Rental Review: Mika Taki House with Lagoon

Hilo HouseThis house is almost too spectacular to review.  I kind of want to keep it a secret so it stays our little hidden gem.  I can’t do that to you though!  The whole point of visiting these amazing places it to share them!

This 4 bedroom 4.5 bathroom house is situated just a few blocks from the main Hilo area but is far enough away to feel secluded.  You’re surrounded by lush tropical rainforest that bursts to life every night.  The froggy noises are so loud that light sleepers might have a difficult time sleeping.  It felt really fun for us though since it’s unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.  The home itself is fully stocked with everything you could possibly need on your stay.  Seriously, we didn’t need to buy anything while we were there except bug spray (and food and wine of  course).  With all the rain (Hilo has the highest rainfall in the USA!) comes lots of bugs.  I got about a million mosquito bites on our stay in Hilo.  I’m kind of a target for them though.  I’ll get 12 and my friends will get 1… so unfair.

Another amazing bonus about this place is the private lagoon with waterfall.  It’s spectacular.  You could probably not leave the house for a few days and just lounge by the lagoon, BBQ, and be perfectly content with life.  The lagoon has big tadpoles, prawns, and tons of little fishies that were fun to watch.  It’s a tad on the chilly side but a nice relief from the warm weather and humidity.

We’re talking about renting this place out for our entire family some time soon.  It’s really one of the best rental properties I’ve ever experienced.  Leaving was the only thing I didn’t like about it.

Find out more info or book your stay here!

Fruit trees

Tons of tropical fruit trees surround the property

The rainforest view from our bedroom

The rainforest view from our bedroom

A cute sitting area overlooking the rainforest

A cute sitting area overlooking the rainforest

House

Huge palms trees tower over the property

Huge palms trees tower over the property

Loved the secluded lagoon

Loved the secluded lagoon

Stunning lagoon... I couldn't believe it was our own!

Stunning lagoon… I couldn’t believe it was our own!

A cute little dock on the lagoon

A cute little dock on the lagoon

Boys will be boys...

Boys will be boys…

The steps down to the lagoon

The steps down to the lagoon

Monday Must-Have Lust List

While we are still on our Hawaiian adventure, here are a few things that have made the island inspired lust list…

1) Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen

For as pale as I am, it’s a miracle I’m not burned to a crisp.  I always rely on Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen for basically all my sunscreen needs.  I haven’t gotten burned even a teeny tiny bit!!  I’m knocking on wood as I write this though… just in case!

Sunscreen

2) Anti-itch Cream

So I haven’t been sun burned but I’ve gotten so many mosquito bites I’m worried people will think I’ve contracted leprosy.  Seriously, I have 22 bites and counting.  It doesn’t help that I have basically no self control when it comes to itching them.  Luckily my friend had brought some anti-itch cream that has become my favorite thing on the whole planet.

3) Sun Hats

I love me a good sun hat.  Basically I love all hats but right now I’m specifically in need of some sun shade.  My favorite, that I’ve mentioned in some previous posts, is my Eric Javis Squishee IV Wide Brim Hat.  It has UPF 50+ which means my scalp will remain unburned!  A double bonus is it packs really well.  You can simply roll it up and throw it in your suitcase.  I usually wear mine to the airport but that’s mostly because I’ve run out of room to pack it!

Eric Javits Hat

4) Homeaway.com

Both the homes we have been staying at on Oahu and the Big Island we found through Homeaway.com.  Both of them have been really incredible.  I totally prefer to stay in a rental home compared to a stuffy overcrowded resort.  Not to mention with 2 or 3 couples, it ends up being a huge savings to rent 1 house over separate rooms.  I’ll do reviews of our specific places soon!

5) Sparkly Debra Lippmann Nail Polish

I know it’s basically all about fall nails now but I’m stretching out some summery nails through the rest of my Hawaiian trip.  I packed some fun sparkly Debra Lippmann polish in ocean and sunset shades.  Right now I’m wearing the Mermaid’s Eyes color so I’d feel like a mermaid while I was snorkeling and swimming in the lagoon.  It only seems appropriate!

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