Buddha's 2BR Hawaiian Ocean Retreat

Apartment - Entire home/apt · 1st Ave, Keaau, HI 96749, United States
Your host, Dan
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The Space

Situated on an acre of land that slopes gently downward toward a bluff at the ocean’s edge, the property offers a unique environment perfect for a peaceful and relaxing vacation experience. Enjoy the tranquility of the Zen garden, long walks along the coastline, or simply sit and relax amid the serenity of a shady retreat between lily ponds. The property is fully landscaped with over 100 different varieties of flora, including: bamboo, water lilies, fragrant flowers, ornamental vines, succulents and fruit bearing trees.

Take a relaxing dip in the Japanese-style soaking tub that spills over into a gorgeous, 42’ long, salt water, infinity edge swimming pool. Soak up some sun or recline under an umbrella on a poolside lounge chair overlooking the ocean. The pool deck area includes an outdoor shower with hot water, a barbecue, and food preparation and dining areas.

When conditions are right, the snowy peak of Mauna Kea can be seen from the property, as can whales, dolphins, sea turtles, Nene geese and other species unique to Hawaii. Fishing is a common activity along the bluff.

Accommodations are in a newly built, luxury oceanfront home offering spectacular views. The building contains the owners’ residence and two separate units with identical floor plans. Both the upstairs and downstairs units are spacious apartments that can be rented as a either a one- or two-bedroom unit.

This site is for the two-bedroom configuration of the second floor unit. This can become two completely separate apartments if you like. It is perfect for two couples who like to travel together, reducing the accommodation cost while allowing each couple comfort and privacy. This can work for two singles also. Both bedrooms have their own entrances and lanais and all rooms have magnificent ocean views.

The maximum occupancy for all our units is two persons per bedroom, the maximum for the two-bedroom, two-bath configuration is four persons. Please let us know, when making a reservation, how many persons will be in your party.

Please note, we require all guests be 10 years or older and that there be at least one guest who is 25 years or older.

A laundry room with a washer, dryer, and sink is available to guests at no charge, during daylight hours.

Living Areas Include:
• Bamboo and ceramic tile floors throughout
• Ceiling fans in every room
• Art work throughout, featuring unique pieces by local artists
• 42” or larger wall mounted flat-screen TV and DVD player in each unit
• Oceanic cable service
• DVR’s available on request
• Bedside clock radios with iPod docking station
• Roadrunner high speed Internet available by WiFi
• Landline phone service available upon request

Dining Area includes:
• Refrigerator with freezer compartment
• Custom mango-wood cabinets
• Stainless steel sink
• Granite counter tops
• Dining table with four chairs
• Microwave oven, toaster, coffee maker, dinner ware and silverware

Living Area includes:
A couch, coffee table, desk, a wood chest and a TV and DVD player.

Tea pots, electric kettles, blenders, rice cookers and crockpots are available upon request, at no charge.

All Bathrooms include:
Toilet with washlet, bathtub with overhead and handheld shower head

1st bedroom - California king bed with memory foam mattress
2nd bedroom - California king bed with memory foam mattress

The property is located approximately 15 miles (25 minutes by car) south of Hilo in the Paradise Park subdivision.


Rates and fees quoted include all applicable Hawaii taxes (13.42%.)

Minimum stays – A minimum stay of 3 nights is generally required, but in some time periods, the minimum required stay is 5 or 7 nights.

All guests to be 10 years or older and each party is to have at least one guest who is 25 years or older.
Maximum occupancy is 4 people (2 people per bedroom.)

Swimming pool and soaking tub usage is limited to resident guests.

Be considerate and respectful of the property, the house and the neighbors.

No smoking allowed inside or poolside.
No shoes inside.
No pets.

Please contact us about cancellation and refund policies.
Two people and two cats reside on the property.

Guest Access

Guests have access to the pool and spa, the exterior cooking areas and all the landscaped areas.

Interaction with Guests

I usually meet with guests upon arrival to show them to the unit and answer any questions. After that, we try to stay out of sight as much as possible, but I am available to answer questions or help with any problems the guest might have.

Permit Number: W20536712

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 2
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $1225 /week
Monthly Price: $4600 /month
Security Deposit: $400
Cleaning Fee: $110
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 10:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • Dan and Sumiko's Hilo residence was absolutely amazingly beautiful and peaceful. Walking through his lotus ponds, Zen garden or by the ocean cliff created a deep sense of inner peace for me. The views around his house were very breathtaking! I can feel the extreme care and creativity that Dan and Sumiko put into cultivating this magical, special place. The ocean view bedrooms were spectacularly stunning and intensely appreciated by all four of us. We enjoyed waking up or sleeping with the sounds of the ocean waves, which I personally found vey soothing. Dan was an exceptional host who was quick to respond and highly informative. We highly recommend his lovely place to all friends, family and those of you we do not know who may be reading this review!

    June 2014
  • Dan was the perfect host. Buddha's Retreat was everything advertised and so much more. I took my two daughters there for a vacation and we loved it. Beauty everywhere. We wanted to be near the ocean, have a pool and a place to prepare our own meals. By the second day we were totally relaxed and at home. Thanks Dan for sharing you island paradise.

    June 2014
  • Incredible place. Peaceful, well located, gorgeous..we really didn't want to leave and I hope to come back soon!

    July 2013
  • This place was the best, loved the view and the acommodations.

    July 2012
  • We ha a great time to the Bhudda retreat! The pool and hot tub were fabulous and the garden was amazing. We had no reason to leave, but when we did, Hilo was only 25mins away, and the hot pools were about 20 mins away.
    Everything was clean and the decor was beautiful.... they have great taste!
    Ask for a tour of the garden!
    Soleil and Family

    March 2012
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For 30 years I traveled around the world for pleasure and business. Formerly an executive in a division of one of the major US hotel companies, I've lived in Hawaii since 1995 and when I recently retired, my wife and I moved to the part of Hawaii (and the world) we liked best.奥さんは日本人です。退職する前は仕事で方々とくに日本へは度々行きました。でも今住んでいる所が世界中で一番空気がきれいで気に入っています。奥さんが農園で野菜や果物を育てるのを手伝ったり、趣味のソフトボールをしています。
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