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Volcano Guest House
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Reviewed 11 April 2009

Mahalo Hawaiian Retreat is without a doubt the most peaceful, yet stimulating place in the most beautiful spot. I was there for only one week but had the opportunity to experience an amazing connection with nature. The lush surroundings that embrace the retreat are truly unique. The accommodations are outstanding with all the amenities and great décor.

  • Stayed: July 2006
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Thank archuy
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Reviewed 11 April 2009

I fell in love with Mahalo Hawaiian Retreat since my first visit. I've been there three times and it’s been the most enjoyable experience in paradise. Each of the three homes is equally wonderful – each with its unique personality. Sprinkled in the middle of the jungle, they all are spacious, immaculate, elegant, and very functional. I love the energy and magic that surround Mahalo. I found that walking through the paths along the towering ferns is both relaxing and energizing – I can’t wait to go back.

  • Stayed: March 2009
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Reviewed 12 January 2009

We don't often stay in bed & breakfasts, because we have kids and the logistics don't usually work out. But this one is made up of cottages. Perfect. Also, we like to keep up our eco-habits when traveling (bugs me to throw away a glass bottle). So we enjoyed the opportunity to recycle our stuff and to learn about the eco-innovations these folks have incorporated into their lodging.

The kids loved joining one of the owners in feeding our food scraps to the geese.

The cottage itself was comfy and clean, the local fruit at breakfast was fun, and the setting was gorgeous!

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 May 2008

We stayed in one of the Twinn's houses. it's a great location. You have your own appartment where you can park your car in front. Nice appartment with a seperate kitchen/sitting/dining area, a bedroom and bathroom.

You can get some food for breakfast (or at night when you get the munchies) at the main house. There is a seperate area where you can get food 24 hours. Just take what you need and eat it at your own table in the appartment.

Because of the wet climate they leave the windows open to prefent the place to get mouldy and stuff. It was a good idea but a little bit cold. I liked it though!

In between al the ferns the house is located. Such a beautiful place to visit! And just a minutes ride to the entrance of Volcano National Park. Just perfect!

Stayed: March 2008
Thank reis08
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Reviewed 29 February 2008

My third time staying at Volcano Guest House and my husband and I love it there: fully equipped kitchen (except for one unit, which lacks only an oven); comfortable beds; waking up to birdsong in the rainforest; lots of walking trails; fresh papayas, apple bananas, Bonnie’s sweet mochi bread and other goodies available on the communal porch; six entertaining ducks and two cows; a hot tub; and hosts who are always helpful and pleasant. Plus I feel good staying at a place that doesn’t abuse the environment. There’s solar water heating with electricity backup if needed, no energy-wasting clothes dryer (Bonnie line-dries sheets and towels in the greenhouse) and a compost pile, among other green attributes. If you’re into soft towels and being catered to, stay in a fancy and expensive hotel. If you love the restful quiet of the rainforest, close proximity to the park, and helping the environment at the same time, this is the best place to be.

Stayed: February 2008
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Reviewed 3 September 2007

We loved our stay at the Maholo Island Retreat. We rented the Olana Cottage, which is a spotless, modern three bedroom plus loft house located with two other similar houses on 10 beautiful acres in a residential area about a mile from Volcano center and five minutes drive from the national park. You can rent a room, a house or all three houses. The house cost us $220/nt, a room for two would be about $130, and the whole retreat would sleep 25 for $975/nt. and include a 1,000 sq. ft. studio.

The houses are all about a year old, clean and modern. The complex is used for a yoga retreat several times a year and is rented to the public the rest of the year. There is a caretaker on the grounds who bakes fresh banana bread and also stocks the place with fruit, cereal, milk, coffee and tea for breakfast. There is a full kitchen (but no microwave or dishwasher), a washer and dryer and free internet.

We found the house through a search of the Volcano town website after all other lodgings in the area were booked. It is so new that it is not in any guidebooks or on any large internet travel agency sites. This is good for you until word gets out and it gets booked more often. In August, we were the only guests, yet this house is bigger and nicer than any other lodgings that we saw in the area, and at a competitive price. We even added an extra night and used the house as our base instead of booking separate accomodations in Hilo about 40 minutes away.

Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled with family
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1  Thank palace17
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Reviewed 11 August 2007

We selected the property after reviewing some sites online. We stayed in the upstairs apartment which was plenty spacious for two people and could easily accommodate four (we basically made the second bedroom our closet, leaving our bags in there and keeping the main bedroom uncluttered).

The hosts were very friendly and polite. It may seem odd at first to be walking into somebody's house and going upstairs at first, but it was second nature after a couple of days.

The hiking trails on the property were nice, and the ability to borrow flashlights and umbrellas are particularly nice. (Be sure to borrow the wind up lights if you visit the Thurston Lava Tube. You'll need them if you were to go to the very end). We had no problem with the food whatsoever.

It is very close to the park, though not inside. The restaurants in town do close down at 9 pm, so plan your day accordingly. We had fresh bananas and apples to take with us on our day trip around the volcano, so were weren't hurting for food.

The views on the property were tremendous, and the many windows gave great views. Waking up this morning, our final morning here, with the sound of the rain on the roof and the breeze through the trees outside was a pleasant experience. The house is environmentally friendly, beautifully crafted and comfortable. They have cable TV, a nice selection of DVD's (but you have to show them on your own computer or player) and some VHS movies.

We also utilized the spa, which was nice and relaxing after two long days of walking and hiking. Wish we had used it sooner.

And finally, you have to love Maggie the dog. Every B&B should have a dog.

Regarding the lava flow, it was not directly visible from our site, but as we went to the end of Chain of Craters road, we could see the glow over the mountains and smell the smoke from burning timber. Of course, the knowledge that "Pele" could blow at any moment was an exciting thought in the background.

It's funny, but our experience had virtually nothing in common with the negative reviews on this site. This B&B gave us a little taste of what it is like to live in Volcano. It is not a hotel, not the Ritz. If you are looking for a big gourmet breakfast at a doily covered table, do everybody a favor and go somewhere else. Read the property's web site, as it leaves no surprises. If you are looking for a unique experience in the rain forest, I would highly recommend this property.

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Volcano Guest House

Address: 11-3733 Ala Ohia Street, Volcano, Island of Hawaii, HI 96785
Region: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Volcano
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 22 Speciality Lodging in Volcano
Price Range: £82 - £161 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Volcano Guest House is 12 acres of high-altitude tropical rainforest and farm, with three cottages, two apartments, and two big houses that rent whole or by the bedroom. Ten minutes from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, perfectly placed eco-accommodations to enjoy the wonders of an active volcano, and the native environments in this International Biosphere Reserve. Line-dried linens, solar-assisted hot water, free breakfast/snacks 24/7. ... more   less 
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