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The Beach Villas at Kahalu'u
Reviewed 2 April 2013

This was an amazing location and the Condo was everything and more than we expected. It was fully stocked and the view from the lanai was beautiful. The beach across the street was one of the best snorkeling beaches and the pool in the complex was great.We had a terrific time on the Big Island and looked forward to coming back to the Condo every night to sit on the lanai and play cards. We will definetly be back and will one stay at the Condo as everything was perfect..
The sunset from the lanai was super.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 March 2013

Unit 2-302 would rent this unit again. very clean, new uptodate furniture, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. across from a great snorkle beach as promised. Great location, free wifi, nice pool and view is amazing. Need a car as its a long walk to the town of Kailua Kona. Shopping and grocery nearby. spent a lot of our time on the large covered lanai with doors opening from master bedroom and kitchen.

Room Tip: 2-302 is great
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 February 2013

We stayed in Unit 1-202 and we really enjoyed staying here. The view and the location were great. The beach is great for snorkeling and also for surfing. My son was able to take surfing lessons right across the street at the beach. I wasn't feeling well, so I spent a lot of my time sitting on the lanai or at the pool, and it was so nice to be able to watch the surfers and snorkelers and just watch the waves.
The condo was nicely decorated and very comfortable, except for the sleeper sofa, which really needs a new mattress. The kitchen was very well equipped and there was beach and snorkeling gear available.
My only issue is the way the price increases with adders. One rate is advertised, but then there's an adder for air conditioning and cleaning (the cleaning adder is standard in Hawaii apparently). We were there in January and really didn't need the air conditioning if we could leave the lanai doors open and get a breeze. The owner asks you to leave the doors shut to keep critters out, but then there are no screens. So, I recommend taking the air conditioning regardless of the time of year. This should not stop anyone from renting this unit - it's a really great place to stay.

Room Tip: I don't know anything about the other villas. I think this one was excellent.
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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 February 2013

The condo was great except that there was no sunshine on our lanai at any time of the day. The view of the beach was great. The unit itself was wonderfully appointed and was very comfortable; which was expected given the hefty price tag. We were in unit K2-302.
We did notice that the towels smelled funny so we washed them ourselves with hot water which helped a bit. We attributed the smells to cheap detergent and cold water washes.
the location is perfect with the great snorkeling beach right across the road and easy access to the Highway or the attractions/ restaurants/ happy hours on Alii drive.

Room Tip: If you like the sun try to establish that your room will see it.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 January 2013

This is one of three Abbey Vacation rental units we stayed in during our vacation. We had our kids and they loved the close proximity to snorkeling and surfing. This unit is nicely appointed, was clean and the beds are comfortable. The kitchen only has no condiments of any type, not even sugar packets or salt and pepper. They give you 4 pods of dishwasher soap so prepare to grocery shop immediately. Groceries are expensive in Kona - no matter where you go.

The lanai was very nice with a large table and comfy chairs and a weber gas grill. The only one of the three units we stayed in that had its own grill and it was very useful and convenient.

As others have said, this unit is noisy but we closed the doors at night, turned on the AC and all was well. One reviewer griped about the free wifi. I can't take seriously a person who claims they need wifi for business but doesn't have their own back up. The wifi didn't work perfectly but it did work sometimes. We used our Verizon mifi which had 4g.

A few annoying details abou this unit. The upper cabinets are so high that I couldn't reach the lowest shelf. I'm 5'4". The bathroom sinks were large glass seashells that looked pretty but were about as functional as false eyelashes.

If youre looking for quiet, check out the Kona Surf and Raquet Club, which is about 2 blocks south of this location. While we really liked the unit, the lanai and being able to cook on our lanai, we would probably not choose this unit next visit.

The pool and hot tub was very clean and the grounds were immaculate. The day after we arrived Abbey Vacation rentals called and welcomed us and we had no other need to contact them during our stay at this unit.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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5  Thank glacierhiker
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Reviewed 2 November 2012

We stayed in unit 2-202 for a week. Rented through Abby Rentals. We selected this complex and this unit based on the Tripadvisor reveiws about it's good location next to a good snorkeling beach. Rather than repeat information already covered in other reviews I'll highlight the Pros and Cons we found if you're considering renting this unit. Then I’ll cover Tsunami considerations that could impact your vacation in Hawaii.

I gave our experience in this condo only 3 stars because of our experience with Abbey Rentals, the property management company.

PRO'S:
-Newer, modern building with air conditioning.
-Comfortable bed and pillows.
-Location: If you like snorkeling from the beach this location is good. If you like to be isolated from the restaurant and bar action you’ll like this location. If you like to be close to the restaurant and bar action you should not stay here.

CON’S:
-Free WiFi didn’t work as advertised. Tried to connect three wireless devices while sitting 10 feet away and couldn’t make it work due to poor wireless connection. I rebooted it several times. Still didn’t work. Finally I gave up and borrowed someone else’s unsecured WiFi signal when I needed it . Don’t believe the Abbey Rental advertisement for free WiFi.
Living room furniture looks nice. However, it’s the most uncomfortable furniture I’ve ever experienced.
-We couldn’t enjoy the lenai several nights because of loud parties at the park across the street.
-We couldn’t sleep in at all because of noisy neighbor’s upstairs and noisy school kids gathering outside for school bus pickup.
-No kitchen necessities such as salt, pepper, sugar packs, sweetner packs, etc. I’ve never stayed in a condo before that didn’t have at least these basic necessities. We had to go purchase these items. We left them for the future guests. It would be interesting to see if they get thrown out by the cleaning staff. They provided most of the common kitchen utensils, except for a spatula.
-Misleading advertisement that groceries are discounted. Abbey Rentals advertises that they leave you a 10% off coupon and the grocery store club key chain to obtain discounts at a local grocery store to help offset the high cost of groceries in Hawaii. We drove all the way back into town to use this grocery store instead of the local store up the hill. After checking out our groceries they refused to take the coupon because it’s expired. They also couldn’t read the key chain discount card because it was worn out. So we ended up driving further to this store with higher prices and couldn’t even get the discounts Abbey Rentals advertises. My advice for future guests is to go to the local grocery store up the hill where the prices appear to be less expensive anyway. Don’t believe the Abbey Rentals advertisement.

TSUNAMI EMERGENCY PREPARATION:
The first thing you should do after you get settled in is open the Yellow Pages Phone Book and study the Tsunami Emergency information. We experienced a Tsunami Warning while staying in this unit. Even though I’ve been in emergency services for 40 years I was not prepared for a Tsunami Warning. The siren across the street started blaring over and over. We listened to the directions on the TV which said that if you’re not in the Tsunami Evacuation Area to stay put and stay off the roads. We went to the phone book maps and determined that this unit is just outside the evacuation area (probably because it’s on the side of a hill elevated above beach level). We decided to follow the instructions and stay put. The police cars kept coming up and down the Alii Road telling everyone to evacuate (we assume they were talking to the people on the beach level). Just in case, we did some preparation. The TV news was saying that water and sewer would be turned off. So, we filled all the containers we could find with water for future drinking water. We then packed all our belongings and put them in our rental car. We then relocated the rental car to the top of the hill where it would be safe and we could get to it on foot if necessary. Meanwhile a representative from Abbey Rentals called us and told us to evacuate. We advised them that the unit is NOT in the evacuation area and we’re being advised to stay where we are and stay off the roads. They ordered us to evacuate, which confused us because it appears to be in conflict with the Hawaii Emergency Plan. Then they never called us back to tell us it was safe to return or to check on us after the Tsunami Warning was cancelled. I think Abbey Rental’s was just covering their liability by telling us to evacuate. You would think they would know the proper procedures for the properties they manage. My advice to anyone renting any condo near the ocean is to take a few minutes and figure out what you’re going to do in case of a Tsunami Warning. Are you going to listen to the authorities, or the property manager ?

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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18  Thank haztaz69
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Reviewed 25 October 2012

My husband and I have stayed at many vacation rentals in Hawaii and it’s been hit or miss. I’m happy to report that with our recent stay at Villa 1-202, it was a wonderful experience.

Straightforward booking with Chuck at Aloha Condos. Email inquiries and confirmation/check in details were answered promptly.

Our 2 bedroom villa was just as the photos have it on the website. Beautifully furnished with plenty of tasteful touches throughout. My husband loved cooking in the kitchen – everything you need to make a gourmet meal was provided (utensils, spice rack, sauces, condiments...).

Cleanliness is always a big priority for us and we were very happy with the cleaning service. Even though we initially baulked at the additional interim stay cleaning fee of $130 (we stayed 2 weeks), the cleaner did a superb job, even replacing all the start-up supplies (washing up sponges/liquids, paper supplies etc). Big washer and dryer in unit came in very handy.

Beds were firm and linens aplenty. Shampoo, conditioner, body wash were supplied in both bathrooms.

An issue we had with the router was instantly taken care off by Bruce, the local Rep.

Grounds were very well manicured and we felt very secure. Parking is plentiful.

Barbeque by poolside was rarely used by other guests and in good condition. Pool cleaner does very through clean of the pool and jacuzzi.

In my opinion, we had one of the best views in this development. Right below us was the gorgeous pool and barbeque station and yonder Kahalu’u Beach. We knew exactly when we could have the pool all to ourselves and when to hit the beach.

We enjoyed the rocking chairs and watching the eels below the lanai of the soon-to-be-demolished Outrigger Keauhou Resort opposite our building.

Tips
• Opt in for the additional $15/day air-conditioning fee. The villas face Ali’i Drive and with the windows closed and a/c on, you won’t hear the traffic noise outside.

• The building does not have an elevator. To get to our apartment from the car park, you’ll need to walk up two separate flights of stairs. Make sure you pack light.

• Entry into the amazing Kahalu’u Beach is rocky so wear reef shoes. Snorkeling here is one of the best in Big Island. Calm (thanks to the breakwater), lots of friendly fishes and honus here.

• The Beach Villas is a great base to explore the rest of the island. Not too far from all the must-see sites and a welcome treat to come back to after a long day of exploration.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank happy2bealive
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Additional Information about The Beach Villas at Kahalu'u

Address: 78-6721 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-2453
Region: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Kailua-Kona
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 36 Speciality Lodging in Kailua-Kona
Price Range: £113 - £188 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Beach Villas represent the first new beach front condo constructed on Alii Drive in the last 20 years. These villas are large, luxurious, designer decorated and have all the amenities you desire - infinity pool, spa, gas barbecue, central air conditioning, plasma TV, Bose surround sound, and free long distance telephone service to name a few. If you are looking for access to the beach with all the modern conveniences of home, look no further. You have found the ultimate vacation destination!!! ... more   less 
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The Beach Villas At Kahalu`u Hotel Kailua-Kona
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