Excellent hosts and a beautiful setting A review of Aaah the Views Bed and Breakfast
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.