Dragonfly Ranch - Healing Arts Center
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I woke up at 4:00am Hawaii time. My clock is normally conditioned to getting up by no later than 7:00am Pacific time, so I just rolled with it. Sam stayed in bed.
After updating facebook and travelpod from the day before, I set out for a short walk to get more pictures of flowers and anything else interesting. During my walk, a giant rodent ran straight in front of me. My first reaction was that it was a rat, but it's tail was ...
... beach right here but you can walk or drive to some. We have a beautiful pool and exercise area right on the ocean so you can watch the whales breach as you work out or sit on your chaise at the pool but the shore is huge boulders of black lava rock (just like at La Perouse Bay in Maui.) we are right next door to several beautiful hotel complexes with lagoons and waterfalls on their grounds as well as a few cafes where you can sit with your feet in the ...
... Onni and fried shrimps for me), tried to track my missing luggage, visited local micro brewery, took a walk on the beach, etc.
It’s just the beginning of our great Hawaiian trip, but already we were able to notice that people here are really friendly and talkative, and we have been really inspired of the local ‘Aloha Spirit’.
(And, my bag did arrive on the Big Island, just some seven hours after us).
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"Thinking will not overcome fear, but action will." - W. Clement Stone
There’s a popular saying that many people use to try to motivate people to be a leader rather than a follower that goes something like, "Well, if everyone jumped off a cliff, would you jump too?" It’s a simple question with the same simple ...
... point and started heading back to Kona. I really wanted to get some good Kona coffee, so we stopped at Kona Joe's Coffee. It's a family-owned business and they've won many awards for their treillis-grown beans. Yummy!
How has this b&b rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Dragonfly Ranch - Healing Arts Center Honaunau
Good times at the dragonfly
We had a fabulous stay at the dragonfly ranch. We spent our first five days on the big island at a big resort near Kona and we much preferred our stay at the dragonfly ranch. We stayed in the writer's studio with our 3 1/2 year old and our 3 month old and were very pleased with our experience. The room was clean and feels open to the beautiful forest, especially with the outdoor shower. The grounds were beautiful and provided a great place to explore and come back to at the end of each day. We really enjoyed being so close to the The Place of Refuge and Kealekekua Bay. We enjoyed visiting with Barbara and the interesting guests who were staying at the same time.
I can't understand why people are complaining about the Dragonfly! My boyfriend and I have been to a lot of places around the world and I can honestly say that The Dragonfly is the most amazing, wonderful place either of us have ever stayed in.
The Dragonfly is my kind of place
I've been to the Dragonfly several times and I always enjoy the rustic ambience and healing energy. For me it's much more of an authentic experience of Hawaii than staying in a hotel. I've just returned from a trip where we swam for a couple of hours with wild spinner dolphins which is always a magical experience. Barbara and her staff freely share their wealth of knowledge about out of the way spots to visit (uncrowded waterfalls etc.) as well as many healing arts.
The Dragonfly Ranch is an earthy-crunchy wonderful out-of-the-ordinary experience. It is not for someone who wants spotless surroundings, room service, or umbrella drinks. But if you want to do yoga, meditate, hang about and talk to interesting people (staff and guests). . . this is the place. The rooms are OPEN (there's screens). You'll wake up to the sounds of birds in the monkeypod trees. You'll feel utterly transported out of your normal life. The Dragonfly is a magical place and if you're up for the New Age feel of it, you'll love it like we did.
We went to Kona and did two things - we went to a deluxe resort (Mauna Kea Beach Resort - MKB) and we went with nature at The Dragonfly Ranch.
I actually stayed there in 2001, and while the reviewer who says "don't stay there" has some good points, I'd say it might be a good place for the type of person who wants screened-in, airy, (no glass on windows, only screens), rustic living. I didn't eat there (except for the free fruit) so I cannot comment on that aspect. And yes, it is awfully pricey.
Heart and Soul at the Dragonfly Ranch
The Dragonfly ranch really nourished my heart and soul. Barbara the owner and spiritual director shared pearls of sweet intuitive moments with me. I swam daily with wild turtles, dolphins and colorful fish. I really loved the food that was picked daily from her organic garden.
The guests that stayed during my visit seemed handpicked by higher forces. Babara is the life force of the place and a fun and facinating person with an eclectic backround in the healing arts. Her place was clean, homey, and the staff was very embracing, especially Deb. Even the little dogs were so endearing. CB Seattle WA
The Dragonfly Ranch is a special and unique place of soul. It offers the true Hawaiian tradition of Aloha, along with a variety of healing arts options -- simple relaxation, fresh natural food (mostly grown in the garden or purchased from local organic sources), yoga, flower essences, lomilomi (a form of Hawaiian massage) and so on. It has, as advertised, a Robinson Crusoe feel, like being in a treehouse, and gorgeous well-maintained, but still somewhat wild, tropical grounds.
This place is totally misrepresented in the Frommer's write up and the Dragonfly Ranch website. I wonder who at Frommer's visited this place or if they just went by what the proprietor wrote in. The first problem is that it is very overpriced for what is offered. Upon our arrival, we were inundated with extra expenses by Barbara, the owner. We prepaid, unfortunately, for 3 nights in the "honeymoon suite," which has two bedrooms. Some of the sleeping quarters were pretty scary and dirty.