My family (7) had the pleasure of staying at Kona Mt. home for 13 nights. The pictures don't do it justice. The view from the lanai is so peaceful with lush beautiful trees, plants, a few goats, a ram, some chickens and the birds are singing all day long. The house was clean, comfortable and the lay out is perfect. Each bedroom is separate and private and all beds were deemed very comfortable. We had the pleasure of using the cottage also and it was perfect for two in our party. We traveled from San Francisco with my 85 yr old father who is 3rd generation from Hilo. The house was laid out perfect for him as well. Easy entry into the house and no stairs to worry about. He had a great time. We decided to stay on the Kona side as we were scared off by the rain in Hilo. The drive to Hilo was a really nice ride with a stop at the volcano and waterfalls on the way.

The house had everything you need for a great stay. Towels, snorkeling equipment, water shoes and boards were a great addition to have available. We cooked a lot at the house but also enjoyed some really good restaurants in the area. Fish Hopper, Huggos, Lulu's and Big Hawaiian Grill. We had a special occasion to celebrate and went to the Four Seasons for dinner. It was a really nice meal and the view and sunset were amazing. The Luau at the Royal Kona resort was good. Touristy, but the food was good and the entertainment was enjoyable.

My cousin who lives in Kona sent us the magazine, 101 Things to do on the Big Island. It had a lot of great suggestions for things to do in the area.

One of the highlights of the trip was the ride to Panalu'u Black sand beach in Naalehu. It was about 2 hrs North on the road to Hilo. It was so beautiful and worth the drive. Turtles swimming all over the shallow swimming areas.

So if you are skeptical about staying up the road in the Cloud Forest, be assured this is the best part about the house. When it was 90 degrees in town we always knew we had a short ride up Palani road to a cool, comfortable house. My dad appreciated this.

The care taker,Gudren was helpful and gave us great suggestions for spots of interest. She was there in case we had any problems with the house but we didn't have to call her for anything. The owners were easy to deal with and the payment schedule was convenient as well. I have recommended this place to friends who frequent Kona. It is great for family vacations. Will definitely stay again. ALOHA

Recommended for: Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway

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Star Rating: 
Five Stars
Stayed Month: 
June, 2013
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