$138 / night
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Charming Tropical Hideaway, Pool, Hot Tub, Snorkel – Home 2304795 Apartment

  • 4 sleeps
  • 3 nights min stay

Charming Tropical Hideaway, Pool, Hot Tub, Snorkel – Home 2304795

  • Apartment
  • sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min stay

Excellent Excellent – based on 30 reviews

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Apartment / 1 bathroom / sleeps 4

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 mi
  • Swimming pool
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Description from owner


Tropical Hideaway is a charming Hawaii-style downstairs studio apartment in a lush garden setting, with ocean and sunset views, plus a chemical-free swimming pool with waterfall and private hot tub. Tropical Hideaway is just a three minute drive from fabulous snorkeling, kayaking, diving and dolphin experiences at Honaunau (Two Step), and close to Kealakekua Bay & Ho'okena Bay.

The beautifully landscaped garden is filled with mango, papaya, banana, lilikoi, and other fruit trees and flowers. Pick your own breakfast (some fruits are seasonal) and relax in the back to nature environment or explore the island by day and return to your cozy retreat by night. A private hot tub and outdoor shower (hot and cold water) are on the patio. Explore the awesome beauty of Hawaii's active volcano or the upcountry pastures of Parker Ranch and the cowboy country of Waimea--each just a 1.5 hour drive.

Tropical Hideaway is located on the west side of the "Big Island" of Hawaii about 20 miles south of the town of Kailua-Kona, 1 mile off the main island highway near the "Painted Church," and 2 miles from the historic "Place of Refuge" National Park at Honaunau.

Rates: Studio $120 per night + tax and $100 cleaning fee for 1-2 persons, 4 night minimum with advance reservation. (Futon couch also available for a child 10+ or third/fourth person, $15/night additional for each person.) We recently purchased a new Serta $1000 Perfect Sleeper bed--not too firm, not too soft, just right! There is a memory foam topper for the futon couch.

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Bed & bathroom

  • Beds in other rooms: Queen Bed Sofa beds
  • 1 Full bath


  • Wireless Internet
  • Shared outdoor pool (unheated)
  • Jacuzzi or hot tub
  • Shared garden
  • Private garden
  • Grill
  • Patio
  • Sea view
  • Deck
  • Internet access
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Telephone
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Parking

Getting around

On the Big Island, you will need a car to get around. The island is big (larger than all of the other islands put together), so to see the most amazing sights, you will need to drive. You might consider splitting your accommodation to the Kona side and the Hilo side (or Volcano) to minimize driving time. Key sights are the many beaches and snorkeling areas, historic and cultural sites, the volcano, botanical gardens, and the incredible beauty of the the island.

Interaction with guest

I like to greet my guests when they arrive and show them around. I am available for questions and help, otherwise I give my guests privacy.


Check in time: 15:00, Check out time: 10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through FlipKey using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).

Damage deposit: $75.00
No smoking at this property


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 8 weeks before check-in.

8 weeks before

25% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

4 weeks before

No refund if cancelled less than 4 weeks before check-in.

Check-in date

* The booking fee is stated in the cancellation policy information on the payment page. This fee helps us run our secure platform and enables us to provide 24/7 customer support

House rules

No children under 10.
Smoking is allowed on the lower lawn only.
Quiet time before 8am and after 10pm
No parties


About the owner

Kathleen C.
Average reply time:
1 hour 5 minutes
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Calendar last updated:
21 Jul 2019
Years listed:
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Languages spoken: English, Spanish





30 reviews

Very Good

“Paradise Found”

Reviewed 22 Jun 2016

This was a perfect space for a relaxing vacation. I stayed for six nights, and could have stayed longer. Five to ten minute drive to three of the best beaches south of Kona. The space is charming, cozy and comfortable. The bedroom/living room has screens for walls, so it's like sleeping outside and camping, but in a comfy bed and a view of the ocean. The outdoor shower has a great view of sunsets, and the hot tub makes for a relaxing nightcap. Full kitchen facilities and snorkel and beach equipment available too. Kathy took me on a swim with the dolphins, which was wonderful, and she and groundskeeper Ivy were very responsive to questions.

“We wanna go back!”

Reviewed 23 Jan 2014

The name, Tropical Hideway, is perfect. If you want fancy, go elsewhere. The cabin has all the basics plus Kathleen Carr's fabulous photos on the wall. The gardens complete with delicious fruit are wonderful. Quiet, peaceful. We would get up, get the morning's fruit, eat a fun breakfast (we would be joined by a little gecko that liked the honey in my tea apparently), then off to snorkel a few miles away - how much better does it get? then back to the cabin, shower in the great outdoor shower, then into the hot tub. Rest awhile, to go lunch at some of the wonderful nearby cafes, then maybe to the farmer's market. You get the drift - life is hard eh? This was absolutely a perfect place for us - back as soon as possible for us!

“Tropical Hideaway the perfect vacation”

Reviewed 19 Dec 2013

I can't recommend highly enough Tropical Hideaway. The location is amazing, just two miles from Two-Step, an amazing snorkeling sight. I swam with Spinner Doplhins almost everyday of my stay there. The accommodations were very pleasant; the bedroom had a screened in porch so you felt like you were outside and very comfortable. The outside shower was private and the hot tub very welcome after swimming. The gardens are beautiful and there are many chairs and tables where you can lounge and enjoy the serenity. There are a variety of restaurants eight to ten miles away. The owner/manager was very helpful; she has much information about the dolphins and other aspects of the island. I would highly recommend this vacation home to my family and friends.

“Incredible experience”

Reviewed 31 Oct 2013

This is a tropical paradise. It is very private. The frogs are chirping at night, lulling you to sleep, with the warm breezes caressing you and the incredible smells wafting in and out of the place. It was clean and cozy. There was fresh fruit every morning picked out of their own gardens. I thoroughly loved our place and was sad to leave. It is close to everything, from snorkeling, coffee ranches, beautiful sunsets etc. I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants a unique place to stay in Hawaii.

“Just great”

Reviewed 12 Mar 2012

We enjoyed our 7 days here very much. So lively close to nature without closed windows and the outside shower made it to the paradies. Kathleen's help from booking to our leaving day was a great help. It is everything here what you need. Beachtowels and snorkeling facilities and a lot more. There is everything in the kitchen. Have a look at here Homepage which describes every detail. If we ever come to Hawai again we will stay here. Sorry for my limited English. I'm Swiss.

“Just what I needed...a slice of Hawaiian paradise.”

Reviewed 15 Dec 2011

I was fortunate to be able to stay in the studio at Tropical Hideaway during a week-long stay while attending a workshop. The location is rural/residential and the setting is lush and tropical.The studio itself is traditional Hawaiian-style of screened in living space, facing out onto a private yard and garden. There is a platform bed with lovely linens and duvet, private bath and dressing area, nice kitchenette and eating area. This all faces out onto a private patio with gas grill, table and chairs, and hot tub. This property is located just minutes from several historic and picturesque sites (Paleaku Peace Gardens, St. Benedict's Painted Church, and the Place of Refuge,) as well as snorkeling and diving. And because of the orientation of this property, the sunsets are renowned! Within a 5-15 minute drive there is a grocery store, coffee houses, restaurants, and other local shopping. I think this a perfect place for a single or couple. It is an ideal setting for an artist or writer who is in need of solitude, quiet and beauty. It would work for a small family too. If it is the glitz of the Kona Coast Resorts you are after, this isn't it. I told my husband before I left that if I didn't come home he'd know where to find me... I'll be back!


Reviewed 1 Oct 2011

Our time at Tropical Hideaway was completely priceless and Treasured! What an amazing gem to find. The place was extremely clean and comfortable, and the ambiance/decorations and not to forget the sunsets, where to die for! The privacy was exceptional. But yet it was only a 2 mile drive to the most amazing snorkeling I have ever experienced. Everything you would need is just a few miles drive. Lovely farmers markets and fun macadamia nut factories, coffee shops and corner stores too. The swimming pool and hot tub are like the iceing on the cake! Thank you Kathy and Katy for wonderful conversations and a vacation of a lifetime! I will hold Tropical hideaway in my Heart forever!

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Send Kathleen (the owner) an email through the contact form on this page. Alternatively, if there’s a phone number on this page, you can call them.

How do I contact Kathleen (the owner)?

Send an email through the contact form on this page. Or if there’s a phone number on this page, you can call them.

If you’ve already booked, go to Manage your booking to view Kathleen the owner's contact details or send them a message.

What's the difference between 'Book your stay' and 'Contact the owner/manager'?

Use the Ready to book? form to pay provisionally online and send Kathleen (the owner) a booking request. You’ll find out within 24 hours whether they’ve accepted - no money will leave your account before then

Or send Kathleen (the owner) an inquiry through the Contact the owner/manager form if you’d like a quote or more info first.

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Simply enter your dates in the Ready to book? form to calculate the cost of your stay.
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You can also request a quote from Kathleen (the owner) through the contact form. The owner will email you the total cost for your dates and a link to book and pay online.

How do I know if my booking request has been accepted?

You’ll receive an email within 24 hours to let you know. Or you can check in Manage your booking. No money will leave your account unless it’s accepted.

How do I pay for my vacation?

Use the Ready to book? form to pay provisionally online. You can pay by credit/debit card or PayPal. Kathleen (the owner) will have 24 hours to accept the booking and no money will leave your account before then.

If you’ve been sent a quote, simply accept it and pay online through the email we sent you. You can also do this in Manage your booking.

Only bookings paid for through our site are covered by our trusted Payment Protection.

Why can't I call Kathleen (the owner) before booking?

You can exchange contact details with the property owner/manager once your booking is confirmed and you’ve paid in full. Paying and communicating only through our platform allows us to ensure that your booking is covered by our Payment Protection policy.

If you have any questions before booking, you can send the property owner/manager a message via the contact form on their listing. Once you’ve booked, you can discuss the rental and make arrangements for your trip by logging into Manage your booking.

How do damage deposits work?

In most cases, you don’t pay a damage deposit up front. Instead, we save your payment details securely and you’re only charged in the event of damage to the property.

Occasionally, you will pay a damage deposit up front as part of the total rental cost. In this case, the owner has 10 days after you check out to report any damage. If they don’t, we’ll return your deposit. If their claim is successful, we’ll deduct the agreed cost and return the remainder.

How can I view and manage my booking?

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How do I pay the balance of my booking?

You can pay the remaining balance of your booking at any point. Simply go to Manage your booking and click Pay now.

We’ll automatically charge the balance payment to the same payment method 10 days before it’s due. Go to Manage your booking to see when the payment will be taken.

How can I withdraw my booking request?

You’ll need to contact Kathleen (the owner) to do this. Send them a message in Manage your booking or through the contact form on this page.

How do I cancel my booking?

Go to Manage your booking to cancel your booking. Here you can view your cancellation policy to see if you’ll be refunded.

How do I make changes to my booking?

You can request to change the dates or number of people on your booking via the Manage your booking page. To change your dates use the Edit booking button. If you need to change the number of guests staying then send Kathleen (the owner) a message.

If Kathleen (the owner) agrees, they’ll send you a revised quote outlining the changes. You can review and accept/decline this from the Manage your booking page. You’ll have 48 hours to take action before the revised quote expires.

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