|Minimum Stay||3 - 5 nights|
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The ZEN BAMBOO BUNGALOW is a 1 bed, 1 bath luxurious, Asian-style upstairs guesthome with private garden entry, spacious living area and balcony with a panoramic view. The bungalow features a full kitchen, 50-inch Plasma High Definition TV and home theater sound system, Asian antiques, plush leather furnishings, and Japanese bath with deep “furo” soaking tub. The bungalow is situated on nearly an acre of lush tropical and Japanese-inspired gardens located 2.5 miles from historic, downtown Hilo. The bungalow is more than a beautiful place to stay, it’s a lifestyle. You will experience charming “old Hawaii” where life is slow and easy. At the bungalow you can relax in style or pursue a variety of adventures at your doorstep. Amenities include a secluded outdoor garden spa equipped with jetted hot tub with UV light water purification, infrared sauna and outdoor shower. The beautifully landscaped grounds and naturalistic setting capture the tranquility and beauty of the islands where travelers can relax and experience the true Hawaii that the locals live.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Big Island of Hawaii. The ZEN BAMBOO BUNGALOW provides a private vacation retreat with all the comforts of home for visitors and travelers to the Big Island of Hawaii seeking an alternative to the 'resort' atmosphere, and where you will not feel like a tourist. Chef's kitchen is fully-equipped and coffee bar is stocked with fresh, organic coffee. Your host, Sherron, resides on the neighboring property and personally greets you and handles key exchanges when you arrive. Your host answers questions, assists with any special needs and helps plan your stay... sharing tips on where to visit, how to get there, where to lunch and favorite local dining spots.
The Bamboo Bungalow property is located in East Hawaii in a picturesque area of Hilo and surrounded by streams, waterfalls and quiet cul-de-sacs perfect for walking or jogging. Spectacular views of landscaped terraces and partial ocean views of Hilo Bay can be easily enjoyed from the private balcony. Shoji screen doors are designed throughout to create a private and serene setting or open up to views of the gardens below. The courtyard with pond, waterfall and fountains create a garden oasis for dining and relaxation. In harmony with nature and with all the comforts of home, the Bamboo Bungalow will make your journey a most memorable experience. The Bamboo Bungalow is a perfect Hawaiian getaway for couples celebrating their special occasion, and is centrally located making it an ideal home base while exploring exotic points of interest on the island.
The Bamboo Bungalow is a 5 minute drive or a free bus ride to historic downtown Hilo and Hilo Bay. Hilo is known for its warm aloha spirit, relaxed lifestyle, unique shops, art galleries and restaurants with local regional cuisine. Local attractions include Lyman Museum, East Hawaii Cultural Center, historic Palace Theatre, Pacific Tsunami Museum, Imiloa Astronomy Center, UH Hilo Performing Arts Center and Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens. Hilo Farmer's Market is a favorite for fresh, local produce. Merrie Monarch Festival, Hilo's premier hula competition and cultural event, is held annually. Hilo's black sand beaches and freshwater pools are some of the best for snorkeling, diving, surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, swimming with turtles and tropical fish, or watching the whales off shore. Take a helicopter volcano tour or short scenic drive to active Kilauea volcano to view a lava flow, ride horses in Waipio Valley or tour the summit and view the night skies of Mauna Kea.
Large weddings, graduations, receptions and gatherings are not allowed. Small gatherings require owner's prior consent, and approval of arrangements and services. Contact us in advance to discuss your special occasion and event fees.
The Bamboo Bungalow is a Non Smoking property. Hawaii State Law dictates that all public areas are designated as smoke free. The safety and comfort of all our guests is of utmost importance to us. As such we have a non smoking policy. Smoking is not allowed in any of our buildings or on the property grounds. Please inform your visitors of our non smoking policy. Your support and cooperation to maintain a smoke free environment at the Bamboo Bungalow is greatly appreciated.
Children are welcome at the Bamboo Bungalow, however, families with children of a certain age must be aware of safety concerns around the fishpond on the property, and the Bamboo Bungalow's upper balcony, stairs to the upper level living area and the deep soaking tub in the bathroom.
Sorry, no pets are allowed.
The Garden is a fusion of Japanese-inspired naturalistic landscape and nearly an acre of lush tropical grounds. Blended with the natural surroundings, the garden courtyard features natural moss rock boulders with water gently falling creating a graceful stream flowing into the fishpond with delicate water lilies. The garden uses Japanese asymmetry and placement of boulders, rustic stone lanterns, stone water basins and fountains, bamboo fences and rustic benches.
As owner/manager of Orchid Isle Bungalows in Hilo, Hawaii, I take great pride in offering affordable, quality accommodations and hospitality to travelers visiting the Big Island. My husband, David, and I have have lived in Hilo for 40 years where we started our family and raised our three children. We started a real estate and construction business in Hawaii in 1979. The property was acquired in 2003 and my husband and I designed and built the bungalows and landscaped the grounds, taking care to preserve and restore the Japanese gardens and ponds. The gardens continue to be beautified and lovingly cared for. We reside on the property neighboring the bungalows and I greet guests personally to welcome them, handle key exchanges and respond to renters' needs and questions. The bungalows are fully furnished and have all the amenities making this a perfect island 'home away from home'. It is my pleasure to share this amazing property, as an alternative to the 'resort' atmosphere, with travelers and visitors to the Big Island seeking a beautiful vacation retreat where you will not feel like a tourist.
Mahalo nui loa, Sherron
Sherron Skeele purchased this bungalow in 2003
The Orchid Isle Bungalows property was formerly a Japanese garden developed by a Hilo resident, educator and a founding father of bonsai in Hawaii. Dignitaries from Japan visited the gardens and tour buses regularly visited the garden showplace. The gardens and ponds were well-known on the island and several generations of residents fondly recall enjoying the gardens during their childhood. The gardens was one of the first places my husband and I would show our family and friends who came to visit the Big Island. Over the years, the property changed hands and was let go. As we lived on the neighboring property, we took the opportunity to acquire the property in 2003 and begin the 'restoration' of the gardens. We made arrangements for the the unrepairable existing structure to be burned down by the fire department in a training drill for its cadets. We then embarked on the project of custom-designing and building the bungalows and restoring the existing Japanese gardens. We love to share the gardens and our ongoing efforts to beautify and landscape the grounds is in keeping with the naturalistic setting that captures the tranquility and beauty of the islands.
Thank you David and Sherron for sharing the bungalow with us as your first guests. We have had a truly relaxing week during our visit, and this has been a perfect retreat!
This bungalow is a wonderful place to stay in HIlo's cool uplands. It is located in an established older neighborhood and is set back in landscaped gardens that can be seen from the bungalow's large picture window bringing the Big Island's upland forests inside. Having been raised on the Big Island, but now living on the highly populated island of Oahu, I so appreciated relaxing in this bungalow and feeling like I returned home! I would stay here over any other high-end resort or condo anywhere else on the Big Island. The craftsmanship and decor are exquisite and the bungalow is extremely comfortable! Sherron and David were very responsive to everything we needed, yet the bungalow is equipped with everything anyone could need for a relaxing and enjoyable stay. My husband and I are already trying to figure out when we can return, and I'm absolutely recommending this rental to my large extended family and all our friends!
We could not have asked for better!! The pictures represent exactly what you get.... a stunning, spotless clean, and comfortable home. One of our favorite spots was the balcony. It was perfect for morning coffee and planning our day.
We appreciated that Sherron met and welcomed us at check in. Although we didn't need anything throughout our stay, we were confident that she was a phone call away, if needed.
Must admit were a bit nervous about the rental agreement and the numerous rules, but ultimately decided that it spelled out the way we like to treat our own home, and went ahead with the reservation. We are so glad we did!! This property is PERFECTLY maintained and the rental agreement only serves to help keep it that way. We were actually quite happy that all of the expectations were clear.
Thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would return here in a heart beat. Highly recommended!!
We had a great time. Was a wonderful, peaceful place to stay each day after our adventures.
Brett & Ann
What a great place to stay in Hilo! I picked it from all the great reviews. One thing to note are these Puerto Rico coqui frogs that escaped from the zoo and are over populating without any predators! It's an interesting noise at night. I didn't mind it, it was kinda drowned out by the fans. But some people maybe more sensitive to the noise during the night. Also, there's no AC but the fans are decent. We didn't use the kitchen utensils because we rather eat out but it's well equipped for people that want to cook. There were many restaurant options very close by. Washer and dyer is great! Sherron was a great host! She even fwd me a warning for flash flood which was very nice of her to care. The tub is cool too! Takes a while to fill but drains quickly! Amazing place. I would go back for sure.
Impressive property well maintained and gracious hosts. Check out the restored Japanese garden beautifully recovered and definitely Zen!
My husband and I recently spent 5 nights at the Zen Bamboo Bungalow, and it exceeded our high expectations. The bungalow is lovely and spacious, and the gardens are exceptional - like your own private botanical garden. The bungalow is equipped with everything you need for your visit, including beach mats, binoculars, coolers, etc. It was great having a full kitchen, even if we mainly used it for breakfast. The furo tub was a new concept to us, but we enjoyed using it several times. Although it was a little warm during the day, the fans made the temperature comfortable at night. The hot tub is located next door, but Sherron had it ready to go for us when we agreed upon a day and time - great way to relax after a day of hiking. Having a garage (with washer and dryer) was an added plus. The location of the bungalow was great - convenient to downtown restaurants and our various activities. We would definitely recommend the bungalow to any couple visiting Hilo who want a convenient but high quality place to stay during their visit.
The Zen Bamboo Bungalow is a 5 minute drive or free bus ride away from quaint downtown Hilo and Hilo Bay. Hilo is known for its warm aloha spirit, relaxed lifestyle, unique shops, art galleries and restaurants with local regional cuisine. Local attractions include Lyman Museum, East Hawaii Cultural Center, historic Palace Theatre, Pacific Tsunami Museum, Imiloa Astronomy Center, UH Hilo Performing Arts Center and Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens. Hilo Farmer's Market is a favorite for fresh, local produce. Merrie Monarch Festival, Hilo's premier hula competition and cultural event, is held annually. Hilo's black sand beaches and freshwater pools are some of the best for snorkeling, diving, surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, swimming with turtles and tropical fish, or watching the whales off shore. Take a helicopter volcano tour or short scenic drive to active Kilauea volcano to view a lava flow, ride horses in Waipio Valley or tour the summit and view the night skies of Mauna Kea.
Other Activities: stand-up paddle boarding, body boarding, kayaking, outrigger canoeing
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Merrie Monarch Festival
Apr 16 2017 - Apr 23 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Cleaning||$120 + Tax|
|Refundable damage deposit||$300|
Hawaii ID# W01612284-01
3 Night Minimum
Single or Double Occupancy:
$150 - $160/night
7 or more nights $150/night
3 to 6 nights $160night
Cleaning fee $120
Maximum occupancy 2 guests. *Standard rates do not apply to Merrie Monarch.
Deposit due at booking with balance due 90 days prior to arrival.
Ask about accommodations for larger groups. A second bungalow on the property is listed separately as 'Luxury Craftsman Garden Bungalow, Japanese-Tropical Garden, Spa, Pond, Waterfall'.