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Old 01-23-2014, 02:36 PM   #226
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I can't believe how much you packed into one day! No wonder you were tired! Glad you were able to change your flight and get back earlier.
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Kona's airport is very pretty and very different. The boarding ramp is just like the ones are little local airport uses for flights to Orlando. The flatbreads looked very . But the bug sounded horrible! I don't like little bugs and much less big bugs.
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Beautiful sunset views! Thought of you when I saw on the news tonight how the volcano is really starting to churn and become more active.
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What a long but action-packed day. Love the idea of flying into Hilo and out of Kona. Did you get any Kona coffee???
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Kona's airport is very pretty and very different. The boarding ramp is just like the ones are little local airport uses for flights to Orlando. The flatbreads looked very . But the bug sounded horrible! I don't like little bugs and much less big bugs.
Big or little... I'm not a huge fan of any bug.
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Oh really? I hadn't heard that - I'll have to look that up.
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we didn't. I thought you knew - neither of us drinks coffee. I saw plenty, but there was no point.
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Thursday 7 November part one: this is really something!

I woke up about 5:10am, but drifted back to sleep until around 7:00am, when I thought I뭗 better get going, as we had an appointment with a Grand Villa at 8:30am! I genuinely thought I뭗 be going on my own, as Mark was absolutely flat out, but obviously he was meant to come with me, as unexpectedly he woke from his slumber at around 8:15am.

We made our way down to the DVC Preview Centre, and we ended up touring the Grand Villa with another couple who were DVC members. He뭗 only just got off a four month shift on Carnival, as he said working every single day for 12-14 hours a day and all he wanted to do now was relax. I don뭪 blame him.

Oh wow this really was something! I think I뭠l let the photos do the talking, as they sell it so much better than I ever could. We were all blown away with what we saw


The entrance hall

The living area

The kitchen

The dining room

The washer/dryer

The master bedroom

The master bathroom

Another bathroom

And another!


More bedrooms

But I뭭e saved the best until last the view from the balcony stunning, isn뭪 it?



The Ka Maka grotto pool with the beach beyond

A close-up of the Ka Maka grotto pool

A close-up of the Keiki Cove water play area

The Waikolohe family pool with the beach beyond


The Waikolohe family pool with the volcano next to it. The two buildings in front are Mama뭩 Snack Stop and Papalua Shave Ice

Looking further down the Ko Olina area, with the Beach Villas at Ko Olina (closer) and Marriott뭩 Ko Olina Beach Club (behind) in shot

The wedding pavilion

JW Marriott Ihilau Resort and Spa next door

The Wailana adult pool


Next: Minnie, you뭨e such a romantic!
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Okay...all I have to say is WOW...and when can I move in??
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Very nice and bigger than my house.
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That Grand Villa is absolutely stunning! I could totally live there
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Absolutely stunning!!! I am ready to move in!!! That kitchen is beautiful! And the view.......sigh.......yep, totally picturing myself sitting on the balcony with a glass of wine!!!
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Nice, but the Grand Villas at all the DVCs are pretty nice! The views are another story. Can't see that at any other DVC.

(It's Kilauea that's erupting right now-- pretty spectacular!)
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OK - now we just need someone to get enough points for a week in the Grand Villa and invite their friendly Passporter Friends to join them.

That view is gorgeous. I like that you can see the hotel grounds area as well as the beach and ocean.
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WOW!! If I ever save enough points I would love to stay there with my extended family!!!
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