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Description from the manager
Charming cottage with beach right on Champagne Pond! For those lucky enough to have stayed in the Beach Lots community of Kapoho, you know there are only 6 homes that front the very popular Champagne Pond, and this is one of them! Walk out the lanai,
climb the ladder into the crystal-clear inlet in front of the cottage, and swim out with the turtles to the large part of Champagne Pond. For those who haven't yet experienced Champagne Pond, it's a huge geothermally heated warm pond, with incredible snorkeling
in calm warm waters with sea turtles and colorful tropical fish.
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Champagne Pond Cottage- Waterfront w/Unique Beach
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Rates shown in $ USD (change)
|Rate Summary||$240||$0||$930 - $1,680||$3,550 - $4,775||3 nights|
|Mar. 8 2013 - Apr. 15 2013
|Apr. 16 2013 - Jun. 14 2013
|Jun. 15 2013 - Aug. 31 2013
|Sep. 1 2013 - Sep. 30 2013
|Oct. 1 2013 - Dec. 15 2013
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|Dec. 16 2013 - Jan. 5 2014
|Jan. 6 2014 - Mar. 30 2014
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- Additional guests - $10 - Per-Person Adjustment - Fee applies to parties of more than 2 guest(s)
- Tax rate - 13% of rental - Tax
- Cleaning fee - $110 / stay - Other
- Damage waiver - $35 / stay - Fee - Instead of a security deposit, your $35 fee protects you and the owner against most accidental damage
Additional notes from owner
TAT ID # W05153034-01
AvailableUnavailable Last updated: June 15, 2013 ◀▶
What Past Guests Are Saying
The Woodlands, Texas
Great spot at Champagne Pond
Staying in this lovely cottage located on a natural geo-thermally heated pool, was the perfect start to our Hawaiian holiday. The cottage is one of only three with direct access to the pond, and is relaxing and decorated nicely, with large windows (especially in the kitchen) overlooking the pond. The kitchen is beautiful and has everything you need for preparing meals. (No full size oven, but has a toaster oven) We bought local fruit at the Natural food store in Pahoa town, and the farmer’s market and enjoyed them at the picnic table overlooking the pond. The cottage was clean, beds were comfortable, and we could hear the surf crashing at night.
Champagne Pond is highlighted as a gem in the essential guide book “Hawaii the Big Island Revealed “ by Andrew Doughty, and it is indeed, a special place. There are not many spots on the east side of the big island to swim safely, and here you have a sheltered natural swimming pool heated by a volcano, and it’s steps from your back door! Champagne Pond would be a great place to introduce a child to snorkeling. Our 10 year old daughter used small fins, but the rest of us found we were fine without them. (The coral is so close in places, big fins can be awkward.) We saw lots of small tropical fish, some baby eels, shrimp and sea critters, but nothing big or scary, and did I mention the water is warm! We were spoiled!
We were there during a beautiful summer weekend, and locals do camp on the beach near the pond. (Mostly families when we were there.) Also, the public access path for people who live in the gated community is between this house and the next one, not a big deal for us, but if you want the place to yourself, either book your stay during the week, or swim early and late in the day.
We enjoyed our stay at Champagne Pond Cottage very much and would recommend it highly to anyone lucky enough to vacation on the big island.
Newfane, NY, United States
Geo-thermal Lagoon will Ruin you Ocean Snorkeling
My wife Marilyn and I had the most wonderful time at the Champagne Pond Cottage. While in Hawaii we stayed at a very expensive hotel on O'ahu, a condominium at a resort in Kona, and at the Champagne Pond Cottage. The Champagne Pond Cottage was the most memorable place during our two weeks in Hawaii. Getting up in the morning meant eating breakfast and then into the water. Tropical fish, turtles, warm water, peace and quiet. The only thing that the was lacking was a gas grill. When we return it certainly will include more time a this beautiful spot.
Response from Hawaii Holiday Vacation Rentals - 03/23/2012
Thank you for your warm review! We just replaced the old grill with a sturdy charcoal one, so next time you'll be able to enjoy cooking out as well! Mahalo, Hawaii Holiday Management
Calgary, AB, Canada
Property lived up to expectations
It was definitely a good place to stay. Our only disappointment was that both times we went, the snorkeling was not as good as expected, not many fish.
Waikoloa, HI, United States
Awesome location with a private entrance to the champagne pond.
The cottage was very family friendly.
We had a great time.
Decorah, IA, United States
The perfect vacation home...almost
The description provided on VRBO was accurate. The only issues leading to the "almost" comment involved some minor details for the most. The pond is nice and warmer than the ocean, but 95 degress would be stretching it. However, the thermal activity on the island was down during our visit. The warning to watch out for the sharp lava in the pond needs to be heeded, but my wife truly enjoyed her time snorkeling. Only one turtle seen during our two weeks, but lots of fish/jelly fish to watch. We saw a whale on day (a long way away). Very nice facility for a coule or family, all amenities listed provided. The Kapoho area is less wet than Hilo, but rain is a daily occurence, even if ony for a few hours. Bujt it truly did not interfer with our trip to any significant degree. Overall, the perfect vacation ....almost.
Keaau, HI, United States
It was hard to get in and out of the pond with the ladder need a gate near the stone steps. otherwise it was awesome.
South Salem, OH, United States
Second timer at this cottage. Excellant experiance again. Only wish they had internet. Made taking on-line class's and banking very difficult.
Calgary, AB, Canada
COACKROACHES.. DEPARTED EARLY
Response from Hawaii Holiday Vacation Rentals - 01/03/2012
Oh dear! We've said it before, we'll say it OUR OFFICE with ANY problems. Within 24 hours of your arrival, we have a money back guarantee and would have refunded your full payment OR re-located you. But if you don't call, we can't help. Now that we know about the problem, we'll handle it. This home is under pest control service. Mahalo, Hawaii Holiday Management
Encinitas, CA, United States
Very nice stay! Loved the location and gated security. I really wanted to be right at the Champagne Pond and was so nice to swim the warm waters. A beautiful big turtle came every late afternoon to hang out and cool eels to snorkel with in the day and night!
Laie, HI, United States
I laughed, I cried, I swam with turtles...
Champagne pond cottage is an amazing property. We spent most of our time on the covered lanai, which is a great place to be in all weather! The kitchen was great (but watch out for the clear oven hood) with every thing you could need. The coqui frogs were an unanticipated delight (although "front door coqui" was a bit loud). We would definitely stay here again!
Surrey Hills, Victoria, Australia
Champagne Pond Cottage Heaven
Our stay at Champagne cottage was very different to our other resort style accommodation in other parts of Hawaii. The location of the cottage is unbelievable! There is so much to explore on the Island, whilst being tempted just to stay put and enjoy everything you have at your doorstep.
The cottage was very clean and tidy and felt like a small home away from home.
The small community was extremely welcoming, with the locals giving us plenty of tips on some great places to go.
The booking process with Aloha Coast Realty was fantastic, amazing customer service and the team really made us feel welcome and that nothing was a bother.
Without a doubt I would recommend using both the agency and staying at Champagne Pond Cottage to anyone!
San Rafael, CA, United States
The only thing that might be improved as far this particular property is concerned is a relative lack of privacy - i.e. there is quite a bit of trafic to and from the pond which would not be a problem except that there are very few curtains available to ensure privacy (the only ones are in the two bedrooms). It would be very helpful to install blinds or shades in the living room and in the kitchen; having to "dress" to simply go to the kitchen or even to relax in the living room, watching people watching you, does not add to the pleasant experience this would have otherwise been.
Forestville, CA, United States
Fit for a Bride and Groom
My husband proposed to me at the Champagne Pond Cottage on January 31,2011 and we got married at the Champagne Pond Cottage on October 8, 2011. The agents of Hawaii Holiday Vacation Rentals (and now our friends) witnessed our wedding for us. It was just beautiful. Memories forever Jessica, Steve, and Tara. See you again very soon.
Love and Mahalo, Jay and Rhonda
Perris, CA, United States
we love the location right on the pond but were a little concerned with all of the traffic through the walkway directly adjacent to the yard.
Okotoks, AB, Canada
We had the most amazing stay. The cottage was so cute and we loved the pond. Swimming with the turtles and the fish was so much fun. The cottage was perfect and had everything we needed. A few geekos surprised us the first night when we cooking dinner
in the kitchen but we took them outside and they never bothered us after that. I can't wait to come back again.
San Jose, California, United States
Champagne Pond Cottage
Thank you for the wonderful stay. We are looking forward to coming back again, we had a wonderful vacation. The location is great, with the Champagne Pond in your backyard. We enjoyed swimming with turtles!
Kailua, HI, United States
Best House on Champagne Pond!
The house was perfect for my small family! In my opinion it had the best pond; a little tucked away on it's own, but with easy access to the larger pond and to the black sand beach and ocean across the way.
Lakewood, Colorado, United States
Only problem was a mouse
The house was excellent, the only complaint I have was about a mouse or two that showed up and left droppings throughout the house, making it feel less clean.
Response from Hawaii Holiday Vacation Rentals - 07/07/2011
All of our properties are under professional pest control contracts and we sent the exterminator out as soon as we heard about the problem. Critters love paradise too! Mahalo, Hawaii Holiday Management
Cedar Glen, ca, United States
Great place to enjoy...
Great place to enjoy the Island.
Dorchester, MA, United States
We had a great stay at Champagne Pond cottage. The only problem was the master bedroom. It was way to small. One side of the bed was against the wall, so we moved the mattress to the living area.That worked out perfect!It was very busy on the weekend with screaming kids, but Monday and Tuesday was better. This is a great place to bring small children. We would come back again with our family.
Los Angeles, CA, United States
beautifully renovated little cottage with champagne pond as a ba
daytime snorkeling, giant screen TV watching at night - what could be better? I will be back!
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Champagne Pond Cottage Kapoho HI
The cottage was the best situated within the area. Although the public access to the pond runs adjacent to the property it wasn't a problem at all. The kitchen was great even without a conventional oven. My only suggestions would be to have some instruction available for use of the TV (satellite etc is unfamiliar to me) although TV was not a priority overall, and the only other issue was the small second bedroom furnished with 2 bunk beds - this is fine if kids are in the mix but, for adults a cramped for a second bedroom, a sofa bed in the living room would have suited me better. But, again not a huge issue. The cottage was well maintained and very roomy on the whole for the 3 of us. Great shower! Would encourage anyone planning a big island vacation to rent this cottage.
Tucson, AZ, United States
A Dream Vacation
Terrific location fronting a spectacular, volcanically heated lagoon. Up to date cottage, although would prefer if they installed a door on the entrance to the second room with the bunkbeds. An indoor dining table would also be a plus, as we were eating in the living room when it was raining outside. The lagoon is the highlight: protected waters, turtles (huge ones!) coming to visit, especially at night. Early morning swims/snorkels and late night soaks cannot be beat! A little loud on weekends, as locals go to the beach fronting the ocean and crank up their stereos, but very quiet at night and during the week. Do your shopping in Hilo or Keaau (not too excited about Pahoa). The Keaau Farmer's Market gives really good prices on fruits/veg/plate lunches and the adjacent Foodland is reasonably priced. They're "poke" (Hawaiian sushi) is excellent.
Kenai, AK, United States
Great getaway. Beautiful house...
Great getaway. Beautiful house and location. No airconditioning, but good breeze most of the time. Would love to go back.
Portland, OR, United States
Super spot in paradise
Turtles are scabs these days. Only saw 2 during our 10 day stay
Didn't matter. Achieved a great calm which was our goal
Forestville, CA, United States
You just couldn't imagine how really wonderful this property is until you arrive. Great snorkeling in warm Champagne Pond for all ages. We plan on returning again, hopefully this year. Couldn't have been more pleased. Mahalo, Hawaii Holiday Vacation Rentals!
Victoria, BC, Canada
the most perfect location and hawaiin theme
need a curtain in bunk room for privacy and a stool in kitchen to sit up to counter, and better dining table and chairs outside- there is nowhere to sit and eat, except picnic table- hard on back- otherwise perfect!!!
Amherst, MA, United States
Casual Perfection in Paradise
Perfect Location, casual and clean, with just the amenities to make us as comfortable as we could want: perfect! Our family of four couldn't have asked for more, except for perhaps a door on the kids' room. The kitchen and laundry facilities were great. Steps out the back door to heated pools connected Champagne Pond with sea turtles, ahhhh. Also, help a phone call away (we forgot the paper with the key code; got a call back w'in 10 minutes from the rental service. THIS is why you pay the extra costs for service fees! Made us realize it was worth it!). Note: the property is right next to a public access path, so people will be walking by to get to the ponds. No prob, unless you mind that kind of thing. What a great place! Would (and have done!) definitely return, even for the price. WORTh it!!!!
Cardiff by the Sea, CA, United States
Champagne Pond Cottage Stay Christmas 2010
We were a family of 2 teens & 2 adults at the cottage for 2 weeks. We thoroughly enjoyed out stay and would have given more stars all across except:
-there is a theft problem at the house as we received warning about our snorkel gear, but left the car unlocked one night (even within the gates of the property and community) and had flashlights and a GPS stolen;
-there is a pest problem at the cottage and it was not well resolved while we were there (roaches, mice, termites, and ants);
-the bed in the master is terribly uncomfortable.
We enjoyed staying right on the pond and snorkeling at our leisure.
Phelan, CA, United States
Kathy Z.'s review of Charming Cottage With Unique Beach Right On
It was great waking up by the water for a few mornings. Got an awesome picture of a Sea Turtle in the Champagne Pond. Aloha!
Naalehu, HI, United States
A beautiful spot but...
A beautiful spot but was just a little disappointed that could not see the ocean waves from the house; some trees blocked the view and it was difficult for my 90 yo parents to walk out beyond those trees to see the gorgeous coastline. One pic on the website was a little misleading.
Response from Hawaii Holiday Vacation Rentals - 11/13/2010
We're thrilled you had a lovely stay! Champagne Pond is such a unique place and while you cannot see the ocean waves from the house, we feel the views of the Champagne Pond itself and the private pond at the Cottage are soooo special! The misleading photo you mention does show the Champagne Pond which is within view of the cottage, but so large that the waves are just a few feet out of site! We certainly apologize for any confusion there, but stand by the representation of the property as accurate. Mahalo! Hawaii Holiday Management
LaCenter, WA, United States
A Heads Up
We had a wonderful stay and found the property quite clean. However, I went into the bathroom the 2nd day and found a zillion tiny ants all over the toilet paper roll that was on the wall. I ripped off the paper and flushed it down the toilet. The ants came back again and again (also found a few in the kitchen). They didn't seem to bother the TP if it was left on top the toilet tank. We had a problem with similar ants with no luck from the exterminator. Finally sprinkled cinnamon powder around the perimeter and that seems to have done the trick.
I must have water beside the bed at night and found a pinkish cloudy sediment in the glass in the morning. We bought bottled water but I wanted to see if it was an unclean glass or the water so left some in a glass again. It was the water. Frightening.
The stainless steel sink had what appeared to be rust stains all over it. I scratched at one of the spots with a butter knife and it seemed topical. I found some stove top cleaner under the sink and used it and it removed the stains completely. Other than that our stay was very nice.
Response from Hawaii Holiday Vacation Rentals - 10/18/2010
While we do work really hard to keep our units bug free, the little guys just love paradise too! These were probably sugar ants, they are seasonal and for some reason they like toilet paper! Thanks for the review and we will be sure to take care of the ants and any rust asap.Mahalo, Hawaii Holiday Management
Woodinville, WA, United States
We have stayed in...
We have stayed in many places before that were better stocked with supplies.
Stacy, MN, United States
Perfect Vacation Retreat
FABULOUS COTTAGE, wanted to stay forever, peaceful, no internet but the Iphone worked great, one of the nicest vacation rentals I have stayed in for the money.
Oxford, OH, United States
Sunrize (House) Sensation
First, I must remind that we stayed at Hale Pukana La, not at Champagne. You've provided a special retreat for all and especially those that love the Big Island...Keep up the good work...will be in touch...Thanks, Neil
Newport Beach, CA, United States
Pretty cottage on lovely pond would suit family with very young
We ended up leaving after 4 nights even though we had paid for 7 nights and rented a couple of rooms on the Kona side where we could swim and snorkle and hang out at the beach. Lots of people walking on path outside cottage as it is access path to the pond, so we didn't stay there during the rush hours. Take lots of groceries there is a good market in Pahoa, about a half hour drive.
Kailua, HI, United States
The perfect getaway . . .
Wonderful, open layout with views of the ocean and Champagne Pond from every room. Roomy fully-equipped kitchen and a delightful lanai overlooking the pond. Close to Isaac Hale Beach Park, where we took a Lavaboat ride out to see the newest lava flows from the sea. A truly beautiful part of Hawaii not to be missed.
Santa Rosa, CA, United States
Relaxing Stay for Our Family
House is well-kept and has many amenities for such a remote location. Kids and us enjoyed the small pond which led out to larger Champagne Pond. Very relaxing and quiet at night, though the area can get busy with locals and other tourists in daytime.
Weiser, ID, United States
Very nice cottage
Property manager did not provide passcode to lockbox.
San Francisco, CA, United States
Fantastic, relaxing stay at Champagne Pond Cottage
Our 5 day stay at the cottage was the highlight of our trip to the Big Island. It was exactly what we were looking for - off the beaten path, beautiful and relaxing (we had some noisy next door neighbors for part of our stay, but that's the luck of the draw sometimes). The pond itself was a joy to swim and snorkel in, but if you're looking for more sea life, there is a deep, protected ocean pool right next to the pond that is easily accessible (you can swim to it from the pond during high tide) and provides excellent snorkeling. We'd choose to visit again without hesitation.
San Jose, CA, United States
R&R in Kapoho
We had a great rest in Kapoho with our two young children. They loved having our own pool to swim in all day, with brief rests for sand play and chasing bugs. We swam with a turtle and saw sea snakes and all sorts of fish. Delightful. The cottage was small, but had no wasted space so never felt crowded - of course we were often outdoors anyway! The windows all opened wide and the breezes kept the cottage at the perfect temperature. just lovely.
SOUTH SALEM, OH, United States
My husband and I stayed at the Champagne Cottage. It was one of
pond into the "lagoon"; and saw beautiful fish and even a sea turtle. I suppose because of the remoteness the stars even seemed brighter here. Everyone should have the opportunity to experience this little piece of paradise. We will definitely be back!!
Amherst, MA, United States
dream come true
altho pricey -- especially including over $100 manditory cleaning fee and $35 nonrefundable damage waiver -- still this place is WORTH IT! Location is unbeatable, and home is very comfortable. For our family of 4, a dream vacation. My advice is to stay a bit longer than you thought to, and drive to other spots on the island if you're interested in seeing more. In the area, don't miss the tidepools 5 minutes south, the end of the road (where lava has closed access), Lava Tree State Park (a gem!), Pahoa town, Hilo town, and the beautiful drives and waterfalls north of Hilo. Enjoy!
Oakland, CA, United States
The property's location is...
The property's location is unbelievable - perhaps the best Hawaiian location ever. The only downside was a very small bedroom.
St. Louis, MO, United States
A hidden gem!
This little cottage was just perfect! Clean, inviting and quiet it would work great for a family, but was even better as a romantic getaway for just me and my husband. There is a bit of foot traffic next to the house during the day though, because it's next to the pond access for the neighborhood. We only saw about one set or family a day though.
The Pahoa/Kapoho area has tons of nature places to explore and a very untouristy feel so it's perfect for getting away from the mega resorts. Pahoa town is not the kind of place to go window shopping, so you'll need to head 40 minutes to Hilo for those kinds of activities though.
The pond is kind of small and only has a few fish varieties, but the perfect temp. makes up for the size and would be great for kids. Besides, the tide pools are just down the street and the snorkeling is excellent. I'll definately be back in the future!
Liana & Roger E.
Sedona, AZ, United States
very sweet little cottage with everything even 5 pairs of tongs in the kitchen!
location great and quiet
a few more standing or tabletop fans would be helpful as it was quite warm in the 1-6 p.m. part of the day(86degress)
charming community, turtle for a neighbor, water access right in your own backyard, water warm and crystal clear, lots of turtles in pond, weather perfect,
a delightful place for a quiet get away. hope to stay again in future but Please let's keep this jewel to ourselves!
Seattle, WA, United States
The whole family went...
The whole family went swimming 3-5 times a day! So lovely and quiet until the last day when weekend guests filled up the adjacent houses.
The Hawaiian music on the TV satalite TV surrounded us in the aloha that is only felt only in Hawai'i. Can't wait for our next visit!
Kamuela, HI, United States
A wonderful experience
As a resident of the big island, I would highly recommend Champagne Cottage. It proved to be very relaxing and it felt like I was on another island. What a perfect getaway. I loved the fact that I could walk just a few steps and be in the water on my way out to the larger swimming area.
Barry & Christine B.
Calgary, AB, Canada
A Great Find
This was a great find in a spectacular location. Very clean and modern. The private pond opening to Champagne Pond was perfect for snorkeling with fish and sea turtles. We decided on this cottage based on the other reviews and all were true. Only little suggestion would be a few more kitchen items - only 1 big knife and no bbq cleaning brush. Internet would be a nice addition. Would recommend to anyone.
Charlottesville, VA, United States
Perfect in every way!
A very special place!
Can loose track of time/days just sitting on the porch listening to the birds and watching the fish.
Santa Ana, CA, United States
One of Hawaii's Best Kept Secrets
Champagne Pond Cottage far exceeded our expectations. Once you walk thru the front door of the cottage you know you are in a magical place. They have kept the integrity of this charming cottage while upgrading the kitchen and bath. The kitchen is a delight to cook in w/a 280 view of the ponds. In the evening the tradewinds blow thru the main bedroom to keep you cool. We loved everything about the cottage and hope to stay here again!
Virginia Beach, VA, United States
Best Kept Secret - Totally Amazing Location and Awesome Cottage
The interior is beautiful, the pictures don't do it justice. Plenty of room for the 5 of us. Kitchen is beautiful - really appreciated the supplies that were on hand for washing dishes & laundry. Beach towels provided too! Location is too amazing for words. Privacy was much appreciated. We usually saw at least 1 turtle a day, and as many as 5 at a time. Much better than staying at Kapoho Tide Pools. So convenient to Hilo & Volocano Activities. Highly recommend this Cottage!
Valdez, AL, United States
Mike C.'s review of Charming Cottage With Unique Beach Right On
We had a wonderful was a very nice neighborhood. Just beautiful. Thanks again.
Jim & Vicki C.
Kuna, ID, United States
An experience to die for at Champagne Ponds
My husband and I can't say enough wonderful things about our experience at this property. From the gorgeous view and modernized renovation with top of the line appliances(found 1957 edged into the fireplace)this is just the first impression of this home until one steps out onto the patio. From the yard, you can climb down and swim or snorkle in the wonderfully warm pond with sea turtles and tropical fish. Even when it rains the swimming is great. We enjoyed walking around the tropical, well cared for gated community. Folks from Colorado used the walkway to the ponds next to our property and commented that we had found the most beautiful location that they had seen in their 3 months on 3 of the Hawaiian Islands. A view point south of Pahoa is now the place to see lava from Kilauea flowing into the ocean. This home is well away from the hustle and bustle of the Hilo area. We will definitely recommend this property to friends & family and hope to return soon. Jim & Vicki Clark Kuna,Idaho USA
Trail, OR, United States
Jane S.'s review of Charming Cottage With Unique Beach Right On
We really enjoyed our stay, with the exception of a couple of things.
1. We requested a phone number to activate the gate from the house phone when we had guests from Wai Opae, but the agent never called back with it.
2. There is an extremely strong septic smell around the front of the house...could be venting, but it was quite unpleasant.
3. Cockaroach!! Several very large ones.
I lived in Hawaii for 5 years, so it wasn't a huge problem to me, but my partner was a bit grossed out. Alot of people would be.