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“5 couples share the Sugar Shack for Kamp Kona!”
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Kona Sugar Shack
Palos Verdes, CA
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5 reviews
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“5 couples share the Sugar Shack for Kamp Kona!”
Reviewed 28 June 2009

We were a group of five couples making a biannual trip to Kona with a larger group. Having previously stayed in several Kona vacation rentals, the Kona Sugar Shack is good selection for our needs and expectations. Jae McCaskill is a thoughtful and caring owner. She is a good communicator; our arrangements were always precise and accurate, with follow-up emails a standard of hers. She and John were absent during our stay, but Uncle Mike ably filled the role of caretaker and advisor. I was impressed with directions, postings, signing, etc. that took the guesswork out of learning the ropes of a new place. Our group had all three suites for nine days. The one issue that could have made it better was if all of the bedrooms in the Ocean Suite had their own bath. I would say that at 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, the Ocean Suite is great for a family, but it was a bit tight having two of the couples share one bath. We knew that going in, but the reality was more challenging than we had anticipated, especially as the other three couples were en-suite (communal living does require some sacrifice).

The location was ideal for us. The unobstructed view of the ocean is quite special. John has done a wonderful job with the landscaping. It is lush and well kept. Flowers abound. Uncle Mike gave us a huge bunch of fresh bananas from the tree by the pool...delicious. The pool area became our gathering spot for lazy afternoons with books, good talk and Iz and Na Leo playing in the background (we brought our own iPod player).

Since our group was a part of a much larger group, all staying nearby, we found the Sugar Shack to be a good central location. Its street-to-street design allows ample parking in the rear. Alii Drive access is good, but it is busy and requires some care. Also, it can be noisy, but we knew that, too. On two nights, we hosted dinners for 25+ people out by the pool. The kitchen in the Ocean Suite was more than adequate for this preparation. The outdoor kitchen area of the Honeymoon Suite served us well as a beverage center. Uncle Mike helped us gather some banana leaves, bougainvillea and other flowers to use as centerpieces. When combined with our music, the tiki torches, the gentle waterfall by the pool and the sound of the surf across the street, the effect was equal to what you might find at one of the resorts.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 April 2009

The Kona Sugar Shack is perfectly located for touring all over the island...it is the place to come home to at the end of the day and feel totally at home with all the amenities. Wonderful views, pool, comfortable surroundings and the little details you would put into your own vacation home. Would highly recommend.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with friends
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Berkeley, CA
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Reviewed 6 April 2009

The best and only way to stay on the Big Island! The Kona Sugar Shack has a great location on Ali'i Drive--its removed enough from touristy Kona, yet still has access to all the great amenities such as grocery stores and beaches. It is a great 'base' from which to venture out all over the Island, we never bothered staying anywhere else. Our hosts Jae and John were extremely attentive and friendly, and very helpful with tips about sightseeing. It is situated right between a great snorkeling bay 5 minutes to the left (Kahalu), and a great boogie boarding beach (White Sands) to the right. There are grills outside which you can bbq on--its nice to do after a day-long of exploring, swimming and hiking. They just added solar and are trying to 'go green' etc. Beautiful gardens tended with lots of care. What a fantastic place!!!

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Oregon
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Reviewed 17 March 2009

wow what a place and location perfect if you want to experience the real Hawaii, if you are a fancy resort person this is not the place for you probally, However if you want to experience the real Hawaii like almost living there here you go WHAT A PLACE, AND WHAT A LADY "JAE" your awsome we really had a great time with you and our stay, thanx again, "Brad & Candy-Oregon

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Anchorage, AK
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Reviewed 15 March 2009

My family and I spent a week at the Sugar Shack after reading rave reviews on Trip Advisor. It was everything we read about and more! The view from the Ocean Suite was amazing, we ate every meal outside. When searching for restaurants Jae was able to help us find unique places that catered to my husband's celiac disease. She was the best!! The Ocean Suite is modern and updated, and the fully stocked kitchen was huge! If you have children there is plenty of room for everyone to spread out. My parents stayed in the Honeymoon Suite and they thought it was just perfect, and my mom loved the decor. We also spent a couple of days in the Mango Suite. The bedroom was really cute and it was a very functional suite. The pool and patio area were great for taking a nap or reading a book. The beds are pretty firm, if you have a troubled back you will be very supported. We would recommend the Sugar Shack to anyone who is looking for a unique and inviting stay in Kona.

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled with family
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Salem, Oregon
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Reviewed 6 February 2009

I was treated with utmost care - an upgrade was provided at a small extra expense with a drop dead view of the ocean. Very comfortable with many extras you can borrow for your beach trips. The advice Jae gave was right on and things are exactly as she describes- so she helps you miss the so-so places and you get to enjoy the best of the island. John's art is so beautiful and unique, be sure to ask to see his studio. I will come back with my family as soon as I can. oh, also, the pool is refreshing - is was wonderful to see the mood and stars while I relaxed there in the water- and I could see and hear ocean waves & birds singing always from my room, and the garden is lush with old Hawaiin style. Unforgetable!

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled solo
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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 24 January 2009

My daughter and I just spent 8 days at the Kona Sugar Shack and it was a great vacation! I wholeheartedly recommend this inn to anyone looking to stay in Kona who doesn't absolutely need to be able to walk to town. If you've been there, you know that the town can be noisy. Well, 2-3 miles south, on Alii Drive, sits the Sugar Shack, which is a beautiful house containing 4 suites. The innkeepers, Jae and John, also live there. It is right across the street from White Sands Beach, so you can take your towel, snorkel, etc. and walk right on over. We stayed in the Pool Suite, which is on the ground floor and opens out onto the pretty pool area with gorgeous tropical landscaping. Having tea and tropical fruit in the morning out there was heaven. There is an outdoor kitchen -- how cool is that? It is communal, but most days we were the only ones using it. Same goes for the grill. The service goes above and beyond. Example: my daughter thought she had lost her passport, but the staff found it in the room after we departed and mailed it to her in Honolulu, having first called and emailed me about it. What can I say except you can't have this experience at a big resort?

  • Liked — Having friendly innkeepers on site who are very knowledgeable about the Big Island
  • Disliked — I liked everything to be honest!
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled with family
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Property: Kona Sugar Shack
Address: 77-6483 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-2407
Region: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Kailua-Kona
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 36 Speciality Lodging in Kailua-Kona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The "Kona Sugar Shack" is a lovely traditional Hawaiian style home/specialty lodging surrounded by lush tropical gardens. From several of the spacious lanais you can watch migratory whales, spinner dolphins,kayakers and spectacular Hawaiian sunsets. Relax in the waterfall pool while you sip a Mai Tai,BBQ fresh fish and let the weight of the world slip away. The home is located within a one minute walk of White Sands beach and the Ocean Views are incredible.Special features include. :Water fall Ocean view pool: Several private suites, which when combined can accommodate up to 20 guest: Brazilian hardwood and tile floors, Lime Stone counter tops : Laundry room with propane commercial coin operated washers and dryers: Photovoltaic , net metered panels: Solar water heater ; Large Studio/Storage on lower level: Low voltage exterior lighting: A/C units in all bedrooms : Tile shower stalls: Security cameras. Carport + rear parking total 8 parking spaces: The Kona Sugar Shack has been consistently near or at the top for Specialty Lodging facilities on Trip Advisor: This unique vacation home features antiques furniture and original artwork. ... more   less 
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Kona Sugar Shack Kailua
Kona Sugar Shack Hawaii/Kailua-Kona

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