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Luxury Zen Bamboo Bungalow, Japanese-Tropical Gardens, Spa, Pond and Waterfall

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  • Minimum stay:3-5 nights
  • Sleeps:2
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Guest House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

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.

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Member since: 2010

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Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 08/20/2016

Property Type

  • Bungalow
  • 900 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Guest House
  • Guest House

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2

  • Master: 1 queen

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  • Master bedroom is tastefully decorated with Asian antiques in rich woods and Zen-style bed and furnishings. Bedroom opens to the private upstairs balcony overlooking views of landscaped terraces below. Shoji doors and windows are designed for privacy while allowing light and air flow. Air conditioning is not necessary as the bungalow has gentle ocean breezes during the days and cooler mountain breezes in the evenings. Ceiling fans provide additional air flow if desired. Plush queen-size bed offers quality linens and bedding with non-allergenic down alternative comforters and pillows. Charming Classic Flame electric fireplace creates the perfect atmosphere for a romantic evening. Bedroom features a flat screen HDTV and DVD player for viewing selections from the DVD library. For your comfort guests are provided with 100% organic cotton robes during your stay. Iron and ironing board are provided....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Japanese-style Bath: toilet, tub, shower

    Deep soaking tub...moreless

  • The Bamboo Bungalow features a private, natural stone Japanese bath overlooking the bamboo garden. A walk-in shower is finished with a rock pebble floor and a deep 'furo' soaking tub features a ceiling waterfall tub filler. Glass vessel sink on granite countertop add decorator touches. Natural and organic shampoos and soaps are provided for guests during your stay. All linens, quality bath and beach towels and hair dryer are provided....moreless

Other Amenities

  • The Bamboo Bungalow features a 50-inch Plasma HDTV with home theatre sound system, HD cable, DVD/CD player, wireless and hardwired broadband internet access, laundry facilities, enclosed garage and automatic garage door opener with remote. The kitchen is fully equipped and includes a coffee bar. Enjoy organic coffee while watching the sunrise from your private balcony. Outdoor courtyard is furnished with Jenn-Air gas grill and garden furniture for dining and relaxing in the garden oasis with pond, waterfall and fountains. Built-in security system is provided for your peace of mind and safety. Central vacuum system and wood-grain laminate floors provide a low allergen environment. All natural, eco-friendly cleaners are used. Housekeeping is available. For longer stays house cleaning is provided at least every two weeks for a fee. In-house massage is available....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library

Theme

  • Romantic

Attractions

  • Arboretum
  • Bay/Sound
  • Botanical Garden
  • Caves
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Forests
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Pond
  • Rain Forests
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Synagogues
  • Volcano
  • Waterfalls
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Luaus
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    A 5 minute drive to historic, downtown Hilo's restaurants, shops, art galleries, Farmer's Market, museums and Palace theatre....moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Mauna Kea in the distance...moreless

  • Near The Ocean:

    A 5 minute drive to Hilo Bay and beaches along Hilo's shoreline....moreless

  • Ocean View:

    Hilo Bay in the distance...moreless

  • Town:

    A 5 minute drive to historic, downtown Hilo's restaurants, shops, art galleries, Farmer's Market, museums and Palace theatre....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Spelunking
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 2 people

General

  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Alarm System
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Business Center
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    electric fireplace...moreless

  • Garage:

    enclosed garage...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    electric fireplace...moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Secure Parking
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Vacuum System
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Fax

Kitchen

  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Deck Furniture
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Yard

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    Indoor private Japanese bath with deep 'furo' soaking tub....moreless

  • Indoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Sauna:

    Infrared sauna in outdoor gardern spa. Reserve for private use....moreless

  • Shared Hot Tub:

    Jetted hot tub in outdoor garden spa with UV light water sterilization. Reserve for private use....moreless

  • Spa Whirlpool
  • Jetted Tub:

    Jetted hot tub in outdoor garden spa with UV light water sterilization. Reserve for private use....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer Specials
Aug 1 - Sep 30, 2016
3 night min stay
$150
$980
Fall Specials
Oct 1 - Dec 15, 2016
3 night min stay
$150
$980
Merrie Monarch Festival
Apr 16 - Apr 23, 2017
5 night min stay
$275
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$160
$1,050

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
  • Cleaning $120 + tax
  • Tax Rate 13.42%

Notes:

Hawaii ID# W01612284-01

3 Night Minimum

Standard rates*:

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'.


Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking


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Location

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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

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2003

About the owner: 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

Why the Owner Chose Hilo, HI, USA:
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.


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Calendar last updated: 08/20/2016

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  • Welcome to the Bamboo Bungalow - private covered entry

    Welcome to the Bamboo Bungalow - private covered entry

  • Escape to your romantic, luxury zen bungalow getaway surrounded by lush gardens

    Escape to your romantic, luxury zen bungalow getaway surrounded by lush gardens

  • Prepare a home cooked meal in your fully equipped chef's kitchen

    Prepare a home cooked meal in your fully equipped chef's kitchen

  • Take time for an unhurried Japanese bathing experience in the deep "...

    Take time for an unhurried Japanese bathing experience in the deep "...

  • Hand-carved stone tsukubai water basin with bamboo fountain

    Hand-carved stone tsukubai water basin with bamboo fountain

  • Stroll or meditate in the peaceful gardens and learn from nature

    Stroll or meditate in the peaceful gardens and learn from nature

  • Fusion of Japanese-inspired and tropical naturalistic gardens

    Fusion of Japanese-inspired and tropical naturalistic gardens

  • A rare Colvillea racemosa tree blossoms in the bungalow gardens

    A rare Colvillea racemosa tree blossoms in the bungalow gardens

  • View of Mauna Kea towering over the ocean from Richardson's Beach

    View of Mauna Kea towering over the ocean from Richardson's Beach

  • Soak in lagoons and bask in the sunshine with turtles and tropical fish

    Soak in lagoons and bask in the sunshine with turtles and tropical fish

  • Experience the beauty from Coconut Island ... sunset over Hilo Bay

    Experience the beauty from Coconut Island ... sunset over Hilo Bay

  • Fireworks over Hilo Bay on 4th of July is a memorable experience

    Fireworks over Hilo Bay on 4th of July is a memorable experience

  • Enjoy the outdoor garden spa with UV light water purification and infrared sauna

    Enjoy the outdoor garden spa with UV light water purification and infrared sauna

  • Relax in comfort and view DVDs on the 50-inch Plasma HDTV

    Relax in comfort and view DVDs on the 50-inch Plasma HDTV

  • Enjoy romantic evenings with a cozy fireplace, flat screen HDTV in your bedroom

    Enjoy romantic evenings with a cozy fireplace, flat screen HDTV in your bedroom

  • Bungalow with private upstairs balcony with rainforest views and enclosed garage

    Bungalow with private upstairs balcony with rainforest views and enclosed garage

  • Relax in the sun, barbecue and dine in the courtyard next to the pond, waterfall

    Relax in the sun, barbecue and dine in the courtyard next to the pond, waterfall

  • Natural moss rock waterfall and graceful pond at the courtyard garden

    Natural moss rock waterfall and graceful pond at the courtyard garden

  • Soak in the "furo" tub overlooking the grove of Golden Bamb...

    Soak in the "furo" tub overlooking the grove of Golden Bamb...

  • Bromeliads, orchids and more colorful splendor abound in the enchanting gardens

    Bromeliads, orchids and more colorful splendor abound in the enchanting gardens

  • Swimand dive with turtles and tropical fish...beach equipment provided

    Swimand dive with turtles and tropical fish...beach equipment provided

  • Surf at Honolii by the Sea where the locals go or catch the sunrise over the bay

    Surf at Honolii by the Sea where the locals go or catch the sunrise over the bay

  • Downtown Hilo's historic storefronts on the bay and farmer's market

    Downtown Hilo's historic storefronts on the bay and farmer's market

  • River of lava flowing to the ocean through the ohia forest near Volcano

    River of lava flowing to the ocean through the ohia forest near Volcano

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This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Tuesday, August 30, 2016

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