Big Island Villas and Vacation Rentals
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Benefit from knowledgeable Hawaii-based Villa Specialists who can advise you on the ideal Big Island villa for your Hawaiian vacation. Enjoy privacy, the ability to cook group meals in your own kitchen, and, very often, your own pool and hot tub.
Big Island Home Rentals
Exotic Estates offers beautiful, inspected luxury Big Island luxury vacation rentals in Hualalai
, Mauna Lani
, and in the Mauna Kea Resort
. Many are located on championship golf courses and offer stunning ocean and fairway views. Take a moment to tour our complete collection of Big Island villas
and estates today.
The Big Island – Big and Still Growing!
The Big Island of Hawaii is a unique island in what is arguably one of the most unique and beautiful island chains in the world. It is the youngest Hawaiian island, and it continues to grow each day as new lava pouring from Kilauea Volcano meets the Pacific Ocean in a stunning natural spectacle that is unique to Hawaii.
The Big Island is in deed quite large, around 95 miles from north to south and 93 miles across. To give a comparison, the state of Connecticut is about 110 miles long and 70 miles wide. The difference is that the Big Island soars to incredible heights, so the landscape features several micro-climates, from balmy palm-fringed beaches to peaks that are capped in tropical snow during the winter.
The Big Island is also famously volcanically active, with Kilauea Volcano in a constant state of eruption and making for one of the most incredible natural spectacles on earth. The activity is typically concentrated on the far southeast point on the island, about 100 miles away from the popular resort areas on the Kohala Coast (west coast). This means that even when there are dramatic pictures of lava flows, the resort areas remain safe and open for enjoyment.
The volcanic activity has left its mark on the island. There are gorgeous black sand beaches, the result of age-old volcanic rock being pounded by the surf. There are also massive lava fields that are woven throughout the countryside, criss-crossing the landscape and creating striking settings for the resorts along the Kohala Coast north of Kailua-Kona.
Mauna Kea – Hawaii’s Tallest Mountain
The Big Island is home to Mauna Kea, the tallest mountain in Hawaii, which rises to a majestic 13,796 feet. During the winter, the top of Mauna Kea can be covered in snow, creating a striking contrast with the swaying palms and warm tropical beaches and down at sea level. The summit is home to the famous Keck telescopes, as its remote location in the middle of the Pacific, free from light pollution, makes it ideal for scanning the heavens. On clear days, you can see the telescope complex from the beaches and resorts down below along the Kohala Coast.
Besides these giant mountains, the Big Island has lots of classic Hawaiian features for visitors to enjoy. The weather is balmy and there are quiet and charming beaches and beach towns like Puako and Beach 69, and the world-famous Mauna Kea Resort beach.
Kohala Coast Rentals – Hualalai, Waikoloa, Mauna Lani and Mauna Kea Resort
Most Exotic Estates vacation homes north of Kona on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island are clustered in the main resort areas. Driving north on Hawaii 19, Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway, you will see turn offs for the resort areas on your left, starting with Hualalai, followed by Waikoloa, Mauna Lani and then Mauna Kea.
All of these areas feature nice hotels, beaches, and, of course, fabulous vacation villas ringing world-class golf courses.
Also, because these homes are located in resort communities, many of these vacation homes come with optional resort privileges, which can be a real benefit for beach access and other services like dining and day care.
Hualalai is a favorite escape for celebrities and a who's who of A-Listers from all walks of life. Life centers around the Four Seasons Resort, with its excellent restaurants and beachfront bars. Guests who want to stay in Hualalai can rent their own resort villa or a luxury condo unit, which will typically offer a private pool. The resort has an amazing golf course, as well as pool and spa facilities, which villa renters have the option of accessing for an additional fee.
The Waikoloa Resort, like the others, offers vacation villas, hotels, golf courses, an ocean front area (rocky but beautiful), and a couple top-notch shopping centers that provide convenient services for visitors. Waikoloa offers plenty of more-affordable condo-type accommodations, as well as some fabulous ocean-front homes.
Further up Hawaii 19, before Mauna Kea, we run into the Mauna Lani resort area. This area has a more upscale feel than Waikoloa, and features excellent golf courses and vacation villas. Mauna Lani also has a beautiful beach area, Holoholokai Beach Park, which is adjacent to the Fairmont Orchard Hawaii.
The Kohala Coast, stretching north of Kona, is dotted with well-planned resort communities. The development began with the Mauna Kea Resort and Mauna Kea Beach Hotel – still a great hotel offering one of the best swimming beaches in Hawaii. Interestingly, the hotel has a blue-blood pedigree, having been founded by the Laurance S. Rockefeller Company; we are told he scoured the Hawaiian Islands by helicopter until he found the perfect spot for his hotel!
The Mauna Kea Beach hotel was one of the first to feature a now classic open design that allows breezes to flow freely through the structure. However, as nice as the hotel is, the amazing vacation homes that surround it are the real draw for our clients and people in the know.
The first homes were built in the 70's, but they are all beautifully maintained and luckily we have some classic residences on offer at Exotic Estates. Many families have been renting Mauna Kea villas for years, because the area is gated, well-maintained, offers peace and quiet, exceptional golfing and beach access - and relative value versus the other islands. The area is definitely in higher demand today, but, for now, you can still find first-class vacation homes at a lower price point than Maui and Oahu.
Access to the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
What is wonderful about staying in a vacation home on the Mauna Kea Resort, or its sister property, the Hapuna Resort, is that guests get access to the incredible, fully serviced beach at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, as well as the pool, for just $65 a day. This is a no-brainer considering the incredible facilities and amazing beach, which is ideal for swimming due to its sandy bottom, a plus on the rugged and coral-heavy Kohala Coast.
The beach is accessible to the public, but on busy days access is limited and having a resort pass will ensure that you have a place in the sand! Also, like many of the resort areas along the Kohala Coast, there are excellent golf courses to be enjoyed here, and many of the homes look out unto the greens and fairways.