Whole Sanctuary for Family/Weddings

Villa - Entire home/apt · Kohanaiki Road, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, United States

The Space

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 $499 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 4 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.

Guest Access

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.

Interaction with Guests

As little or as much as they choose to interact with us.

The Neighborhood

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. There are wonderful places to stroll right out of your door, and it is a very safe neighborhood.

Getting around

No public transportation where we are, so please plan on renting a car.

Other Things to Note

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.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 10
Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 4
Beds: 7
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Security Deposit: $400
Cleaning Fee: $250
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 10:00 AM
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Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
  • Thank you so much Raybo! I really appreciate your hospitality and gracious treatment. I recommend Raybo enthusiastically!

    March 2014
    Rae
    Response from Rae:

    Mahalo Justin!

  • Great little spot on this amazing property. Really warm conscious folks.

    January 2014
  • 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.

    December 2013
    Rae
    Response from Rae:

    Mahalo Julie and Dave. We also enjoyed your visit, and especially the ecstatic dance!!

  • 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.

    December 2013
    Rae
    Response from Rae:

    Aloha Jess and Tim, and mahalo for this great review! Yes, I got the money and thought I let you know that I had, so apologies if I didn't. Glad that all went smoothly. You are of course welcome back anytime and please tell all your friends!! ;-)

  • 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!)

    November 2013
  • 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.

    November 2013
  • 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.

    November 2013
    Rae
    Response from Rae:

    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.

    October 2013
    Rae
    Response from Rae:

    Mahalo Sara and Vasco, it was very nice meeting you as well. We enjoyed your company very much!

  • Great people and peaceful, clean and beautiful place!!
    Perfect to relax and still good location to explore the island.
    Mahalo&Aloha

    October 2013
    Rae
    Response from Rae:

    Mahalo Barbara, it was very nice meeting you!

  • What a sweet place, Very peaceful with dynamite views and a friendly staff at a reasonable price. I love the gardens and the pool.I'll be back!

    October 2013
    Rae
    Response from Rae:

    Mahalo David and Tenaya, it was a pleasure meeting both of you and sharing community together.

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Walt Whitman High School, Art Center College of Design, Cabrillo College
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I am the business manager of a beautiful piece of property in Kailua Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaii, called Banyan Tree Sanctuary. I have traveled extensively in the US, and have spent time in every single state except for Alaska. I have also been to Canada, New Zealand and Fiji. I am largely a raw vegan, and have been a massage therapist for over 30 years. I am a very strong advocate for compassion to all living things, and so choose not to cause any suffering regarding my diet and lifestyle. Living on this property allows me to eat fresh ripe raw organic fruits and vegetables every single day, and I am incredibly grateful for that. To be able to go out in the morning and find ripe papayas, lilikoi, mango, and so much more, is a true gift. I am also a musician (percussion, guitar) and singer/songwriter. We are starting to have some dances at Banyan Tree Sanctuary, and our guests are always welcome to join with any of our classes and events. My motto is simple: love everyone, and do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Life is way too short to spend any time doing anything else! This property is very special, and even with professional pictures, you can't get the full impact of this place without actually staying here. We currently have seven spaces available, from rooms on teh first floor to a deluxe, complete suite with it's own private kitchen area, bathroom and lanai. We look forward to having you as our guests!
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