The grounds to the hostel are incredibly gorgeous. Lush jungle and flowers abound. They have done a fantastic job intertwining the hostel with nature. Just a single example: the new kitchen area is outdoors and the counter tops are hand-fashioned from Hawaiian wood. Truly striking.
We stayed in the hut. It is screened-in, but otherwise open air. With the king sized bed and full moon we were treated to- it was super romantic.
The owners are super chill and willing to go the extra mile to make the stay memorable. (We accidentally left some things behind and they made sure we got them back. Haven't experienced that before. Thanks guys!)
Because the place was so new, they didn't have their tours functional yet. They did set us up with details, and we ended up renting a car and going with friends. I would have preferred to go with the hostel instead of renting a car (hate driving), but the places outlined in their tours are amazing and totally worth seeing.
Overall I was a happy camper!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Eco Retreat Hawaii provides accommodation to travelers on a budget. Our facility is staged on 11.2 acres of Ohia Lehua rainforest, just outside of the Puna forest reserve. Only 12 miles from the Hilo International Airport, Eco Retreat Hawaii is centrally located in relation to all tourist destinations on The Big Island's East side.Accommodations feature a 4,000 square foot Commons-Greenhouse, where you will meet travelers from all over the world who are also exploring Hawaii!!Power is no issue on this farm, our solar system produces over 20 kilowatt hours of electricity each day! Enjoy all of our low impact sustainable systems: 10,000 gallons of filtered and stored rain harvest, great for long hot showers and FREE Laundry! Traditional flush toilets, dozens of tropical trees, vegetable gardens, permaculture projects, vermicomposting, chickens, and more! Help us grow and maintain paradise with our Eco Retreat Volunteer Program and get a 50% discount!!We offer a range of accommodation options based on your needs! ... more less