Fodor's Expert Review Casa de Emdeko

75-6082 Alii Dr., Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, 96740, USA See on Map

A large and pretty complex on the makai (oceanfront) side of Alii Drive, Casa de Emdeko offers a few more amenities than most condo complexes, including a florist, hair salon, and an on-site convenience store. There's also a nice barbecue cabana, a private sandy oceanfront area for sunbathing, plus fresh and saltwater pools. All units have lanai, with either garden or ocean views. Each unit is individually owned and managed by various property owners, so it's best to check the website if you want to make a reservation.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Getting in touch with the property manager via phone can be tough (though you’ll typically want to contact your individual unit owner). If you need him for any reason he responds quickly to email.


This complex operates approximately 20 vacation rentals that range between one and two bedroom in size, many of which are excellently priced. Some have lanais, air conditioning, and other nice amenities, so be sure to spend some time picking the unit that is right for you.


Bathrooms also vary based on the unit, but do come in a number that is reflective of the bedrooms (1 bedroom/1 bath, 2 bedrooms/2 bath).


There is no check-in with the condos, each individual owner has their own procedure for checking in.


There are two pools on the property, a smaller garden pool in the middle of the complex, and an oceanside pool with fantastic views of the Pacific. Next to this pool is a private sandy beach area for guests to relax.

The oceanfront pool, sandy beach area, and outdoor dining areas are very lovely and not something you often see outside of the expensive resorts. With a little creativity, and a few umbrellas for your cooler full of cocktails, you can easily recreate that resort feel on a budget.


Each condo has a full kitchen and there is a nice oceanside outdoor barbeque and dining area for all owners and guests.


Getting Around

You’ll need a car to get to the property and around the island.


Umeke’s (10-minute drive) is the island favorite that you’ll want to check out if you’re a fan of poke and seafood – it’s loved by locals and visitors alike. Broke da Mouth Grinds (14-minute drive) has tasty food that will give you your Hawaiian and Filipino food fix with favorites like loco moco, furikake chicken, and adobo fries.


Get drinks and a show at Gertrude’s Jazz Bar (8-minute drive), an open-air jazz bar with great beer and wine selections, plus a few decadent desser-tinis to complement their cocktail list. Kona Brewing Company (11-minute drive) has some of the best pizza you’ll find in Hawaii, paired with a fun atmosphere and the chance to taste a variety of their famous brews.


This much room and amenities usually come at a higher price, but most of the individual units at this property are very affordable and great for families and longer term visitors. The pool and outdoor dining area give this property a little special something to make for a memorable visit.


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