Aaah the Views Bed and Breakfast
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...all loved it
When we first arrived in the Stream Room, my four-year-old daughter climbed into the loft with its own windows and declared with a big smile, "I'll sleep up here." We stayed two days, and all loved it.
Below our big window we could see the stream, beyond that the edge of Parker Ranch pastureland, and far above that, Mauna Kea appeared in the mornings with glints of snow and observatories. This room shares a bathroom with another, but it was laid out to encourage guests to share nicely, and this arrangement worked fine for us.
The Stuarts and breakfast were great, as others have mentioned. Others have not mentioned the plantings around the yard, which are beautiful and interesting: jade plant, euphorbia, protea, bird-of-paradise, and many others I can't identify. Each time I walked down to the breakfast area, I had to pause to consider fragrant smells from strange plants.
On our last day we came back from the Kohala coast hot and tired. But the cool air and our quiet room refreshed us, so we scrambled across the stream, crawled under a fence, and walked up into the pasture. A hundred yards from the B&B we found old Hawaiian walls and stone foundations - a perfect spot to watch the sun set.
Excellent hosts and a beautiful setting
The Views has a great location in Waimea (aka Kamuela), which is about equidistant from both Kona and Hilo. Perfect spot for exploring the island. We stayed here 2 years ago in 2003 and came back because we liked the place so much last time. Derek and Erica run an excellent B&B, with clean, bright rooms, beautiful views, and as an added bonus, a delicious, fresh breakfast every morning.
The B&B is located beside a stream, with striking views of Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, and Mt. Hualalai from our Treetop suite. Waimea is home to two excellent restaurants, Merriman's and Daniel Thiebault's, so if you're planning on visiting either of these, The Views is a good choice for lodging. It's just 15 minutes from the beaches and resorts on the Kona Coast and Kawaihae, as well.
Derek and Erica are excellent hosts, and are quite knowledgable about beaches, snorkeling spots, restaurants, and almost anything else you want to know about. Fresh fruit and various local baked goods are served for breakfast every morning, and you can meet any other guests that might be staying at the same time as you. We had a great time talking to the other guests who were staying there, swapping advice on what beaches, restaurants, drives, and activities were good.
We booked the entire second floor "treetop suite" which consists of the sunset room and the stream room, which each have a bed AND a loft. There's an extra charge to use more than one bed if you're only reserved for one, but it was nice to have the bathroom to ourselves and space to stretch out, store our bags, etc. If someone else is staying in the stream room or the sunset room, you'll have to share the bathroom with them.
We stayed at the Views a couple of years ago for our honeymoon and Erica and Derek were very glad to have us back. We had previously stayed downstairs in the dream room, which was very nice and also has beautiful views of the mountains and a private lanai with an outdoor shower! This time we stayed in the treetop suite just to see what it was like, and we were just as satisfied with our stay. Every room has something to offer, and I'm sure you'll have a relaxing stay if you choose to visit.
I definitely miss falling asleep to the relaxing sound of the stream outside our window now that I'm back from our vacation! Thank you Derek and Erica for providing a truly relaxing B&B for people to stay at.
Highly Recommend the Dream Room
We enjoyed our stay at the Dream Room, which boasts excellent views of the stream behind the house as well as Mauna Kea volcano off in the distance. Erica and Derek were superb hosts, as were little Joshua and Cameron -- we were glad to have them mingle with us and the other guests at breakfast each morning. The weather in Waimea/Kamuela can be erratic -- i.e., interesting -- given the B&B's location at the crossroad between the windward and leeward sides of the Big Island.
Wonderful place to stay
Aaaa The Views is a delightful bed and breakfast in Waimea, The Big Island, Hawaii. The views of Mauna Kea are excellent. The Dream Room, where we stayed, has a small, well-stocked kitchen, a jacuzzi, a small deck, and an outdoor 2-headed shower. The hosts are welcoming and unobtrusive. We wanted to just stay in our room and not explore--that's how nice it was. For a laid back, private, relaxed place from which to explore the northern shore of Hawaii, we thought Aaaah the Views was perfect.
We stayed at Aaah The Views for 4 nights towards the end of our honeymoon. We weren't quite sure what to expect, but were astonished by the quality of the Dream Room (or actually Dream Rooms - there's a bedroom, a kitchen and a HUGE bathroom). The pictures on the website really don't do it justice - the place is fabulous. The views are great, and the whole environment is so peaceful and relaxed - we wished we had booked for longer.
Erika and Derek have thought of everything, and were more than happy to offer advice on beaches to visit, and to lend us every possible bit of beach equipment we could need.
The breakfasts were something to look forward to each morning - a big help-yourself meal with bread, bagels, fruit and great coffee. We really enjoyed sitting round the table chatting to Erika and the other guests.
This was definitely the best place we stayed in Hawaii - and we can't recommend it highly enough.
Our stay with Erika and Stuart and their family was great - we stayed in the Stream Room and were very comfortable and made to feel really at home. Breakfasts were delicious - papaya, pineapple, yogurt, bagels, great coffee, cookies, great conversations. We would stay with them again. Excellent location - 15 minutes from the best beach on the island.
A true Aloha experience
We stayed at the Stuart's Aaah the Views for 3 nights and we loved it. Not only is the breakfast great but the owners and their twins were wonderful. Even the guests who were there at the same time were very friendly and we learned so much about the Big Island before we set off on our own. Great views, wonderful owners and scrumptious breakfast made our stay there memorable and special. Thanks Stuart Family!!
Many thanks to Derek and Erica, our hosts at "Ahh The Views B&B", who have done a wonderful job re-doing this B&B. They were outstanding hosts, taking time to get to know each guest and offering excellent trip advice. The setting of the B&B was superb, as our room and breakfast areas both overlooked a mountain stream with views of the volcanoes in the background. The "Dream Suite" was lovely and spacious, with a large window seat which afforded gorgeous views. Thoughtful touches included a reading selection, stereo with cd's, and a natural wood trimmed bathroom with a jacuzzi tub and walk-out balcony. The gourmet continental breakfast was great. In summary, a super place with quality people resulting in an excellent experience. We wish we could have stayed another night.
Matt and Dayna
My wife and I stayed in the "Stream Room" for two nights (November 4, 5, 2004) and we were very satisfied. The room was very clean and was just right - very warm and cozy. Breakfasts were great - although we couldn't begin to eat all the food that Derek prepared! Conversation was great - and we enjoyed every aspect of "Aaah the Views." It was quiet and peaceful and the new owners take great pride in both their hospitality and in their property. We hope to return! Alan & Jan Pfeuffer
What A Great Stay!
The new owners, Erica & Derek, are terrific! We were treated royally and stayed in the nicely appointed Dream Room. The room has a beautiful view of Mauna Kea and the stars (at night), a kitchen, huge & wonderful bath, and patio. Breakfasts consisted of wonderful local fare. The location of the this B&B was wonderful for us -- easy access to great beaches, hikes, historic sights, and out of the way of the tourist masses in Hilo and Kona.
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