A collection of lovely vacation rental cottages, these accommodations range from a simple cottage in the rain forest to the stunning cedar-paneled Nohea with sitting room. Most units can accommodate up to four people comfortably, and all come equipped with full kitchens stocked with organic cereals, tea, hot chocolate, coffee, and granola. Enjoy views of the ohia forests from expansive picture windows, or stargaze on a clear evening from covered Lanai.
Prices drop by $15 to $20 per night when staying three or more nights, so these accommodations are quite affordable if you’re planning to stay a little while.
The large rooms (including one studio option) are filled with wooden furnishings and are decorated with art from local artists, as well as native flowers. There’s a warm feeling throughout, and everything is nice and cozy.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The advertised rate is for double-occupancy only. These are great accommodations for families, but there are extra charges per head, including children, based on age (except for infants).
Bathrooms are simple and rustic and keep with the cabin in the woods vibe.
There is no on-site restaurant, but each cottage has a full kitchen and both indoor and outdoor dining spaces.
You will need a rental car to get around the Volcano area and the island.
A great spot for grab and go breakfast or lunch is Eagles Lighthouse Café (3-minute drive) for both standard lighter fare and more Hawaiian leaning dishes like a fried rice breakfast bowl. Keep things a little lighter at Café Ono (4-mile drive) where you can find health conscious fare in an old Hawaiian garden estate.
Go to Lava Lounge at the Kilauea Military Camp (10-min drive) for no nonsense cocktails at great prices, as well as occasional live music. For a little more upbeat, but still laid back night life with live music, mostly Kona Brewery beers on tap and a standard bar full of liquor, Hilo Town Tavern (43-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.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Comfortable, spacious accommodations make this a real home away from home, but a home inside the relaxing splendor of a rainforest with an active volcano nearby.