About this listing
For the dates from October 1st through October 16th, there is a minimum stay of seven nights.
Our Ocean Vista Suite, which is the entire third floor of the main house, is the very nicest space we have available for our guests on our magnificent property, with a beautiful lanai overlooking the gardens, the grounds, and the ocean beyond. Of course, you also have an unobstructed view of our beautiful sunsets, and moon sets as well!
Our fee is $117 per night for 2 guests sleeping in the same bed and room, or $157 for 2 people who choose to use both bedrooms, and $40 for each additional guest per night, plus 13.42% Hawaii accommodation tax (due upon arrival). There is also a $70 one time cleaning fee.
During the Summer months, if you book for one week, you get one free day; stay for 7 nights, pay for 6.
We are a vegetarian community, and we ask that while you stay here, you refrain from cooking or eating any beef, lamb, chicken, turkey, fish 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.
The private space consists of one of two large bedrooms with queen-size beds. Both rooms are fully furnished. The lanai is 11.5' by 18', with a table and 4 chairs, a couch and several bar stools for your private viewing comfort. It is protected from the wind and rain, and fully opened on one side. Access is by two flights of stairs that go up along the outside of the building.
The nicely equipped, complete kitchen with a full size refrigerator, and full bathroom with a stall shower is all yours.
We are approximately 20 minutes from the Kailua Kona International Airport.
Because of our location, at 1100', we don't have the hot and muggy weather that you'd find in the downtown Kona area, it is about 10-15 degrees cooler up here, with a little more cloud cover, and much more comfortable than downtown. And yet the beaches are so close, it is easy to go to them if you really want to soak up some of the Hawaiian heat! ;-)
Your visit with us includes access to the fruit we grow year-round, and depending on the season, we will have several varieties of papayas, bananas, mangoes, avocados, figs, mysore raspberries, mulberries, various types of citrus (grapefruit, lemons, limes, tangelos) lilikoi (passion fruit), white sapote, pomegranate, lychee, Surinam cherry and ice cream bean. We also have a fully organic vegetable and herb garden, and for an additional fee you are welcome to partake in the veggies we have available.
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 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 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 twenty 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!
Everything on the property is available, most at no extra cost.
The only things that are extra are the massages, prepared smoothies and other food items, and the organic vegetables from the garden.
There is no washer/dryer service on property grounds.
Interaction with Guests
As little or as much as they 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 rent a car for your visit.
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 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.
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.
This is a tropical paradise. The birds here are amazing and lots of organic tropical fruits grow right on the property. This is my second stay here at Banyan tree, the beds are comfy and the hosts are helpful! You will need a car. Also there is no laundry on site, the laundromats are in town, and are pretty grungy. We witnessed a domestic abuse at the one we went to. So pack enough so you won't need to do laundry! I love staying here and will most likely be back again.
Great view! View! VIew! Sit on this lanai and chill and do nothing, or drive into town and jump into the ocean! Both are possible....Although there was a little climb, getting there was worth it ....
We enjoyed our time in Hawaii, and a big part of that was the idyllic quieting and calming effect of the sanctuary after spending a few busy days in Honolulu.
We appreciated the cleanliness and thoughful layout of the grounds and the unit we stayed in was efficiently supplied with all the conveniences we needed.
The host was very kind to offer suggestions for sightseeing and we found them to be spot on. Would recommend to anyone looking for a base of operations in Kona area to explore from.
We didn't mind the short jaunt from the street parking to the sanctuary, but if you don't like walking this might not be for you.
Calm and peaceful place. Although far from the beach, it has a sunset view. You can sit on the patio and watch the sun disappear....
My boyfriend and me spent 4 nights at the banyan tree sanctuary and it was really a wonderful time. It is a peaceful and inspirational place where you can meet interesting people in the common space, enjoy the nature in the beautiful garden and do yoga class or massage (for extra charge). We stayed in the suite with nice ocean and sunset view where we had a private kitchen, bathroom and a balcony. The room is clean and comfortable but there are often bugs and geckos - for us wasn't a problem, but you should be aware of this. Although the place is very quite, you are in the perfect position to reach kona center and to explore all the island. They ask you to leave the car outside in another road (for check in and check out you can enter and park in front of the room). it is ok but after the sunset there is no light and you need a torch. A nice surprise was that gave us some of the fruit from their organic farm.
A special thanks to Maggie and Benjamin who made our stay there even more special.
My husband and I spent three nights in the Ocean Vista Suite in early September. Banyan Tree is a neat place but a little unorthodox for our typical vacation lodging. The accommodations were good and what we expected, with a bonus of beautiful fruit provided at check in. There is no A/C (which was typical in Hawaii), but there are a few fans and a nice breeze blows through the house, which is at about 1500 feet of elevation. The bed was comfortable and the room was a nice size. Drawbacks to the room were a small shower with finicky water temperature and that the kitchen and bathroom share the same sink. We didn't mind because we weren't preparing major meals, but if you're doing a lot of cooking it might be off putting to wash your dishes next to the toilet.
On site we enjoyed the beautiful property teeming with fruit trees and flowers. We also took advantage of the massage services with Maggie, which we enjoyed. The pool and hot tub looked inviting but we didn't have a chance to use them. Snorkel equipment and beach chairs to borrow were a plus.
A few quirks about Banyan Tree that we either missed in the posting or didn't learn until we got there. First, the house is in a lovely neighborhood, so to ease traffic they ask that you park off site on a nearby road. It's not a far walk, but a little unusual. Also, it's clothes optional after dark. The place is big enough that we never saw the other guests, but it's something to be aware of if it bothers you. Finally, check out time is pretty firm at 10:00 a.m., and that means out of the room and off the property. Our flight left late at night so we were not able to enjoy the property on our last day (we didn't ask, but there's a sign posted so we felt it was a hard line.)
The staff was great to work with and communicated before and throughout our visit. If you're looking for an affordable place to stay that's away from the downtown/hotel area of Kona, Banyan Tree is a great option that's a short drive away.
Mahalo for your very thorough and precise review, Samantha. I'm glad that most of your thoughts were positive, and we always like to hear from guests to see how we can improve our lodging. We actually have an option to stay an extra 1/2 day at 1/2 the cost of a night's stay, so in the future, when you return, you can stay until 10PM for a 1/2 day rate! ;-) I think the extra pillow is a good idea, and of course we would have been very happy to provide that for you.
Regarding the clothing optional status, that is just around the spa area, the Jacuzzi and pool, and is very tame. It is there because some people love the experience of feeling the water against their skin, and it is only after dark. We have attempted to be as welcoming and inclusive as possible, and so far, it seems to be working. Mahalo!
I visited the Banyan Tree Sanctuary with my boyfriend Allan this August and had a really wonderful stay. The Sanctuary was the perfect place to call home. The photos and description put my hopes way up there and the Sanctuary still exceeded all my expectations--my only regret is that my days were so packed full with things to do (Kailua and the surrounding area certainly isn't lacking places to explore) that I didn't get to spend very much time enjoying the Sanctuary itself! Rae greeted us as soon as we arrived and gave us an extensive tour of the property, and told us a little bit about its history. We both immediately felt at home there.
The Sanctuary is big, and there is no shortage of fresh fruit (passionfruit, papayas, bananas, and limes were all in our room waiting for us, fresh from the backyard), wildlife (wild turkeys, pheasants, geckos, the two resident cats, etc), and company. There is a cool pool and a hot tub in the common area, as well as a full kitchen that guests have access to (and there's usually someone there to talk to!). Make sure you try out Benjamin's inversion swing as well!
Our room was on the top floor of the house and we had our own private linai from which we overlooked the entire sanctuary and saw some spectacular sunsets in the evenings. Everything was clean, well maintained, and everyone we met on the property was lovely. Getting to and from all our activities in the area was simple as well; the Sanctuary is well located, and Rae provides information for an easy parking location once you've dropped off all your things on your first trip out.
Overall we both felt really secure and welcome at the Sanctuary. When we make the trek back to the Big Island and Kailua-Kona, this is the first place we will be looking to stay. As far as I'm concerned I can't think of a place that would offer a better Kailua-Kona experience. A big mahalo to our hosts and hopefully we will see you again in the not-too-distant future!
Lorelei and Allan
Mahalo, Lorelei and Allan, for such a wonderful and descriptive review! I'm so glad that we were able to exceed your high expectations and that you enjoyed yourself so much. That is always our hope and our goal with all our guests. We look forward to sharing this aina with you again in the near future. Aloha.
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About the Host, Rae
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!