Fodor's Expert Review
Drive through lush rainforests and winding roads to find a former yoga retreat turned intimate bed and breakfast on 40 acres of Big Island land. The entire property is off grid thanks to hydroelectric systems powered by nearby waterfalls, solar panels, and a little bit of propane. Rooms are reasonably priced for budget travelers looking for serenity and privacy who don’t mind a bit of a drive. Beautiful gardens and singing birds greet visitors to make this spot perfect for yoga, meditation, or getting lost in a book during your vacation down time.
You Should Know This locale is fairly remote, both away from the highway and away from the nearest towns (16 miles to Hilo, 33 miles to Honoka’a). That is ideal for some travelers, but can certainly be a turn off for others.
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Two decently-sized rooms make up this very quiet and laid back little B&B. They’re not particularly remarkable, but are cozy and well lit. Each room has a private entrance from the outside and are in free standing buildings.
You Should Know There is no cable or TVs at the B&B, but guests can use a strong mobile hotspot to access the internet.
Medium-sized bathrooms with tubs and showers get the job done. One of the rooms has a good-sized soaking tub if you’re planning to do a lot of hiking. There’s also a small outdoor bath house that is available for guests. The rainfall shower head is the big draw here.
B&B hosts meet guests in the driveway to escort them to their rooms. For international travelers who do not have access to their digital maps, they will meet them closer to the highway.
There is no gym on property, but there is a full-sized yoga temple available for use, along with all yoga supplies including mats, bricks, etc.
Tip Though the immediate surroundings are gorgeous, filled with orchids, ferns, and all types of Hawaiian flora, take advantage of the full 40 acres of property for hiking and exploring.
Light breakfast is provided in the morning for an additional $15 per person per day. Though guests cannot use the stove for liability reasons, there is a full-sized refrigerator available for use, as well as prep areas in the kitchen.
This remote location definitely requires a rental car, preferably something with the power of a truck or SUV (roads are paved, but you will be climbing elevation a bit).
Nearby Mr. Ed’s Bakery (13-minute drive) is a great place to grab a cup of coffee and a sandwich to go. Mr. Ed’s also has a great selection of fruit jams, great for souvenirs. Head into Hilo for more dining options, including Café Pesto (27-minute drive) for an Italian meal with island flair.
With mostly Kona Brewery beers on tap and a standard bar full of liquor, Hilo Town Tavern (28-minute drive) is your best bet for rubbing elbows with locals at this semi-dive bar that has live music, sports on a few screens, and a couple of pool tables (just don’t expect fancy cocktails – they don’t even have a blender). For higher end cocktails made with fresh, local ingredients, stop by Pineapple’s (28-minute drive) for pupus on their patio. Yes, they even have a cocktail served to you INSIDE a pineapple.