has ALL the amenities you would have at home and more! The view is the best bar none! Sleeping with the sliding doors open and hearing the waves puts you to sleep - never slept so well! Waking up to the spectacular view and watching the surfers/boogie boarders was awesome. Again in the early evening the surfers are back, so you get to watch that while watching the breathtaking sunsets! The Banyan Tree is very secure and well maintained and in a great location. Loved snorkeling just down the road at Kahalulu Beach Park (which is on Janice's tip sheet). Saw many beautiful fish and turtles while snorkeling. From the deck, with the help of the binoculars provided - we saw spinner dolphins and whales, even though it is late in the
season. There was not one thing we can think of that wasn't provided! We didn't need to rent snorkeling gear because they have it all, in many sizes, with chairs, towels, umbrella, coolers to take your food to the beach. All the tips for things to do, beaches to restaurants was really helpful. All condo owners should take their lead from Janice and Robert! Can't wait to go back!
Thanks Janice & Robert - made our first trip to the Big Island absolutely wonderful!
We had an amazing time in this wonderful condo. The pictures don't do this beautiful condo justice. Very nicely furnished with all the comforts of home. The view was breathtaking. It was so nice to sit on the lanaii in the morning to watch the surfers and then again in the evening to watch the sunset. The owners have thought of everything. There were many beach towels, boogie boards, beach chairs, coolers......you get the picture. Highly recommend a stay here!
With thanks to Janice and Robert for sharing their little piece of paradise on the Big Island. We were greeted by an immaculately clean and updated condo with all or more than the comforts of home. The view was second to none on the whole island, and Janice thought of everything that travellers would need from the well stocked kitchen to boogie boards/flippers/umbrella/beach toys etc. for everyone. We really appreciated the Island 'to do' and 'best of' book that Janice & Robert put together. We have used VRBO quite a bit in our travels but have never stayed in such a perfect spot with everything we needed and more. Really enjoyed watching the surfers & whales & perfect sunsets from the lanai too! The building is safe & very well managed. We really couldn't have asked for more!
This condo is even better than the pictures indicate! Yes, the ocean is THAT CLOSE, and yes, it is THAT BLUE! The part you can't "see" in the photos is the wonderful sound of the ocean! We loved the "white noise" of the waves through the open windows at night. The only negative was trying to watch TV with the sound of the waves, but who needs to watch TV when you can sit on that lanai and watch the surfers!
The location is great too. Not too far from town, but far enough to not have all the foot traffic out back. I took so many videos and photos from the lanai. Every time I looked there was something I wanted to save from the view. Sunsets were amazing, and we were fortunate to have a full moon while we were there. The moon shining on the water was an amazing sight. We never once closed the curtains, because we felt like we were totally isolated enough to not worry about leaving them open.
Janice and Robert have provided everything you could imagine to make your stay feel like "home". We didn't have children with us, but there was plenty there that would have kept them busy if we would have had them along. There was any manner of water play things from snorkel to sand.
The cupboards were well stocked with anything you might need while preparing your meals, and we liked that we could leave our leftover staples for the next guests to enjoy. Janice even left all kinds of notes about places to eat and beaches in the area, and she also left guide books for guest to use.
An added bonus is that the complex is not large, and is very well managed. We saw the resident manager out and about keeping things so clean and neat all the time. It really added to the wonderful experience. I hope we can come back to this same spot again in the future, and if we do, I'll hope this unit is available for our trip!