Mango Sunset BnB at Lyman Farms
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Loved the Mango Sunset BnB
I stayed at the Mango Sunset BnB 3 nights and found it to be an exceptional place. Both Marsha and Hans were personable, always ready to share their considerable knowledge of the area, coffee growing (their other business), and provided wonderful, unusual breakfasts. The solitude and views were exceptional values! Yet, saying that, the location is perfect for those persons wishing convenience to shopping, sightseeing, dining and the airport. Sharing a bathroom was a novel experience and initially I was a bit apprehensive, but found it was no problem. It only required all guests being considerate and responsible. The congenial,free-flowing spirit of the Mango Sunset BnB certainly enhanced my stay in the beautiful State of Hawaii and I would definately stay there again. The prices are very reasonable, and if for nothing else it's worth the stay just for one of Hans' breakfasts.
Location, price, delicious breakfasts!!!
This was our very first experience with a B&B, and we were not sure what to expect. We have visited Hawaii several times in the past but have always stayed in hotels or condominiums. This time we were without kids and wanted a little more privacy and intimacy. Mango Sunset is a small B&B located on a small family owned coffee farm. The hosts, Hans and Marsha were wonderful and went out of their way to make us feel comfortable and "at home."
The rooms were clean- the entire bedding is cleaned between guests- even the bedspreads. There are hardwood floors throughout which is really nice for people who have alergies. Each bedroom opens onto a common lanai that overlooks the ocean. (Even though you are two miles upland, it is still a beautiful view!) Hans provides binoculars and a telescope. (The night skies in Hawaii are amazing!!!)The front grounds are landscaped with flowers and plants which attract local birds and butterflies. It was very peaceful and quiet.
Hans lead the guests on an interesting and informative tour of his coffee farm. Many plants were in bloom and had pretty fragrant white blossoms on them. We learned that the coffee plant is related to the gardinia, and Hans even had us taste the red coffee bean and seperate out the two separate seeds. Hans sells his premium coffee at a very reasonable price, and also went out of his way to get us fresh roasted macadamia nuts at a discounted price.
One of the best things about Mango Sunset B&B is the location. Anyone who has been to the Kona side of Hawaii before knows that it has MAJOR traffic issues. It can take up to 1 1/2 hours to travel 20 miles. After a long flight to Hawaii the last thing you want to do is spend more time sitting in a car stuck in traffic! Yet, to reach Mango Sunset, you take the first main road after the airport, avoiding almost all of the heavy traffic. I was checking into my room only 30 minutes after leaving the airport, which left me much more time to do what I came to Hawaii to do- relax!
Mango Sunset is located north of Kona, which is our favorite part of the island. Just minutes away from world famous Hapuna Beach, award winning restaurants, ancient Hawaiian temples, Waimea cattle ranches, rain forests, shopping, whale watching adventures...what more could you ask for? And on top of all this is Han's DELICIOUS breakfasts! His macadamia nut pan-crepes are the best!!! As far as an earlier post that talks about the "chores" --each guest is asked to pick up a tray in the kitchen with napkin and utensils, and beverage and fruit of their choice. They then take their trays out to the lanai where Hans brings out the main entree of the day. Guests are encouraged to eat heartily while enjoying the view. After finished we are asked to return our trays to the kitchen area- the end of our "chores." From here the trays and dishes magically "disappear" to reappear fresh and clean the next morning. I wonder what these teenagers are required to do at their own homes if they feel put upon by this "chore."
Hans and Marsha are both very intelligent and pleasant conversationalists. They were knowledgable of the local areas of interest and gave good pointers of places to visit. After staying at Mango Sunset for 3 nights, we went down south to stay at another B&B. I will not mention their name since it was NOT a good experience! We cut our visit short there and returned to Mango Sunset where we were warmly welcomed "home."
A few of my things were accidently left behind, and even though I called Marsha and told her not to worry about mailing them to me, they arrived a few days later by express mail. This added touch of caring is what makes Hans and Marsha and Mango Sunset so special.
Some added points, the rooms were comfortable for two, and possibly one small child, so probably not the best place for children. Also, two bedrooms are required to share one bathroom. Even though this was not a problem while we were there, it might possibly be. However, Hans is in the process of being approved for an expansion, and then each room will have it's own bathroom. If this is a concern, there is one room that has a private bath, so this can be requested. There is private, free parking, and a new paved road into the Mango Sunset. There is a referigerator in the kitchen that can be used by guests, and also microwave available. There is 24 hour internet service. Overall it was a great experience, and we will definitely return!!!
We will surely return!
We thouroughly enjoyed our stay. Our hosts were cordial and welcoming, providing us with lovely, clean, comfortable rooms. Hans & Marsha have put a great deal of energy and effort into creating a unique setting and space for their B&B. We found the tour of the coffee farm very enlightening. Our hosts provided great food as well as the opportunity to meet other travellers. They also went 'above and beyond' in getting up early to make coffee for us as well as set out juice and muffins since we had an early flight when we left Big Island.
Great hospitalty, beautiful quiet setting
My husband and I loved being able to be so close to Kona but up on the farm where it was cool quiet. It was hard to believe we were so close to town and the airport. We learned alot about coffee and really enjoyed seeing the plants fowering and then being able to have coffee from that harvest when we returned on our way back to the mainland 11 days later. The hosts were friendly and went out of their way to make us feel at home. We enjoyed the wonderful breakfasts and interesting conversation. There are many varieties of flowering plants and fruit trees all around the property. The room was quite comfortable and we enjoyed the lanai and the awesome views of the coast and sky. A telescope and binoculars on the lanai make viewing a treat. I look forward to a return visit to this very special down to earth home.
Great Hospitality for a Relaxing and Enjoyable Stay!!
My husband and I stayed for 5 days in December and then moved south to another farm for 5 days. This was our first visit to Hawaii. Our stay with Hans and Marcia was most enjoyable and very accommodating. They provided us with maps and told of places we should not miss, gave us great restaurants to stop at and were extremely friendly and helpful. Hans is a wonderful cook and his breakfasts were quite large and quite delicious. His coffee, was a delightful experience as well and all others on the island paled in comparison. We found his enthusiasm for farming coffee and the research and knowledge he shared to be fascinating and certainly helped us understand just how much work, effort and love he has put into his land. While we were there, another guest couple there was looking to buy a coffee farm as well. Has was not afraid to share his knowledge and offered to assist in the search for an ideal location. The great view from our room, the peace and quiet and overall friendliness were most welcoming and we look forward to another visit as soon as we are able. We, too, are innkeepers and have run our own resort in Wisconsin for 29 years and have taught hospitality management. Mango Sunset BnB is NOT lacking in hospitality!!
Beautiful, Charming & Affordable
We stayed for a week at the Mango Sunset Bed and Breakfast in Kona, Hawaii. The hosts were extremely gracious and attentive to our needs, including making sure we made the most of our time on the Big Island. Hans is an accomplished SCUBA diver and made sure we found our way to some of the island's best shore dive sites, and led me to the best deals on rentals for tanks, etc.
Breakfast was fantastic - our favorite was definitely his crepe-style macadamia nut pancakes with home made sauce from fruit grown on the property. It's a working coffee farm, but it's small and very quiet (more of a picturesque garden than a farm you might envision with noisy machinery). We loved the tour of the property and the insights on coffee farming - a wonderful added bonus for our stay.
This bed and breakfast is intimate with only three rooms at present, each with outstanding views of the ocean and Kona coastline and a sliding glass door out to the lanai (porch). The price is definitely an added attraction as is the location. We had originally looked at staying farther south near the Captain Cook area, but were very glad we didn't given the traffic through town every day.
We will definitely be returning as soon as we can and recommending Mango Sunset to our friends and family!
If your into the twilight zone or are just looking to get just stright scared out of your pants, then look no further than the Mango Sunset BnB at Lyman Farms. Not into the hustle and bustle of the city? Hey there are hundreds of things to do at the BnB such as helping the owners with chores, learning about water filtration systems and the origin of a coffee bean, even watch a family of turkeys walk across miles of coffee bean terrain. Mango Sunset BnB is an affordable stay and quiet at all hours of the day....just be sure to go to bed by 7 p.m. and arise in the morning at around 6 p.m.
Don't bring kids
I recently brought team of young athletes to Mango Sunset B&B because it fit out budget best. The owners knew that we were a party of nine, eight players and one coach, and tried to accomodate us as best as possible. We actually fit in there pretty comfortably.
Prior to arrival, I asked the operator what time breakfast was being served. He told me that we would work something out. That was not the case when we got there. Upon arrival, he told me breakfast is served no later that 8am and either we woke up then or missed it. Unreasonable when considering the sleep habits of teens and their tiring game schedule which included some night games. He also told us my players were required to help set up, serve, and clean up after breakfast! Who were the employees and who were the guests?
The owner also does not understand the demeanor of teenagers. Of course they were up all night laughing and playing, they're kids! He wanted to institute some sort of quiet hours--we were the only guests--and even yelled at my kids to "Shut up!" one night.
Don't bring kids, and don't ask about coffee--it becomes a three hour discussion. The view were gorgeous, the breakfasts were different, the operators were interestingly different. It felt like amateur hour.
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