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  • Hawai'i - Big Island Silver Oaks Ranch B&B

    Silver Oaks Ranch
    73-4570 Mamalahoa Hwy
    Kailua Kona, HI 96740
    Toll Free: 877-325-2300; Local: 808-325-2000; Fax: 808-325-2200
    Last stay: September 2008

    This is the place for those seeking a restful place out of the tourist mainstream. We were looking for just such a place to retreat to when not diving or touring, and had grown tired with local offerings (our next favorite is Hale Kona Kai condos immediately south of Kona on Alii Drive, and we avoid the larger hotels and resorts - especially pricey and distant Waikoloa and its constant strong winds.)

    Hosts / owners Rick and Amy Decker, originally from the north San Francisco Bay Area, own this ranch location, 1,500 feet up the hill almost directly east of Honokohau Harbor marina. Great views, spacious ranch, only undesirable if you are a spring breaker, party animal or are allergic to goats. Location is one of the main reasons - gorgeous views, and one is welcome to use the deck and horizon pool at the Decker residence. The website has numbers of Rick's nice (and accurate) photos.

    Rates are from $125 a day for the 300 sq ft Garden Cottage to $200 daily (plus 11.42% occupancy taxes) for the 900 sq ft Ranch View and Ranch House cottages, minimum stay usually of five days. This spic and span, well maintained and nicely "tropically" furnished place is small with these three units and s small suite in a wing of the main ranch house, and very popular. We chose the Ranch House, with spacious master bedroom (with ceiling fan,) walk-in closet, bath, fully equipped kitchen, breakfast bar and dining nook, living room and lanai with views and a hot tub - this is separated from the Ranch View cottage by a large garage area stocked with washer, drier, library and videos, all kinds of beach and snorkel items (even coolers, binocs and beach chairs,) as well as unlimited bottles of water.

    Technically, this is not a B & B, because though you do get started off with a most generous gift basket - fruits, a box of chocolate covered mac nuts, eggs, 1% milk, a breakfast bread, etc. you are on your own for further food (hint: Costco is the cheapest source of food, and they even have OK sushi!) The kitchen is completely furnished with cookery and crockery, the cottage is furnished with stacks of towels, amenities that would make a four star hotel blush (e.g. soaps and body wash) and maid service is provided every 2 - 3 days. TV and DVD player iirc, Complimentary WiFi (signal is fair up at the two cottages) is provided, and if you don't have a laptop, a laptop is as well! Local guidebooks are provided, and a three ring binder with some local restaurant menus, suggestions and recommendations, etc. is in each accommodation.

    In back of the cottages is a separate bathroom for grubby or sandy beach habitues, and a big wash sink with dive gear hangers in a covered area, handy for rinsing and drying your gear. The are is very secure, and though it is somewhat remote, you are minutes away from it all. You will see the Decker standard and Nubian pygmy goats, chickens, and visiting flocks of turkeys, pheasants, birds and the occasional predatory mongoose as well as the nice coastal views looking westward. No smoking, except on the lanai, outside.

    Spectacular sunsets are the norm, viewable from the Decker house-wide lanai / deck and pool, with views from Kailua Kona to the airport at Kailua Kona International Keahole airport. It's significantly and pleasantly cooler than in Kailua Kona (no need for a/c,) yet it's ten minutes max to the Honokohau marina, and perhaps fifteen to Kailua Kona, Costco, and the rest of the tourist setup at Kona. For nearby grocery shopping, a small family grocery store is at the intersection of Mamalahoa Highway / Hwy 190 and Kaiminani Rd. (which you also take from the airport) - all of five minutes away.

    The only difficult part might be finding the location - you turn makai (seaward) and downhill exactly at the green 1,500 foot marker (and 45 MPH sign) between Kaiminani and Hina Lani and near Kaloko, which goes mauka / inland,) over three speed bumps and left into the gated ranch area. The turn can be easy to drive by once, but it's easy to remember the second time.

    Rick and Amy want 50% up front, with credit card, and your credit will be returned minus a $30 fee if you cancel over 30 days out; if not, you will be credited the days they can sell; the remainder is due on arrival. If this sounds Draconian, remember this is largely their living, and IMO it's fair that they will refund if they can resell your space. They are genial hosts, will orient you and drop by and see how you are doing, are assiduous about giving advice and local information, and help generally any way they can - they allowed us to print boarding passes the day prior to departure on Rick's printer in the big house.

    N.B. They say five day minimum, but when we were there occupancy was not very high and the couple next door was there less than five days, so I'd say contact them and ask.
    Last edited by JDiver; 09-22-2008, 06:52 PM. Reason: add bits and pieces

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    Thanks for posting this. We are on the big Island for three nights in February and short of booking the Sheraton as a fallback, we haven't really started to look.

    This may fill the bill.