For years Ellie ran the popular Koloa Landing Cottages, then in 2007, she sold that business and renovated an old plantation house in the heart of Koloa. This two-bedroom/two-bathroom home, surrounded by tropical gardens, is for the traveler who wants a "real" Hawaii experience living in a residential area, like a local resident. Ellie, who has a terrific eye for color and design has taken this plain-Jane house and converted it into a whimsical tropical cottage -- perfect for a family. Entry is through a plant-filled, outdoor lanai, where you will find you will spend all your time -- just like Hawaii residents. The house (with full kitchen) has antique furniture recovered in old Hawaiian print fabric, with paddle fans to keep the house cool, TV, washer and dryer, barbecue, and everything you can think of to make your vacation. Just a mile and a half to the beach and walking distance to Koloa town's shops and restaurants.
- © Frommer's 2013