A collection of three retreat and vacation rental properties comprise this exotic destination on an organic farm in Puna. Cute and distinctive, the one-bedroom Avocado House with loft sleeps three, while the more spacious Mango House—with its second-story living room and lanai—accommodates four. Featuring handcrafted Balinese huts made of exotic hardwoods, the main residence serves as a retreat center large enough for 12 people and also carries the largest nightly price. This property is deep in the heart of Puna off the beaten track.
Since it’s a working farm, your hosts are all too glad for guests to enjoy the delicious fruit that’s ripening outside of the house doors, including avocado and pineapple.
The three houses on the retreat property range from simple, charming accommodations that are great and affordable for couples or small families (the Avocado and Mango Houses) to the Ohana House, an exotic retreat in the middle of farm land that is great for large groups. Each exists in its own space on this organic Puna farm, and the Avocado House even has an actual avocado tree growing through the house! No matter which house you’re in you’ll be surrounded by nature, have a great deal of privacy, and enjoy plenty of bird and frog songs during your stay.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There are no TVs, but good, strong Wi-Fi is provided for free.
Each bathroom differs based on the house, but all are clean and well maintained.
There are no on-site restaurants, but if you’re staying in the Ohana House your hosts will cook for you for $70 per person, per day. The other two houses have full kitchens that are stocked with coffee, eggs, bread, and fresh fruit.
You’ll need a car to get around the Big Island.
Pahoa Fresh Fish (13-minute drive) has a selection of fish plates with a rotating array of fish caught by local fishermen and the best tartar sauce you will ever dip a stick into. Grab coffee and some really yummy rotating breakfast items at Tin Shack Bakery (11-minute drive) – they also have lunch until 3 p.m.
With mostly Kona Brewery beers on tap and a standard bar full of liquor, Hilo Town Tavern (42-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. 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 (39-minute drive) inside the Grand Naniloa Hotel is definitely one of them.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Puna isn’t always a highly trafficked area for visitors, but it really should be. It’s the gateway to some really amazing places, and it’s a great option for a different Hawaii experience. And though the Ohana House isn’t the right size/price for everyone, the huts that make up part of the retreat were originally constructed in Bali, then dismantled and reassembled on the Big Island, making for a really interesting space.