For the dates from October 1st through October 16th, there is a minimum stay of six nights.
Banyan Tree Sanctuary is located on 3.2 acres in a very upscale neighborhood (Kona Heaven) on the Big island of Hawaii. The MangoView room looks out onto our giant banyan tree and two very large, old mango trees, thus the name. The room faces east, so you get lots of morning sunshine. There are two entrances to the room, a sliding glass door with a small screened in private lanai, and also a door that opens onto the hallway. There is a full sized bed, a wicker loveseat, night stands, lamps, a ceiling fan and light, and rugs on the tiled floor. There is also a closet with hangers to hang your clothes. All linens are provided, as well as robes to wear while you are here, to enjoy the Jacuzzi and pool.
This room can only accommodate two people maximum. You share a community kitchen and a full bath with a few other guests. There are over 200 fruit trees on the property, as well as an organic vegetable garden, and you are allowed to eat this fruit, within reason, while you are our visitor. There is a $10 charge for a large basket of veggies, based on what is available at the time.
Our fee is $87 per night for 2 guests, plus 13.42% Hawaii accommodation tax (due upon arrival).
We are primarily a vegetarian community, and we ask that while you stay here, you refrain from cooking any beef, lamb, chicken, fish, turkey or pork products, including any type of bacon. We are also a NO SMOKING facility, so we ask that you please do not smoke in any part of Banyan Tree or on the grounds.
There is a pool that is salt charged (no chlorine) and an ozonated hot tub that you can use, and property-wide wifi. There is also a 30' diameter 12-sided structure we call the Mother Ship that has a 70" big screen TV and a great DVD collection, (and subscriptions to Netflix streaming and Amazon Prime) and you can use it for yoga, meditation, or just hanging out.
We encourage you to look at the photos and inquire about any questions that you may have. Guests staying with us for two weeks get one free night's stay.
The closest beaches are a 15 minute drive from our door, and are in the yacht harbor area. One is a very nice snorkel beach, especially in the morning, the other is a turtle sanctuary with a broad expanse of white sand. One of the top ten beaches on the Big Island is only a 25 minute drive from our door, and that is Kua Bay, about 4.5 miles north of the airport. We have a limited supply of snorkels, masks, and boogie boards that you are free to use on a first come, first serve basis. We ask that you rinse off the equipment with fresh water when you return from the beach, and if there are several guests staying here at the same time, to give everyone a chance to use the equipment.
We provide various healing modalities; many styles of massage therapy, yoga, meditation, dietary guidelines, etc. and we can set up your dolphin tour experience/manta ray night dive as well. We are long-time residents of the Big Island and know many special places that we can direct you to. We are only a 20 minute drive to the airport. We strongly encourage renting a car, as we are quite remote from any stores or beaches, and you would need to drive to get to those locations. Taxi fees are prohibitive; if you are unable to rent a car, it's probably best that you choose another location.
Because we are a healing sanctuary and retreat space, and many people come to us for the peace, quiet, healing and tranquility that we are able to offer our guests, we have chosen to limit the ages of children that visit us to 12 years or older. We are simply not set up to accommodate families with younger children, and we apologize for that.
Come to Banyan Tree Sanctuary to experience a different level of peacefulness on your next Hawaiian vacation!
Everything on the property is available, most at no extra cost. The only things that are extra are the massages, sauna and the organic vegetables from the garden.
Interaction with Guests
As little or as much as they require and are interested in.
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.
No public transportation available in our area. It is essential that you rent 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.
We are a small group of people sharing a very special and unique property on the Big Island of Hawaii. Since some of the areas are shared; i.e. the main kitchen, the dining area and some living areas, we ask that you respect any and all common areas and pick up after yourself. This includes, but is not restricted to: wet towels, shoes, backpack, laptops and other electronic devices, clothes, etc. Certain areas are available on a simple reservation basis, such as the Mother Ship, by putting your name and time of requested use on a little whiteboard by the door.
We have quiet time from 9pm to 8am, which means you are welcome to use the jacuzzi, pool, or common spaces after 9pm, as long as you are respectful and quiet in your movements. Although there is no requirement to do so, if you feel moved to spend some time in the gardens watering or weeding, we always welcome that kind of energy.
The sanctuary was a relaxing and healing place to stay. We spent one day out and about and one day just diving deep into stillness on the grounds. There is much to explore including a flower labyrinth and amazing meditation cave. I had my best moment in the cave, and I'm not a cave person. Do it!
The pool and hot tub were not chlorinated and that was a relief. There's a beautiful resonant chamber at the end of the pool if you use your voice.
The room was small but there's plenty of places to relax on the grounds and our bed was super comfy.
Rae was a wonderful host, eager to help and inform.
Thank you for that very sweet review, Agnes, and also for your comments. I'm so sorry that I didn't make this more clear, but the sauna is now part of the overall spa experience, and there is no longer a charge. I thought I had let you know that in the orientation, and if I didn't, I apologize. We changed the sign on it today. As for the taxes, I know that many airbnb hosts also charge this extra, although some do absorb it. The problem with adding it is that it creates a false revenue for us (it looks like revenue when we get taxed by the state) so we have chosen to ask for it separately and make that very clear in our description and the follow-up email. Mahalo!!
The stay was really nice. We weren't on-site for much of our stay, but when we were there we were greeted by the friendly owners and workers. There is also a sense of community created by the space such as the circular table and sitting area. The area is quiet and even though there were lots of friendly folks there was still time for a swim or hot tub alone.
Rae and the guests staying at Banyan Tree Sanctuary were very laid back and welcoming. The property was beautiful with an added bonus that my husband discovered, a small 9-hole disc golf course that you can play with an ultimate Frisbee. Loved the open air common space areas. Also, it was so nice not being right in the busy touristy portion of Kona. The one thing we didn't like was having to park a short ways off the property near an active residential construction site.
Rae was very welcoming, accommodating, and communicative. The estate was beautiful, very much a community feel although privacy was well respected when needed. Loving care goes into this place and attracts similar valued people.
We stayed in the Mango Room two nights and found it clean and comfortable. Manager Rae was flexible about our arrival time and we were welcomed by owner Benjarmin. The kitchen and bathroom are communal which was interesting and more OK than I anticipated. Every morning an array of very delicious tropical fruit was provided. We made several large fruit salads mixed with garden greens. So healthy! The kitchen is semi-outdoors, covered with a tarp ceiling. It was well equipped with cutting boards, knives, plates, filtered water. There is an immaculate pool and hot tub with an ocean view. There are large fridges and we had access to two shelves and a fridge drawer. We also had personal shelves in the screened kitchen cupboard. My favorite feature of the property was a large circular building for group or individual activities. We did some yoga in this lush carpeted room with mats.
Benjarmin demonstrated to us how to use a inversion swing he invented. We used it several times. It felt great on our backs. You can read more about this swing and other aspects of this beautiful property on (website hidden)
Acrosage is a massage technique that Benjarmin invented. More than a Airbnb, this property is also a kind of new age conference center for yoga, massage, healthy living and personal fulfillment.
There are no washer and dryer for guest use. There was some heavy construction going on nearby during our visit and loud machinery noises. Not their fault of course. There is an added 13% tax added and due upon arrival. This tax was disclosed in their Airbnb description.
I had a great time saying at Banyan Tree.
The location was stunning and the facilities excellent with so much more than you would expect from any B& B. I especially loved the panoramic views of the sea and watching the sun set, the large swimming pool, the ten sided sanctuary and the lava tube and underground cave on the premises. I had an acrosage session from Benjamin, one of the owners and was able to use the the inversion swing every day. The kitchen, dining and sitting room areas were brilliant and a good meeting place for all the guests and owners alike. Most of all I liked the fact hat he owners who live as a small community welcome the guests and are always friendly and helpful.
The place was just like a little paradise. The garden of the house is very beautiful and you can start your day with fresh fruits of the garden. The sunset over Kona is astonishing. Rae is a very kind person and was easy to communicate with. The mango room was really cosy. Though we are two pretty tall persons the bed was a little small. But all in all an excellent choice. We would stay again and can recommend Rae's place.
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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 a compassionate 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 inflict 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) and singer/songwriter. We have some drums and guitars at Banyan Tree Sanctuary, and our guests are always welcome to play these and 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 the 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!