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Keauhou Kona Surf & Racquet Club
Reviewed 21 August 2007

We were blessed to stay in Townhouse #59. It was just as beautiful if not more than the pictures on the owners' website. The owners are fabulous. They did everything to make sure my family had a wonderful time. We had everything we needed in the condo. Other guests staying on the property stopped by to look it -- they were blown away. It is bright, beautiful and has a very tropical feel. 60 feet from the beach -- the best thing was it felt more like home than a hotel. We also spoke with people staying in large hotels -- they couldn't believe our accommodations. Thanks!

Stayed: August 2007
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Reviewed 21 August 2007

Last December, I had stayed at "Solitude" at the Kanaloa with my family. When my boyfriend and I wanted to return to Hawaii for Valentine's Day, we contacted the owner to see if we could rent out "Solitude" again. However, it was already booked for the time that we had wanted so Denise (the owner) suggested that we check out her other condo at the Surf & Racquet called "Calypso." "Calypso" was perfect for our vacation! It was well stocked in the kitchen and bathroom. There was also a full closet of snorkel masks and fins, boogie boards, beach toys, etc. We spent a lot of time out on the grassy lanai looking out at the ocean. The lanai also had a bird feeder, which was fun to watch. I would certainly rent out this unit again and recommend it to others as well.

  • Stayed: February 2007, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank marilyn12
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Reviewed 18 August 2007

Our family, including two teenage boys, stayed in townhouse no. 85 for three nights in August. We were disappointed. Although the oceanfront location is lovely, we found the rooms small, the furnishings slightly shabby, and the lack of moving air bothersome. The fans did not make up for the lack of air conditioning. The cleaning could have been better, as there were too many dead bugs. "Resort" really is a misnomer -- it's a gated community (there's a gate for traffic going in and no gate going out -- any thief could just swing into the other lane and drive in) with a pool and a tennis court but that's it. The location is good - perhaps a 3 minute drive to the shopping center with a large grocery store, movie theater, restaurant, etc. The drive into the larger town is about 10 minutes. Great snorkeling nearby. All in all, we liked the area but the townhouse itself was disappointing.

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled with family
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3  Thank LillianLM
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Reviewed 30 July 2007

We loved the place. It was very well located south of Kona away from the tourist area but close enough to drive to restaurant and shops. The lanai was a great success with my Husband. We loved the fact that we could use the common grill and the Mango tree nearby was my favorite. The supermarket was very close and the kitchen was very well stocked. The rice cooker was my son's favorite. We alse love the beach chairs, umbrella and boogie boards. My 2 year old daughter played with the sand bucket at every beach. Coolers were nice to have too as well as the ice packs in the freezer.
We also like the fact of having 3 TV's with DVD and VCR. WIll love to have additional kids movies!! The place was clean and very confortable for a family of 4. The only problem we had were the wasps on the lanai. We did try to kill them but could not get to the nest.
The sunset dinners we had were awsome! The view is fantastic and loved to sleep with the sound of the waves crashing on the rocks. It did rain very hard one night that the Manangement decided to close the Lanai one night but were lucky the storm passed by next morning. We loved to snorkel and found some nice beaches south of the condo (by the Place of Refuge and Hookena beach).

Stayed: July 2007
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Reviewed 27 July 2007

My mother and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Condo #2102. We made our reservation through [--]. This is a ground-level condo, but we felt safe and secure. The only reason that I gave 4 instead of 5 stars was that the cleanliness of the kitchen could be improved. The owner made our arrival and entry very easy. Arrived, typed in a few codes, and in no time we were enjoying the extraordinary view from our large lanai. Although the condos/townhouses of Keauhou offer only a inaccesible rough lava landscape for "beach", other beaches of Kona are right at hand. Kahalu'u Beach is within walking distance. Although very crowded later in the day, I arrived early each morning and found peace and solitude snorkeling in the crisp waters. Even with all of the fun of Kona and surrounding environs, make sure that you are back at the condo for the incredible sunsets! I recommend #2102 and check out the above website for info, photos, and video. You won't be disappointed. Aloha!

  • Stayed: June 2007
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Reviewed 26 July 2007

My family and I, five total stayed at condo # 1301 on July 6 through 15, 2007. Jacque the owner is very nice and e-mail response as well as phone response from her is quick. When we arrived they were doing some construction maintenance work to the walkways in front of the condo and to the lanai areas of the condos directly beneath us, so our first impression was kind of mixed. All that quickly changed as we entered and found a beautifully decorated condo, clean and with a fantastic view from our third floor lanai. We were pleasantly surprised to find a nice gift basket greeting that was left for us on the dining room table. There is no air conditioning but with the ceiling fans on and the three sliding glass doors open it was cool enough. We loved the sound of the ocean waters as they crashed on the lava rock shore which was about 25-30 feet away from the condo lanai. The sunsets were absolutely amazing! The location of the condo is excellent, you can take a short walk or drive to one of the best snorkeling and turtle beaches on the island, Kahaluu Beach. We saw the turtles feeding along the rocky part of the beach on every visit, they were beautiful. It is only a short drive to Kailua-Kona, but at peak traffic times it could take a bit longer than normal to get there from the condo, much more traffic on the Island than the previous years when we visited the Big Island. Try breakfast at the Sweet Ohana Grill-75-5711 Kuakini Highway it is a pink building that is also a candy shop, right down the street is The Big Island Grill which has good hawaiian style food also. Another nice place to visit and shop is Alii Gardens marketplace and the International marketplace which are all within a short driving distance from the condo. We Loved staying at this condo and would recommend it to everyone. It is in a very good location and is very clean and roomy, and has all of the comforts of home, but with a beautiful view and sounds of the ocean to top it off. I almost forgot one of the best highlights of our visit which was the free Ukulele lessons and Hula/Tahitian show at the Keauhou Shopping Center (about a minute away from the condo, show is every Friday) the show was better than the luau show that we paid to see! That's it I guess, needless to say we had a great time on the Big Island and this condo is Highly Recommended for sure!! Can't wait to return to the Big Island and of course we will stay in this condo again!..........................The Tom's, Elk Grove, CA

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled with family
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6  Thank KONAISLANDKID
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Reviewed 23 July 2007

First impression was very good, large rooms, lots of stowage space, nice bedrooms (master bedroom with view of the ocean), decent kitchen with all utensils available (even with plenty of salt, oil, sugar, etc.). Another great thing, which I didn't realize that was advertised, is that you get a free wifi access to the internet! Which we were able to take advantage of regularly with our own laptop.

We arrived as planned after 3pm the official check-in time (for our one week stay), passed the gate to the town home community and found our house easily. Living room is comfortable and looks out to the porch with another table with view and sounds of the beach. From there you can walk through some bushes and arrive right on a black sand beach. Several evenings huge turtles came ashore to rest, amazing!
We liked also the proximity to Kailua Kona a lot, you're up there within 15 minutes tops and are therefore very close to many restaurants and shops. Up the hill (2 minutes) there's a big mall for groceries, a Longs Drugs, some restaurants and a cinema theater. Also nice was the size of the home and its furniture and equipment (everything for BBQ or the beach). Using the gas grill on the club grounds was very convenient too.

What we didn't like was some parts of the home weren't cleaned well. We might be a bit picky, but the porch table was sticky and even a dead insect under the place mat which apparently weren't removed for cleaning the table. In the kitchen all the knobs were sticky and some dishes weren't well cleaned (lipstick on glasses). If they charge you $130.00 extra for cleaning I would expect it to be cleaner.

Driving on Hawaii was longer than we expected. To see the major sightseeing spots you need to drive many hours. Drive to the Volcanoes National Park took us around 3 hours. In retrospect we wouldn't have taken a Town home for a week at the same town, but more like a hotel or B&B for three nights and then another three nights on the other side of the island. It -is- a Big Island!

Watch out for thiefs on public beaches! On the beach next to the Outrigger my backpack, flip-flops and shirt was stolen while we were out snorkeling. Be aware not to take any valuables to the beaches.

  • Stayed: May 2007, travelled as a couple
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Address: 78-6800 Alii Dr Apt 25, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-4401
Region: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Kailua-Kona
Amenities:
Beach Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 36 Speciality Lodging in Kailua-Kona
Price Range: £93 - £168 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Keauhou Kona Surf & Racquet Club 3*
Number of rooms: 197
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Description: The Keauhou Kona Surf and Racquet Club Resort is a 4-star resort located in Keauhou on the sunny Kona Coast of the Big Island, Hawaii. The resort is adjacent to a sandy beach and was once the residence of four Hawaiian kings including the Great King Kamehameha. There are 197 privately-owned units at the resort with 77 townhouses and 120 condos with some beachfront and many oceanfront units along with ocean and fairway view condos. Townhouse #48 is a charming yet elegant condo situated in the Keauhou Kona Surf & Racquet Club only steps from the beautiful Kona beaches. The condo is stocked with everything you need to enjoy your stay. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Keauhou Kona Surf And Racquet Club Hotel Kailua-Kona
Keauhou Kona Surf & Racquet Club Hawaii/Kailua-Kona

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