Fodor's Expert Review Waimea Gardens Cottage

Waimea (Hawaii County), Hawaii, USA See on Map

Surprisingly luxe yet cozy and quaint, the three charming country cottages and one suite at this historical Hawaiian homestead are surrounded by flowering private gardens and a backyard stream. One cottage (Kohala) and the newly added Ohana Suite include a full kitchen, and the others (Waimea and the Garden Studio) a kitchenette. Each is stocked with provisions, including fresh farm eggs from the property, for a generous and hearty self-serve breakfast. All have their own private gardens and beautiful hardwood floors. The Kohala cottage features a luxury bath with whirlpool soaking tub, and the Garden Studio is equipped with a rain-shower head. The grounds are teeming with birds and plant life that will make you want to move in for good. Inquire for seasonal specials.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The entrance can be a little hard to find off the highway, as the property sits just behind another home. Trust your GPS and you’ll find it tucked away from the highway. You’ll definitely know it when you get there.


Four varying, high quality accommodations make up this small bed and breakfast that will have you feeling relaxed from the moment you walk in. There’s the Ohana Suite, Garden Studio, Waimea Cottage, and Kohala Cottage, each with its own entrance, wood floors, and full kitchen or kitchenette, and free wi-fi.

Spend as much time out by the stream as you can, especially if it’s running. The vibrant greenery that surrounds you from the hills and gardens will help you relax in ways that many places can’t.


Depending on your room, you mind find yourself relaxing in a jacuzzi tub or welcoming the day in an outdoor garden shower. No matter what, you’ll find spacious bathrooms that will help make your stay even more enjoyable.




No on-site dining, but your hosts supply breakfast provisions that include milk, eggs, jam, English muffins, and fruit.


Getting Around

You will need a car to get around Waimea and the island.


The made from scratch daily broths at Noodle Club (5 minute drive) are the perfect way to warm up in chilly Waimea weather – just don’t forget to BYOB! Another laid back choice is Village Burger (5 minute drive) where you can find beef, fish, and vegetarian burgers, with most of the super fresh ingredients sourced locally.


Happy hour and dinner await at Redwater Café (3 minute drive) where you can enjoy live music (Thursday through Saturday) while dining on a variety of multicultural dishes. Find a quality wine menu and limited but unique cocktail menu using fresh island ingredients at Merriman’s (3 minute drive).


The calm serenity of this place makes you want to hang around all day, just reading a book and enjoying the natural beauty. The seasonal stream is tranquil, the rolling hills of Waimea are right in the backyard, and the tree swing adds just a touch of nostalgia that helps to give the whole property a special place in your heart.


Casual Chic


Phones: 808-885–8550

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