This is an absolutely charming, well equipped piece of paradise. The views both from inside and out are the stuff dreams are made of. Forget going to the store; Kathleen kept us well-stocked in fruits from the property. The hot tub right outside the door and heavenly shower made going to the beach a tough sell. The location is absolutely perfect with snorkeling, kayaking and the beach minutes down the hill. Here you have it all, views, privacy, magic.
It's a sweet place . Beautiful location, lovely ocean. Just relaxing a filled with vibrancy and beauty. Kathy is wonderful.
Tropical Hideway is basically a screened-in studio with kitchen and a covered but open private patio area that includes a gas grill, a (naked) hot tub, and a shower. At first, this city girl was somewhat taken aback by how *outside* everything was and by small drawbacks like having only a hot plate (with only one working burner) instead of a stove. But very soon I was enjoying pretty much everything about this beautiful little corner of Honaunau. It's on a hill above the road with neighbours nearby but hidden away. Even when it was hot out, we often had a cool breeze blowing through the screens. We were a five-minute drive from Pae'a (Two Step) for excellent snorkeling and a short drive from many other attractions and services. The only time the outdoor living got to me was when it rained. Even though the room is well sheltered, everything gets damp, which I felt when I climbed into bed. But it never bothered me for long. For an older couple like us, the sideways raised bed posed a bit of difficulty for getting in and out, especially at night when you're trying not to disturb the other sleeper, but we made it work. The owner and her partner live upstairs, and they are both very nice and helpful, as is the gardener. There is also another vacation rental on the property in the back. Sitting in our room surrounded by trees and garden, watching Netflix, and drinking White Zinfandel was pretty near perfect. I want to be back there right now!
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We stayed at the Tropical Getaway and were completely enchanted by the location and ambiance of the place. The website pictures are a true representation. The grounds are beautiful and quiet (bring earplugs though for the coqui frogs!). The bed was super comfortable. The whole place is screened in so you feel like you are outside all of the time, which we loved. Since it was so lovely outside this was welcome and wonderful. We loved the hot tub which is kept very clean. It is a very private spot and we felt like we had it all to ourselves. Kathy, the owner, was friendly and helpful. It was nice to meet her. The kitchen had everything we needed and was easy to use. The bathroom was super clean and the outdoor shower was easy to use and very private. We used the Getaway as a base for many adventures but our favorite was the Place of Refuge and Two Step snorkeling spot which were mere minutes from the Getaway. We enjoyed delicious avocados from the surrounding gardens. We couldn't have chosen a better place. It was so hard to leave!
We chose Tropical Hideaway due to its proximity to 2-step (best snorkeling on the island) and Kealakakua Bay. We were also intrigued by the promise of privacy and lack of city noise--and the reviews were uniformly 5-stars.
The garden setting is absolutely peaceful and relaxing, the bed was quite comfortable, and the screens let the gentle breezes through at a perfect temperature. We were able to hang out in total privacy, which is much nicer than the rows of side-by-side lanais in big box hotels and condos. We adopted 2 "pet" geckos and enjoyed the beautiful sounds of the birds and frogs. The resident cats were a very nice touch.
However, the online pictures and amenity descriptions were a bit misleading--the unit needs a good cleaning and an overhaul/replacement of the appliances and utensils. The ocean view is limited and has power lines running through it. Also the occasional trucks and motorcycles were surprisingly loud due to the proximity to the road and woke us in the mornings.
Overall this was a relaxing stay but the above issues prevent a 5-star rating from us.
Pros: Proximity to 2-step and Kealakakua, no other tourists or nearby businesses, TV has free Netflix, Kona Coffee farms nearby.
Cons: Appliances need upgrade, unit could use thorough cleaning, bug bites, limited ocean view with power lines, traffic noise, little storage space, kitchen not great.