I live near Volcano Village and own a vacation rental/yoga retreat center called, Ixchel Hawaii. I am also a Licensed and insured Massage Therapist. Feel free to look up my web-site:)
The difficulties I had with staying with Rachel was finding her location. Granted she was actually not available then it was a friend that was operating her establishment in her absence. The real difficulty was that when I pulled into a neighbors yard thinking it was hers I was immediately verbally accosted which I found quite distressing.
When I attempted to discuss this with the acting host she continued to deny that this is actually an issue.
Finding the location was also an issue in that the "long way around" was provided in the directions which resulted in my arriving ultimately in the dark
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I really enjoyed my stay here at the rainforest retreat. It's very close to volcano national park, and the property itself is very interesting to walk around. As mentioned, the property is eco friendly and runs on solar power. This never caused me any problem and I was able to charge my phone and tablet at night without the solar battery ever getting low. Recommend highly if you are looking for a retreat like atmosphere. Great alternative and a unique experience compared to the large resort hotels.
Rachelle was very nice and has a beautiful home in the middle of the jungle. It is conveniently located close to the Volcanoes park so we stayed there two nights while visiting the park. It is off the grid and uses propane and solar power but due to being so rainy the solar power could be a problem. You need to manually turn on the electricity in the house and constantly check every hour or so to make sure to turn it off so the battery does not completely die. The water is also hooked up to the battery so if the battery dies then you have no water as well. We were lucky and only used the place to sleep but only using the battery from 6pm to 9 pm it went from fully charged to dead.. So I imagine if you stayed there for a while and it was raining for a few days and can not recharge you might run out of electricity and water very soon. The kitchen is outside so gets pretty dark at night and lots of mosquitoes. The wifi has a slow connection so be aware if you need decent internet speed. There is a Yoga studio for use so if you are into yoga it would be a great place. It also can get very cold on the mountain so you should probably bring many layers of clothes.
The place is located very close to the Volcano Park.
The place is really basic, but really enjoyable of you want to stay close to the nature.
Very much enjoyed my stay at the cottage. It is off-grid, but does not lack modern convienence. There were hot showers, lighting, refrigeration, a well appointed kitchen. The host was cordial and understanding even of my late check-in. I wish I had more of an opportunity to take in the permaculture garden and yoga studio. Even so, the fruiting bananas and lilikoi were hard to miss. It was a beautiful property and I would not hesitate to stay there again. A tad off the beaten path, but that's where you often find the really interesting places.
What an amazing location, it is absolutely beautiful. We really liked the place, beautiful garden and a lovely home. Nice quiet neighborhood that is off the beaten path. It is close to Volcano Park and also a short drive to Hilo.
Absolutely wonderful. I loved Rachelle's place. It's set up like a retreat centre and I felt like I was on a retreat while I was there. In the rain forest, off the grid, surrounded by lush vegetation and the sound of the coqui frogs from late afternoon to early morning was so divine. Staying here makes you realize just how much you waste energy even if you consider yourself energy conscious. Close to the volcano, but a bit far from everything else mostly because roads don't connect or there is a round about way of getting to where you want to go. Rachelle was a wonderful host. Very pleasant in nature and willing to help with anything that was needed. If you're into yoga this would be a great place to stay as she has a yoga studio that could fit about 15 people.
Rachelle's Jungalow was just the experience my brother and I were looking for after a week in a resort on the Kona side of the island. The accommodations were basic, a few twin beds powered from on-site solar. The outdoor kitchen, bathroom, and shower were all we needed to be very happy there.
The yoga studio in the main house was absolutely beautiful and a great place for morning sun salutations. Rachelle is a lovely person. We appreciated her advice on local attractions, and enjoyed the short time we were able to spend with her.
Ein sehr schönes, sauberes Haus in fast unberührter Natur.
Bei Fragen oder Wünschen hat uns Rachelle immer sofort geholfen.
Beautiful setting in a Hawaiian Rain Forest. Paradise for bird and tree lovers. Rustic yet elegant, basic but comfortable accommodations. Open-air cooking and eating on covered porch. Bathroom and shower have enough privacy, though they feel very open to the forest. This would be a wonderful place for a small group retreat or reunion. My mother and I stayed in the Jungalow for 3 nights. Fell asleep to the sounds of rain on the roof and frogs chirping. Rachelle was very welcoming and helpful. She offered the use of the yoga studio on the property for exercise or meditation. She carefully explained how to use the solar power system, and left written instructions as well.
We did lots of driving and went to the beaches, Hilo town, Volcanoes National Park, the town of Volcano, etc. The Jungalow is not your typical tourist accommodation. It's a bit out-of-the-way. Though Rachelle's directions were very precise, I don't recommend trying to find it in the dark!