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Big Island Retreat

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Waterloo, Iowa
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My husband and I spent three nights at BIR and we concur with all of the positive comments already noted. This is a quaint, cozy location and GiGi is the ideal host. The grounds are immaculate, our room was beautiful and the location is perfect. We stayed in the Seaside room and had a view of the ocean from our...

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BigIslandRetreat808, Manager at Big Island Retreat, responded to this review

Aloha, we are happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you found the Seaside room to be comfortable and relaxing. We look forward to having you return. Mahalo for sharing your experience. Warm aloha, Gigi

Reviewed 1 week ago

w: THE place to stay in Kailua-Kona....at least for us. Your experience: We recently spent seven nights at The Big Island Retreat (BIR) and loved it. It is where we will stay when we visit Kailua-Kona. You can look at the pictures on the website to get a feel for the rooms and the grounds - they represent it well....

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Wedel, Germany
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is truly a home away from home. Starting with a warm welcome from GG ! She is a gem.A really special person. Helped plan our outing to all these great places with all sorts of insider tips. Lends you a great up to date guide book. Room impeccable. Beautifully decorated little kitchen and we could watch the surfers from...

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Seattle, Washington
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was the perfect location for our visit to Kona. Centrally located, clean, well equipped. We'll definitely be back. They had coolers, snorkels, beach chairs (and more) available to borrow for our adventures. We really appreciated Gigi's hospitality.

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Portland, Oregon
Reviewed 19 February 2017

This is an open-air home with plantation-style architecture and center courtyard; despite the TripAdvisor category of B&B/Inn, it's neither (certainly no breakfast provided, and no housekeeping services). The property is located quite a way from the busy part of town, which meant lovely quiet nights without street lights. Be sure to bring the confirmation e-mail and directions with you, as...

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Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

This is the second time we have stayed at the Big Island Retreat, and this visit was just as wonderful as the last. The grounds are beautiful and the rooms are very comfortable. My husband and I much prefer staying here over a sterile bland hotel. There is color in every room and you can't beat the view, or the...

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Bandon
Reviewed 26 January 2017

We started our 12 day round the island trip with 3 nights at this perfect little retreat. We were warmly greeted by Gigi and she was nearly always available to give us good advice and recommendations for things to do. She really makes this place extra special! The Seaside room was lovely and well appointed, great bed and ocean breezes,...

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Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

We spent 4 nights at the BIR in the Oceanview room. It was perfect. Lovely room with view and sound of waves. Two floors with a balcony. We had everything we needed. Gigi gave us great ideas. They provide beach towels and coolers, chairs and everything you need for the beach. The outdoor kitchen is grand although we didn't use...

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Pagosa Springs, Colorado
Reviewed 28 December 2016

We stayed here for 3-4 nights. The retreat is just off a main road. It is across from the best snorkeling!! They have gear available at the retreat for free. This place is a gem. You can hear the waves from your room. So peaceful. Our room was small, but beautifully appointed! It had a lanai that was lovely for...

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Fort Collins, Colorado
Reviewed 18 November 2016

It's not too big, it's not too small, it's just right! Walking distance to Kahalu'u State Beach for some of the best snorkeling on the Big Island! Gigi welcomes you, makes sure you have everything you need and answers all of your questions! The outdoor kitchen is wonderful and a great place to gather any time of day! Short drive...

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Randy H, Owner at Big Island Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you once again for staying with us here at the Big Island Retreat. We are so glad you choose us to stay with. Please know you are welcome back any time. Mahalo, Shannon and Randy, and of course Gigi

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“Others noted the lack of ocean view from Seaside Room. My husband and I were very pleased with the view, could see the ocean from the lanai.”
 of 5 bubbles 323AngelaR, 26 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Tell Gigi (the property manager) what you want/need.”
 of 5 bubbles Y8296WIbobp, 17 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Book Penthouse Suite thru TripAdvisor for less than website price. You'll want to hang out on oceanview lanai!”
 of 5 bubbles Leebot, 19 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Seaside Suite was really sweet, spacious, nice balcony, but just a peek a boo view of the ocean”
 of 5 bubbles BandonBeachlover, 25 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Provide your own soap and shampoo. Make sure you get a compact car. Gigi is so wonderful!”
  • The Orchid Room-loved the bed, windows, lanai!
  • View from the Orchid Room
 of 5 bubbles jawsco, 18 Nov 2016 | Read review
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