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Zen Bamboo Bungalow GuestHome, Asian-Inspired Tropical Gardens & Spa

Hilo, HI, USA
  • House900 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps2
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 - 5 nights

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2

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.

Owner

Sherron Skeele

Member Since 2010
Premier Partner
This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.
Response rate:
100%
Response time:
within a few hours
Speaks:
english
Calendar last updated:
Apr 16, 2018
About Sherron Skeele

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 House in 2003

Why Sherron Skeele chose Hilo

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.

Amenities

    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking

      Bedrooms

      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2
      • Master
        1 queen
      • 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.

      Bathrooms

      • 1 Bathroom
      • Japanese-style Bath
        toilet, tub, shower, Deep soaking tub
      • 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.

      Location Type

        • Downtown
          A 5 minute drive to historic, downtown Hilo's restaurants, shops, art galleries, Farmer's Market, museums and Palace theatre.
        • Mountain View
          Mauna Kea in the distance
        • Near The Ocean
          A 5 minute drive to Hilo Bay and beaches along Hilo's shoreline.
        • Ocean View
          Hilo Bay in the distance
        • Town
          A 5 minute drive to historic, downtown Hilo's restaurants, shops, art galleries, Farmer's Market, museums and Palace theatre.

          Theme

            • Romantic

              Meals

                • Guests provide their own meals

                  General

                    • Living Room
                    • Activities Guide
                    • Alarm System
                    • Basic Soaps
                    • Broadband Access
                    • Business Center
                    • Ceiling Fans
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Fireplace
                      electric fireplace
                    • Garage
                      enclosed garage
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      electric fireplace
                    • Internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Laundry Soap
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Alarm Clock
                    • 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

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

                          Dining

                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 2 people

                              Entertainment

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

                                  Outside

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

                                      Suitability

                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • Low Allergen Environment
                                        • suitable for elderly or infirm
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Hot Tub
                                              Indoor private Japanese bath with deep 'furo' soaking tub.
                                            • Indoor Hot Tub
                                            • Outdoor Hot Tub
                                            • Sauna
                                              Infrared sauna in outdoor gardern spa. Reserve for private use.
                                            • Shared Hot Tub
                                              Jetted hot tub in outdoor garden spa with UV light water sterilization. Reserve for private use.
                                            • Spa Whirlpool
                                            • jetted tub
                                              Jetted hot tub in outdoor garden spa with UV light water sterilization. Reserve for private use.

                                              Attractions

                                                • museums
                                                • arboretum
                                                • botanical garden
                                                • caves
                                                • churches
                                                • cinemas
                                                • forests
                                                • health/beauty spa
                                                • library
                                                • live theater
                                                • marina
                                                • bay/sound
                                                • playground
                                                • pond
                                                • rain forests
                                                • recreation center
                                                • restaurants
                                                • ruins
                                                • synagogues
                                                • volcano
                                                • waterfalls
                                                • winery tours
                                                • zoo

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • beachcombing
                                                    • boating
                                                    • eco tourism
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • luaus
                                                    • paddle boating
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • shelling
                                                    • shopping
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking
                                                    • whale watching
                                                    • wildlife viewing

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • fitness center
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • laundromat
                                                        • massage therapist
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • parasailing
                                                            • basketball court
                                                            • deepsea fishing
                                                            • equestrian events
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • hunting
                                                            • jet skiing
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • mountain climbing
                                                            • paragliding
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • 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

                                                              Notes

                                                                • 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.

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  81 Reviews

                                                                  Wonderful4.9/5

                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Thank you!

                                                                  ishmael l.

                                                                  The bungalow was amazing. Thank you sharron. Hilo is my new home... one day.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Aloha Ishmael and Kymberlee, It was a pleasure meeting you and hosting your honeymoon stay at our Zen Bamboo Bungalow in Hilo. We are thrilled that you loved Hilo and had an amazing visit. We look forward to seeing you again when you return.

                                                                  Mahalo nui loa, Sherron

                                                                  A perfect retreat in Hilo

                                                                  Mary L.

                                                                  What a beautiful property! Sherron thought of every detail and quite honestly we felt spoiled. As avid gardeners we loved walking though the garden after a day of adventures. We will definately stay again the next time we travel to Hilo.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Aloha Mary and Kevin, Thank you for your stay at our Zen Bamboo Bungalow and we are happy that you loved the gardens. It was nice visiting with you during your stay and enjoyed having you as guests. Hope to see you on your next trip to the Big Island. Mahalo nui loa, Sherron

                                                                  Absolutely adorable and well organized bungalow!

                                                                  Stephanie S.-

                                                                  This place is amazing! Just perfect for a couple with plenty of room and everything we needed. The location is great and every day we headed out for another adventure. We would get back WAY tired and enjoy a great evening relaxing in our little den! We cooked several dinners and had everything we needed. Sharon and Dave were beyond helpful and were there to make everything easier. We would come back here in a heartbeat. Absolutely recommend!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Aloha Stephanie, So happy for you that your dream of going to the Merrie Monarch became a reality for your 50th birthday!! It was great having you as guests at our bungalow where you could enjoy the hula festivities and take in some sightseeing too. Hope you return soon for another visit. Mahalo nui loa, Sherron

                                                                  Our stay was fantastic.

                                                                  Murray M.

                                                                  Everything was just as described, top notch no issues, no problem, just a well appointed , fully furnished apartment. Thank you Sherron.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Aloha Murray, Thank you for the top notch review of our Zen Bamboo Bungalow in Hilo. Glad your stay was fantastic!

                                                                  Mahalo nui loa, Sherron

                                                                  Wonderful stay for a couple in Hilo

                                                                  Barbara S.

                                                                  This bungalow is a delightful surprise and surrounding gardens are beautiful and tropical! The bungalow is lovingly decorated with quality furnishings alongside the gorgeous craftsman cabinetry. We enjoyed the Japanese bath as well as secluded outdoor hot tub set up for us in the evenings. it is easy to visit all the wonders of Hilo from this home. We would love to return.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Aloha Barbara and Philip, Thank you for a wonderful review expressing your appreciation for our Zen Bamboo Bungalow, amenities and surrounding gardens. We would love to have you return for another visit. Mahalo nui loa, Sherron

                                                                  The unit is exceptionally well appointed, and very comfortable as well as centrally located.

                                                                  beverly R.

                                                                  We love the surrounding tropical garden giving the feel of isolation from the city. Hilo is closer than we expected to other areas of the island, making this location a reasonable distance to many of the sites on Big Island.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Aloha Beverly and Bob, Thank you for staying at our Zen Bamboo Bungalow for your Big Island get-away. We are happy that you loved the privacy and comfort of the bungalow and its surrounding gardens, and enjoyed visiting many popular destinations, hiking adventures and activities on the island. We look forward to your return. Mahalo nui loa, Sherron

                                                                  Location

                                                                  Hilo, HI, USA

                                                                  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

                                                                  Rates & Availability

                                                                  Additional information about rental rates

                                                                  Cleaning Fee
                                                                  $120
                                                                  Tax Rate
                                                                  14.42%

                                                                  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 'Craftsman Garden Bungalow-Style Home, Asian-Inspired Tropical Gardens & Spa'.

                                                                  $160avg/night
                                                                  81 Reviews
                                                                  Wonderful 4.9/5
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