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... the supposedly treacherous mountain for free, so we tried waiting for that to start.
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... it was certainly better to be safe than sorry!
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TravelPod Member ReviewsWaianuhea Bed & Breakfast Honokaa
I travelled all over Asia, places in Europe, Canada and the US but I found a gem right in my own backyard. Hello Waianuhea. From the winding driveway to the entrance of an unassuming building that look somewhat like a cross between a tropical villa and a plantation house, I was immediately captivated. We were greeted not by uniformed hotel employees but by the manager herself who made us feel like a long lost cousin on their first visit. i turned around from the entrance to survey the landscape..then there in front of us Mauna Kea. This place will surprise you and tickle your fancy. Two friends in a hot tub under the stars in the forrest that night. i didnt want to leave from that soak. Following morning.. Breakfast Pacific rim Cuisine style and lets not forget the dinner is reminiscent of a 5 star hotel. They deserve my 5 star of course. Getaway from the city my friends and discover this GEM. (whether a personal retreat or with a loved one) They don't disappoint..
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Historical Traveler Reviews Waianuhea Bed & Breakfast Honokaa
Peace and Beauty
Just returned from a fabulous trip to the Big Island, in part made fabulous by our stay at Waianuhea. Everything about this inn is beautiful and spacious. Deep in the countryside, the location is peaceful with many places for a stroll or just sitting and relaxing. The outdoor spa is an added plus. That is what Waianuhea is all about - elegant relaxation. Service was excellently provided by the very caring staff. All our needs were met including a welcome bottle of chilled champagne to help us celebrate our 40th anniversary. The afternoon wine and cheese reception was fun and the breakfast ample and delicious. Although not right on the coast, the location is perfect for traveling to all of the island. We hope to return someday and find Waianuhea waiting for us.
We stayed at this BnB at the end of our honeymoon and had a fantastic time. The food is really top notch...breakfasts included fresh fruit (pineapples, mangoes, kiwi, and other more exotic choices), crossants, a striped omelette one morning and coconut-crusted taro sweetbread french toast with passionfruit butter on the next morning. Just thinking about it is making me hungry again. Appetizers for the wine hour from 5-6 included freshly seared ahi tuna, chicken pot stickers, macademia nuts grown on the property- and the wines were nice as well. We rearranged our plans once we arrived so that we could be at the wine hour for both days.
I've traveled extensively throughout the US and have stayed in some of the best B&B's in the Country. This one tops them all. The accomodations are obviously first class, but that's not what set's this place apart. It is the sense of serenity and peacefulness that surrounds the location, the hosts and the environment. Don't come here if you need resturants nearby, or shopping, or constant stimulation. Come here to meet the very friendly and accomodating hosts, eat exceptionally prepared food and to chill out. The wine hour is particularly enjoyable and they serve good wine. The view from the house is great, even if it's in the clouds. I'm from Florida and I loved the cooler weather. I would recommend a minimum 2-3 night stay, and ask for the room on the kitchen side, with the fabulous bath. (No, I don't work for the Inn and I'm not related!). Feel free to email me.
Best Place to Stay on the Big Island
My partner and I recently traveled to the Big Island for the first time. We were extremely impressed with the accomodations-from our private room to the shared areas. The people who work there are knowledgeable (giving great ideas for hikes/beaches/horseback riding/restaurants), extremely friendly, and go above and beyond for a B and B. The afternoon wine and appetizer hour was first rate along with the gourmet breakfasts.
My partner and I have stayed at many hotels and B and B's (including the Inn at Little Washington outside Washington, DC which is rated 5 star for its accomodations and dining) in the US and abroad-and this one is our favorite. I'm still thinking about the potato tart covering with caramelized onions, scrambled eggs, and local mushrooms...Ahhhh
Our expectations were fairly high for this place, and they exceeded them all. On our seven-night vacation, we stayed the first six here, then transferred over to the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort for the last night. The Sheraton was much more expensive and supposedly "nicer", but we were very disappointed. At Waianuhea we were treated like royalty by the owners and staff---they were soooo nice, friendly, and attentive to our needs. At the Sheraton, we were just another room in a sea of beige concrete and pool chlorine.
Waianuhea is the best. I can't explain it any better than that. The accomodations are great, the wine hour is superb, breakfast is phenomenal and the hosts are spectacular.
This place is 5 star. Loved it!
Waianuhea opened recently (2003?) and has not yet been discovered by the high-end travel reviews and isn't yet in all the guidebooks. So it is sometimes possible to get a room on short notice, and it is very underpriced.
We stayed here for 3 nights in November as part of our honeymoon and really enjoyed our stay. We stayed in the Malamalama room, which was very spacious and comfortable and had nice views of almost the entire grounds. The inn itself is decorated in a very modern fashion with lots of light and open space. It's all extremely inviting.
My wife and I stayed 2 nights at Waianuhea in Nov. 2004. This place is simply incredible in every respect and more than exceeded our expectations. The owners Carol and Reed were so warm and friendly, and the staff always made us feel pampered but yet very "at home". The use of color, light and custom artwork throughout the house is simply breathtaking. We stayed in the "Li'ol'io" suite, which was very luxurious and private. LCD TV, dvd player, huge bathroom and a romantic fireplace....heaven. The large outdoor spa was a great place to relax and enjoy the wonderful view from their secluded property. The breakfasts Reed prepared each morning were delightful and by far the best we had the whole trip. Another treat was the nightly wine and cheese hour (don't miss it!). If you are going to the Big Island you would be making a mistake by NOT staying here for at least a night or two. It may be a bit off the beaten path, but it's WORTH IT!!!