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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.
This place is a gem
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.
The room (li'oli'o) was spacious and the bed was one of the most comfortable that we've ever slept on. The oversized tub in the bathroom was great for a relaxing bubble bath. The robes (from The Robe Works) are luxurious and comfy. We appreciated the suprise rose petals, champagne, and chocolate dipped strawberries to help celebrate our honeymoon. The staff was friendly and helpful at all times. The DVD collection (over 200 movies!) was great for winding down after a long day of hiking and horseback riding in the waipio valley.
You won't find Waianuhea in most of the guide books because it is relatively new...I strongly advise you to make your reservations before the rest of the world finds out about this place- they have only 5 rooms, and once the word gets out, it will be HARD to get a room here!
The best, no kidding
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
Would never stay anywhere else on the Big Island
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.
The Waianuhea has many advantages:
- Off the beaten track and not touristy at all
- Beautiful mountain setting that affords views of both the ocean and Mauna Kea
- A generous time window for breakfast, so we could sleep in if we wanted
- Spacious shared areas like a Great Room and Balcony that allowed us to relax
- A beautiful spa area with interesting wood furniture, a great jacuzzi, and a room for massages
- Far away from the crowded masses of Kona
- Much closer to hikes and fun towns on the north side of the island
- Closer to the volcano than Kona
I'll stop gushing, but there are many more good things about this place. I'll sum up by saying that when we return to the Big Island, I wouldn't think of staying anywhere else.
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!
Best place I have every stayed
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 were on our honeymoon and stayed at several #1 rated resorts. This place is much better. For example, we stayed at Holualoa Inn after Waianuhea and even though it is wonderful, the highly-rated Holualoa was a letdown in comparison.
Why is it so great? Everything makes you smile and think "wow". The sheets are great. The bathrobes are nicer than those at Four Seasons. The breakfast is gourmet. They have 500 DVDs in the library for the nice flatscreen (plus satellite). They have high-speed internet for your laptop (and on their computer). But it isn't that they have every amenity, it is the style and grace -- the flowers and furniture and art are all exotic and tasteful and a perfect fit.
We enjoyed Holualoa, and Princeville (on Kauai), they are really nice by any normal standard -- but we loved Waianuhea.
Great choice while visiting the Big Island
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.
The inn is very secluded which is both good and bad. Good for the obvious reason that it's nice to be away from everyone else visiting the island. Bad because it's a little bit of a drive to get to decent dinner options (Honokaa doesn't exactly have a ton of options---you pretty much have to drive to Waimea, approx 20 minutes). It should be mentioned that there is a small kitchenette filled with snacks, soups and frozen food (all reasonably priced) that you could probably get by with.
The staff was very accomodating, lending us coolers and towels for our day trips. Their DVD collection is way more than adequate. (I'm sure it sounds silly to talk about DVDs while you're visiting Hawaii, but after a day spent hiking at Volcanos or even on the beach, it's a nice way to finish off the day.) It's worth mentioning that we came to Waianuhea after 4 days at the Four Seasons near Kona, and didn't miss the Four Seasons at all. The accomodations were just as comfortable and hosts just as gracious. We'd definitely like to stay here again.
Beyond a B&B, beyond excellence!
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!!!
Dream Honeymoon Hideaway
My husband & I stayed at this Beautiful B&B on our round the world honeymoon. It was a perfectly blissful retreat in a rainforest, but not too far away from the attractions of Hawaii.
Without a doubt Waianuhea is in a whole other world compared to ordinary B&Bs. Nothing can match it! And we've certainly travelled a lot & stayed in a lot of B&Bs, because we like the personal touches and privacy that you can't get in the big chain hotels.
Our hosts Carol & Reed were amazing and there was so much attention to detail. On our arrival we found a bottle of champagne & choc dipped strawberries! All of the rooms were so stylish, comfortable & private - all with their own gorgeous bathrooms. (we stayed in the Olu'Olu room, but took a peek at all of the different rooms ) The beds were too die for! The most comfortable sleeps I've ever had. And each night we came home to find our beds turned down & chocolates & Big Island shortbreads on our pillows!
They have a very extensive DVD collection that you can borrow from to watch movies in your room on the hightech satelite tv & dvd system. Or you can curl up in front of their fireplace on a comfy sofa & read magazines or books from their library.
The breakfasts that they provided were gourmet quality and they happily catered for my vegetarian needs. We were so full each morning after breakfast that we didn't need lunch! Carol even provided us with handmade straw Easter baskets full of chocolates on Easter Sunday as well as decorating the Inn for Easter.
To socialise with other guests staying there they hold wine tastings with delicious canapes each evening that is also included in their room rates. They even left us a bottle of wine and a platter of cheeses in our room when we couldn't be there in time to enjoy the wine tastings!
They have a small kitchen with organic frozen meals, soups & desserts & organic tea & coffee in case you didn't feel like heading out for dinner. An outdoor heated spa under the stars was a very romantic option that we indulged in, and they also organised massages for us in their relaxation rooms, that were heavenly.
When my husband got sick at the latter part of our week long stay they even drove into Hilo to get some medicine from the pharmacy for him! Talk about personal service!
It was one of the most luxurious escapes and the best part of our honeymoon round the world - we hope to return again very soon.
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We got up early and headed to waipio valley with the intention that we would hike down to the valley bottom. Unfortunately when we got there it was pretty foggy so we made do with the beautiful view from the lookout and decided not to do the hike as I'd read it can be pretty hard going and I only wanted to expend that energy for a good view!! Plus ...
... a great point for more pictures of the beautiful ocean.
We were able to find a local park where we had a picnic lunch before our journey to the Hilo Airport to take our helicopter tour of the volcanos and water falls.
We checked in for our tour and paid the fees and were sent to the briefing room for our safety briefing before our flight. The director came ...
... for a very, very happy hour. It faces West looking over the Maui channel; the sunsets and atmosphere that creates is ....... magic.
We were also treated to home cooking and restaurant dining topped-off with dining under the stars at Brown Brothers at the Fairmont ............. not a bad life.
After the family we took the opportunity to fly to Oahu for a couple of days before heading home.
We drove around the island and revisited many 'old' ...
... to have some pretty good deals on. Even for non-touristy type of things. We flitted from shop to shop, looking at the kitschy tourist items, the clothing, and the art. My family pressured me into buying a cute white hat. I don't usually wear hats, even in sunny places like Hawaii, but figured it would probably be pretty useful for here and for summers at home.
Zach managed to find a sweet deal on a pair of sunglasses. He's got a thing for sunglasses, ...
... their balcony of a breaching humpback. Sal was pretty annoyed that we didn't know about the whale sightings just behind where we had been sitting most of the day.
Anyway, we wandered back to the headland to watch the sunset (yet another great one) and managed to miss another whale sighting while we were there. Sal was becoming a bit agitated, being aware of the whales in the area but seeing any.
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