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

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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Details
Property
bungalow
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Bathrooms
1
Minimum Stay
3 - 5 nights

About the property

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.

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Owner
Sherron Skeele
Member since: 2010
Speaks english
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
100%
Calendar last updated:
17 February, 2017

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 bungalow in 2003

Why Sherron Skeele chose Hilo District

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

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!
Jul 2009
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(65 traveller reviews)

Luxury Zen Bamboo Bungalow, Japanese-Tropical Gardens, Spa, Pond and Waterfall
average rating of 4.923077 based on 66 reviews
Kailua, HI
5

Hilo's Best Kept Secret!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 13, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you June and Paul for being wonderful guests. We really enjoyed your stay and being able to share our bungalow and gardens with you and your daughter attending the university in Hilo. We very much look forward to your return to the Big Island for your next visit. Mahalo again for your compliments on the property, and for your high rating as it is so very important to us to provide excellent service and hospitality. Mahalo nui loa, Sherron
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Very nice small apartment

  • 3 of 5
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The accommodations were very nice and the location was not too far from town.

The downside was in order to use the shared Spa or sauna you will need an appointment. There is a larger home next to this "garage apartment" listing and the guests do not like to share the amenities and you will most likely be treated as a nuisance if they see you using the grill or using a lounge chair. Be sure to count all the dishes and inspect all cookware closely as you will be charged dearly if anything is alleged to be missing or damaged.There is no glass stove top cleaner and if you want your deposit back be sure to take some with you if you plan to use the cook top or you will be charged.

Also check out is 10am not 11am as most VRBO's. You will be charged if you are not out by 10am.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Travelers and Future Guests, Unfortunately this review is not factual and misleads our future renters. Our rental policies are provided at the time of booking. Our policy that guests reserve the spa in advance is an advantage to both owner and guests. It allows guests to use the spa privately, and owners to prepare the spa, light tiki torches and clean the spa after use. Guests are able to enjoy this wonderful experience between 9am to 9pm. ~Our two separate rental bungalows are situated on the property. The Craftsman Garden Bungalow is on the ground level and the upstairs Zen Bamboo Bungalow is above the garage overlooking the gardens. Each bungalow has its own private outdoor covered lanai or balcony, and also shares an enclosed garage and courtyard with barbecue, lounge chairs and dining furniture. Our guests are very polite and courteous about sharing the common area and using the barbecue on the rare occasion that both parties want to use it at the same time. ~Statements in this review about unfair charges for missing and/or damaged dishes, cookware and glass cooktop are false. Our guests are respectful about notifying us of any damage prior to departure. If unreported damage is found we contact guests to confirm. No guests are charged for damage without their prior consent and approval. ~Accommodations for early check-in and late check-out may be arranged in advance when our cleaning and arrival schedule permits. There has never been a late check-out fee charged to any guests. ~We apologize for the unpleasant tone of this review and have asked HomeAway/VRBO to remove it from the site. Please read the majority of our guest reviews that have a 5-star rating. Mahalo, Sherron Skeele
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5

Relaxing stay

  • 5 of 5
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I would definitely recommend staying here - the bungalow is thoughtfully designed for a peaceful vacation. At night I fell asleep to the sounds of birds and nature outside. A real life sound machine! During our stay I worked remotely part of the time and was on vacation part of the time. Both purposes worked well here. We brought our five month old daughter and she also enjoyed her stay!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Karissa, Daniel and Naila, I am happy that your family had a relaxing getaway at our Zen Bamboo Bungalow in Hilo, and that you enjoyed your stay. Your daughter is beautiful! Hope to see you again on your next visit to the Big Island. Mahalo nui loa, Sherron
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Connecticut
5

Luxury Zen bungalow is perfection!

  • 5 of 5
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Every detail is taken care of here! The home is beautiful with high quality construction and furnishings. There is every thing you could possibly need, including flashlights to get to the romantic torch-lit hot tub. The acre of gardens are exquisite, and the sound of the pond adds tranquility. Breakfast on the balcony in comfy bathrobes provided was a great way to start the day. The location is great - 3 miles from downtown Hilo - yet in a quiet neighborhood. Sherron and Dave are very responsive to questions. We really loved our stay here.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Carol and Bob, We are happy that you loved your stay at our Zen Bamboo Bungalow in Hilo, and enjoyed many of the activities, adventures and nature opportunities in East Hawaii. Thank you for taking time to write a wonderful review for our vacation rental. Mahalo nui loa, Sherron
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5

Perfect place on the Eastern side

  • 5 of 5
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This was the perfect place for our first stay in Hawai'i. A perfect jumping off point for all the many interesting things to do, and the interior setup was impeccable. Somehow feeling both spacious and cozy. A perfect place to come back to each night after a hectic day of sight seeing to relax and rejuvenate.

Having some supplies available was a nice touch that saved us time and effort. Beach mats, coolers.

The kitchen equipment was more than adequately supplied. We never lacked for anything.

Just far enough outside Hilo and up the hill to have a wonderful morning view. We loved it.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Jason, We are happy that you enjoyed our Zen Bamboo Bungalow property as a homebase for seeing the many points of interest on the Big Island. We hope to see you again for your next island adventure. Mahalo nui loa, Sherron
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Tranquil stay right in Hilo

  • 4 of 5
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We really enjoyed our stay at the Zen Bamboo Bungalow. Sherron was very accommodating upon our arrival in Hilo. We were able to check in early after giving her a call, day of. Beautiful garden with very large grill. We took advantage of the full kitchen and furo in the apartment. Clean and cozy! Having a covered parking stall really made getting to places more comfy in rainy Hilo. Location was close to major attractions, and the waterfront. Definitely a repeat stay.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Celeste and Khanh, Mahalo for your favorable review of our Zen Bamboo Bungalow in Hilo. We are happy that you were comfortable in our cozy bungalow and that you enjoyed the furo tub and gardens. We look forward to hosting your future stays on the Big Island. Mahalo nui loa, Sherron
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Car: recommended

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

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday bungalow in Hilo, Hawaii

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Merrie Monarch Festival
16 Apr 2017 - 23 Apr 2017
5 night minimum stay
A$359
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
A$209
A$1,371
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning A$157 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit A$392
Tax Rate 13.42%

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 'Luxury Craftsman Garden Bungalow, Japanese-Tropical Garden, Spa, Pond, Waterfall'.

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Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday bungalow rental in Hilo, Hawaii

Property Type:
  • bungalow
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • City Centre ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Town ...
Theme:
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Alarm System
  • soap
  • Broadband Access
  • Business Center
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • 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
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Japanese-style Bath - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure , 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.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Master - 1 large double bed
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • deck 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
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • Porch Furniture
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Yard
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • long term rentals available
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Indoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Sauna ...
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • jacuzzi ...
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • luaus
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
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
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • 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.

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