Banyan Tree Sanctuary is a VEGETARIAN healing ohana on the Kona, or west coast on the Big Island of Hawaii. We ask that while you are our guest, you refrain from cooking or eating any meat (beef, pork, lamb, chicken, turkey, fish, etc.) on the property. It is fine to eat and cook eggs, cheese, dairy, etc. We realize that although this will exclude some potential guests, it will also attract others who are comfortable with, or at least willing to try this type of lifestyle while staying with us, and we welcome you.
We enjoy year-round beautiful weather, with temperatures in the mid 70's to 80's, for the most part, with nighttime temps in the 60's. We have seven separate spaces (rooms & bungalows) that when added together come to almost $600 per night. But as a complete property rental, the cost is $477 a night, and we can accommodate up to 14 people in the beds (if all are couples). However, if everyone needs their own bed and/or sleeping surface, we have a total of 7 beds. Each person could have their own room or bungalow if there were 7 individuals. In addition, there is a one time cleaning fee of $300, plus the host fee of airbnb, and then a Hawaii tax of 13.42% on the total rental charge, due upon arrival.
Normally, there are 3-5 full time owners/residents who live here and manage the property, so technically, you don't get the 'whole' property, as we continue to live in our spaces. You get the entire 3rd floor upstairs, with 2 bedrooms, you get 3 bungalows, and you get 2 rooms on the first floor. Also, we normally restrict the age of children to twelve or older, but if you rent the entire facility, there is no age restriction for children.
Please look at the pictures of the spaces available to see what is included.
We have a chlorine-free pool and Jacuzzi and an infrared sauna for our guests' use, and 3.2 acres of fruit trees, organic gardens, and many unique features, like a lava cave and sacred paths to walk on, as well as a nine hole Frisbee golf course. We are 15 minutes to downtown Kona with its restaurants, shops and nightlife, and 20 minutes to KOA, Kona International airport. Some of the best beaches on the island are less than 30 minutes away, including white and black sand beaches. Premier snorkeling spots and areas to see and swim with wild dolphins are less than an hour's drive from our door.
The entire property, and the pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, common areas, community kitchen, Mother Ship multi-purpose room with 70" screen TV; and with some guidance, areas beyond our property, such as the lava cave and enchanted forest.
As little or as much as they choose to interact with us.
This is an exceptionally beautiful part of the Kona side of the island, it is actually called Kona Heavens! We are in a very quiet and peaceful neighborhood and we are the very last house on a dead end road, so we truly are a sanctuary.
No public transportation where we are, so please plan on renting a car.
At 1100', we are a little cooler than downtown, and get more rain, so bring an extra sweater and a poncho/umbrella. There is always sun to be found somewhere on the island, but it may not be right here. A headlamp/flashlight is also a good idea, although we have extras if you forget yours. Also a sturdy pair of shoes to walk on the paths is a great idea.
Great little spot on this amazing property. Really warm conscious folks.
This is a very special sanctuary place to stay. They have various structures around the property and rooms in their main house, as well as a pool, spa, and sauna to be in. There is a full kitchen next to the pool and a separate building to meditate in or do yoga, whatever. The place is clean, comfortable, and the people are open and warm. We have been to some other "communal" type places that were not always well managed, but this place is quite the contrary - pleasant, organized, clean, and we felt very relaxed. We ate the fruit from the farm, and cooked our own meals with the food we brought and stored there. They had all the basic condiments and stuff that you would need.
The Banyan Tree Sanctuary was a fantastic place to be based while exploring the Kona side of Big Island.
We stayed in the Owl's Nest Tent, located in a quiet corner of the property with its own outdoor table and chairs, comfortable bed and plenty of space for our bags.
The bathroom and shared spaces were also great. We loved spending time in the lounge and using the well-equipped kitchen.
Raybo, Margaret and Benjamin were fantastic hosts, warm and friendly and I would certainly recommend Banyan to others.
Raybo's place is truly amazing. It's that perfect combination of character, relaxed atmosphere and luxury with pool and jacuzzi! We wish that we could have stayed longer and would not hesitate to return. Everything was immaculately clean. A very quiet place to relax!
Raybo was a great host, super helpful (thanks for helping organise the dive with the manta rays!)
The room was clean. The property was gorgeous! The pool and hot tub were superb. Raybo and Ben and the other staff were all very kind and welcoming. We had a great stay. One thing to note is that you cannot cook meat in the shared kitchen. If that's a problem for you then stay somewhere else. Other than that it was a pleasant stay.
This place is teeming with life and more visually stunning than the pictures reveal. The rooms are clean and well appointed. The folks at Banyan Tree really take good care of the land and home/ outbuildings here. I enjoyed the bird sounds and the fruit gown on site. The views are spectacular. The other guest I have met have been generous and open. If you are unwilling or unable to embrace the bugs and geckos of the jungle, you might choose another place to stay. I did not find the bugs to be an insurmountable obstacle. Once I learned how and when they appear and how to get rid of the more unsavory ones safely, it was no issue. Benjamin was lighthearted and a joy to be around, Margaret Amiracle, was like a shy cat and rarely was interacting, though very kind. Raybo was quickly able to be accommodating when a rare mega rain flooded the house and my room, I was relocated to the upper level of the house. I am headed back to Banyan Tree in a few days to spend the last couple of island nights there before I go home to Minnesota. Banyan was part of an unforgettable adventure. Maholo.
Mahalo for your kind words, Adeline. They are much appreciated.
I also want to comment and say that yes, we are in Hawaii, but no, we are not in the jungle. Believe me, the jungle is a VERY different experience, and the bugs and wildlife are MUCH more common than what we have here. As we live in a spacious shared community in which some rooms are partially open to the outside, we do have geckos (that virtually everyone is charmed by) and the occasional bug is just part of the landscape. I agree, that if someone is insect phobic, they should choose to stay in one of the resorts, and even there, there is no guarantee that they won't come across a bug or two. Since we are also a totally organic, pesticide-free facility, the few critters that you will likely see are the price we pay for not poisoning our aina. So thanks for mentioning that., as it gives me an opportunity to be clear about what we are and are not, and the people who choose organic, and poison and chlorine free facilities, will know what we have to offer. Mahalo!
We enjoyed our stay at the beautiful Banyan Tree Sanctuary a lot!! The sunset is outstanding, the fresh fruits and veggies are delicious, the room is cozy and clean, it is close to the airport and Kona, the people are lovely and delightful. We can highly recommend this wonderful and peaceful place!!! We really want to come back one day.
The perfect place. We went to Kona for the Ironman World Championship and we wanted a calm place and away from the crowd of the race. this was the perfect location, 15minutes away from he city and so relaxed and so calm. We love it. With all the organic fruit and vegetable, no noise and perfect for yoga and meditation. Sure we will come back the next time we go to Kona.