$138 / night
Total guests, Nights

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

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.
Calendar last updated:
28 Nov 2021
Years listed:
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English, Spanish





30 reviews

Very Good

“Peaceful Paradise”

Reviewed 5 Sep 2018

The Tropical Hideaway was a perfect getaway for the last portion of our Hawaii vacation. The property is open to nature (with screens so no bugs) and immediately makes you feel relaxed. The gardens ar… More

Response from the owner Thank you so much for your review. I am so glad that you enjoyed your time at Tropical Hideaway in spite of the timing of being here during the hurricane. Our area seems to be protected from the damaging winds, and we only got an inch of rain.

“Beautiful oasis, great location.”

Reviewed 23 Aug 2018

My daughter and I really enjoyed Kathleen’s place. She was friendly and hospitable. The place was clean and had everything we needed. The best thing about this place is the location. To step wa… More

Response from the owner Thank you, Heidi. I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay at Tropical Hideaway. You are always welcome to come back! Aloha, Kathy

“Hawaii As It Should Be Experienced”

Reviewed 23 Aug 2018

Spent an idyllic vacation at Tropical Hideway on our visit to the Big Island. You won’t be near any hotels or condos, you’ll be in a beautiful garden setting with a screened in studio, pri… More

Response from the owner Thank you for your kind review. You are always welcome to return! Aloha, Kathy

“Heaven on Earth”

Reviewed 13 Apr 2018

Tucked back from the main road, yet close to 3 of the most stunning bays I have ever seen, with easy access to snorkeling, kayaking, bodysurfing...AND I highly recommend you have Kathy (the owner) bri… More

“Perfect place to launch your Hawiian Dream Vaca”

Reviewed 8 Jan 2018

This is an absolutely charming, well equipped piece of paradise. The views both from inside and out are the stuff dreams are made of. Forget going to the store; Kathleen kept us well-stocked in fruits… More

“We loved it”

Reviewed 19 Jul 2017

It's a sweet place . Beautiful location, lovely ocean. Just relaxing a filled with vibrancy and beauty. Kathy is wonderful.

“Wonderful island retreat”

Reviewed 14 Jul 2017

Tropical Hideway is basically a screened-in studio with kitchen and a covered but open private patio area that includes a gas grill, a (naked) hot tub, and a shower. At first, this city girl was somew… More

Response from the owner Aloha V-diz, thank you for the wonderful review. I really enjoyed having you both as guests. I'd like to clarify a couple of things for those who read the reviews. In addition to the hot plate, the kitchenette has a large Oster toaster oven with convection setting, a microwave, a steamer and rice cooker, and two coffee-makers, blender, plus the gas-fired outdoor grill. Most guests don't do much cooking. And you were here in our rainy season, the summer. The rest of the year it hardly rains, as we are on the dry side of the island. There is a built-in bed-length step to the bed. I look forward to a future visit!

“Lovely Place to Restore and Relax”

Reviewed 18 May 2017

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ We stayed at the Tropical Getaway and were completely enchanted by the location and ambiance of the place. The website pictures are a true representation. The grounds are beautiful and quie… More

“A relaxing stay”

Reviewed 16 May 2017

We chose Tropical Hideaway due to its proximity to 2-step (best snorkeling on the island) and Kealakakua Bay. We were also intrigued by the promise of privacy and lack of city noise--and the reviews … More

Response from the owner Hi Bob, I'm sorry that you weren't completely happy with Tropical Hideaway. The kitchenette is advertised as a kitchenette, not a kitchen, so it is limited in nature. I'm puzzled about your comment about the appliances, because the kitchen appliances are all fairly new. I will look closely at the utensils and make any needed replacements. Also, the cleaner spends four hours cleaning before each guest arrives, so the unit should have been very clean. I can speak with her about this. You were here during the rainy season, where there are more mosquitoes (the only insect that anyone has been bitten by). We do have a bug black light repellent unit, mosquito traps, citronella candles and torches to lessen any impact. Only certain people seem to be bothered by mosquitoes. I guess the mosquitoes don't like me, because I never even see any! I appreciate the positive comments you made about Tropical Hideaway, and am glad that you mostly enjoyed your stay.

“Wonderfully rustic and relaxing”

Reviewed 16 Apr 2017

Loved my 12 days at this rental. Amazing gardens, fabulous pool and everything I needed to enjoy every moment. There is everything you need in the kitchen, the outdoor shower was amazing and the bed i… More

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How do I find more info about the property?

You can get in touch with Kathleen (the owner) through the contact form on this page.

If you’ve already booked, go to Manage your booking to send the owner a message.

What if I have questions before I book?

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.

What is a booking request?

When you pay online through the Ready to book? form, a booking request is sent to Kathleen (the owner). You’ll find out within 24 hours whether they’ve accepted - no money will leave your account before then.

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

How do I know my booking is safe?

To book this property you need to pay through the Flipkey website. Only bookings paid for through our site are covered by our trusted Payment Protection. This means that in the unlikely event that you’re prevented or denied access to the property when you check in, we’ll offer a full refund for the stay.

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How do I know what it will cost for my stay?

Simply enter your dates in the Ready to book? form to calculate the cost of your stay.
Click Book now to see a full breakdown of the price.

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?

Go to Manage your booking to view all your booking details, pay the balance of your booking or cancel it if you need to.

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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