We stayed here in April 2023. The property was absolutely spectacular. In addition to the wonderful view of the ocean, the pool, hot tub, and fire pits…the hosts have thoughtfully prepared the property for the many needs you might have. From sunscreen and aloe to pool and beac gear, kitchen gadgets and appliances, to helpful directions and guides. There are lots of different areas to sit and relax, room for many to stay comfortably.
It feels like living in a luxury home, not a rental property.
Highly recommend. This property exceeded our expectations in every way.
Our six-night stay was fantastic. We would have liked to stay longer but the property is popular and booked, for good reason. We agree with the other comments praising the location, views, quiet neighborhood, well-stocked kitchen, bath, laundry, pool/beach supplies, books, music, games, whales (in season) and especially the great property manager, Sophie.
We look forward to staying at this property again.
If you're considering staying at this house, stop thinking about it and do it, you will not be disappointed. They say "it's the little things that matter" well, the host got this one right.
The house is a little bit of a drive from the airport, but we never tired of the old lava fields on the way there. Once you walk in the front door, you'll be amazed at the open floor plan, the view that extends past the lanai, the infinity pool and on out to the ocean. Our first morning out on the lanai, we watched a very large pod of spinner dolphins swim by and finally on our last day there were three whales that swam by, no more than 50 yards off the beach.
We were greeted by a large welcome basket with Kona coffee, chips, chocolates and a pineapple. Each bathroom had a welcome basket with many personal hygiene items.
We had excursions we wanted to do on the Island, but we contemplated just hanging out at the house, it really is that nice, even the couch was amazing, fall into it and your done for the night.lol
The host also owns a dive and snorkel business and she set us up for the nighttime Manta Ray snorkel, which was the highlight of our trip. We counted 12 Manta Rays that night to include "Big Bertha," a Manta Ray with a 16' wingspan.
I really just want to go on and on about the house, but you truly have to experience it to understand my gratitude and excitement that the host has opened this home up to vacationers. We will definitely book this house again on our next trip.
I stayed here for a week with my husband, three adult children (19, 23 and 25) and my dad. The house was absolutely perfect for us. There was plenty of room, the outside patio and pool are gorgeous. We saw whales and dolphins right off shore. The last two days of our trip my kids wanted to just stay at the house because they loved it so much. This is probably the best stocked rental I have every stayed out, everything from dishes, to toiletries, beach chairs, pool floats, snorkel gear. You name it they had it! The house sound system was a great feature. There are lots of TV's but we never once watched TV. The views from the master bedroom were extraordinary. The house is in a very quiet neighborhood. The only thing I would be aware of is there are not many restaurants nearby, most nights we drove back to Waikoloa to eat (about 20-25 minutes). Go to Costco when you land, it is close to the airport. We cooked breakfast every day at the house and some lunches. The Seafood Bar and Grill nearby was excellent. We probably had the best poke on the island at the Kawaihae market. Sophie, the property manager was super easy to get ahold of. Everything during our stay was amazing. We can't wait to come back.
Villa is exactly as advertised. Ocean views the best. Last week of January visit gave us many whale sightings close by every day. Woke up most mornings to the blow of the whales. House had everything we could want for beach or poolside.
When we booked we could tell from the location, the pics, and the previous reviews that we were in for something special. The experience, however, exceeds in every way. The property manager Sophie is outstanding was communicative throughout our stay to make sure any questions were answered and all needs fulfilled. And the house has everything we needed. More than that though, the WHALES!!!! Yes we saw them and yes we HEARD them. We laid on our pool floaties one afternoon while a mom whale taught her little calf breathing, rolling and breaching. For HOURS.
We also snorkeled and fished with Captain Major and the boys from Big Island Shaka on their 26' Scout which was an amazing experience. We booked a snorkel trip but also saw dolphins and cruised slowly amongst the whales multiple times.
10 stars is not enough. Thank you Sophie and the team and we look forward to returning.
Stacey and Dave C.
We stayed at the house for 12 days over Christmas and Nee Years. Waking up every morning to spectacular views is a great way to start the day. Everyone loved the pool. There was something for everyone and that made it easy to spend tons of time together as a family. A car is necessary in order to go places and get things but that is true for every place we have ever stayed on the big island. I would definitely recommend
This house is the best vacation rental we have stayed at on the island. While we stayed as a couple, this house could comfortably accommodate a family of 6 or more. The panoramic ocean views and sunsets were fantastic and we were able to see dolphins on several occasions. The infinity pool and spa were also fantastic and we found ourselves spending most of our vacation relaxing in the ample seating around the pool. The house was extremely well-stocked and organized, with lots of extra kitchen, bath, and laundry supplies. We cooked several meals at the house. The stove, oven, and grill were all clean and easy to use. The outdoor TVs and Sonos sound system were great features. The A/C worked well and held a comfortable temperature throughout. Pam and Sophie were very responsive and a pleasure to interact with. We'll definitely be back!
Where to start - the home is AMAZING! Beautifully appointed and situated. Each of the three bedrooms has an en suite bathroom, all had amazing views and were super comfortable. The home has everything you need. My family stayed here for our anniversary celebration. There was a travel crib for our grandaughter and games for the little ones. There were beach chairs and umbrellas for when we ventured out. We loved the sound system in the home and the lighting was an added bonus. Plenty of outdoor seating to view dolphins that swim by almost daily or take in the beautiful sunsets and sunrises. We will certainly be back. Sophie and Pam the property manager /owner were always quick to respond or make helpful recommendations. The neighbors were super friendly as well. Only items to note - the snails are poisonous (don't let little one's touch them). And be sure to follow directions as written (don't put the address in GPS, you'll wind up on the top of the mountain). In all, this is one of the best vacations I've ever experienced. A very special place indeed. We hope to return soon!
The house is over the top. The views! The amenities! The patios! Can’t think of anything that we would change! AC in the bedrooms was wonderful! The sound system was fantastic! The pool was spectacular! We will definitely be back!
The view and grounds of this property are amazing. The property overlooks the ocean and down the coast and has a south exposure which is perfect. You don’t get the blazing sun in the home all afternoon but do get sun on the pool. The grounds are beautifully landscaped with gorgeous flowering plants everywhere. The lanais are extensive with a pool fire pits and spa with plenty of seating everywhere. The outdoor space is just perfect. The home is decorated in bold decor, which is open to personal taste. It was great for a vacation stay.
Home was well stocked with everything, especially cleaning products soaps and shampoos. Lots of beach stuff in the garage. Master is separated from the other bedrooms. Master has a cool outdoor shower. Guests bedrooms have a nice sitting room of their own.
Only criticism is the home did smell musty and could use a really good deep clean.
This house is amazing. It looks exactly as it does in the listing. It’s impeccably maintained and is incredibly well stocked. Anything that you might possibly need on The Big Island they have in this house— from flashlights to see the volcano at night to a smoothie machine to every bathroom amenity imaginable. There are also so many TVs in the house (including outside in view of the pool and hot tub) set up with Direct TV and Apple TV. The technology set up here is amazing! The hosts are so receptive and helpful. They made our trip wonderful. I honestly can’t recommend this house enough.
We have stayed at a lot of different houses on the big island. This one was perfect. The bedrooms were so comfortable. We loved having the pool and outdoor areas, and the location was perfect for us. We wouldn't have changed a thing!
Chose this for a family of 6 vacation - 2 parents + 4 kids over 20. All the reviews are on target - here are our favorites: (1) main Lanai is a hangout spot for any time of the day - we used it heavily!; (2) binoculars (provided) plus the view provided daily opportunity to watch whales and dolphins; (3) SONOS sound system in every main area inside and out allows you to set whatever vibe you want; (4) Kawaihae is off the beaten path and this neighborhood is isolated - no "resort" feel whatsoever; (5) very nice gift basket for us when we arrived with many local food/drink products; (6) if you're comfortable in the water, there is world-class snorkeling that's walkable from the property; (7) ALL of the amenities - pool stuff, beach stuff, cookware, towels, grill, etc, etc.
Thank you Pam and Sophie.
This house was AMAZING! We could HEAR and SEE Whales right off the coast; fin and tail slapping, pulsing and breaching. It was awesome! The pool was PERFECT!!! The outside shower in the master was so divine that I’m going to add one in my next home..
Comfortable beds, nice and plentiful towels, pool toys, beach toys. Kitchen was well-supplied, and a thoughtful basket of Kona coffee beans, pancake mix, fresh pineapple and other delights was very much appreciated.
There were big baskets on each bathroom counter that included not only hair products, but skin products, face masks and all kinds of other amenities.
The property manager, Sophie, was incredible. Very thoughtful, friendly, helpful and gracious..
We loved everything about the home and cannot wait to come back!!!!!
We would give it 10 stars if we could!!!!
Incredible experience, the host and assistant were very accommodating. We loved the scenery and pool.
First off, the view from this house is ridiculous. Sure, there's properties in Hawaii with great water views, but to have three mountains (i.e. volcanoes) in the background, as backdrop for the panoramic expanse of ocean --- magnificent. We've made many trips to Maui, always staying in direct oceanfront condo units, with Lanai & Molokai as backdrop, but this was phenomenal. I suppose houses up the mountainside have similar views, but can they hear the surf or see water movement? Dawn was especially regal, when the skies were generally cloudless, with the sun rising behind the mountains; snow could be seen on top Mauna Kea & Mauna Loa, & the observatories were clearly outlined on top of Mauna Kea. The view also included the western coastline of South Kohala, all the way down the coast to just short of the airport. Daily whale activity added to the view.
Of course, the house itself was outstanding, too. The description (& pictures) in the vrbo listing are accurate, so I'll not repeat them. The MBR bed was comfortable (no backaches like at home), there were plenty of plush bath & pool towels, there were books/games/toys in the cabinets, a DVR in the living room (we didn't check the other TVs), a welcoming snack bowl in the kitchen, plenty of leftover condiments in the fridge & pantry, shampoo/conditioner/dishsoap/dishwasher detergent/laundry detergent/fabric softener, pool toys/rafts, & two pair of binoculars. The pool & hot tub were immaculately clean, & well utilized (by all of us). The sliding screen doors (to the lanai) were high-quality heavy-duty doors, yet even our 3-yo could open/close them without a problem. The whole-house Sonos sound system was an especially nice feature - we generally had it on all day, everyday. Playing Hawaiian music while admiring the view was hypnotizing. And finally, the firepits (2) were also a nice touch; sitting around one after sunset was a daily occurrence (tho beware of mosquitoes).
A word about the weather, because I've read (elsewhere, not here) complaints about the brown hillsides from lack of rain (our neighbor said this area averages 8 inches of rain per year). But how can one complain? Except for clouds over the mountains in the afternoon/evening, we had nothing but blue skies every day (eight day stay), & it was never windy. And the neighborhood was beautifully landscaped - a plethora of flowering shrubs & palm trees. The humidity was low (40-50%), & we never once needed the A.C.
We loved everything about this beautiful house. It is a fun happy house with the best whale watching views we've ever experienced. The artwork is outstanding and lots of little touches around the house make it special. We were well taken care of by Sophie who made our stay so easy and enjoyable. Totally 5 stars all around.
The property is ideally located with outstanding views, gorgeous landscaping, all the amenities provided for a perfect stay. Comfort, beauty, and aloha all inclusive.
My daughter and I had talked about the first vacation for their baby Lincoln (8 months) had to be to Hawaii! We could not have had a better house, with perfect bedding and toys, and pool, and views! Just the perfect first adventure with him!! Thanks Pamela and Sophie
Our family of 9 traveled the big island to celebrate & renew our vows. Pamela & Sophie were quite the hosts. They went above & beyond to make us feel at home, special, and comfortable ... and we did. We loved everything about this home & our stay. The views were epic and decided to renew our vows at their home. That scenery is my new mental picture for mediation. We only had one problem....we didn't want to leave. Thank you both for everything. We all had the best time ever!!! Cheers to 30 years xoxo
Great trip, perfect house, awesome property manager. Could not have asked for a better stay.
Better than the photos. Spectacular property with everything a family could need. Terrific communication with property owner/manager, beautiful welcome baskets on arrival with lovely bath and body products. Stunning ocean views from every angle. Great sunsets. Kitchen had plenty of spices, amal appliances, and cookware although another few (nonstick) skillets would be useful.
Pool was warm and inviting, fire pits were gorgeous, stargazing was perfection. Spa was difficult to get hot which was only real downside.
The surround sound throughout and music area with a lovely piano, ukuleles, and other instruments was amazingly special.
Short drive to a very good fish market and convenience stores, as well as world class restaurants at Hapuna, Mauna Kea, and the Auberge.
Would rent again in a heartbeat.
Beautiful house, fabulous pool, best weather on the island! The most restful stay we've had in years. Everything you need is either at the house or a short drive away. Great little market, fish house, burgers, dive shop, and beach within 10 minutes. Pamela is a responsive and friendly host. We will be back!
This was a fabulous experience. The house was amazing and host was even more. The house is walkable to the water and is great for a family with all ages. The hostess has the house stocked with everything needed for a beach and pool vacation. Highly recommend this property!!
We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful place to spend time in Hawaii. The home was extremely comfortable, fun, and clean. Thanks for an amazing time!
This property is spectacular. The views in every direction and interior decor are unmatched among rental properties. The home has a gourmet kitchen and is fully stocked with all the kitchen tools you’ll need to cook and serve the best fresh meals on the island. Our family of eight enjoyed every moment at Whale Tail. Access to Mauna Kea and the Westin Resort was a huge bonus allowing us to chill at the beach with drinks and lunch. Don’t miss the hiking along the shoreline cliffs and hidden beaches on the trail directly behind the property. Pamela and her team were accommodating and very helpful. Recommend a dive trip or two through Big Island Divers. We’ll be back again. This house was the highlight of our 2021 Hawaii vacation.
Amazing stay. Beautiful home with incredible views. The owner, Pam, was great to work with and was always quick to respond with an email or text. Already looking forward to our next stay.
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