We had a great stay at the Kona Reef and Lori is a phenomenal host. Some features of this unit certainly separate it from the reviews of others nearby: cleanliness, comfortable king sized bed, smart tvs, oceanfront lanai, pool, jacuzzi, quiet/functioning air conditioning.
The condo is a great jump off place for walking kona, and traveling to all the adventures around the island. Great proximity to the beachfront bars and shops. The maintenance crew of the building appears to keep the grounds very tidy, and pool clean, as you can see them hustling every morning.
Lori left us some welcome gifts, was very accommodating and communicative. Seemed to offer as little or as much communication as you need, we fall into the “less is more” category. I would say she offered us the most gracious hosting style we have had while traveling! Thank you again!
We tend to skip the costlier resort style accommodations, therefore would definitely return to this unit if/when we come back in the future!
This condo was fully stocked and super clean. Other than grabbing food items for snacks and meals, we had everything we needed. Kitchen and bathroom! The bathroom had soft towels, shamp/cond/soap dispenser in the shower and all the extras to make you feel at home. Easily accessible and clean snorkle gear and boogie boards. We spent most of our time exploring the island but when we were home we spent our time on the lanai. Amazing view of the ocean. We enjoyed hearing the blowing of conch shells at sunset. The location is great as well. Walking distance to the boardwalk on Ali'i Dr where all the restaurants and shops are. Very fun area at night! Cant say enough about how efficient Lori was with keeping us updated on our arrival. We didnt have to "check in" we were able to just go straight to the condo and follow the instructions on how to get in.
Jay and Lori, thank you so much for opening your amazing home. We had an unforgettable time!
Aloha for now!!
The property was just as listed. It had everything you could possibly need! We loved seeing and listening to the ocean from our balcony. The bed was the most comfortable we had ever slept on!
Beautiful view, clean, homey condo, with everything you could possibly need!
Everything we needed, except a kettle, and spatter screen! Loved watching the surf from the lanai! Great bed and pillows! Missing paradise already!
We had a vacation of a lifetime. Lori & Jay have a beautiful condo. The location is the best. The condo is beautiful with all the comforts of home & them some. They have every detail covered. We arrived to a happy birthday balloon & card & bottle of champagne. We were celebrating one of my friends birthdays. They are so kind, easy to work with & made sure the condo was perfect.
I’ll definitely be back. This will be home for any trips to Hawaii. We can island hop from there.
Lori & Jay thank you!
Nicely decorated condo with every amenity you could ask for. Setting overlooking pool, palm trees, and ocean was stunning.
Perfect location for walking to shops and restaurants, along with nice, shaded beach next door. Beautiful sunsets! Highly recommend.
Great location. Comfortably furnished property. All the amenities one could imagine or hope for - snorkeling gear, picnic equipment, books about the area even games for quiet time. We would love to return.
We have stayed at this property many time and especially enjoy this unit. The only negative thing is leaving. We hope to return next year. Mahalo!!
Very clean and nicely equipped property. Many extras included to ensure a nice vacation. Mask, snorkels, fins, boogie boards, zip lock bags, laundry detergent, dish soaps, appliances, spices, aloe vera, bug spray, coolers, etc. The owners have setup the place to ensure visitors can enjoy their time instead of running to town to pick up small odds and ends. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit.
Rob and Mary L.
The property was fabulous, the view was incredible! We had a really sweet basket of treats here for our anniversary!! She had every amenity you could ever want except a beach umbrella. But everything was just super!!!
My wife and I are still amazed at how well stocked this place was. They thought of everything and we really appreciate a quality coffee pot. Upon arrival, the condo was well kept and very clean. This place has a nice pool, along with a short walk to the downtown waterfront area to find shopping and restaurants. The owners are responsive and easy to contact. Check out Kailani Tours for amazing trips around the big island and they pick you up at the driveway. Thank you Lori for a great place.
Place was great! Lori was easy and friendly to work with.
It was perfect !
We had a great time!
We happened to go over the Ironman worlds and the hosts went out of their way to help accommodate. The place was clean and a great location!
Easy walk into Kona, beach area right beside property. Unit is well equipped and clean. Really enjoyed our stay.
From check in to check out our stay was magnificent. Clean, modern, airconditioned apartment with everything one could possibly need on a Kona vacation
This condo was the perfect sanctuary for activity filled days or just to spend the day poolside. It was comfortable with all of the amenities, and was stocked with added necessities. Communication with Lori was great and they even went the extra distance to leave a card for my daughter birthday. We loved our time there and look forward to booking this property in the future.
Immaculate and fully stocked. Overlooks ocean. Elevator access.
Very comfortable, very clean, well stocked and great view. Spent many hours on the deck watching surfers. Didn’t use the pool but looked nice. Great group of people gathered each night for sunset on the yard in front of pool. Great location served as good base camp for our trips to beaches north and south. Able to walk into town for dinner and supplies.
Clean, quiet, comfortable condo in Kona with a great view of the ocean. We enjoyed our breakfast every morning out in the lanai. The bed was super comfortable and the kitchen was well stocked with everything you could possibly need. Lori was an excellent host and always responded in a timely manner. Highly recommend!
Great hosts, very accommodating. Clean well equipped condo with all the amenities and more. Beautiful ocean front view from the lanai. Nice pool and jacuzzi. It’s family oriented but everyone at pool area was respectful.
Front row seats to the ocean, walking distance to downtown Kona, and beautifully styled condo stocked with all the amenities you may need for your vacation in paradise.
Great location and clean condo.
Our visit was fantastic. The unit was stocked so well and so clean. It was a nice as it appeared on the website. Would love to come again!
Cleanest property we have ever stayed in. Everything is as described. What you don't see is that the bathroom is very small, kitchen is tight and bedroom furniture is big for the room so no place to put your suitcases. Also, there is a construction site next door and there was a homeless person living next to it right at the entrance to the front parking lot.
We have stayed at the Kona Reef several times. This condo F14 is tops! Relaxing, quiet air conditioner, great view, close to everything to do. Already planning next stay.
We had a quick 3 night stay in Lori and Jay's condo. It was a great place to stay with all the things you need to make your stay comfortable. The views from the lanai was fantastic and the location was great. It was just a quick walk to restaurants and bars. We would highly recommend this condo. We can't wait to come back.
The location was excellent. Well kept property and pool! The view was a slice of paradise that included some whale and dolphin sightings. All items available for use were so well thought out, it made our trip so much easier. Sunscreen, hand sanitizer, first aid kit, shower supplies, on the go supplies like baggies and water bottles, snorkel gear, local recommendations, and so much more. A birthday card, snacks, and Prosecco were the added cherry on top. These people know what they are doing, why stay anywhere else!?!?
This is a great condo for a couple or small family for enjoying and exploring the big island. The conscientious owners have equipped it with everything you need for your stay (snorkeling equip., beach chairs, beach bag, cooler, etc.). The unit has a narrow but delightful view of the ocean and a quiet bedroom. It's in a tidy complex with a nice pool and patio areas and plenty of parking. The location is within walking distance of many restaurants in Kailua-Kona, but not directly in the bustling tourist zone. We will very likely be back to this slice of heaven.
The condo was outfitted with all the recreational things one would need along with a fully supplied kitchen for cooking needs.
Everything was wonderful and there is no beating the view.
Host was very helpful and the apartment was very clean. The location is perfect
I was here 3 nights while working on the big island. This condo was perfect in every way. Even a beach just a few steps away. Beautiful details inside, relaxing to watch the sunsets while eating dinner on the lanai.
I want to come back when it’s not a work trip!!!thank you, Lori and Jay.
Our gracious hosts Lori and Jay have thought of everything. The condo was clean and welcoming with chocolate macadamia treat to boot. Anything you needed was available in this condo an informative book about kona was also available. The a/c throughout made it so enjoyable, again they thought of everything. We will be coming back again and again.
Mahalo A J and Susan
Clearly, the owners have experience traveling and the condo was filled of things you would want in the area. Some things you would expect and others that were a nice touch. Everything was of solid quality and the AC was excellent. Location on Ali’i Drive was great and the location on the water was spectacular for sunsets. Awesome experience all around. Would recommend.
Perfect space and the owners thought through every detail. Views of the ocean and rising full moon...wow! Lori was so easy to work with, communicated right away and was very helpful when I had questions. Location was a little less busy than a lot of places on Ali'i Drive yet walking distances to restaurants etc. All in all a great experience for our first time to Kona. You'll love staying there!
The location was central in Kona and close to restaurants. The property was well maintained and there was a lot amenities provided, everything that you needed. Additionally, the host was very responsive. Highly recommend.
Let me say that in reviewing things on the Internet that I try to be a tough grader. You really have to deliver to get five stars. Well, this place and hosts deliver!
First of all, every decision they make in terms of what to include and what quality to go with is top notch. I have never been at a better stocked vacation rental ever. There's a full set of herbs (pic 32), every tool you could need, a half pound of Kona coffee, a snack basket, all LG appliances, a Sleep Number bed (!!), and pic 18 sums it up for me - easy to access and copious high quality soap, shampoo, and conditioner in the shower. There are two boogie boards, snorkeling gear, Tommy Bahama chairs, and a beach umbrella, four HQ metal water bottles: all great tools for a fabulous beach experience. All of the pictures in the listing are completely fair - no exaggeration there.
What you can't tell from the listing is that the location is perfect... walking distance from the downtown Kona strip, but just far enough to not have the feeling of crowds.
Now just to keep your expectations realistic, remember this is not a posh resort charging you for the lap of luxury. It's a condo complex that looks fine but not particularly special from the outside. You can get to a sandy beach to the left of the place, but that probably isn't where you'll be hanging out. The pool is kind of small, but the courtyard is nice because the outdoor grills (4) are pretty sweet, and there's a sitting/dining area under a roof. But you're not coming to the big island to stay put... this is all you need to feel taken care of and special.
My wife is extremely picky and was on my case for not going with a resort on this trip, but in the first day she was convinced this was the right move. If we come back to the big island, this is where she wants to stay.
Host Lori is very responsive and has professionals working for her if someone needs to show up. She was also forgiving of the fact that I didn't realize I had to make the second payment manually on VRBO and gave me a call.
We loved our stay at the condo. Lori and Jay were super with pre- and post- checkin information, advice and tips. We checked in easily and found the condo immaculate and well stocked for a perfect island getaway. The location was great, with ocean views and an easy stroll to shopping and restaurants. If we get back to the Big Island, we will definitely be repeat renters.
The property was amazing and had everything we could have asked for. Lori and Jay were excellent hosts and shared not only local attractions but also connected us with a car rental option. I will stay here again if I'm in Kona and will recommend to my friends and family.
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