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!
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.
Our fee is $107 per night for 2 guests sleeping in the same bed, or $147 for 2 people who choose to use both bedrooms, and $35 for each additional guest per night, plus 13.42% Hawaii accommodation tax (due upon arrival). There is also a $70 one time cleaning fee.
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!
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.
As little or as much as they would like.
Quiet, upscale, cooler than downtown by 10-15 degrees. Plenty of nice places to walk, very safe and protected area.
No public transportation, please rent a car for your visit.
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|
|Minimum Stay:||3 nights|
|Check In:||4:00 PM|
|Check Out:||10:00 AM|
This place is teeming with life and more visually stunning than the pictures reveal. The rooms are clean and well appointed. The folks at Banyan Tree really take good care of the land and home/ outbuildings here. I enjoyed the bird sounds and the fruit gown on site. The views are spectacular. The other guest I have met have been generous and open. If you are unwilling or unable to embrace the bugs and geckos of the jungle, you might choose another place to stay. I did not find the bugs to be an insurmountable obstacle. Once I learned how and when they appear and how to get rid of the more unsavory ones safely, it was no issue. Benjamin was lighthearted and a joy to be around, Margaret Amiracle, was like a shy cat and rarely was interacting, though very kind. Raybo was quickly able to be accommodating when a rare mega rain flooded the house and my room, I was relocated to the upper level of the house. I am headed back to Banyan Tree in a few days to spend the last couple of island nights there before I go home to Minnesota. Banyan was part of an unforgettable adventure. Maholo.
Mahalo for your kind words, Adeline. They are much appreciated.
I also want to comment and say that yes, we are in Hawaii, but no, we are not in the jungle. Believe me, the jungle is a VERY different experience, and the bugs and wildlife are MUCH more common than what we have here. As we live in a spacious shared community in which some rooms are partially open to the outside, we do have geckos (that virtually everyone is charmed by) and the occasional bug is just part of the landscape. I agree, that if someone is insect phobic, they should choose to stay in one of the resorts, and even there, there is no guarantee that they won't come across a bug or two. Since we are also a totally organic, pesticide-free facility, the few critters that you will likely see are the price we pay for not poisoning our aina. So thanks for mentioning that., as it gives me an opportunity to be clear about what we are and are not, and the people who choose organic, and poison and chlorine free facilities, will know what we have to offer. Mahalo!
The perfect place. We went to Kona for the Ironman World Championship and we wanted a calm place and away from the crowd of the race. this was the perfect location, 15minutes away from he city and so relaxed and so calm. We love it. With all the organic fruit and vegetable, no noise and perfect for yoga and meditation. Sure we will come back the next time we go to Kona.
This first experience on Airbnb could not have gone better. If you are planning on staying in the Kona area, stop your search and choose this property.
Raybo and the entire staff were such a pleasure to deal with. They are so kind.
Raybo checked us in and gave us a tour of the property - it is amazing to see all of the fruit and veggies grown here.
The view is breathtaking, and one can never get tired of it. You are so high up, and can see the ocean in the distance as a calm, serene landscape.
If you want peace and quite, this is surely the place to go. Perfect to read outside, on the deck and see the horizon.
Raybo and Ben and the staff care so much about the environment - I have never stayed in a place that has a regular garbage, a recyclable garbage, and a compost garbage! Put those fruit and veggie pieces back into the earth!
I am going to predict, that while I will use Airbnb many, many more times from this point on, I have an idea that none will compare to this great experience.
We had a very special stay at Banyan Tree. It started with a warm welcome and orientation, and we immediately felt the positive energy of this true sanctuary. The accommodations were extremely comfortable and well-supplied, and we enjoyed our private lanai with its incredible view of the ocean…. as well as the generous portions of fresh fruit. The salt charged pool and Jacuzzi were also great. But, what made the place really unique were Raybo, Benjamin, and Amiracle, as well as the other guests. We benefitted from the healing treatments given by Benjamin and Amiracle. We explored the recently discovered lava cave adjacent to the property. There was an instant camaraderie among the guests in the shared meeting area. Everything combined to create a wonderful physical, emotional, and spiritual experience.
Upon our departure to explore the other parts of the island, Raybo was kind enough to share many prime places to visit. Each recommendation was accurately described and added to the pleasure of the balance of our trip. We had a thoroughly relaxing and rejuvenating time and would welcome another opportunity to visit again.
This was my husband's and my first trip to the Hawaiian Islands. After spending 4 fabulous nights in Kauai, we moved on to the Big Island of Hawaii for the next 5 nights, 3 of which we spent at "The Sunset Suite Private Lanai Paradise" at the Banyan Tree Sanctuary. The place was exactly as described, and the view was even more exquisite in real life! The place was very comfortable, clean, and the kitchen had everything necessary for cooking. We didn't fully take advantage of all the things that were available, such as pool, jaccuzi, sauna, meeting place, etc. because we had rented a car and drove to a lot of sites. Again, the view was spectacular, and we enjoyed delicious breakfasts on our private lanai (porch/patio). Raybo was incredibly hospitable and helpful, and even offered to pick us up from the airport for a small fee, but we ended up renting a car. He let us use his computer which my husband needed for professional reasons. When we arrived at our place, we had a beautiful basket of fresh organic fruit awaiting us, and throughout our stay we had plenty of avocados, papaya, lilikoi (passion fruit), eggplant, and macadamia nuts available. Thank you Raybo for a fabulous stay!
I loved beeing 5 nights at the banyantree sanctuary. It is so calm and pieceful. The 3rd floor appartement has a big lanai with a spectacular view over land and sea. The house is embedded in a huge and beautiful garden, where vegetable and fruit grows. You can visit the whole island from Kona. To the volcano parc it takes about 2.5 h.
People at banyantree are very friendly and respectful to humans, animals and the environment. I was invited to a potluck dinner and spent a very nice evening with everybody. And I had a wonderful massage by Raybo, I highly recommend the massages and different treatments they offer. So if you want to spend your holiday at a lower pace I recommend you contact Raybo who answers very fast and and gives you a lot of information about banyantree sanctuary. Thank you Raybo, Benjamin and Amiracle for having me, it was really nice meeting you all.
My son Edmund and I had a magical time at the Banyan Tree Sanctuary. For those interested in peace and quiet, this is the place. It was clean, well run, and had all the basic amenities you would look for while travelling. Its position on the island enabled us to easily spend the mornings at the beach, the afternoons on the property and the evenings dining in or out.
The place isn't for everybody. Type A personalities might find Banyan Tree too laid back. For us it was perfect. Raybo is a gracious host, there when you need him, not there when you don't.
The common areas are large and comfortable. The grounds too provide plenty of room to roam and check out cool things. If you like organic gardening, serene walks through the forest, meditation and yoga, you will be in heaven. If you just want a comfortable bed in the middle of the Kona side of the island, you will be completely satisfied.
I look forward to our next visit.
The Banyon Tree Sanctuary is a very well maintained property in a quiet area. We stayed in the Sunset Suite Shared Lanai Paradise. This is a lovely, comfortable accommodation. Roomy and very clean with a wonderful view. Beds are very comfortable. The kitchen has most things that we needed to cook.
Raybo was a very helpful, accommodating host. He was there to greet us after our late evening arrival. He kept us informed about what maintenance was happening on the property if it had the potential to affect us in anyway. If Raybo said that he would do something, it was done.
We appreciated the lovely fresh fruit that was available to us. And make sure that you purchase a basket of the garden products because it is the best produce that we have every eaten! There is a pool and hot tub available for use.
This is a place to go if you wish a quiet setting in which to relax. The whole community at Banyon Tree are respectful of others and there is a request for quiet after 8 pm. They are very ecologically minded and ask that their guests to respect that by recycling and being careful about water usage. We had no problem with any of these expectations.
We would definitely go back if we were ever fortunate enough to return to the Big Island.
Staying at Raybo's was a surprisingly pleasant experience! Comfortable room with a nice bed, fresh fruit in the morning and wonderful people around made our stay there really unforgettable! Also the location of the property is very good for explorers of the island like us. Ask Raybo about nice organic store in Kona, they have really fresh and tasty produce there, so you can always get there enough for breakfast and snacks for your day.