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Read our reviews! 'The Lotus' is a Jewel in amongst the green... Our guests love this unique vacation rental set in a quarter acre lush tropical garden right in the heart of Downtown Hilo. Wake to the sound of birds and enjoy the seclusion of our private walled compound. Our 'Lotus' vacation cottage is raised to the second story level and out of view of the street. Several old store fronts provide a barrier to the main street on which this is located. Once you step outside our red bamboo gate and onto the street however, you will love the convenience of being able to walk to shops,movies, restaurants, galleries and more. The Farmer's Market is one block away and each day there fresh tropical fruits and vegetables are for sale.
If your taste is for old homes and places with a sense of history then you will love our little rental. This accommodation is best described as '..An exotic Vacation Rental for the budget traveler.' There is no TV or microwave and no air-conditioning so we have appeal for those wanting to enjoy a simple tropical home with just the basics. Our guests tell us this makes a romantic couples retreat and a place for a great family vacatiion.
The Lotus is a refurbished traditional Hawaii-style 'Cane house’ built in the heyday of the Sugar Plantations. We painted it some bright colors and gave it a few upgrades to make your stay comfortable. The home features bamboo floors, an open plan kitchen and living area as well as charming features of an old home. The shower is down a private set of covered stairs and is decorated in 'Bali Style' with stone tiles, loads of plants and orchids, air and natural light.
Our close proximity to the bay means that the home is cooled by sea breezes. Ceiling fans in the living area and bedroom will ensure your comfort. In the master bedroom, the mattress is a pillow-top queen sized bed to ensure a great night's sleep. The other bedroom offers a queen sized bed and in the third bedroom there is a single bed. A fold out futon bed suitable for a child can be made available. Our couch also folds out to a full sized bed. Up to 6 people can be accommodated in 'The Lotus' (or more including children).
At one time this property was like many of the Sugar Cane 'camps' on this island with 6 houses houses on the property. We presently have two refurbished houses for guest accommodation. There another two houses in the rear of the property not currently in use. The 'Sugar Shack' next door is another refurbished cane house that is also a vacation rental.
Our two vacation homes on the property can accommodate parties of up to 14 guests and so ours makes an ideal venue for a wedding, tour group, seminar or other small group event.
As your hosts, we have tried to think of your needs. Our goal is for our guests to relax and enjoy their visit to our island. Upon check in our guests find fresh flowers and fruit in our rental. Beach towels are provided.
This vacation spend less time in the car! Come and stay with us for a relaxed pace of life and an exotic tropical experience with plenty of beauty and good hospitality.
Ceiling fans,Fresh flowers and fruit provided for guests, Medical Cannabis smokers welcome...moreless
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Convenient for shopping, dining and entertainment and yet small, friendly and safe.
Hilo Downtown is like a village.. just 3 blocks long and 3 blocks wide, it is easy to walk through town and find stores, restaurants, live music venues and our Farmer's Market & views of the Bay. ...moreless
Holiday Season Dec 21 - Mar 1, 2016 2 night min stay
Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate 2 night min stay
Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
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Cleaning fee$50 + tax
These dates are reserved for a group booking. Merrie Monarch reservations can include accommodation for 10 or more guests and would suit Halau or Halau study group. Perfect location in town. Inquire for more details. Dates are flexible according to the needs of the group.
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Forget the coffee and tea.. kava is served right here at Hilo's premium Bayfront Kava bar. Kava promotes relaxation and good health. Listen to music or chat with others and while away some pleasant hours here at this intimate and beautiful bar. Great brownies are sold here.
The Palace was built and opened in 1925 at the peak of the heyday for American movie palaces. The architectural features are sure to delight anyone with a nostalgia for this era. The movies shown here tend to be of the 'art house' category and there are often music or theater acts featured also. Each Wednesdays at 11:00 am there is a live show dedicated to celebrating Hawaiian arts, Hula and music that is sure to be of interest to visitors and admission is $5.00
Hilo Farmer's market operates daily all year round from dawn to dark. Wednesdays and Saturdays are especially busy and farmers and traders from many outlying regions trade on these days. Here you can sample exotic fruits & local cuisines. This is a gourmet cook's delight to find so much great tropical fruit and vegetables. You'll love the bright flowers for sale at the market. You're sure to taste something delicious that you've never tried before and you're bound to find a special gift item.
Hilo is a town built in the heyday of the Sugar Cane era. Our downtown location offers many attractions, just a short walk away. See a show at The Palace Theater or enjoy restaurants and cafes to suit every budget. Browse the many galleries and craft stores and visit the Tsunami Museum and the Lyman Museum for insights into the island's fascinating history of Hawaiian Kingdoms, christian missionaries & the powerful forces of nature that have shaped the island.
Hilo is a great place for the gourmet cook to visit. Enjoy cooking with fresh produce of the tropics. Our ' Lotus' vacation rental is a pleasant 20 minute stroll from Suisan Fish market. You will be just a block from the Hilo Farmer's market which operates daily all year round. Here farmers, flower merchants and artisans sell their wares and you can sample exotic fruits & local cuisines. We also have some wonderful beaches 10 minutes drive away. A snorkeler's delight and a place to see the sea turtles grazing on rocks there
Year Purchased: 2000
About the owner: Hawaii island has changed in many ways since ‘the last harvest’ in 1996 as it is remembered by locals here and Jasper arrived on the island in time to see those ‘old days’ of Hawaii.
In 2009 Jasper campaigned for mayor on a platform of sustainable agriculture for the island and continues to support small agriculture in Hawaii. A retired contractor, Jasper has been working on the Hilo Garden Villas, a property that hosts traveler accommodation and two vacation rentals as well as a Center for massage and for Natural Farming Education.
Megan is originally from Australia and lives some of the time in Hilo and some of the time in Melbourne, Australia. Megan and Jasper both love the colors of the tropics and have spent time restoring several old homes on the property so that visitors can enjoy an experience of an older Hawaii and the relaxed pace of life on Hawaii island.
Why the Owner Chose Hilo: Hilo is on the east side which is the ‘wet & wild side’ of our island and offers a lot of natural beauty and rugged coastlines to explore. There is plenty to see and do no matter what the weather. Whenever visitors come to stay with us it is easy point them in the direction of botanical gardens, our live volcano 'Kilauea', the famous Red Road of Puna with warm geothermal ponds and black sand beaches and the attractions of Hilo itself.
Our tropical rainy climate means we enjoy an abundance of fresh produce and exotic fruits and flowers all year round and these can be found at the Farmer's Market, just a block away. This is a photographer's dream! Jasper bought this property in 2001 and was inspired by the sense of history here and the fact that this property is walled on all sides creating a sense of privacy and serenity. There are two vacation rental homes on the property. Both of these are painted bright colors and have been refurbished. They sit behind 4 stores. Among them, there is a thriving art gallery, a second hand bookstore and a Hawaiian clothing & design store. You will enjoy browsing here and meeting these neighbors.
The property itself is in the geographic heart of Hilo Bay and at one time there were 5 homes on this small half-acre block and many families lived in close proximity as was the tradition for the ‘camps’ associated with the Sugar Plantation days and we have enjoyed restoring them one by one. There are many talented musicians and artists who make Hawaii 'home' and so there is much local art and entertainment to enjoy around Hilo and the vicinity. Our favourite place to swim is the nearby ‘Four Mile’ (officially known as Carlsmith Park) this is a beautiful lagoon with palm trees and a lush green lawn for picnics and sunbathing.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage: The old Hawaiian name for this property is translated to mean 'When You Fall Down Pick Yourself Up.' Our lush garden setting features stone buddha statues, bamboo and fruit trees and it is the perfect place to rest and recover. Guests can place an order for fresh coconut water to be delivered or they can make relaxation a priority as they spend time in our hot tub or taking advantage of our reasonable rates,schedule a massage on site.
Experience the charm of our town of Hilo which has a slow pace becoming more and more rare in the world. Enjoy the peace of a vacation where less time is spent driving in a car.