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Your Hawaiian Retreat
Ranked #6 of 17 Pahoa B&B and Inns
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“Best vacation of our lives”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2010

We spent 3 weeks at Your Hawaiian Retreat outside of Pahoa in Feb 2009.
It was our first trip to the Big Island and we wanted to experience more of Hawaii than the kind of gross tourist scene in Kona. After a week on the Kona side, we were thrilled to leave the commercial side of the island and we felt fortunate to have picked such a great place to spend the remainder of the month. I was a bit nervous about having booked the trip over the internet but upon driving up to Your Hawaiian Retreat and seeing our eco-tree house, I instantly knew we'd found a really gem. We got up at dawn everyday to see the sunlight streaming in through our absolutely private, giant windows and breakfast was always waiting for us in the farm kitchen adjacent to the tree house. We had so many adventures everyday it would take too long to recount here, but we never got bored and we plan on going back and doing exactly the same trip again, something we always said we'd never do. It was that good. Hugh and Elvira were the greatest hosts you could ever have. The accommodations range from a beautiful Bali inspired magazine quality retreat house to funky, artful and creative cottages like the magical Avocado house. All were super-well maintained, fastidiously clean (they use only all organic non-toxic cleaning products) and great value for the money. The Wi-fi and the personal stereo in the room were nice added touches. We'll be back!

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2010

Your Hawaiian Retreat is a collection of houses ranging from a small treehouse to a palace-like collection of Balinese huts brought over in a shipping container. They sit on an off-grid property owned by a couple who run an organic ginger farm and can be rented at a shockingly reasonable rate.

Two friends from the US and two friends from Brazil and I rented the Mango House in early January. The girls were a bit worried about the off-grid thing, but the first thing we noticed about Mango House (other than it's gorgeous location surrounded by fruit trees) was that it was no different than our houses back home. We had electricity 24 hours, plenty to charge our computers and cameras...there was even WIFI! Unlimited hot water from the on-demand heater, which pulls from a rain catchment system. (They provide bottled water for drinking.) There's a full kitchen to prepare meals, and the owners thoughtfully stocked the fridge with organic eggs and milk and loads of fresh fruit from the trees around their property. They even provided raw honey from their bees.

The beds in Mango House are all in a communal room on the top floor of the house. There's a romantic loft-bed, a queen-sized bed suspended from the ceiling and accessible by ladder. There's another queen-size foldout with a very comfy latex mattress, and two futons, and luxurious silk sheets were provided for us to use. The whole house has an outdoors-in feel...windows everywhere, and bathrooms accessible from outdoor balconies. The semi-outdoor shower was the biggest selling point for the girls, with unlimited hot water and a view as soon as you step out.

There are other houses on the property that we didn't stay in, but we did get to tour Ohana House, a one-of-a-kind property of imported Balinese huts serving as bedrooms around a central great room with massive hewn timbered ceilings and river-rock kitchen counters and bathrooms. I think she said it can sleep 12 individuals, or even more couples. We noticed two side-by-side outdoor clawfoot bathtubs for a romantic sunset soak.

The property is located in Puna, my favorite corner of the Hawaiian islands. Far from the artificial, touristy beaches of Kona/Kohala, Puna is rural, remote, and utterly gorgeous. From our balcony at Mango House, we were 5 minutes from really cool steam caves (natural saunas), 10 minutes from a hot spring pool just steps from a beach, 10 minutes from a black sand clothing-optional beach, and 15 minutes from the current lava viewing area. No tourists in site (except at the lava), just locals, and the locals who've chosen to settle in Puna include gay couples, alternative off-grid environmentalists, organic farmers, and hippies. The nearby town, Pahoa, has a wild-west feel, strangely enough, with some funky restaurants and an organic market. A mega-grocery store is 20 minutes away, and the major city of Hilo is 30 minutes. The location could NOT be better...it's removed enough from everything to feel like you have the entire countryside to yourself, but close enough to everything to be convenient.

Elvira and Hugh were our gracious hosts, and they made us feel like part of the family from the instant we arrived. Each morning they would bring us goodies...the first morning it was smoothies of yogurt from their goats, raw chocolate, and organic bananas from their trees, blended with raw honey from their bees. The next morning it was a juice of fresh squeezed tangerines and pineapples with crushed ginger and turmeric from their farm. The next morning it was an entire quart of fresh goat yogurt, delicious, rich, and tangy.

Combine this with the price (we got the Mango house at its normal rate of $100 per night) and you've got enough reason to never stay anywhere else on the Big Island. I've been back from my trip only 3 days and I've already planned my next one in a couple of months.

If you're a Four-Seasons kinda person, Your Hawaiian Retreat is NOT for you. If you like unique people and places, if you prefer to scramble eggs and peel a tangerine for breakfast rather than sit in a restaurant for 2 hours, if you love being surrounded by mango and lime trees, flowers galore, and the buzzing of bees and the singing of frogs, then you'll fall in love with Your Hawaiian Retreat just like we did. I can't recommend it highly enough.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled with friends
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Property: Your Hawaiian Retreat
Address: Opihikao Dr, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
Region: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Pahoa
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Ranked #6 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Pahoa
Number of rooms: 3
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