Art & Orchids is a rare gem on the east side of the island and we are so glad we found it! Markie & Jerry were wonderful hosts and have created a tranquil oasis to stay at. The house is warm & inviting and there are many common areas to hang out as well as your personal room. The room was large and comfortable. We stayed in the Rainbow Room which had a small balcony where we could sit outside and listen to the cacophony of frogs and birds at night. The bathroom floor had a beautiful mosaic that Markie did with marine life and ocean waves. There was also a shared kitchenette to make coffee, tea or light meals if needed. But the best part was the gourmet breakfasts! Fresh eggs, fruit, breads and granola each am were well prepared and wonderful to share breakfast and stories with other travelers and Markie, who joined us each morning to talk about the previous day's adventures and life experiences. I am a vegetarian and she had no difficulty accommodating my diet as well as my husband's who is not a vegetarian.
This is a wonderful place to explore the Puna region. Only 10 miles from Hilo and 6 from Pahoa. We ended up eating most meals in Pahoa which is a laid back town with several good restaurants. The farmer's market in Hilo is also a great experience with lots of fresh produce and local characters. We found staying at Art & Orchids a great alternative to staying in Hilo and highly recommend it to anyone exploring this side of the island!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A haven for artists and those who love tropical gardens. Luxury at an affordable price. Wake to the sound of rainforest birds in our spacious home on the Big Island of Hawaii, 15 miles from Hilo. All rooms with private baths, one with jacuzzi. Decorated with high quality art. Relax in our hot tub. Breakfast includes macadamia nut granola, eggs, ham, local tropical fruit, sweet and whole-grain bread, Hawaiian honey and jam, tea, and local coffee. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Art And Orchids Keaau, Hawaii