- We had a 16-day family vacation in March with our 4 children and spouses and 9 grandchildren to celebrate my husband's retirement. This was a perfect house w/guest house and adjacent Makanui Bungalow next door for our large group. It was a good location (short walking distance to the beach) to suit everyone's needs. However, the house and pool were the main attractions for the family; highlighted with the recently remodeled interior that opened up the entire living space making it perfect for family meals and gathering. We had toured the house previously when we booked it over a year ago and believe me this remodel was a bonus we didn't except. Also the repairs and updates to the pool and outdoor area are a nice addition with more to come. We had a great time playing pool volleyball and pool train on boogie boards for the little ones as well as spending most of our time lounging by the pool. During our stay they were still working on outdoor landscaping that will be fabulous when complete. We had the opportunity to meet the new owners (wonderful couple) while there and hear about their further plans. The landscaping crew was very considerate of our family so we didn't feel imposed upon. Plus, we enjoyed watching the progress. The best part of the remodel is the 20 foot tall bi-fold wall of windows that completely open up the indoor and outdoor living space. In addition, the staff at Great Vacation Retreats is wonderful to work with and catered to our every needs for beach gear and activities. Most of the complaints about the property from previous reviewers (pre-remodel) have now been addressed and exceeded our expectations. We wouldn't hesitate to rent again if we planned another large family group vacation. This would also be an ideal place for 3 or 4 couples or more with wanting to share a vacation with the privacy of their own pool and feeling of home.