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The best breakfast!
The previous reviewers have written such eloquent and detailed accounts of their stay at this lodge (all true!), I'll try to be brief. Kay's quiche, both vegetarian and nonvegetarian versions, is the most tasty and healthful breakfast you could possibly get on the island! Some of the ingredients I could see include shitake mushrooms, onions, Swiss cheese, fresh tomatoes, asparagas, and bacon with maple flavors -- yum! She also bakes great banana-macadamia nut bread for breakfast. We stayed two nights at the lodge. We really wish we had stayed at least three nights just to hang out at the lodge one whole day and soak up the sheer beauty of this place.
This is the last piece of Heaven on Earth!
There are no words to truly do justice to this wonderful place! The owners, Kay and her Husband, did an amazing job in creating a very romantic, confortable and well-hidden lodge in this tiny Village. I still believe that the true owner of the place is Jake; their cat... He kept our towels warm when we were in the hot-tub; kept our lodge safe at night; sleeping outside our door... Probably one of the very Zen cat I ever met!! Living in this magic place; I would be too!!
Everything was perfect: the lodge, the bed (NASA engineered!), the flat panel & DVD selections; the gaz stove (great for heat & mood); the bathroom and products; the breakfast (fresh fruits; Kona coffee and an AMAZING banana bread). I could go on. Our only regret: that we had only one night to stay but we will come back; we promised it to Jake and Kay!!!
Oh! I almost forgot: At night; step out of the lodge; turn all the lights off and just look up... You will see one of the most amazing sky in your life!!! A very humbling experience, in my opinion.
See you soon, again!!
Norio (from Paris, France. Currently based in Tokyo, Japan)
Fell in love with the VVL!
I highly recommend Volcano Village Lodge if you are looking for a wonderful nature retreat with 5-star facility and service with zen mind in Volcano area. Kay has been a great communicator even before our stay at the lodge. I exchanged e-mails with her, asking about her recommendations on our itinerary. As soon as we arrived at the lodge, there was no question about spending much time out of the lodge ground. We took advantage of strolling around in the beautiful lush garden, playing with Jake (very friendly!) and soaking ourselves in a hot tub. We took Kay's advice on having take-out dinner from Thai-Thai and had a candle lit dinner in our unit. The setting was amazingly romantic and we loved the food, too. Our unit had an extremely comfortable king size bed which Kay told me she had to transport it from the mainland specially. We could have stayed in there for hours, but then we could not wait to have a beautiful breakfast Kay had prepared in our unit the night before. We loved the moist banana bread as well as having toaster in the unit for bagels & cream cheese. We would have loved to stay longer; in fact, we decided to do so for the next time we visit Big Island. We didn't expect to see soooo much on the south east side of the island (like Puna area, for example) that we have to go back to Big Island to explorer more! Kay, thank you so much for your hospitality. As you know, we are both in luxe industry and we feel comfortable recommending your place to even our clients with private jets! We will be back again soon (desperately hoping so!) N&N, Tokyo, JAPAN
Pure Zen. At it's finest...
This place is simply magical! And I'm not one to write reviews of anything, (in fact this is my first!) but felt compelled after an amazing experience here.
You are in the heart of a rain forest surrounded by beautiful flora, fauna and massive moss covered trees that have been carefully preserved. There is definitely a Zen quality to this place. The Lodges are completely separate from the main lodge and connected by a series of covered walkways. The architecture is beautiful half timbers with large proportioned glass to capture the feeling of being amongst nature. The private Jacuzzi pavilion is very intimate and relaxing complete with private shower and wash room.
The Innkeeper is one of the sweetest and most fascinating person I've met in a while, and we enjoyed sharing thoughts over some wine and cheese that she offers at tea time or in the evenings.
Your private lodge is stocked with fresh mangos, tropical fruit, an assortment of scones, muffins, biscotti, cereal, tropical juices, coffee and tea (replenished daily) to amp you up for a day of exploring Hawaii or soaking up the serenity of the lodge. Dig into a fresh mango with some local Kona coffee while the smells of fresh cut orchids infuse your senses. Take another sip as you slip deeper into your chair, comfortably snuggled in your cozy bathrobe and cushy slippers. You may not leave this place all day.
The price is an incredible value and considering the type of accommodations and amenities it would easily go for $300-$400. Whatever the price it's a must experience.
Feel free to contact the Innkeeper with questions, she is very hospitable, to say the least.
Peace, tranquility, and a great breakfast!
We spent one night - our first anniversary - in the Kilauea cabin at Volcano Village Lodge. The room was gorgeous: from the very comfortable bed, you look out through three glass walls into the forest. In spite of the 270° of glass, the room feels very private. There's an interesting collection of books and magazines in the room and in the "library." Kay, the owner, had put together an incredible breakfast for us in our room (it was there when we got there, with fresh fruit in the fridge, so that we could wake up and have breakfast at our leisure)... plus a bottle of wine! The following morning it rained. Waking up in the rain, in the middle of the rainforest, is an sublime experience (especially when you don't get wet).
The next night we camped in Hawaii Volcanoes NP, and boy, did we wish we were back at Volcano Village Lodge!
Incredible place to stay
I have never written a review for lodging before, but am compelled to share my recent experience in Volcano, Hawaii. My new husband and I stayed at Volcano Village Lodge as part of our honeymoon and this was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. This relatively new B&B is classy and modern with immaculate cedar lodges complete with high ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, marble countertops, refrigerator stocked with beverages, cheeses, and fresh fruit garnished with orchids, in addition to wireless access, flatscreen tv, and a private phone lines in each lodge. Yet, the space is completely homey and private with down comforters, wonderfully comfortable beds, robes, slippers, sumptuous shampoos and soaps, and a gas fireplace all while you are completely enveloped in rainforest.
It appears that no small detail has been overlooked: greetings with wine, a basket of local & some organic breakfast items in your room, immaculately kept grounds with a Zen vibe/sense of tranquility, garden hot tub, flashlights for your use for night hiking to the lava flows, umbrellas, a dehumidifier in your bathroom (prevents that sticky island feel and I was told by Kay was essential for our comfort) and a selection of dvds in your room. (If you don't like the particular dvd selections in your room, Kay offers a larger selection in the main lodge.) Kay even provides a restaurant list for the area and will provide keen evaluations of each. I might add that Kay is just a genuinely nice person and interested in making you stay as pleasant as possible. (She even drove out to meet us when we forgot a phone charger in the room the night before!)
It was the perfect place for our honeymoon and a perfect place for anyone who likes to just be. In several ways I enjoyed our stay at VVL even better than our stay at a 5 star resort on Kohala Coast. We only stayed one night but could have easily spent 2 or 3 or more nights there!
Mahalo & Aloha Kay!
Volcano Village Lodge---Incredible!
Probably the easiest recommendation I can ever make in terms of lodging. Absolutely stunning! Why can't all hotels/lodges/B&B's be like this? The attention to detail was impecceablet! Granite counters, fully stocked mini-fridge (as in all complimentary), fruit and cheese plates, real milk ;), 100% Kona, coffee, hot chocolate, bagels/muffins, juices. . . wow!
Of course, only availed ourselves of a small tiny bit of this offering. However, what was great was not being nickel and dimed (which was the case at the previous 5 star hotel up in Kohala. But even more so, it was the feeling that the Kay and the VVL actually spent time thinking about what we as guests might find comforting. But that is not all...
Then there was the bed: sateen sheets(!!), comfy duvet, ultra-silky blanket, & top quality pillows pillows. We slept 10+ hours and didn't want to get up.
Was that it? Of course not!! There was a really cool remote controlled gas fire stove (something I would love for our own home in Sandpoint, ID) and LCD screen with DVDs,...
Then there is this view -- 180-degrees of Hawaiian rain forest. Very cool! 100% private. At night, we slept with the sound of gentle rain on the roof. Nice. It felt like a Zen retreat.
Finally, there was our wonderful greeting upon entry with a glass of wine and lovely conversation with Kay, the owner, and a very sweet welcoming note from our fellow guests from France. Give me a break. It was heaven!
And did I mention the quality binoculars and flashlights? We used these when we went down at 10pm to see the lava flow into the ocean (highly recommended)
It was as if I had a blank check to set up my own lodging...
Problems/Criticisms? That we only had one night to stay!! As such we did not have time to take a soak in the hot tub! Seriously a special place.
Ideal for mature travelers w/ mature kids, solo travlers looking for an idyllic refuge/retreat, those who appreciate boutique travel lodges.
P.S. Also see my daughter's unfiltered comments.
Reserve your room now!!
If you are anywhere in Hawaii, please do yourself a favor and reserve a room at this lodge! You will thank yourself later! My new wife and I were priviledged to have the opportunity to stay at the Volcano Village Lodge for the last night of our amazing honeymoon to Hawaii. We spent a week on Maui and then ventured over to the Big Island to see the Volcano. This lodge is the absolute perfect place to stay for a trip to VNP. We were looking for a place to crash after our planned night hike to the see the lava. The lodge looked perfect on the webstie. In person it is even more perfect than imagined. The bed is so comfortable, the room is rustic but very classy, relaxing, and romantic. (Dont worry, No bugs or scary critters). The place is so modern and hi tech for being a "retreat". The flat screen TV's with DVD's showing the story of the Volcano while our personal gas fireplace warmed the room was very cool. This place is an incredible bargain. Kay C is so sweet and accomodating. When I reserved the room she responded asking what I would like for breakfast. When we arrived, we found our kitchenette fully stocked with all sorts of food: fruit, bagels, yogurt, eggs, snacks, and amazing banana bread! Also an electric tea kettle with tea and hot chocolate, all sorts of cold drinks like gatorade, juices, beer, tea, and she even provided a great bottle of wine for our special occassion. Kay is so eager to please. She is happy to help you enjoy your vacation to the max. Items like umbrellas and flashlights are provided for your trip to VNP. Volcano is such a unique place being in the rainforest and on top of an erupting volcano. It is so beautiful in the rainforest and the Volcano is absolutely incredible. I would never miss this trip if I am anywhere in the islands. The next time I am blessed to be able to return to Hawaii I will be sure to visit the volcano and I would never think about staying anywhere but Volcano VIllage Lodge!! Thanks so much Kay!
My husband and I stumbled into this newly opened bed and breakfast. We wanted to revisit the Volcanoes Park and then move on to the Kohala coast. This place in Volcano was so beautiful we decided to stay an extra day. We fell in love with the web site presentation of the lodge, but the actual place was even more awesome. I had stayed in Volcano many years ago but had never seen a place like this. It's hidden away in the Hawaiian rainforest but is only a mile from the park. The soaring architecture with all- cedar beams provided a very airy feel. All-glass walls on three sides revealed breath taking beauty of the rainforest all around. The meditation loft was a special treat, when I wanted a bit of personal space and to look at the forest from above. The innkeeper was incredibly gracious and helpful with everything. The tropical breakfasts were mostly organic and local goods. Sumptuous, delicious, fresh, and beautifully presented. The hot tub out on a private deck facing the tree ferns and orchids was tranquil and relaxing, especially with two Asian lanterns providing an exotic ambiance. The hot tub was also a must after a long hike in the park. The innkeeper thought of everything. A great selection of DVDs, CDs, and books, as well as umbrellas, beach mats, flash lights, and more. Having a private phone and fire place was also great. We had stayed in another Volcano bed and breakfast a few years ago. This new place is unlike anything we've seen before. A real find!
Volcano Lodge was all we hoped for and much more. The tranquil setting was superb and truely serene. Kay-C was a most gracious host and was definetly focused on our comfort. The lodge sits about 4,000 ft above sea level in the rainforest. The climate is cooler than at the lower elevations but is very refreshing and relaxing after spending a few days on the hot beaches on Maui. Tree ferns are growing everywhere. The lodge is only a short 1.5 miles from the Volcano National Park. This day trip is a must see. Plan to take an evening trip down the Chain of Craters road to see the steam plume and lava enter the ocean. The scene after dark is incredible. The hike across the lava filed is an adventure in itself. You will see many, many various formations of hardened lava. Kay-C can assist you in making all the preparations you need for an enjoying and eventful trip to the park and lava fields.
Our private cabin was emaculate, cozy and very romantic. The open window walls allowed a continueous view of the surrounding rainforest. The bird songs were ever present. Fresh fruit, ground coffee, bottled water, breakfast breads/cereal and snacks were provided daily.
The Volcano Lodge is a place we will long to return to. I recommend the Volcano Lodge to anyone who wishes to experience Hawaii in it's purest state (not commercialized). Kay-C and Don will offer you an truely remarkable experience.
Willie and Kris Hill,