We loved staying in this condo. It was an open, relaxed space with beautiful views of the shore and the ocean; great whale and dolphin watching. It was out of the busyness of downtown Kona but very accessible to anything we wanted to do. I would recommend it to anyone interested in a quiet, beautiful Hawaii vacation.
Thanks Marianna for another great stay in your condo. The tall chairs on the lanai are the perfect place to have morning coffee, enjoy the view and watch all the activity on the water. That is where I spent most of my time. Had everything we needed to enjoy candlelight dinners on the lanai every night and watch the sun set beyond the surfers. Can't beat it, and can't wait until we can make a return visit.
We stayed here with our 12 year old daughter. It is very conveniently located. We went to Magic Sands beach each day, a mile south, to go boogie boarding. Snorkeling was great there also. The condo is very clean, right over the ocean and feels secluded. The ocean is very loud at night when everything is open. Feels secluded because you can't see the other units. Would definitely recommend!
My mother and 2 sisters and I loved this condo. It was extremely clean. The condo had covered parking, an elevator (with a code which was nice), a pool that also had a code to get in, and air conditioning. While we didn't need the air all the tilme, my mother is elderly and is not used to the humidity so we wanted it for her comfort if needed. 2 days before we were to arrive, I recieved an email from the owner that the air conditioning unit had broken, and the part would not be in for 2 weeks! WIth that, she purchased a portable unit for our comfort. NOW THAT IS SERVICE! It was very comfortable and could not have asked for a better view. It was so fun to watch the surfers from our unit. And we even so a turtle feeding the water was so clear. I would recommend this unit!!
My family and I had a wonderful time on the Big Island and our Banyon Tree condo was super. It was on the most beautiful part of the island with access to the best restaurants and shopping. It was a terrific location, near so many nice beaches and snorkeling spots. The 4th floor views were tremendous, a daily show of some terrific surfers, and the constant sound of the surf - we could throw a stone and hit the pacific - you can't get much closer than that. Nicely appointed with all the amenities one would need - we were very happy. Nicely maintained both inside and around the pool area. We'd recommend this place!
What a fantastic week we had at Banyan Tree 404. You can be confident that the pictures on this site tell the story well, in particular that view!
The warm welcome we received from Marianna began a very relaxing week. The condo had everything wee needed and also included some special touches to give it a lovely homely feel.The location is perfect if you want to be away from the busier parts of Kona, but still an easy drive to the shops and restaurants and an easy walk to a delightful sandy beach where turtles are often seen amongst the swimmers. As the block is relatively small, there is no feeling of being crowded, in fact we rarely saw any of the other guests, although the site manager, Daina, was very helpful with advice about the area and always with a smile.
If the recliner mentioned in a previous review is the one there now, it was so comfortable to sit back with a good book and a cool drink that it should surely stay.
If you are looking for somewhere nice for dinner, we can recommend Huggo's on the Rocks for another magnificent view, good food and nightly entertainment.
Amazinggg, beautiful and lovely.. Completely loved your condo. This surely was our home away from home. Beautiful view of the ocean, we literally felt as if we were in the sea. It was so serene to wake up to the sound of waves right outside your home. The place is so well equipped and very well kept. We would surely recommend anyone visiting the big island to stay here. Its very close to Kona downtown and everything is so easily accessible. Thanks for a wonderful experience. Mahalo :):)
WOW! WOW! This condo is beautiful, comfortable and clean; and it was very difficult to leave and come back home! Pretty much everything you need is there. I can't think of one negative about this rental, except that we had to leave! Rent this condo, then pack your bags and feel confident that what you rented online is what you will see when you arrive. We did not take the additional AC, and it really wasn't necessary...opened all the doors and windows and there was a wonderful breeze throughout all the rooms. THANK YOU, Marianna, for letting us enjoy your condo; especially liked that it was clean! Wished we could have visited longer on Saturday but you were busy and we were off to enjoy our last day on the island. If ever we return to Kona, we will be sure to contact you for a rental. Again, Mahalo!
My husband and I stayed here 1/14/12-1/18/12. This condo is beautiful! The view is unbelievable! The sound of the waves crashing right below is one of my favorite memories from the trip. Marianna is kind enough to stock the condo with beach towels, sunscreen, chairs, etc. and it is so nice to feel right at home while away. I hope we can come back and visit again soon.
If you are the type of person that wants to see people only when you want and do not want drama when reserving Marianna's condo then this is the place for you! You are at the ocean on the top floor with no people in sight except for a few surfers. The ocean can be seen from the kitchen AND from the soaking tub. My husband and I had breakfast on the lanai every morning and enjoyed a cocktail every night watching the sunset. Location is near to everything. Home away from home. Thank you kindly, Marianna!
This is a great place to stay in Kona. The owner has provided you with all you'll need for a wonderful vacation. If you're looking for a home away from home right on top of the ocean, this is it. We would recommend to one and all. We will stay again.
We were very fortunate to ring in 2010 at this condo. We were even more fortunate to have two full weeks there. What a treat! The unit is clean, very well equipped (plenty of towels and sunscreen etc, but even treats like boogie boards and beach umbrellas), and extremely comfortable. On the fourth floor you feel like you are literally on the ocean -- almost like waking up on a cruise each morning with nothing but crashing waves and sparkling surf below. There are sea turtles visible right below, and it is also one of the best surf spots in Kona. It is also a very nicely decorated unit - with Indonesian Buddhas and a wild assortment of cherubs. But decorated in a very relaxed way - not a terribly "be careful" way. There were two TVs - it was great for my daughter to have a TV in her bedroom since she doesn't get that at home. And the kitchen (I like to cook) was far better equipped than most places I have stayed, with pots and pans that were genuinely usable.
We can't live without broadband internet, so it was great to have DSL available, and have it working well.
The pool was remarkably uncrowded. There were always more chairs than people, and the spa was almost always available as well. There is a gas grill that we used as well in the pool area.
Marianna was also a total pleasure to rent from -- she is very generous of spirit and makes everything easy. She is also very well organized.