Chateau / Country House, 4 Bedrooms + Attached Unit, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 2-14)
What makes this Chateau / Country House unique
Luxury 3800 sf. home; amenities galore; located on a one acre botanical Eden, gated property. Privacy, security. Luxury features: Chef's kitchen, home theater with 6 reclining seats, easy to get around one level house, close to beach parks with the best island snorkeling, supreme Hawaiian climate at 1200 feet elevation (less humidity, never too hot), in the Kona Eco-Agri touring area - coffee lovers and foodies rejoice! The best tropical fruit stands, fresh island fish. Away from noisy tourist places, yet close enough to be there in 20 minutes.
Pool / Spa
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A magical vacation
What an amazing vacation. The property itself, as well as all the people involved in the rental process, was so far beyond our expectations! The views from the huge terrace - and the infinity pool below - were spectacular! The sunsets!! I've been home for a week and am still missing them :( And I'm even missing the the chorus of birds and frogs and roosters which accompanied them!
The home itself is lovely. It accommodated all 12 of us perfectly, both in availability of private space for everyone and more than adequate seating and lounging areas for our communal time. We were all in and out of the kitchen and never felt crowded. It was undoubtably the best equipped kitchen we've had in our VRBO experiences. The one frypan which we found to have been burned was replaced with TWO the next day - thanks Dan!
I think what impressed me the most was the fact that, from the moment I walked in the door, I felt AT HOME. Rather than a typical sterile rental environment, it was comfy - the sofas, the decorations, the books and games were all meant to make one feel welcome. So much appreciated.
Two of my kids were working from "home" for the first couple of weeks - and all of us had multiple "devices" and the wireless held up extremely well. We had to reboot the router 2-3 times in the entire time we were there - a 5 minute fix which immediately brought us back online. There are TVs in every bedroom, 4 refrigerators, a seemingly unending supply of regular and beach towels, supplies of toilet paper and shampoos - everything one could possibly need. We were so grateful to not have to bother with the "little stuff".
Bottom line, I would go back in a heartbeat - all of us would! I hope I have the opportunity again soon!
We stayed for one week with 3 adults and 5 children. The house was absolutely amazing!! The view from the lani is unbelievable and the sunsets were stunning. The Infiniti pool is gorgeous as is the entire house. The house was newly renovated and the kitchen, bathrooms and great room were all huge. We did not feel cramped at all with our large group. Everything was clean and perfect. The location was great and we felt like locals! I would definitely recommend this house and would stay here again!
A tropical paradise - perfect for large parties
The Kona Dolphin house was just as advertised — even better when you consider they don’t even have photos of a newly installed Infinity pool yet! The house was large, more than enough for our party of 12 and had all of the amenities you’d want for a Hawaiian vacation. An enormous lanai with stunning views. A great, fully stocked kitchen. Great pool. Beach supplies. Tons of storage in terms of refrigerators, the pantry, etc. Five couches. Dan met us promptly and answered questions during our stay. I could go on and on. If you’re looking to have a vacation with a large group on the Big Island and don’t mind being a little out of the way from Kona, I couldn’t recommend this spot more. Our whole family will never forget the Kona Dolphin house.
Private Retreat in a Great Location
Wonderful mountainside location & great for our family of 9. Infinity pool is awesome! One caveat: if you are sharing the cost among a group, not all bedrooms are created equal. There are 2 amazing master suites with bathrooms & lanais. But the other 2 (very nice, comfortable) bedrooms are at the back of the house & share a bathroom down the hall. This was not an issue for our family, but might be useful to know.
The kitchen, great room & lanai (shared spaces) are large and lovely. 3 refrigerators, so plenty of room to keep food & bevies cool. There are beach chairs, boogie boards, snorkeling gear, etc. available for your use. Best snorkeling was at Two-Step Beach about 15 minutes away. Ceiling fans provided the right amount of cooling, so don’t worry about no AC. In fact, don’t worry about ANYTHING during your stay. Ready for TMI?... at one point, we needed a toilet plunger (gross, right?). We called the property caretaker and, within 15 minutes, he brought the needed equipment. So, you can feel confident that this will be a stress-free rental. WARNING: You will feel as though you own this piece of paradise and be compelled to return! Mahalo, Monica, for your help. Our family made some great memories!
Great home in a great location
We stayed a week and have nothing but good things to say about the home and location.
Dan met us at the home when we arrived and showed us around. He told us the basics and that he was available for anything we needed during our stay. The house was well stocked and prepared. It was nice to know he was close by but also appreciated that we were left alone and enjoyed total privacy.
It should be noted there's a new infinity pool that's at a constant 85 degrees with the same amazing views as the rear deck.
The location is very private, quiet and peaceful. The only sounds are at night when the surrounding areas frogs, insects, etc. lull you to sleep.
I would stay here again and would recommend the home to others.
Hi Brian! Thank you for your review of Kona Dolphin House! We appreciate you staying with us, and look forward to hearing from you again soon!
Best lanai. Beautiful views.
My husband & I spent 2 incredible weeks at Kona Dolphin House. The first week with our daughter, the second with two other couples. (With a max of 6 people, we didn't rent the ohana since we didn't need it.) Once we walked through the great room onto the covered lanai, we were hard-pressed to leave. The highlight of our days were breakfasts and sunsets on that lanai. The views are incredible…from the lanai, the dining room, the living room, even the kitchen.
I'm pretty sure the kitchen has every appliance you'll need. Coffee grinder and maker, 4-slice toaster, toaster oven, microwave, double oven, blender, food processor, and things I didn't recognize. Plenty of glasses, utensils, plates, bowls and cups. Sharp knives for all that delicious fresh fruit you'll pick up at the farmer's market, and an excellent pineapple peeler/corer/slicer. We had enough room for four people to work without bumping into each other. The pantry and fridge contain food items left by previous guests, so you might want to check it out before doing any heavy duty grocery shopping.
The master suites are sooo comfortable. Plenty of towels, a hair dryer in each master bath, as well as a make-up mirror. Huge closets. The first master suite shower is spacious with shower heads at both ends and on the ceiling. Each master suite has its own lanai. One has a hot tub. The other has lounge chairs. The guest room is large; the closet is not as big as the masters but still has plenty of room. The bath for the guest is across the hall, so each of our couples had their own bedroom and bath.
Lots of heavy duty beach towels, nice beach chairs with shoulder straps and drink holders; at least one had an insulated storage pocket. A selection of ice chests and flashlights (for the trip to see the lava flow if you can drag yourself from the house). Snorkeling gear. An overflow fridge in the garage.
The den has three couches that are comfortable for all to sit around and talk.
Beautiful grounds with lemon trees and lilikoi vines. The plants and trees around the house shield you from the neighbors so you feel like you are on your own island.
Dan greeted us upon arrival, gave us a tour, made restaurant and touring recommendations, & made us feel welcome. He quickly responded to questions during our stay. Very helpful!
I'd been lusting after this house since 2010. As enticing as the photos are, the reality is even better. Our first visit, but it won't be our last. January 2017.
Swim with (near) the dolphins, kayak across the bay to the Captain Cook Monument, Best snorkeling on the Island