For the dates from October 5th through October 18, there is a minimum stay of six nights.
We are 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! ;-)
Inside the Dragon's Nest bungalow there is a queen size bed, a desk, nightstands, lamps, a comfy chair, a 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 minute's walk away from the bungalow.
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 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!
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.
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. 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.
Our stay at the Banyan Tree was a special experience and the perfect location to begin our exploration of the Big Island. Raybo welcomed us with open arms despite our late flight arrival and it being his Birthday, very nice of him. We were provided easy directions to the sanctuary and our room had fresh fruit and local flowers placed throughout. The space was great and the views outside our door were spectacular, especially sunset! Things that stood out for me, but might not hit everyone's radar: alkaline water or filtered, salt water pool, Infared sauna, chemical free hot tub, fresh local fuit, "holistic environment", quiet, ***lava cave***(must see/feel!), overall buena vibra:) I like to be honest in my reviews and my next comments are not negatives, but I'd want to be aware of when choosing Banyan tree. The room shares a kitchen and a bathroom with another 1-2 people when both rooms are occupied. We enjoyed both parties we shared with, however I normally prefer a private room for the price. I also have to mention the bed in our room was a bit too soft for my girlfriend and I(we are both thin) and was really our only "complaint". I have sleep issues/back issues and perhaps a bit more sensitive, but I feel I must share our experience. I doubt those less sensitive would notice, however it may effect some. We both appreciated the body work that is given on site at a very fair price. also, having yoga/meditation classes available despite not being able to attend, would be a bonus for many. The "Acrosage" given by Benjamin is a must do! Both Julia and I have had massage from around the world and our massage with Benjamin blew both our minds in the best ways possible. Benjamin is a real special man and it was a pleasure to share time with him. Raybo is an excellent host and allowed us to do our thing, but was always available for questions or to point us in right direction. I highly recommend staying with the Banyan Tree and I already wanna go back!
Mahalo, Matthaios, for your very descriptive and thorough review. I am fine with everything that you said, and yes, the mattress issue is a very personal thing. We have had others tell us it was the best sleep they have ever had and how comfortable it was, so it's a little difficult to have the perfect bed for everyone, but we will definitely take your observation into consideration. We also hope to have you back at some point, and we'll see if we can have you be in a different bed next time! ;-)
My son and I had a very pleasant and rejuvenating stay at the Banyan Tree Sanctuary. The grounds, gardens, community kitchen, the mothership community meditative center and all the staff were just so accomodating and friendly.
We very much enjoyed the use of the pool, sauna and hottub in this remote piece of heaven away from the hustle and bustle of town.
Raybo went above and beyond as a wonderful and attentive host and was always accesible. He gives world famous massages that are the best on the planet! I would recommend everyone who stays to schedule a massage for a complete experience!
I would recommend this place to anyone for a getaway for peaceful serenity.
Staying at Banyan Tree was a great experience. We had a beautiful panoramic ocean view from the balcony of our suite. There was a nice little kitchen where we could prepare coffee and breakfast in the morning, which added time to our dive and hiking trips and cut down costs. There was a great jacuzzi and pool, and organic fruits and vegetables. Raybo was very gracious and told us about some local spots to go. He even picked us a beautiful basket of organic vegetables which were very tasty. Raybo also paid attention to detail and laid out fresh flowers in the suite, and arranged things nicely which gave the whole place a nice positive energy. If we are in Kona again, we would definitely want to stay here again.
The Banyan Tree Sanctuary was indeed a sanctuary! I wish I'd had more time on the island to stay there and enjoy massage, meditation and yoga in the Mothership. The views from the third floor room were spectacular and it was so great to be able to watch the sunset from there, or sit out on the porch in the morning and drink coffee and admire the view and the papaya trees. I ate tons of bananas and passion fruit fresh from the tree- such a treat! Raybo and everyone who lives and was visiting were friendly and helpful and welcoming and kind and it was a fantastic place to land for my first visit to the big island. So wonderful!
Thank you Raybo, Benjamin, Amiracle and all residents and guests for an amazing experience!!! I could really relax, laugh, be excited, feel profound, protected, beloved, educated and reach a little enlightened from this sanctuary as well as enjoying all adventure of the big island! This is complete paradise original way people should live. I will be back with all my friend and family over and over again;) Mahalo.
Serene setting, amazing community and delicious fruit! Our stay at the Banyan Tree Sanctuary added a tranquility to our trip that was beyond our expectations!
Fantastic place to stay! Everybody was so helpful and friendly. Both delicious fresh fruit and snorkeling gear were available. Sights, hikes and great beaches are all within an hours drive.
The room was very clean and cozy, with a spectacular view of the ocean. Kitchen was great and well equipped. Will definitely recommend staying here, and will do so ourselves when we return to the island again! Mahalo.
We enjoyed our stay at Banyon Tree...very beautiful setting and peaceful atmosphere. The room was as expected...everything we needed...beautiful view off the lanai...big bowl of fresh fruit upon arrival. Close quarters with neighbouring room...sharing kitchen, bathroom and lanai, but that was fine with us, as we expected it. Will definitely stay again. Thanks for everything Raybo.
Jerry and Carolyn
The Banyan Tree is a special place for opening up to all those experiences that made one feel there was no other choice. Raybo, Amiracle and Benjamin are special people creating opportunity for many who go there to explore without pressure to conform to any of their beliefs. The rooms were comfortable and clean. Fresh fruit was available in the morning and alkaline water. The ocean views are for real.
I stayed in the Owl's Nest for two nights and found it to be a special, high end camping experience with a comfortable bed.
The sanctuary is precisely that ... the pictures cannot do justice to the beauty and serenity of Banyan Tree. The pool is unheated, but perfect for cooling down after melting nicely in the whirlpool. :-) I stayed in the Sunset Suite, which was lovely (had originally booked Ocean Vistas, but there was a scheduling conflict which worked to my advantage). The property is peaceful and secluded, with birds singing all day and night (doves, turkeys, and varieties I do not know the names of), lovely views, and good and safe walking areas in abundance. The site does not say that pool area nudity is allowed after dark (and for some before that), which did not bother me at all, but for some it would be important to know in advance. The quiet hours of 9pm to 9am are beautifully kept by all residents, as well as guests. The kitchen is fully stocked with cookware. The shower is best used after 9am, for hot water (not at all difficult to arrange). There is huge walk-in closet off of the bathroom, for use by both suites, for those who need to hang clothes and store bags. The lanai is absolutely lovely, with a super cozy couch and beautiful views. Highly recommend this to the relaxed, adventurous traveler who wants to steep in and enjoy real Hawaii, away from tourism and crowds. Also recommend renting a car (preferably 4WD)! The island is large and has so many things worth seeing, many off of the beaten (or paved) track. The property manager and owners were very kind and helpful, always quick to respond to questions and requests!
This is the final rate, including any fees from the host and Airbnb.