For a couple wanting a romantic tropical vacation I can't imagine a better destination than the Onion House. There is so much to do on the Big Island but without a doubt the best part of our two week Hawaii vacation was the week we spent at the Onion House. We are already thinking about returning.
If you explore other reviews and the owner's own website you will find scads of details that I need not repeat. So I'll offer just a few details that may be overlooked elsewhere. Yes the bedroom is romantic, but the mattress and bedding are first rate, too. The bed is one of the most comfortable we've ever slept on. The pillows are down-filled but encased in high-quality allergy-proof covers (the expensive soft kind--not the nylon feeling ones). These are the kind of little details that the owner, Beth McCormick has put into making sure that her guests are comfortable and pleased. The kitchen is well-equipped, there is a washer and dryer and there are plenty of thick, plush towels and bath sheets.
It's the same kind of detail that the architect put into creating the Onion House. If you pay attention, everywhere you look you will see little works of art that are part of the larger structure. If you happen to be there during a rain, walk around outside and watch how the rain plays as it runs off the roof into sculpted concrete leaves and from there into little hand-laid Italian-tile channels built into the patio.
The pool is amazing. It overlooks Kona and the Western Pacific. Sunsets are guaranteed to wow. At night the whole house and pool light up and lights twinkle along the shore. There were just the two of us and we felt very alone despite the open nature of the home. If more than two people are staying here, privacy could be an issue. One of the two small bedrooms on the back of the main house would afford the most privacy.
A few other notes. The mosquito nets are just for decoration. We were not bothered by biting insects at all. Despite there being no A/C we were quite comfortable. The breezes were sufficient to lower the temperature to about 75 at night in June. The owner notes that the Onion House is not well designed for children or guests with limited mobility. I would not stay there with children under 6--and I'd only take older kids if they were very well behaved.
The only think we didn't like about the Onion House is how far away it is from home.
We enjoyed our stay at the Onion House. It has all the amenities you could want and the owners are easy to work with. It was well maintained and quite beautiful.
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The pros: nice patio and large swimming pool and beth was easy to deal with.
Cons: the lily pond was full of dirty water, toads and toad eggs, no beautiful plants. Plugins in master bath did not work. Lizards all over inside the house. The bedding and pillows were stained and old. When it rained the master closet got wet as well as the kitchen. The pool was dirty when we moved in and was not cleaned until the day before we moved out. The planters around the pool had no plants. Absolutely not as pictured. My son and his family moved out.
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