Thursday, April 2, 2015

Our Hawaiian Home Away from Home...

We were so excited to get to "our" island on Saturday and for our vacation to really start. After landing at the Kona Airport we headed over to get our rental car - which Andy upgraded to a soft top white Jeep Wrangler - more on that later - and we were off! First on our list was a stop at the local Walmart (yes, they are literally everywhere) to get supplies for the week and then we headed towards our resort. We couldn't check in until 3, so we killed time by grabbing lunch at Tommy Bahamas down the street - we love that place! We met a very nice couple while we were there that live part-time on the island (lucky ducks) and they gave us some tips for the week - and eased our worry about the weather - it was cloudy and a bit drizzly that day - which they swore was super rare - phew! 

Finally it was time to head to Waikoloa and to the Kings Land by Hilton Grand Vacations. We couldn't wait to see where we'd be staying and we were not disappointed. What a gorgeous resort - filled with the most vibrant flowers, a pool that went on and on for days with water slides hidden in the rocks & lounge chairs right in the water, a cool outdoor bar which we learned had a great happy hour with live music everyday from 4-6, and a handful of hammocks that we knew we'd find ourselves in quite a bit during our stay. 

Of course that was the resort - now it was time to check out our condo. It was unbelievable - on the ground floor with a great patio, a full kitchen, living room, a huge bathroom (full service I might add) and they even folded our towels into a swan - I've always wanted to stay somewhere where that happened (it's the little things folks!) 

They even had a gathering area outside our building with tables and Adirondack chairs surrounding four gas grills that we could use at our leisure. Needless to say Andy was pretty excited about that. 

This was going to be the perfect home away from home on our island. :) 

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