Ocean Vista Suite View/Pool/Jacuzzi

House - Entire home/apt · Kohanaiki Rd, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, United States

For the dates from October 5th through October 18, there is a minimum stay of six nights.

The Space

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 $107 per night for 2 guests sleeping in the same bed and room, or $147 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.

We are primarily a vegetarian community, and we ask that while you stay here, you refrain from cooking 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 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 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!

Guest Access

The entire grounds and even the organic vegetable gardens with initial supervision. All the common areas; pool and Jacuzzi, and for a $5 extra charge per use, the infrared sauna.

Interaction with Guests

As little or as much as they would like.

The Neighborhood

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.

Getting around

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.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Security Deposit: $200
Cleaning Fee: $70
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 10:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Thank you so much Raybo! I really appreciate your hospitality and gracious treatment. I recommend Raybo enthusiastically!

    March 2014
    Response from Rae:

    Mahalo Justin!

  • Small but very clean and cosy suite with a beautiful view of the coast from the lanai. Raybo was very kind and thoughtful about providing anything we might need: from beach towels to a table fan in the room for warm nights. The kitchen was well equipped and we had fresh flowers and fresh fruits from the property in our room to welcome us.

    We didn't get to use the amenities too much as we spent most of our days out exploring the island, but the non-chlorinated swimming pool, fancy jacuzzi and sauna are a lovely bonus.

    The property is some distance from the more touristy strips of restaurants/stores on Makala Dr & Ali'i Drive. It's not really walking distance but a mere 7 minutes drive by car. We were a little unsure our first night driving in in the dark on the narrow one-lane road, but it was a breeze in the daytime and once we'd gotten familiar with it plus it's so calm and peaceful on the property, we slept like logs. So just be prepared for the drive and ideally, try to arrive before nightfall the first time.

    And we didn't get to do this but if you have the time, be sure to try the massages offered by Raybo, Benjamin & other therapists and to explore the lava cave on the property!

    November 2012
    Response from Rae:

    What a wonderful review, Puneet, thank you so much! To respond to your earlier suggestions, we don't have locks on any of the doors, I'm sorry I forgot to mention that to you. We are so isolated that we have never felt it was necessary. Second, the sink in the bathroom is a bit odd, I agree, but we are only allowed to have one main kitchen and this is how we 'skirt' that issue. Perhaps one day we will be able to adjust that. I'm also sorry that you didn't have time to receive a massage, but thank you for the endorsement anyway!

  • We enjoyed our stay! Raybo and the rest of the staff were kind, warm welcoming and professional. This was our very first visit to the island so we spent most of our week exploring sites, still, one of our favorite memories from our trip involves early mornings spent sharing breakfast, meditating and doing Qigong on our lanai. We were also thrilled to see the resident geckos enjoying mangoes by the pool and we enjoyed meditating in the Mothership. Our room was lovely and we appreciated being able to borrow snorkel gear for our budget adventures. Thank you and we hope to one day return!

    September 2012
    Response from Rae:

    Mahalo for these kind words and your extra note to me, Caroline. We do look forward to your return one day, the Big Island has a way of drawing people back to her, over and over. I first came here 31 years ago, and returned a number of times before making the choice to move here permanently.

  • This place is really great. It's clean, neat, quiet and peaceful. I really enjoyed my stay here. I liked the fruits and the quietness at night. Raybo was a friendly and helpful host. I'd recommend to stay here during your visit in Kona.

    June 2012
  • Banyan Tree is a true sanctuary on the Big Island! The location is beautiful and tranquil. The bed in the sunset suite was very comfortable and the attached balcony is a lovely touch. Although the attached kitchen is very nice I preferred to use the large open air common kitchen downstairs near the pool and HOT TUB! The lava cave on the property is also a very nice and unique natural amenity. Do not leave without experiencing Acrosage with Benjamin! He is amazing. I booked my second session immediately after the first. Although I was not able to have a massage with Raybo, my friend (a wonderful massage therapist) said it was one of the best massages she's ever had. Fresh fruit abounds on the property, the view is spectacular and the people are warm and welcoming. Highly recommended. You will definitely want a car but it's a quick and easy drive to downtown and nearby beaches.

    May 2012
  • I stayed at the Banyan Tree Sanctuary for 10 days and loved it! Raybo J was a very good host. He welcomed me upon my arrival and ensured that I had everything I needed to have a comfortable and relaxing stay. The space was clean and very quiet, just what I was looking for. I also received a therapeutic massage from Raybo which was the icing on the cake for my Hawaiian vacation. Thank you for your hospitality!! I wish you all the best :)

    April 2012
  • I booked this place with healing in mind. They have four great massage therpists at this beautiful site at 1100 ft over looking the Kona coast area. The Shared Lani was truly a magical Paradise. My bed was like sleeping on a cloud...I slept like a baby!!!
    My shared Lanai came with my New Best Friend...after she was able to get me out of my room we traveled the Island together and found out we
    shared a lot of interests, BONUS!
    We will be moving back to the Big Island in Sept 2012 to start her N.D.
    Practice, I get to help!!!!
    After I checked out, I still made appt's for those great massages! Thanks Raybo! I wished I had booked longer and made my appt's further ahead...their busy! I'll be back!!!

    April 2012
  • We loved our stay! Everyone was very welcoming yet allowed us to have our own space. Private, peaceful and beautiful. We plan on returning!

    March 2012
  • Amazing place to relax and unwind. The entire property just emanates a calm and peaceful energy. Same goes for the hosts and guests who are totally respectful of each other and the place. The mothership is an amazing place to do yoga, play music, watch a movie or just read a book. Highly recommended if you need to recharge your internal batteries!

    March 2012
  • The Banyan Tree Sanctuary was a beautiful property, an incredible view and Raybo was a friendly host.

    March 2012
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Walt Whitman High School, Art Center College of Design, Cabrillo College
Self-employed (massage therapy, raw food instruction), Banyan Tree Sanctuary (business manager)
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 largely a raw 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 cause 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, guitar) and singer/songwriter. We are starting to have some dances at Banyan Tree Sanctuary, and our guests are always welcome to 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 teh 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!
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