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Banyan Tree Sanctuary

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73-4464 Kohanaiki Rd, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-9242
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#23 of 42 Speciality lodging in Kailua-Kona
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KelleyF wrote a review Mar 2021
Portland, Oregon9 contributions6 helpful votes
What a special place. I can’t say enough good things about the location, surroundings, amenities, and the people. It was so fun getting to meet other like-minded guests and some of the residents. The property is stunning- enjoyed the hot tub/pool before bed and waking up to the sound of birds. A lush oasis on the hills above Kona. I’m so grateful to have found this quiet, rejuvenating retreat.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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Donna Keli’ikuli wrote a review Apr 2020
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Everyone was very nice and kind. Enjoyed hanging out and singing under the sky. I slept like a baby for the first time in years and could breathe! The air is so clean and fresh with the daily rain that comes in around 3-4 pm daily. It rains on and off but it’s so cool. And the sanctuary is beautiful and peaceful it’s amazing what they have there and I am not vegan but I respected that they were and ate whatever they shared with me. The ice cream beans are a trip. Giant pods with beans you don’t eat. You eat the covering instead and they kinda do taste like ice cream. I welcome the chance to go back and see my new friends again one day. It and they were lovely. Thank you Rae and Ben, cheyanne...Phil and Rae for the music. It was a blast!
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Date of stay: March 2020
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PSyal wrote a review Jan 2019
San Diego, California36 contributions39 helpful votes
We stayed here for 3 nights in Dragon's Neat (the private bedroom with bathroom ensuite). It was very comfortable with a great view of the ocean and the sanctuary. They have a shared kitchen which is spotlessly clean and clearly labeled for easy access. All one has to do is clean, after use, which is true for Airbnb too. Rae, Benjamin and Maggie are very pleasant hosts. Before confirming our booking, they explained to us what a stay in Banyan Sanctuary means and if that is something we don't agree to, they would cancel the reservation free of charge - this is something both my husband and I really appreciated. A business with so much transparency is pretty rare to find :) They have quiet hours from 9pm to 8 am but it wasn't really difficult to respect that. Kitchen is accessible at all times as long as you respect those hours. They also have a spa and pool - the spa is accessible until 12 am. Also, staying vegan while cooking/eating in the kitchen was a welcoming change from routine. I definitely recommend a stay here when you're in Kona.
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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40naomi wrote a review Jan 2018
Winnipeg, Canada1 contribution3 helpful votes
I was happy to discover this accommodation was in fact not to far from Kona Kailua airport or difficult to locate. The room I had (fig heaven) was no in the main complex and was situated as a cabin out doors. The washroom was also a short walk outdoors, at times difficult in the dark of night, but worth it for the stunning starry views. The cabin was modest and clean and felt different from a hotel room, owing mainly to the fact of its location as a cabin situated outside. I was also happy to discover that there was produce available for all of the guests to partake, grown directly on the property with care. This was definitely a highlight of the Banyan Tree Sanctuary. The other thing to note is the shared kitchen space, which on the whole was good for those wanting to do their owning cooking or preparations on the property. One drawback of the shared kitchen was the general cleanliness; while guests were asked to clean up after themselves after cooking, and dishes were always done by someone, leaving the space free to use, there were spaces in this kitchen (i.e. tea towels, certain corners) that were in need of proper grime removal. I would be aware of this for those guests who have extremely high cleanliness standards; since this accommodation also has a tree fruit farm/garden, this may be in part a reason for the nature-focused, and non-clinical approach. It should also be noted this accommodation is also a family home. Therefore guests are made to feel welcome to an extent, but beyond that, also may risk feeling they are invading the 'family space' of those who reside at the property. In all, I would not return to stay here again were I to visit Kona, however, I would highly recommend this location for younger travelers (20 somethings), couples looking for a cheaper getaway/retreat, or older travellers who are low-maintenance with fewer accommodation standards. That said, the bathrooms were cleaned properly every day, and the serenity offered by the property on the whole was a nice change of pace from your typical hotel scenario.
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Date of stay: December 2017
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Response from RaeHGeorge, General Manager at Banyan Tree Sanctuary
Responded 9 Jan 2018
Mahalo for your review, Naomi, I'm a little surprised you only gave us 3 stars, because your written review sounded like 4 stars at least! ;-) Yes, having an outdoor kitchen can be a little tough to keep to 'clinical' standards! :-D Thanks for recommending our space to others, we realize that we're not for everyone, but many people really love to come here and return year after year. I hope you find that perfect mix of all the things you love for your next visit to Kona. Mahalo.
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AtrG2013 wrote a review Jun 2017
Grand Forks, North Dakota222 contributions8 helpful votes
This is an amazing place. Stayed at their Dragon's nest with private full bath. If you are looking for the convenience and regular amenities of a hotel, this is not a place for you. But, if want to take a deep breathe and suck it all in - the bountiful nature, the fresh air, the fragrance of the flowers and the fresh fruit, this is THE place! Rarely during a vacation, I experienced such peace and tranquility! The owner Rae is awesome, too...he was very helpful in recommending nearby activities and provided an educative tour of their fruit garden. A staff, Nora, too was wonderful. Overall, I would highly recommend this place if you want to experience a different lifestyle for a few days!
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Date of stay: May 2017
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Response from RaeHGeorge, Owner at Banyan Tree Sanctuary
Responded 11 Jun 2017
Mahalo for this wonderful review, I wish you had signed your name! Yes, we are not a hotel, and don't pretend to be. We feel that we offer something truly unique, and we are so glad that you enjoyed and appreciated Banyan Tree Sanctuary! ;-)
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PRICE RANGE
US$160 - US$291 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
United StatesHawaiiIsland of HawaiiKailua-Kona
NUMBER OF ROOMS
7
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Frequently Asked Questions about Banyan Tree Sanctuary
Which popular attractions are close to Banyan Tree Sanctuary?
Nearby attractions include Kona Cloud Forest (4.0 km), The Vanillerie (4.8 km), and St. Michael the Archangel Church (7.7 km).
What are some restaurants close to Banyan Tree Sanctuary?
Conveniently located restaurants include One Aloha Shave Ice Co, Kona Coffee Cafe, and Scandinavian Shave Ice.
Are there any historical sites close to Banyan Tree Sanctuary?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Kamakahonu (7.4 km) and Ahuena Heiau (7.6 km).