We have a healing sanctuary called Banyan Tree Sanctuary, located a little north of the town of Kona, and this is one of the free-standing structures on the property that is roughly the size of a single car garage, with much nicer furnishings! ;-)
There is a queen size bed, desk, nightstands, lamps, a comfy chair, small set of drawers, a beautiful Persian rug and a ceiling fan. You are allowed to eat any fruit that grows on the property, within reason, and can purchase veggies from the organic gardens, if available, as well. Our fee is $77 per night for 2 guests plus 13.42% Hawaii accommodation tax (due upon arrival).
You will use the community kitchen to prepare your meals, and will have personal space in one of the refrigerators as well as some pantry space. The bathroom that you will use is in the main house, just a few steps away from the jungalow.
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 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.
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 3 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 fifteen 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.
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!
The entire property and the pool Jacuzzi, sauna, Mother Ship; and with some guidance, areas beyond our property, such as the lava cave and enchanted forest.
As little or as much as our guests would like.
No public transportation. 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.
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.
Raybo and all the other lucky founders are so nice. On the first day, they gave us a short orientation and detailed tips since this is our first time on big island. The place is about 15 mins from the resort area where all the restaurants are and it's a good combination of convenience and peace. Thank you, Raybo!
Staying at Raybo's Banyan Tree Sanctuary was a real pleasure. We enjoyed all of it. Raybo and all the guests staying there were very nice, friendly and so welcoming. The main house, the garden abd the jungalows are just perfect. It is a beautiful place where anything needed is available (fins, masks, beach towels...). The common kitchen, pool area and bathroom are very beautiful and clean. We loved all of it.
And about the view... What more can be expected... A wonderful garden with a sea view.
Thanks so much for sharing that, Raybo. We hope to come over very soon.
My visit to Dragon's Nest Jungalow and the Banyon Tree Sanctuary was perfect. On the surface, everything really looked like the photos. Additionally, there was a genuine sense of hospitality and welcome from the moment I arrived. Even before I arrived, Raybo Ji had left a message checking in about my arrival. One evening, I was out later than normal and he called to make sure I was safe and well. The ability to be in community or find solitude was effortless. The place has everything that a luxury hotel can offer, but it's better because one is surrounded by natural beauty, gracious hospitality, generosity, and the feeling of being in community, yet having as much privacy as one desires. It was worth every penny and more. The availability of daily fresh fruit was a treat! Would I stay again. Absolutely! Again and again.
We had a wonderful stay at the Banyan Tree Sanctuary. We had the whole upper floor of the main house that included our own private lanai, 2 bedrooms, and our own bathroom and kitchen. I think this is the Sunset & Ocean Vista suites combined, whereas previously they had rented the 2 bedrooms out separately. Anyone, our suite had plenty of privacy and by far the best part was the private lanai, where we spent every morning and many sunsets soaking up that gorgeous 180 degree ocean view that is characteristic of kona. The sink in the bathroom is also the kitchen sink- kind of different, but it worked out just fine.
The common room downstairs was also nice- had books, fruits, a community kitchen, nice people to chat with. We didn't spend as much time down there as we would have liked since we were occupied seeing the sights around the island. Also the kitchen in our suite was well-equipped with everything we needed- pots, pans, cooking utensils, coffee maker etc. We went to the grocery store and ended up purchasing basics like EVOO and such and then discovered we could have used some that was for guests in the shared kitchen downstairs. Whoops! Happy to donate what we did not use up.
The place is located at the end of a beautiful quiet road covered by lush tropical plants- perfect for running. I went for a few lovely morning runs during my stay. The location was good in terms of being accessible to other locations on the island- all the kohala beaches, kona town, south kona sights, etc. A bit farther to hilo, volcano and the valleys up north, but hey, can't be close to everything! We still were able to see pretty much everything we wanted during our trip.
RayBo was beyond accommodating, helpful, and kind. My boyfriend got vana in his foot at the beach during one of our last days of our trip, and when we got back to Banyan Tree, Raybo kindly brought him some first aid supplies. Helped a lot. I'd recommend the place to anyone looking for a unique b&b experience.
This room was perfect for our needs. The area was nice and quiet and since the place was up the hill quite a ways from the ocean, it was about 10 degrees cooler. You have to park off-property but that really wasn't a problem. Also, the "kitchen" sink was also the bathroom sink (and was located in the bathroom) so if you are picky about those things, you might not want to do any home cooking. Otherwise, everything was clean and comfortable. It was really nice to be able to borrow beach mats, a sun umbrella, and a boogie board.
Mahalo, Melinda, and I also want to comment on your other note. I appreciate what you said, and yes, the single sink doing double duty is tough, but it is the situation we are in and the zoning we have to abide by, so we can't do anything about it. I have moved the water jugs to the counter, I think it was the placement above that was attracting them, but we will be taking steps to eliminate the ants. I'm glad you enjoyed the room for the most part! ;-)
We staied in the suite. The pictures don't really show how beautiful this place is. Raybo is a very nice person, and other people working there very helpful. You feel like home. If you are looking for a place where to rest after long days around the island or a place to relax this place is perfect. The view is amazing, the place gorgeous and the people beautiful. Would come back tomorrow if I could.