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Fodor's Expert Review Volcano Men's Retreat

11-2888 Hibiscus Street, Mountain View, HI 96771 See on Map

6 acres of ohia and fern forest offer guests at this luxury eco-retreat a relaxed, private setting specifically for gay men who are visiting the Big Island. The octagonal Polynesian-style bungalows are posh and comfy, set upon beautifully manicured lawns accentuated with tropical plants. Hosts Robert and Scott have created a memorable experience that they themselves couldn’t find on the Big Island.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Though the Wi-Fi is free, it is satellite provided, due to the secluded nature of the area. Hopefully you’re not spending too much time on your computer, but just be aware that it can be affected by bad weather.

room

Each of the retreat’s bungalows are constructed using eco-friendly methods and have a Polynesian feel to them. Luxury and ecology were at the forefront of the construction of these rooms, and each room has a TV, refrigerator, lanai, fireplace, and dining area. And when it’s bedtime, guests will be treated to a king-size bed with DREAM foam mattress and Egyptian cotton sheets.

Guests have the option of early or late check out if needed, just ask your hosts!

bathroom

The bathrooms are fairly small to allow for plenty of lounging room in the structure, but they’re chic and the showers are exquisite.

pool

There is a 6-person hot tub inside of a bamboo gazebo.

spa

The retreat has an on-call massage therapist that offers treatments in your bungalow, one of the gazebos, or on the lawn.

dining

There is no on-site restaurant, but a hot breakfast is served each day with both indoor and outdoor (inside a bamboo gazebo) seating options. Fresh brewed coffee is served directly on your lanai each morning.

LOCATION

Getting Around

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

Restaurants

Jackie Rey’s Ohana Grill (38-minute drive) is a fun, higher end restaurant set inside a former bank (the old vault is still there) with seafood specialties, Hawaiian favorites, and an excellent happy hour. Head into Hilo for a laid back, but dressier dinner that features local flavors and a great sushi menu at Hilo Bay Café (35-minute drive), overlooking the ocean.

Bars

There aren’t many places on the east side of the island that will give you that sit by the ocean with an umbrella drink in your hand vibe, but Hula Hula’s (35-minute drive) inside the Grand Naniloa Hotel is definitely one of them. Find a seat on the patio at Pineapple’s (36-minute drive) for nice cocktails made with fresh, local ingredients. Yes, they even have a cocktail served to you INSIDE a pineapple.

WHY WE LIKE IT

With a goal to never say no to guests and privacy mixed with luxury, we love that there is a wonderful option for gay couples on the Big Island that is so nice that other couples will be jealous!

QUICK FACTS

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 1-808-987-5498

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