Interior Dragon's Nest facing the ocean view and front doorInterior Dragon's Nest facing bathroom door
Dragon's Nest en suite bathroom Pool/Sauna/Jacuzzi
Dragon's Nest en suite bathroom Pool/Sauna/Jacuzzi
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
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For the dates from October 6th through October 22nd, there is a minimum stay of seven nights.
For the dates from December 15th through January 10th, there is a five night minimum.

The space

We are a Vegan community, and we ask that while you stay here, your diet consists of all plant-based foods; fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts, seeds and sprouts. Please, no meat or any animal products of any kind. Mahalo. We are also a NO SMOKING facility.

If you are looking for an incredibly peaceful and healing retreat where you can experience a sustainable community vibe and go home feeling completely revitalized, then Banyan Tree Sanctuary is your destination. Overlooking the Kailua Kona coast, you are on sacred grounds and will feel that as soon as you arrive.

We are a vacation rental/retreat center, located fifteen minutes northeast of the town of Kailua Kona. We have several unique spaces, some with shared baths and some with private baths. Our accommodations range from simple 'glamping' (glamorous camping) to beautiful rooms with their own private bath, kitchen, and exquisite west facing views of the ocean and sunsets. The Hawaii accommodations taxes are included in the price of the rooms.

The Dragon's Nest bungalow has a queen size bed, a desk, nightstands, lamps, a comfy chair, a small set of drawers, a beautiful Persian rug and a ceiling fan. There is a private en suite full bathroom. You will share a community kitchen area with space in a shared refrigerator.

There is a salt charged pool, (no chlorine) an ozonated Jacuzzi, and an infrared sauna available for all guests, and property-wide wifi. There is also a 30' diameter dodecahedron we call the Mother Ship, which you can use for yoga, meditation, or just hanging out. It also has a flat screen TV and a great DVD collection (and subscriptions to Netflix streaming and Amazon Prime).

We encourage you to look at the photos and inquire about any questions you may have. Guests staying with us for two weeks get one night free.

The closest beaches are a 15 minute drive from our door, and are in the boat 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 miles north of the airport. We have a supply of snorkels, masks, and boogie boards that you are free to use on a first come, first serve basis.

We provide various healing modalities; massage therapy, meditation, dietary guidelines, etc. and we can set up your dolphin tour/manta ray night dive experience as well. We are long-time residents of the Big Island and know many special places that we can direct you to. We strongly encourage renting a car, as these beaches are not within walking distance.

We welcome children twelve years of age or older.

Come to Banyan Tree Sanctuary to experience a unique level of peacefulness on your next Hawaiian vacation!

Guest access

There is a lap pool that is salt-charged, (no chlorine) an ozonated hot tub (no chlorine) and an infra-red sauna that you can use, and property-wide wifi. There is also a 30' diameter dodecahedron 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.

Interaction with guests

We try our best and are usually present for our guests' check in. We offer as little or as much interaction as our guests would like.

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.

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed

Wireless Internet
Free parking on premises

Cleaning Fee $50
Security Deposit $150
Weekly Discount: 15%
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in time is 3PM - 11PM
Check out by 11AM

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 are a vegan community, which means that we ask you not to eat or bring to this property ANY animal products, including meat, fish, eggs or dairy. 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.
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.

You must also acknowledge
Cat(s) live in the house


Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay.
From Oct 7 - 21, 2017 the minimum stay is 7 nights.

46 Reviews

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Dale User Profile
May 2017
Rae and his gang were beautifully organized.... We listened to music.....picked fresh fruit and walked through the yellow brick roads....The community is spectacular to see...... We will be back soon to receive great vibes fresh fruits from the gardens A must see
Rae User Profile
Response from Rae:
Mahalo Dale and Christina, we really enjoyed having you as our guests.
May 2017

Kirsten User Profile
February 2017
Banyan tree sanctuary was delightfully peaceful. Laying by the pool listening to birdsongs during the day and sitting in the jacuzzi stargazing at night were extra special experiences. Daily fresh fruit were exotic and delicious. The room was lovely. Would defiantly stay here again in Kona! One of the best and most unique airbnb experiences we've had thus far.
Rae User Profile
Response from Rae:
Mahalo for this very nice review, Kirsten, and thank you for the suggestions... ;-)
February 2017

Summer User ProfileSummer is a superhost.
February 2017
Very beautiful setting. Quiet, quaint and relaxing. Especially good if you are a vegan.
Rae User Profile
Response from Rae:
Mahalo for your review, Summer. Great if you are a vegan or interested in checking it out! ;-)
February 2017

Haley User Profile
February 2017
Really beautiful place. Didn't even get to explore the whole garden grounds. Will definitely be back.
Rae User Profile
Response from Rae:
We loved having you, Haley and Jenny. We look forward to your return visit.
February 2017

Ellen User Profile
August 2016
The word sanctuary is perfect for the description for the Banyan Tree Sanctuary. The grounds are gorgeous and peaceful beyond description. We only stayed one night and wish we could have stayed longer. It is a very peaceful place and i would highly recommend staying there. Mahalo
Rae User Profile
Response from Rae:
Mahalo for that very lovely review. We look forward to seeing you and Susan again in the future. ;-)
August 2016

Leah User Profile
July 2016
Rae User Profile
Response from Rae:
Mahalo! ;-)
July 2016

Allison User Profile
June 2016
Nice to be at a sanctuary space with view, chlorine-free pool; lots of gardens & magical spaces to walk around. Tons of fruit. Peaceful and friendly. Yet also close to anything you are seeking in the Kona area. In it but not of it. Loved that. Amazing cave. Bathroom closer would make life wee bit easier, but no big deal. Really conscious living experience.
Rae User Profile
Response from Rae:
Mahalo for your wonderful review, Allison, and the bathroom is coming, under construction as we speak! ;-)
June 2016

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Rae User Profile

I am managing several vacation rental houses besides my main residence, so please disregard any of the following comments unless you are going to stay at Banyan Tree Sanctuary. There are no dietary restrictions or requests for any of the other properties that I am managing.

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!

Languages: English
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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