Trip Advisor Reviews
Our guests are enjoying their adventures here in Volcano and on the Hilo side of the island, visiting the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the waterfalls and botanical gardens on the Hilo coast.
Please see our recent Trip Advisor guest reviews.
Jan 28, 2019, Reviewed by passerines
What a wonderful one-night stay at Volcano Rainforest Retreat. We stayed in the Sanctuary Cottage and loved the lush rainforest setting and the quiet privacy. The outdoor shower and Japanese soaking tub were lovely—so deeply relaxing to soak in hot, hot water, listening to the breeze rustling through the leaves above. The cottage was sparkling clean, and cozy despite the chilly night, thanks to the little electric fireplace and comfy duvet. The owners and staff have considered every little detail. I loved the thoughtfully presented breakfast basket with pastries,
papaya, bananas and limes alongside Peter’s delectable papaya recipe to good Kona coffee and addictive granola to fresh hard-boiled eggs and both dairy and non-dairy milks in the fridge. The property grounds are dark, but the rooms have plenty of small flashlights to guide your path. And speaking of guides, Lisa’s friendly welcome tour of the property provided us with tons of great ideas for things to see and do nearby. Can’t wait to return to this little tranquil haven. A real gem.
Jan 21, 2019, Reviewed by Ernshkin
Nestled in a thick tropical garden with windows all around including from the upstairs loft this place has a real peaceful hideaway in the treehouse feeling. Spotless comfy with everything you need for a relaxing nights sleep and energizing breakfast before a day of volcano visiting. Perfect location near volcano village and park. Lots of advice, maps and written guides provided.
Jan 20, 2019, Reviewed by AbbeyGLA
Magical Volcano Rainforest Retreat
As part of our Hawaiian Honeymoon, we stayed 3 magical nights at the Volcano Rainforest Retreat. We spent 1 night in the Guest Cottage and 2 nights in the Bamboo Guest House. We loved both rooms! The Guest Cottage was warm and felt like home. Climbing up the ladder to the bed had a luxury tree house feel, but in the middle of the night made going to the bathroom a slight challenge. There’s also access to the outdoor jacuzzi from this room. The Bamboo Guest House was huge, had so much natural light, amazingly soft carpet, gorgeous wood and a private delightful Japanese soaking tub. Both rooms had a kitchen, private bathroom, plenty of space and dreamy flower arrangements. The breakfast in our room was a nice touch. Kathleen, Peter and Jenny were so hospitable and kind. They gave us great ideas of what to do and eat, complete with maps and notes. There is plenty to do in the area even though there is no lava on the island and the government is currently partially shutdown. We spent about a 1/2 day in Volcano National Park, went to the black sand beach (saw hono), went to the green sand beach, saw sunset at Mauna Kea and spent time in Volcano Village and Hilo. Seeing all of these sights wouldn’t have been possible if we were staying in Kona. We were so happy to make our “home base” for this side of the island the very charming Volcano Rainforest Retreat!
Jan 16, 2019, Reviewed by Wanderingnomad81
Stayed in the bamboo guest house. One of the most beautiful and peaceful properties I have ever stayed in, a full nature immersion. Kathleen and Peter have created heaven on earth with their retreat. The attention to detail is astounding – great furnishings, accessories, well-stocked kitchen with breakfast items and delicious local fruits. The outside bath is stunning. I extended my stay by one night and would have stayed even longer if I could. Thank you Kathleen and Peter for gifting the world this wonderful property and inviting us into your rainforest home!
Jan 5, 2019, Reviewed by Ben V
Unbelievably great stay at this boutique property
Met Peter the day we checked in Volcano and he showed us around the property he has been working on for 30 years. The location in Volcano is incredible and the grounds are manicured, full of beautiful plants and animals (and wild chickens!) Our small cabin had glass walls on all sides with a beautiful outdoor shower and Japanese style hot tub. We were gobsmacked by how nice the location was. A true hidden gem. Highly recommend!
Dec 27, 2018,Reviewed by SammyJ826
An amazing retreat
From the moment we pulled up, VRR exuded hospitality. Peter met us immediately and showed us to our cabin. He spent a great deal of time showing us around the cabin, and talking with us about the area (Big Island in general, not just Volcanoes).
The cabin itself is immaculate. Peter and his staff pay an incredible amount of attention to every little detail. It was one of the most impressive stays I’ve ever had. We stayed in the Bamboo House, which, again, is truly amazing. It’s really well appointed, everything you could ever need, and has lots of great art from local artists (you can find much of their work in town).The house itself had a full kitchen, spacious bath, living area, bedroom and closet. Honestly, it felt like renting a 1 bedroom house, instead of just a simple cabin. There is also a private Japanese style soaking tub in the back, for exclusive use if you’re staying in Bamboo.
There were lots of other little things too, Peter and his staff listen for when you leave so they can come in and tidy up. Honestly, it’s the level of service you’d expect from a 5 star, fancy hotel. Breakfast was great — fresh fruit, breads, eggs provided the night before. We loved being able to get up, prepare a quick breakfast together, and get a start to the day, rather than waiting for breakfast to be served. We loved the simplicity, enjoying Papayas using Peter’s recipe. It’s a really great way to start the day.
The property is well located near Volcano Village, and VNP. Lots to do, even if the park has foggy weather (spend as much time on Chain of Craters road as you can, trust me). Also close to Hilo, and right off of 11, which is the major road around the Island, so easy to get to. It was about a 2 hour drive to the Kona coffee plantations, 45 min drive to the Black Sand beach, and 45 minutes to various other Hilo side beaches. About 3 min from the Volcano Village, with some nice restaurants and shops, and about 7 minutes to the park. We were actually really glad to stay away from the crazy tourist traps of Kona, and the city atmosphere of Hilo. This place truly felt like a retreat.