Wonderful Stay at #405 Kona Bali Kai
June 3, 2014
Our experience renting apartment 405 Kona Bali Kai was positive from the outset. Dealing with Mike Gaudette, the owner who rented directly to us, was a pleasure. He facilitated the process of the rental with professional efficiency, charm and graciousness, and provided a wealth of truly useful information about the location, activities in the vicinity and the Big Island in general. We spent a few days in Volcano National Park before driving to Kailua Kona and checked in smoothly. The condo was really perfect in terms of its convenient location, central to all the sights and activities we wanted to take in, and being a pleasant, comfortable, charming & relaxing environment to come back to after a day of fun in the sun. We found it to be exactly as described down to the smallest detail. We loved sitting down to breakfast and dinner (we dined in almost every day) on the lanai, watching the surfers, paddlers and birds, watching and listening to the sea - just fabulous; the ocean is right there, as are the storied sunsets. We found the condo to be very comfortable & considerately well equipped to meet all our needs and then some. The kitchen contains all the means for cooking a feast, and the bathrooms were clean, with perfect functionality and even a touch of luxury (two sinks and double-head shower in the master bedroom). We were out every day swimming and hiking (including the notorious walk down and back to the Capt. Cook memorial on Kealakekua Bay). That day, we also indulged in a night snorkel with the giant manta rays. Starting out from the condo on Ali’i Drive, we were within 30 min drive from some of the best snorkeling we have enjoyed on all the islands. We were fortunate to swim with green turtles, spinner dolphins and also took the night trip to view the giant Manta rays. Just astonishing! We slept comfortably every night, lulled by the sound of the waves just below the Lanai, and cooled by the breeze, assisted by the ceiling fans, coming through the condo. This was far preferable to AC which would have required closing the doors, overcooling the space and foregoing the experience of the sounds and scents of the ocean.We loved the Big Island on this, our first visit; we had the best time here and want to return soon. And we will certainly choose 405 Kona Bali Kai as our preferred accommodation. Mahalo, Mike and Nicole, for sharing your lovely home on the Big Island!
Nathan Bass, San Francisco, CA
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