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One of the few white sand beaches in East Hawaii and it's only at Champagne Pond Cottage!

Champagne Pond Cottage

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Vacation rental cottage. Sleeps 4, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom. No pets allowed.

Kapoho, HI 96778 United States

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  • One of the few white sand beaches in East Hawaii and it's only at Champagne Pond Cottage!
  • Island-style furnishings and beautiful ohia wood floors make this cottage comfortable and charming.
  • Your own beach overlooks an inlet from the popular cove known as Champagne Pond.
  • From the inlet in front of the cottage you can swim and snorkel right into Champagne Pond and out to the ocean with the turtles and reef fish!
  • The living area goes right out to the outdoor lanai that fronts the pond area -- so convenient!
  • A flat-screen TV with satellite service and a surround sound system with DVD/CD offers you hours of entertainment when you're not in the water.
  • Island-style dining room located on the lanai overlooking the beach and Champagne Pond. Yes, there is a barbecue grill!
  • Fantastic kitchen with lots of granite counter space, a flat-top cook stove, and views! (No traditional oven, but who wants to bake in Hawaii except on the beach?)
  • A queen bed and tropical decor make up the master bedroom, with a ceiling fan for those warm nights.
  • Bring the kids! There's room for each one in this small second bedroom with lots of beds.
  • A beautiful updated bath with large walk-in shower and granite countertops. You get the old cottage feel but not the old sink and tub.
  • Swim and snorkel anytime you want right in front of Champagne Pond Cottage. The water is clear and warm and just waiting for you!
One of the few white sand beaches in East Hawaii and it's only at Champagne Pond Cottage!

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.

Let the video show you more.

But wait! There's also a white sand beach! A rare find in East Hawaii, but the owners of this cottage decided to build their own rock wall overlooking the pond and fill it up with that white sand that slips through your toes. Sunbathe away in sunny Kapoho while you relax on lounge chairs and feel that ocean breeze.

It's not just about location at Champagne Pond Cottage. This truly charming two-bedroom cottage was built in 1957 by James and Mildred Kuwana. It survived the 1960 lava flow that covered Kapoho. Mr. Kuwana and another long-time resident had the lava flow dredged to create what is known today as Champagne Pond. The home was refurbished in 1994 and just recently upgraded with a new kitchen and bath, complete with granite countertops and beautiful windows.

The cute kitchen is well equipped with refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, microwave, coffeemaker, toaster, blender, rice cooker, pots and pans, cutlery, dishes, and there is a full-size washer and dryer. (The kitchen has no conventional oven but there is a charcoal BBQ on the lanai.) Windows surround the kitchen on three sides to bring in the view.

Ohia wood floors grace the living area, which has comfortable seating, a flat-screen satellite TV with a gazillion channels including CD-quality commercial-free music stations, and a DVD player. The outdoor lanai serves as the main dining area with a picnic table overlooking the pond.

The cottage has a strict maximum of ony 4 people on the property at any time (sorry no invited guests are allowed at this property) due to the small septic system. The master bedroom has a queen bed and the second bedroom has bunk beds. The bedrooms are small but work well for a family.

Champagne Pond Cottage offers a glimpse into an old Hawaii home, with upgraded features and a location you will never forget!

Year-round rate range is $115 - $255 per night, depending upon party size and dates of your visit. Cleaning fee is $95. W05153034-01

Rooms and Amenities
Property Type Cottage, Built in 1957
Unit Code B-CPondC
Beds 1 queen bed, 2 bunk beds
Bathrooms 1 bathroom
Rooms Sleeps 4, 6 dining seats
Floor Area 900 square feet
Pets No pets allowed.
Living Ceiling Fans, Portable Fans, Flat Panel TV, Phone with Answering Machine, Washer & Dryer, Room safe, Child Pack-N-Play (Must Request)
Kitchen Full Kitchen, Refrigerator, Microwave
Entertainment FREE high-speed Internet!, Wireless Internet, Satellite TV, DVD Player, CD Player, Stereo System, Cooler, Beach Chairs
Outdoor Unassigned Offstreet Parking, Patio, Charcoal BBQ Grill (BYO)
Drive Times Near Kapoho Tide Pools, 15 minutes to Pahoa, 45 minutes to Hilo, 45min to Volcanoes National Park
Geographic Kapoho Bay
Average Manager Rating (Based on 3391 reviews)
Overall satisfaction: 4.5 stars
Overall satisfaction
Services from rental manager: 4.5 stars
Services from rental manager
Average Vacation Rental Rating (Based on 94 reviews)
Overall satisfaction: 4.5 stars
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Cleanliness: 4.5 stars
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Location: 5 stars
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Property condition: 4.5 stars
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98 % of our reviewers would recommend this vacation rental.

Vacation Rental Reviews

  • Review by Mike C

    Stayed 2 days in March, 2009

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    Mike C from Valdez, AL recommends this vacation rental

    We had a wonderful was a very nice neighborhood. Just beautiful. Thanks again.

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  • Perfect location

    Stayed 3 days in December, 2012

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 4
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 4

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    Shannon D from Lloydminster, AB recommends this vacation rental

    Excellent location beach spot could use better access steps. Currently there is cinder blocks you have to step onto to get to beach area, but everything else is excellent.

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  • Champagne Cottage Sept 12-26, 2012

    Stayed 14 days in September, 2012

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    Thane T from Citrus Heights, CA recommends this vacation rental

    This was the best vacation that my wife and I have ever had. The house was very comfortable with all of the modern upgrades. My wife loved the refrigerator with the trap door opening for quick access to cold drinks without opening the large door. It was wonderful staying in the beachhouse away from the city. Every morning I went for a walk along the ocean to the private black sand beach. Pahoa is the closest town 8 miles away but a beautiful drive through the rain forest. On Sundays there is the Makuu Farmers Market that the locals go to, and there is live music, food, clothing, massage, in addition to the locally grown produce. On Wednesday nights there is market/food/live music/party in Kalapana at the Cafe. The pond was excellent for snorkeling and viewing different species of fish every day from raccoon butterfly, four spot butterfly, white snowflake eels, convict tangs, powder brown tangs, moorish idols, huma huma triggers, saddle wrasses, cleaner wrasses, shrimp. It took me several days of snorkeling until I saw 2 green sea turtles. We enjoyed seeing the green geckos come out everyday. The property manager (Tara) was terrific in helping us when the satelite TV and DVD player went on the fritz. Also the handyman Steve was so great that he came out with the new DVD player within a hour after being called and also took the return satelite receiver for us. The Volcanoes Nat'l park was awesome. We even went ziplining at Umauma just north of Hilo. The Waiopae Tidepools are only a 5 minute drive and is a must see, the best was the purple corals and the plate corals along with all the fish. The only thing that would have made it more comfortable would be AC but then I wouldn't have been swimming everyday. I recommend staying at the Champagne Cottage for the best vacation that you will ever have.

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  • Review by Anne B

    Stayed 5 days in November, 2009

    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 3

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    Anne B from Oakland, CA recommends this vacation rental

    The property's location is unbelievable - perhaps the best Hawaiian location ever. The only downside was a very small bedroom.

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  • holiday

    Stayed 4 days in May, 2013

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    Robert C from Makawao, HI recommends this vacation rental

    great

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  • Perfect!

    Stayed 5 days in May, 2014

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    Betty G from Sacramento, CA recommends this vacation rental

    What a great time we had. The cottage is perfect for 2 or a small family and you have Champagne Pond right in front of you! I went snorkeling evry morning before breakfast and it was awesome. It gets crowded at the weekend but we left Saturday and had the greatest time. At night you fall asleep by the sound of the rain and the frogs...wonderful. The management company was super nice and helpful and I really miss this place.

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  • Pond

    Stayed 2 days in January, 2012

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    Blanche S from Keaau, HI recommends this vacation rental

    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.

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  • sea turtles

    Stayed 6 days in January, 2013

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 4
    • Location
      Location: 4
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 3

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    a guest from Wheat Ridge, CO recommends this vacation rental

    Cool little house that i will stay at again. Couple of things i noticed were some broken outdoor furniture, screens on the screen doors, and the bathroom base boards needed to be wiped down. We all loved the ponds and the location is great for those who want the jungle and to escape the crowds. The girls saw a huge sea turtle and nicknamedhim crush ( finding nemo). The kitchen was well supplied for what we needed, and we did a lot of cooking.

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  • Sunrize (House) Sensation

    Stayed 3 days in July, 2010

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    Neil B from Oxford, OH recommends this vacation rental

    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

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  • The best vacation spot on the big Island.

    Stayed 7 days in October, 2009

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    Lee R from Culver City, CA recommends this vacation rental

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  • Great Location, Clean and kitchen stocked with all the supplies needed to make a great family feast. We had a good family vacation. Everyone was comfortable and enjoyed the cottage very much. Thank you for a great time at a great price.

    Stayed 3 days in May, 2011

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 4
    • Location
      Location: 4
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 4

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    Cecilia G from Yorba Linda, CA recommends this vacation rental

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  • Champagne Pond Cottage Heaven

    Stayed 6 days in November, 2011

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 4

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    Charma V from Surrey Hills, Victoria recommends this vacation rental

    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!

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  • An experience to die for at Champagne Ponds

    Stayed 3 days in March, 2009

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    Jim & Vicki C from Kuna, ID recommends this vacation rental

    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

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  • Fantastic, relaxing stay at Champagne Pond Cottage

    Stayed 5 days in April, 2010

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    Dae K from San Francisco, CA recommends this vacation rental

    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.

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  • A wonderful experience

    Stayed 3 days in August, 2009

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    David D from Kamuela, HI recommends this vacation rental

    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.

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  • One of Hawaii's Best Kept Secrets

    Stayed 5 days in June, 2009

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    Jamie D from Santa Ana, CA recommends this vacation rental

    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!

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  • Great cottage!

    Stayed 3 days in July, 2013

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    Lisbeth V from Shanghai, Shanghai recommends this vacation rental

    Perfect cottage for a family with children! Access to the pond is great!

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  • Wonderful cottage

    Stayed 3 days in November, 2011

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    Edith D from Encinitas, CA recommends this vacation rental

    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!

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  • Super spot in paradise

    Stayed 10 days in February, 2011

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    Ann O from Portland, OR recommends this vacation rental

    Turtles are scabs these days. Only saw 2 during our 10 day stay
    Didn't matter. Achieved a great calm which was our goal

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  • Cute cottage gem

    Stayed 3 days in March, 2014

    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 4
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    a guest from Okotoks, AB recommends this vacation rental

    Loved it. Only problem was there was a dead cockroach laying on the floor and the dryer had loads of sand in it so we weren't able to use it. The washing machine soap dispenser leaked all over the floor when filled. The knives needed sharpening. Overall was perfect otherwise. Would highly recommend to anyone. Only other nice feature would be a BBQ since there is no oven. Thank you for sharing your lovely cottage with us!

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  • Casual Perfection in Paradise

    Stayed 3 days in January, 2011

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    a guest from Amherst, MA recommends this vacation rental

    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!!!!

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  • dream come true

    Stayed 3 days in January, 2010

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 4
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    a guest from Amherst, MA recommends this vacation rental

    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!

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  • idyliic spot

    Stayed 8 days in September, 2009

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    Liana & Roger E from Sedona, AZ recommends this vacation rental

    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!

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  • Great location!

    Stayed 4 days in May, 2011

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 4
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    a guest from Dorchester, MA recommends this vacation rental

    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.

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  • Relaxing get away

    Stayed 5 days in July, 2013

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    Gay M from Kailua, HI recommends this vacation rental

    From the booking, all the way to the check out, our experience at Champagne Pond Cottage was awesome. Clean accommodations, spacious, quiet with all the comforts of home. Great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of Honolulu.

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  • great vacation

    Stayed 8 days in October, 2011

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 4

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    Peter G from San Rafael, CA recommends this vacation rental

    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.

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  • Fabulous location!

    Stayed 7 days in April, 2012

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 4

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    Deborah B from Nanaimo, BC recommends this vacation rental

    Loved our stay in Champagne cottage. It was mostly sunny, and enjoyable to have the convenience of the warm pond on the property to dip into every day. It borders public access, but only a few visitors at a time. Lava ocean walk borders the property and Kapoho tide pools are a short drive away. The poke from the Malama Market, and the fresh fish from the fish market, both in Pahoa, were fabulous. A great location from which to explore the East side and Kilauea volcano from.

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  • Delightful Quaint Sweeeeeeeet Champagne Pond Cottage

    Stayed 3 days in June, 2014

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    Kitty L from Captain Cook, HI does not recommend this vacation rental.

    What more is there to say? no kaoi!

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  • Review by Patrick T

    Stayed 3 days in March, 2010

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 4
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    Patrick T from Kailua-Kona, HI recommends this vacation rental

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  • Champagne Pond Cottage

    Stayed 3 days in May, 2014

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 4
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    a guest from Hilo, Hawaii recommends this vacation rental

    I had an overall great experience with my stay. House was clean & well prepared, price was just right. Loved the fact that property was gated for a nice security. Management was great up until checkout, they will work with you on a later check out upon availability however make sure to have late check out confirmed by email or in any form. My late check out was mixed up and the agent i spoke to was nicely RUDE about things. Other then that i will book this cottage again in the future!

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  • An Oasis in the lava field

    Stayed 3 days in May, 2013

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    Ian L from Honolulu, HI recommends this vacation rental

    The Champagne cottage was epic. The property was cute and just as the pictures and website described. Neat, clean, and right on the water. The swimming was wonderful, the water crystal clear and warm, and the Kapoho was just what we needed. Quiet, secluded, off the beaten path. If you're looking for a nice getaway from the hustle and bustle, this is your spot. Malama market is only about 5 minutes away, Hilo about 25 min, so easy access to anything you need from groceries to a nice lunch. I definitely recommend this property and place.

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  • Great Location, off the beaten path-Ponds are unique

    Stayed 8 days in August, 2012

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    Casey R from Croton on Hudson, NY recommends this vacation rental

    The House was clean and neat, with a truly spectacular location. The Champagne Pond is a freshwater volcanic pond, which runs into the ocean. You can swim off the back porch, off into the ocean. This is all black lava sand, not the Caribbean white powder, so wear shoes. The house is small but comfortable and recently renovated. Pahoa is the nearest town, eight miles away with good restaurants and a few bars. You'll want to do your big shopping in Hilo before you settle in. The gated community is nice-you will get folks walking past on the adjoining property as this is a popular swimming hole for locals as well. The beach between you and the open sea is accessible by 4wd and on weekends you'll have a few families and fishermen-it's not overwhelming. It was a very relaxing place, but not for you if you want "nightlife". Dinner in Pahoa and reading by the ocean is more this trip. The management company was responsive when we called (we arrived early). This is located on the East side of the Big Island but isn't rainy like the area north of Hilo-rain was usually tropical in that it lasted an hour and the sun came out. The Big Island is very friendly, not at all "touristy", and rewards poking around with a car. See the Volcano, drive to Waimea Valley, and if you scuba/snorkel, the Kaphoho tide pools are wonderful if a bit small-on the other side of the island, Capt. Cook bay is the best snorkeling I've ever seen. Oh, and you don't need to do $1000 a day excursions.

    Great for a family vacation, or couples seeking quiet relaxation.

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  • Great Location

    Stayed 2 days in March, 2012

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    James K from Waikoloa, HI recommends this vacation rental

    Awesome location with a private entrance to the champagne pond.
    The cottage was very family friendly.
    We had a great time.

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  • Champagne paradise

    Stayed 5 days in August, 2013

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 4

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    Jennifer B from Santee, CA recommends this vacation rental

    Cutest little house ever, hard to find in the dark but we made it. Once we opened all the windows it cooled right down. Kitchen and bath were clean. My girls 18 and 21 loved snorkeling in the pool, we had a turtle in the pool next door. Didn't get great cell service, but that is my husbands biggest pet peeve that I am always texting...and I couldn't so it made for a more relaxing vacation.

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  • Amazing retreat

    Stayed 2 days in June, 2014

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    a guest from Kurtistown, HI recommends this vacation rental

    I live here on the Big Island and I always wanted to rent a vacation home at my favorite place, Champagne Ponds. At first I was unsure if I wanted to spend a little extra just to be on the water, and when the ad said cottage I was even more leery. I decided to give it a try and I was pleasantly surprised with everything. I had an amazing weekend surrounded my Hawaii's finest. The "cottage was well stocked and clean, the warmth of this home made relaxing so easy. If you ever decide that you want to get away from all the hustle and bustle of every day life, this is by far the best place to go, and one of the most amazing vacation rentals on this island!

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  • Best House on Champagne Pond!

    Stayed 2 days in August, 2011

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    a guest from Kailua, HI recommends this vacation rental

    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.

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  • A wonderful stay in Champagne cottage

    Stayed 3 days in July, 2014

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    julian r from paget, paget recommends this vacation rental

    We are a family of 4 and we had a wonderful 3 days in Champagne cottage . The location is amazing and the natural ponds are great fun . Kitchen is excellent and decor throughout is more than adequate . The only downside is the size of the main bedroom and the bed being rather small ( i have a pregnant wife so it meant me sleeping in the living room . Kids were happy on the large bunkbeds . Outside area is great and the 1st day we were snorkeling a large turtle came and joined us !! highlight of the trip ! ..Not sure the man made beach is useful but a few times we opened the door and went through the black sand beach which was great . All in all a great stay and i would happily come back and visit again .

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  • Review by Kathy Z

    Stayed 4 days in January, 2011

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 4
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    Kathy Z from Phelan, CA recommends this vacation rental

    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!

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  • Heaven on Earth!

    Stayed 3 days in June, 2013

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 4

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    a guest from Kealakekua, HI recommends this vacation rental

    If you are looking for a place to escape the stresses of life, the Champagne Pond Cottage is the place to be. Let the cool tradewind breezes and the warm waters of the pond melt all your troubles away. The cottage is the perfect size for 2-4 people and has everything you need. We loved it and will be back VERY soon!

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  • Loved my stay

    Stayed 4 days in December, 2013

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 4
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 4
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    Kathleen H from Delta, BC recommends this vacation rental

    The house and tidal pools were a wonderful place for adults and my 2 kids. The snorkeling in the clear warm water was a delight. This was my favourite place on the island. I understand we were fortunate with the weather and had sun or part cloud for 4 days.

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  • I laughed, I cried, I swam with turtles...

    Stayed 5 days in December, 2011

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    Erin K from Laie, HI recommends this vacation rental

    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!

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  • A Dream Vacation

    Stayed 5 days in March, 2011

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    a guest from Tucson, AZ recommends this vacation rental

    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.

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  • Next time we go to Kapoho - we're staying here!

    Stayed 2 days in June, 2014

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    Betty M from Honolulu, HI recommends this vacation rental

    The cottage/house was wonderful - but the best part was that we were very late in booking and Denyse was so VERY helpful and obtaining this property for us! Aloha nui loa!

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  • Absolutly Amazing

    Stayed 5 days in September, 2011

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    Loni W from Okotoks, AB recommends this vacation rental

    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.

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  • Hidden gem!

    Stayed 3 days in March, 2013

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 4

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    Tena W from Innisfail, Alberta recommends this vacation rental

    We absolutely loved champagne pond, we seen eels, puffer fish, and tons of fish throughout our stay. Would recommend to anyone who would like to stay near the volcano. Went to black beach, which is just down the road . The farmers market with there fresh fruit was fabulous. The cottage itself was small but charming. The bunks were very comfortable, our only complaint would be with the queen bed in the master bedroom. The mattress is very hard and not very comfortable, even knowing that we would definitely stay there again. Highlight to our trip!

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  • Property lived up to expectations

    Stayed 1 day in March, 2012

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    a guest from Calgary, AB recommends this vacation rental

    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.

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  • Best Kept Secret - Totally Amazing Location and Awesome Cottage

    Stayed 5 days in April, 2009

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    a guest from Virginia Beach, VA recommends this vacation rental

    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!

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  • My husband and I stayed at the Champagne Cottage. It was one of the best vacations we have ever had. The water in the pond is crystal clear and probably about 85 degrees the entire week we were there. I snorkeled (for the first time) out of our

    Stayed 7 days in January, 2010

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    GINA H from SOUTH SALEM, OH recommends this vacation rental

    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!!

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  • Best spot on the Puna coast!

    Stayed 5 days in August, 2012

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 4
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 4

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    a guest from Mercer Island, WA recommends this vacation rental

    This home is by far the best spot on the Puna coast we've been to. The house is on Champagne pond, a spectacular pond where the water is warm, clear and turtles are often spotted. We enjoyed every minute of our vacation from cooking in the modern kitchen to swimming with turtles to exploring the tide pools and a hot pond nearby. This is an awesome place that we would want to come back to again and again.

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  • Geo-thermal Lagoon will Ruin you Ocean Snorkeling

    Stayed 4 days in March, 2012

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 4
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    Thomas O from Newfane, NY recommends this vacation rental

    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.

    • Manager Responded on 3/23/2012

      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

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  • We Keep Going Back

    Stayed 5 days in May, 2013

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 4

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    Rhonda C from Forestville, CA recommends this vacation rental

    This is our third trip to the Champagne Pond Cottage. All is great as usual. We will be returning in six months or so for another visit. A new matress for the really uncomfortable bed would be great but that would not stop us from returning. We love the cottage.

    • Manager Responded on 5/13/2013

      We're so glad that you enjoyed Champagne Pond Cottage once again. We haven't had complaints about the bed before - but we'll definitely have someone go check it out! We love Champagne Pond Cottage too!

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  • The Best Vacation

    Stayed 8 days in April, 2014

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 4
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    Rhonda C from Forestville, CA recommends this vacation rental

    This was our sixth trip to the cottage. My husband and I look forward to this vacation once or twice a year. It is very relaxing and beautiful. I like getting up just after sunrise during a low tide. The water is very warm and the pond at that time is private and tranquil. By the way, we also like snorkeling at night with an underwater flashlight. It is a whole new experience as the underwater wildlife at night is different from that in the day. Being right on the Champagne Pond makes for a very special getaway. The cottage is small and perfect for two. My husband proposed to me at the Cottage and nine months later we were married at the cottage as well. It is our little piece of heaven. We are getting ready to book again in the next few days.

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  • Review by a guest

    Stayed 3 days in September, 2009

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 4
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    a guest from Seattle, WA recommends this vacation rental

    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!

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  • Champagne Pond Cottage-Puna Coast

    Stayed 4 days in January, 2013

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    Parker L from Seattle, WA recommends this vacation rental

    This sweet cottage was just delightful. The cottage itself was fine for two people though might be small for 4 adults. Location was perfect, on the crystal clear, 90 degree pond with a sea turtle for a neighbor on one side and a black crowned night heron on the other. The cottage was well appointed with a wonderful kitchen from which you can see both the sunrise and sunset. The only dining area is a picnic table on the covered porch. We occasionally wished there was someplace to eat inside but this is a small matter. The agency was excellent, responding to our every need. Every correspondence pleasant and efficient.
    I would definitely recommend the cottage and the area in general -- a great vacation!

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  • Champagne Pond Cottage Kapoho HI

    Stayed 10 days in April, 2011

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 4

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    a guest from Vancouver, BC recommends this vacation rental

    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.

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  • Heavenly

    Stayed 3 days in August, 2009

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 4
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    Libby C from Charlottesville, VA recommends this vacation rental

    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.

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  • Beautiful...Paradise Surpassed

    Stayed 3 days in February, 2011

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    Rhonda S from Forestville, CA recommends this vacation rental

    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!

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  • Fit for a Bride and Groom

    Stayed 11 days in October, 2011

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    Rhonda S from Forestville, CA recommends this vacation rental

    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

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  • Awesome Vacation

    Stayed 8 days in August, 2013

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    Ray & Hedy P from Decatur, AL recommends this vacation rental

    The property was beautiful. The location was great.

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  • Review by a guest

    Stayed 2 days in April, 2011

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 4

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    a guest from Kailua Kona, HI recommends this vacation rental

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  • Review by a guest

    Stayed 14 days in October, 2009

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 3
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 4

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    a guest from East Grand Rapids, MI recommends this vacation rental

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  • The cottage was wonderfull.

    Stayed 7 days in July, 2012

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    Ron & Linda S from Las Vegas, NV recommends this vacation rental

    The location on the champagne pond is terrific; and there is a private finger pond that makes for private swimming; we floated on our tubes; and was so much fun. The inside is very comfortable.

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  • The perfect getaway . . .

    Stayed 5 days in June, 2010

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    a guest from Kailua, HI recommends this vacation rental

    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.

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  • Perfect Vacation Retreat

    Stayed 17 days in August, 2010

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 3
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 3
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    Sue C from Stacy, MN recommends this vacation rental

    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.

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  • Great place

    Stayed 3 days in December, 2013

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 4
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    a guest from Honolulu, Hi recommends this vacation rental

    This place is in an amazing location and was very clean and comfortable. We had a good time and would recommend it to any of our friends going over to the Big Island and looking for something off the beaten path.

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  • Wonderful spot for relaxing

    Stayed 3 days in July, 2012

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 4
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    a guest from The Woodlands, TX recommends this vacation rental

    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.

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  • beautifully renovated little cottage with champagne pond as a backyard

    Stayed 4 days in April, 2011

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    a guest from Los Angeles, CA recommends this vacation rental

    daytime snorkeling, giant screen TV watching at night - what could be better? I will be back!

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  • A hidden gem!

    Stayed 3 days in November, 2009

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    a guest from St. Louis, MO recommends this vacation rental

    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!

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  • R&R in Kapoho

    Stayed 5 days in February, 2010

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    a guest from San Jose, CA recommends this vacation rental

    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.

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  • Review by a guest

    Stayed 7 days in June, 2011

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    a guest from Cedar Glen, ca recommends this vacation rental

    Great place to enjoy the Island.

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  • Champagne Pond Cottage

    Stayed 3 days in August, 2011

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 5

    Catalina W from San Jose, California recommends this vacation rental

    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!

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  • Amazing location right on Champagne Pond

    Stayed 7 days in June, 2013

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 4
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 4

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 4

    a guest recommends this vacation rental

    The location of this rental is fantastic. We love Champagne Pond and the nearby Wai Opae/Kapoho tide pools. We stayed a week and loved just about everything about the location and house, which is clean and updated. Know that having geckos inside is a normal thing in this area and not a problem or nuisance at all. There is one negative: the bed in the master bedroom was SO uncomfortable that we did not even try sleeping on it. All four of us slept on the bunk beds, which were marginally better--not an ideal situation. This place is so awesome we might return anyway. But if we learned that the bed was replaced, we would book our next stay at Champagne Pond cottage in a heartbeat.

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  • A Great Find

    Stayed 8 days in July, 2009

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 4

    Barry & Christine B from Calgary, AB recommends this vacation rental

    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.

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  • A Heads Up

    Stayed 3 days in October, 2010

    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 4
    • Location
      Location: 4
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 4

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 4

    William B from LaCenter, WA recommends this vacation rental

    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.

    • Manager Responded on 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

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  • Review by a guest

    Stayed 5 days in November, 2010

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 4

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 4

    a guest from Gulf Shores, AL recommends this vacation rental

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  • review

    Stayed 3 days in October, 2013

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 4

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 4

    a guest from KAPAA, HI recommends this vacation rental

    screens for sliding glass door were in bad condition with tears

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  • Paradise revisited

    Stayed 7 days in January, 2012

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 4
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 4

    Gary H from South Salem, OH recommends this vacation rental

    Second timer at this cottage. Excellant experiance again. Only wish they had internet. Made taking on-line class's and banking very difficult.

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  • Our stay at Champagne Pond Oct 2013

    Stayed 3 days in October, 2013

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 4

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 4

    James F from Bellevue, WA recommends this vacation rental

    We decided to go to Hawaii this year and visit the Big Island since neither of us had been there. The journey started with searching for a place on the VRBO website. For the second part of our trip we decided on going to Hilo and found this place. It was absolutly great. It has its own private pond in the back and you can snorkle direct out to the ocen beach from it. The house was small but perfect for the two of us. The kitchen has been remodeled and there are tons of windows. Dont be scared but there are small gecko's that make there way into the house. Over all it was a great stay and we had a blast!!!!!!! I would recommend this if your just wanting to relax and hang out.

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  • Review by a guest

    Stayed 7 days in March, 2011

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 4
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 4
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 4

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 4

    a guest from Kenai, AK recommends this vacation rental

    Great getaway. Beautiful house and location. No airconditioning, but good breeze most of the time. Would love to go back.

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  • Nice

    Stayed 7 days in February, 2010

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 4
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 4
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 4

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 4

    Ken C from San Mateo, California recommends this vacation rental

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  • Review by a guest

    Stayed 2 days in May, 2009

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 3
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 3

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 4

    a guest from Hilo, HI recommends this vacation rental

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  • Second stay at pond

    Stayed 3 days in March, 2014

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 4

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 4

    Tena W from Innisfail, Alberta recommends this vacation rental

    We loved the champagne pond so much we returned again. The pond itself is amazing . Had trouble could not get the television to work at all and the bedrooms could use fans in them for the evenings, but other than that the cottage is clean and we'll kept. A very fun and unique experience!

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  • Review by a guest

    Stayed 3 days in October, 2010

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 4

    a guest from Naalehu, HI recommends this vacation rental

    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.

    • Manager Responded on 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

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  • Only problem was a mouse

    Stayed 9 days in July, 2011

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 4
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 4
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 4

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 4

    Nathaniel C from Lakewood, Colorado recommends this vacation rental

    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.

    • Manager Responded on 7/7/2011

      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

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  • beautiful location

    Stayed 2 days in October, 2012

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 4
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 4

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 4

    a guest from Kula, HI recommends this vacation rental

    Guests should be aware that public access is literally feet from the cottage. This spot is popular so you will see MANY people from morning until evening in view of the front of the cottage. The location is unreal so I understand why they are all coming there, but private it is not!

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  • Very nice cottage

    Stayed 4 days in May, 2010

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 1
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 2
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 4

    a guest from Weiser, ID recommends this vacation rental

    Property manager did not provide passcode to lockbox.

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  • Relaxing Stay for Our Family

    Stayed 3 days in June, 2010

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 4
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 4
    • Location
      Location: 4
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 4

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 4

    a guest from Santa Rosa, CA recommends this vacation rental

    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.

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  • The perfect vacation home...almost

    Stayed 13 days in February, 2012

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 4
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 4

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 4

    Tom C from Decorah, IA recommends this vacation rental

    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.

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  • the most perfect location and hawaiin theme

    Stayed 9 days in January, 2011

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 4

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 4

    Ruth H from Victoria, BC recommends this vacation rental

    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!!!

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  • Great little place, Champagne Pond is fun swimming.

    Stayed 6 days in March, 2011

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 4
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 5
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 4

    a guest from Camano Island, WA recommends this vacation rental

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  • Review by a guest

    Stayed 4 days in August, 2010

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 4
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 4
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 3

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 4

    a guest from Woodinville, WA recommends this vacation rental

    We have stayed in many places before that were better stocked with supplies.

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  • Champagne Pond

    Stayed 5 days in September, 2011

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 5
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 3
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 4

    a guest from Perris, CA recommends this vacation rental

    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.

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  • Pretty cottage on lovely pond would suit family with very young children. Not suited to us spent many hours driving each day for other activities. Good for someone who wants to stay put and just use that one bit of water at high tide.

    Stayed 7 days in June, 2010

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 3
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 3
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 5

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 3

    a guest from Newport Beach, CA does not recommend this vacation rental.

    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.

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  • Champagne Pond Cottage Stay Christmas 2010

    Stayed 14 days in January, 2011

    • Services from rental manager
      Services from rental manager: 3
    • Cleanliness
      Cleanliness: 5
    • Location
      Location: 3
    • Property condition
      Property condition: 3

    Overall satisfaction: Overall satisfaction: 3

    Melinda D from Cardiff by the Sea, CA recommends this vacation rental

    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.

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