Hale Ali’I Villa

04/05/2015 | by Str3@ml1ne |

I cannot express how glad I am that I found out about VRBO and went with this rental! I went back and forth almost up to the last week before my trip trying to figure out what would work best for us when friends suggested VRBO and the Beach Villas in Ko’Olina. Both are true friends! We took the trip because our son plays football for the UNI Panthers, who played against U. of Hawaii this past Saturday. I wasn’t sure whether to stay in a condo downtown (nearest to the team) or in Ko’Olina. We had a chance to visit downtown and, while it was fun walking around (and dining at Duke’s – Incredible food!), we were smart to stay at the Beach Villas. We stayed in a two bedroom condo, which was even better than the pictures. Everything was top notch; top of the line appliances and nice comfortable furnishings. And spotless! We could see the beach and the golf course from our balcony (lanai), which was huge and the pocket doors made it feel like an extension to the already-large living room. I loved, loved, loved the master suite, which could be closed off from the rest of the condo (my sanctuary at times). The huge soaker tub was also a very nice treat as I sipped a cocktail while watching Big Brother. And watching the sun come up was beautiful, especially while sipping coffee from the master balcony (lanai). The whole gated area is gorgeous but I thought the Beach Villas was more perfectly suited for us than the surrounding facilities (two Marriott locations and Disney’s Aulani) because it offered a more peaceful feel and wasn’t near as crowded around the pool, beach or bar areas as the others seemed to be. So we were able to go swimming in one of two pools when only a couple of other people were there. We also used a hot tub (one of three, I believe) privately and went swimming in the lagoon with very few other people. It is also really close to shopping and near a lot of stores for groceries and anything else you might need. Fine dining was also available close by (within walking distance), as well as inexpensive options (five-minute drive). It was a perfect first Hawaiian experience for us! Down side: Don’t get caught in rush hour traffic trying to make it back to Ko’Olina from Waikiki! Find someplace to enjoy a Mai Tai and wait just it out. A huge “Thank you” to Munro, Blaine, and Erin, who handled everything throughout the whole process so efficiently, effectively and professionally

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