The apartment is a large studio apartment with gorgeous Lanai looking out to the ocean. It was definitely a treat to sit on the Lanai sipping cocktails or champagne every evening, looking at the beautiful sunsets - it was quite dreamy. During the day, you can see the colorful fishes right beneath you and they swim in the waves.
The room is very clean and updated with stainless steel kitchen appliances and granite counter tops. The room has hardwood floors and no carpet, which we liked. The bed is a full size bed, which was fine for us, but if you are two larger people, this might be a problem.
Generally, I was pleased with the room, but was not too happy with the ant problem. Despite being on the 3rd floor it had serious ant issue that required us to be extra vigilant. Per owner’s direction, we stored everything from bread to chips in our fridge. We are not messy people but we had to be our toes, constantly wiping down after breakfast, cocktails, dinners. It was a bit of buzz kill for a vacation. You couldn't leave out any thing – not even medication! On the first day, I accidentally left out my pills on the counter and when I came back from a day of fun, it was covered with ants. It was unbelievable.
The unit has a very pretty shower with glass doors. Now if you have glass encased shower/tub, you might be aware of this, but these glass walls & door of the shower requires extensive squeegee- towel dry treatment after every use. If you are not used to the squeegee routine, you might find it annoying! (again, bit of a buzz kill)
Being RIGHT on the ocean did have its set of unique problems…during the night (and probably due to rough winter surf), the sound of the waves are incredibly loud. Yes, there is an AC, but I preferred natural breeze so we left our soundproof sliding doors slightly opened. This meant being woken up every hour or so by sounds of the waves. It reminded me of a parade of giant garbage trucks! First night back in NYC, I actually said, “hey, this apartment is quieter than the apartment in Kona!”
Overall, we had a good stay. I wish the ants weren't there and we had gone during clamer ocean season.
Location is great. It's far enough from the cruise boat crowd in downtown Kona and close enough for several restaurants and supermarkets. We liked the KTA, Sack-n-Save in Kona for fresh whole fish.
- Also Known As:
- Kona Magic Sands Hotel Kailua-Kona
- Kona Magic Sands Hawaii/Kailua-Kona