More about Waianuhea Bed & Breakfast
Remote, beautiful, tranquil
Not a resort, lay on the beach type of place--for that, head to Kona. This is about one hour from Hilo, the last bit on a tree-lined, one lane road. The inn is beautiful, the breakfasts are great, the rooms are immaculate and well decorated. If you can afford it, spring for one of the two larger rooms--the website is actually exactly what it looks like. You can hear frogs in the pond, the rain and wind, and see the ocean on a clear day. Other than that, no noise. No traffic. The only potential downside is the drive for dinner, although they do keep frozen entrees available in case you don't feel like heading into Honaka'a or Waimea.
Friendly intimate B&B
We had a great experience at this B&B and it was definitely the highlight of our stay on the Big Island. What made it great was not just the terrific service and facilities, but the intimacy and interaction afforded by a small number of guests and encouraged by its hosts with daily wine and appetizer mixers at 5pm. We met a number of other couples during our stay and had the pleasure of really talking to them at length. It was a joy to meet and get to know people that you normally wouldn't have a chance to meet. Definitely something that rarely happens in bigger hotels where people mostly keep to themselves.
Waianuhea itself is in a very secluded location as others have noted and because of its elevation (2500ft above sea level), can be cool at night. The grounds are huge with lush green grass and garden. The road leading to it is a bit rough and having an SUV definitely helped. They have a great DVD and book library along with a small kitchen where you can get frozen food, tea and ramen. A computer with Internet connection is also provided. We very much felt like we were in a home where we could wander around relaxed and enjoy the stay.
We had a suite and it was just the right size. The two smaller rooms looked a bit small, but they were all well done and none of the guests complained. All rooms had flat screen TVs with cable service. Breakfast was also great and they do vary the menu each day. The staff - Jeff especially would be present at wine hour and would converse with the guests while simultaneously slip away a few minutes at time to do turn down service. A great feat!
We had a great time at Waianuhea and missed it even when we went to the Four Seasons on the Kona side for the remainder of our vacation. Compared to the excellent company we had at Waianuhea and the genuine comfort we received, other places paled in comparison.
A Unique Gem
We "discovered" Waianuhea through TripAdvisor doing research for a place to stay on the Big Island. After reading the reviews and persusing Waianuhea's website, we made our reservations for a four night stay. We weren't disappointed. Having just left the Grand Hyatt on Kauai, we were refreshed by the quietness and intimacy of smaller lodging although many of the luxurious touches we enjoyed in a resort atmosphere we also found at Waianuhea. One wonders, however, if a mistake has been made when weaving around the small mountain road up to the Inn. But secluded in the freshness of mountain air, the Inn offered a terrific alternative to resort living. Our room was comfortable, although it was quite small, almost too small, and without a chair on which to sit. But the bed was most comfortable, the linens luxurious (ironed sheets), and thick, soft towels. Robes are provided. A good wine and delicious hors' doeuvres are served at 5 PM. Since Waianuhea's setting is secluded, it's about a 30 minute drive to many restaurants but the Inn offers frozen, gourmet dinners should one wish to stay "home" for the evening. One couple even grilled steaks for a romantic evening on the porch. An ample DVD library supplied us with entertainment in our room after two very active days of sightseeing. The breakfast beat out any we had our entire two weeks of island hopping -- a real treat!
Some people are hesitant to try a B&B and opt for noted hotel chains. For example, on Maui, we stayed at the Ritz-Carlton but honestly, if one doesn't mind the smallness and intimacy of a B&B, you can't go wrong with Waianuhea! The staff is friendly and eager to accomodate guests. If your plans call for a change in surroundings and ambiance from the way you've always vacationed, then Waianuhea won't disappoint.
a remote, luxurious hideaway
my husband and i stayed at this gorgeous b&b during our honeymoon in early june. we were surprised to find just how remote it is (they are literally off the power grid and you have to drive up lots of windy mountain roads to get there) but it truly is a GEM in the middle of nowhere.
the decor: modern, airy, gorgeous. you can tell they put a lot of thought into decorating and into making the house fit with its natural surroundings.
the rooms: big, comfortable, immaculate with very comfortable beds
the company: great! they have a wine hour every night which includes hors d'oeuvres and wine, and everyone sits around and talks . . . often for longer than the official hour. it was the most socializing we had ever done at a b&b, and very enjoyable!
the breakfasts: big and delicoius and incredibly gourmet, with beautiful presentations! i wouldn't have wanted to eat such big breakfasts every day of our trip but it was nice for a few days.
the location: perhaps the only potential negative. this b&b is not really near . . .anything! if you are looking for a remote getaway and you just want to hide out in an absolutely beautiful place, this is a great choice. there are lovely outdoor grounds and places to run & walk right near the house (with cows, horses, etc), but that's about it! almost everything else (ie, going out to dinner) requires driving at least 30 minutes down dirt roads and often more. the owners were smart and stocked a little 'canteen' filled with frozen dinners and snacks available for purchase in a little kitchen, so if you just feel like staying there and chilling out, you can do so.
we really enjoyed staying here and would do so again if we were feeling like we wanted another romantic retreat! they apparently also have dedicated yoga and cooking retreats which sound absolutely amazing, so we hope to return someday!
Peace to Live For
I know of very few places that offer the peace and tranquility of Waianuhea on the Island of Hawaii. I spent three lazy days there with my son, on his way to summer school in the islands. At night, you could see the Milky Way with the naked eye, and in the morning the world famous observatories gleamed on top of Mauna Kea like diamond rings -- all of it right out the window of our room. The breakfast part was way better than we deserved, and we appreciated it immensely. Wonderful all the way around! Going back for sure.
Drop what you're doing! Go there!
One of the best places I've ever been. It has all the usual attributes that make a place great. But, the best is the TOTAL commitment to high standards in everything involved with this retreat. Terrific design, decor, amenities, features, location, and perhaps most important, a seemingly total commitment by the many diverse staff members to ensuring your comfort, ease, and enjoyment. Classy yet whimsical; devastatingly beautiful while still being warm and welcoming.
Whether you're honeymooners, old married f**rts, or anyone else, if you don't enjoy -- indeed, treasure -- your time at Waianuhea, you may need some serious help.
My wife and I spent our honeymoon at Waianuhea with our 4-month-old daughter. We had a fabulous time and highly reccomend this B&B to everyone. The staff is very friendly and helpful, the breakfasts were fantastic and the location is beautiful. We look forward to a return visit in the future.
Beauty in the hills of Hawaii
What a gem...This property offers all of the wonderful amenities of a first-class resort without all the noise. Set in a quite, surreal atmosphere just outside the small town of Honokaa, this B&B will truly amaze even the most seasoned traveler.
The staff is warm, courteous and eager to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Like other reviewers I definately recommend the wine hour and the breakfasts are fit for kings.
I booked this B&B after reading the reviews from other travelers and hoped it would meet my expectations. It surpassed all of them.
Recommendaton - Make sure you arrive during daylight. Trying to find the B&B can be tricky and I can't imagine trying to find it for the first time in the dark.
Also, the B&B is tucked away and offers a wonderful spot for relaxation, but certain destinations are a bit of a drive.
Unique, Alice-in-Wonderland feeling B&B
We had a fun girls birthday getaway at this B&B, sharing the largest room off the main house between 4 of us. All of us were amazed by the decor and unique choices of paint color in the house. We loved the wine hour, getting to know our host and other guests in a more comforable way than just at the breakfast table. The room was spotlessly clean, and the kind hosts left us a bottle of birthday champagne, which made us feel welcomed and cared for. The place is large enough that we felt we could be ourselves (remember, there WAS champagne!) and not bother anyone. At the same time, we enjoyed the peace and quiet, soaking in the jacuzzi and then waundering the grounds under the stars in our swimsuits and bathrobes!
I would say the only complaint I had was that we were disappointed with having just french toast for breakfast. This is one of the simplest of breakfasts to cook. It would have been nice to have some specialty that we can't get at home.
This is a true getaway place, and you'll have to plan a little time to drive back down to Honoka'a to eat dinner. I would suggest planning ahead and asking for a dinner to be catered by the B&B so you can fully enjoy your time there.
Decorated by Martha Steward on Steriods
Wow what a place! Like an art gallery. The colors, the glasswork, the flowers the sculptures and we had Christmas decorations! I loved the blend of different decorating styles. Everything is perfect here. (my hubby thought too perfect, but not me!) Robes and slippers, bottle water all with the Waianuhea name on them. Chocolate covered mac nuts and orchids on your pillow at night. The pupu and wine hour was fabulous, you could almost make it your dinner and we really enjoyed our conversation with Kathy. Breakfast was awesome, fruit plate followed by a hot entree. We had mushroom crepes the first day and chicken dried tomato sausage and cheese omelet. You can use their barbque and there are frozen entrees for purchase. This place is secluded, they even generate their own electricity. We stayed in the room seperate from the house. It has a large enclosed courtyard. You pay dearly for this place but I think it is worth it.
ON THE CLIFFS OF WAIPIO VALLEY