Dragonfly Ranch - Healing Arts Center
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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.
Most amazing, magical place I have ever been!
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.
We stayed at The Dragonfly for 5 nights back in September 2003 (in the Dolphin room) and it was absolutely magical - I didn't want to leave. Barbara and Hannah made us feel really welcome and like part of the family. The atmosphere here is so relaxed and Barbara can't do enough for you.
Obviously we were offered the opportunity of eating with them of an evening, but there was certainly no hard sell and as soon as we politely refused it was not bought up again.
I can't put into words how amazing this part of our trip to Hawaii was. Getting up in the morning and having a shower outside under the old Monkey Puzzle tree looking down over the bay is an experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life. And swimming with the dolphins! Oh my God - you have to experience it to understand how amazing it is!
It specifically says on The Dragonfly website that this place is not for everyone, perhaps people should take more head of those warning before expecting an ugly sterile package holiday environment.
I personally cannot wait until we can afford to go to Hawaii and stay here again.
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 Love The Dragonfly Ranch!
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.
The MKB is beautiful to visit, but it's not how people live on The Big Island. The Dragonfly is. A room with walls and screening keeps enough of you exposed to the beauty of Hawai'i and lets you feel you're at one with it. There's no A/C, the sea breeze is enough to keep you cool (homes in Hawai'i don't have AC as a rule.) The whole house is unique in shape and design, supper under the stars on the grand lanai up top is fun too (sounds like a big jungle surrounding you at sunset with all the crickets!) we liked the colourful geckos too, and of course, the people are very friendly. They know lots about the island, they offer you natural foods (tasty!) and they know where to catch the dolphins in the bay (swim with dolphins!) AND don't forget they know how to get on a Polynesian canoe launch with Captain Kiko! Located just south of Kona, it's an ideal spot in between Kona and Volcanoes National Park, close to The Place of Refuge National Park (five mins by car) and some rather fun beaches and snorkel spots that are just out of the busy-busy town of Kona (less people on a beach is always better.) Rates vary by room, most people we met had been there repeatedly, many years in a row. Make sure you look around the gardens for all the different plants on display. Unlike some other reviewers, no problems with noise. The birds in the morning you hear everywhere on the island, so we were glad to hear they had them here too. The owner, Barbara Moore, is quite good at telling people it's a natural place and not a man-made resort. It's a 'whole-earth' B&B that happens to be situated in one of the nicest spots on Earth. We'd go back in a heartbeat! And we've depressed since we left! - dph.
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
Loved the Dragonfly
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.
Guests are treated with genuine warmth. The food is lovingly prepared and served in fun communal style. For owner Barbara Moore, a long-term practioner of various healing arts, operating the Dragonfly for more than 20 years is a labor of love she takes seriously, and joyfully.
Barbara is ever gracious and a wealth of knowlege about the island and health. I found her helpful and respectful of my interests. The location is excellent, south of Kona on the road to the City of Refuge where there's great snorkeling, and close to Kealekekua Bay where you can often swim with the dolphins. My experience is that the rustic aspects of the Dragonfly are part of its charm, a true get-away that speaks to the heart and truly can be a healing retreat.
Don't stay at the Dragonfly!
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.
And absolutely no privacy.We were told first thing that they neglected to charge us extra for our 2 kids, ages 5 and 14. We paid about $650 for 3 nights in advance. Barbara said that we would need to pay $25 per child per night plus hotel tax and other taxes. So about another $200.
Also, she highly suggested that we have dinner with them for $25 per person. That would be $100 per night and the money was "a contribution and tips were welcomed." The whole place is a throwback from the hippie days and not so clean. I wouldn't have had dinner there if it were free. She also tried to hit us up for blood tests to see what blood types we were and the test was $10 per person and a booklet was just $5.00 per person. There was a note in the room saying that they would like to clean our room for an extra $10.00 per day also. We skipped out after the 2nd night. We didn't even stay the 3rd night which we'd already paid for. It was too creepy! don't stay here...
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