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Situated in Kailua-Kona, within a few steps of Kahaluu Beach Park and 1.1 miles of White Sands Beach Park, Big Island Retreat features accommodation with a shared lounge and free WiFi throughout the property as well as free private parking for guests who drive. Boasting a shared kitchen, this property also provides guests with a barbecue. Some units at the property have a balcony with a sea view.

At the guest house, all rooms have a desk. The rooms are fitted with a kettle and a private bathroom with a shower and a hairdryer, while some rooms also boast a kitchen fitted with an oven. At Big Island Retreat all rooms are equipped with bed linen and towels.

Guests at the accommodation will be able to enjoy activities in and around Kailua-Kona, like diving, snorkelling and cycling.

Pahoehoe Beach Park is 1.6 miles from Big Island Retreat, while Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park is 9.3 miles from the property. The nearest airport is Ellison Onizuka Kona International at Keāhole Airport, 12.4 miles from the guest house.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.1 for a two-person trip.

Big Island Retreat has been welcoming guests since 9 Sept 2016.

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Property highlights

Top location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.0)

Want a great night's sleep? This property was highly rated for its very comfy beds.

Free private parking available on-site


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Room type
1 extra-large double bed
1 extra-large double bed
1 extra-large double bed
1 large double bed
1 large double bed
1 large double bed
Bedroom 1:
1 large double bed
Bedroom 2:
1 extra-large double bed
1 large double bed
1 extra-large double bed
Bedroom :
1 large double bed
Living room:
1 sofa bed
1 large double bed
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Travel Sustainable property
Travel Sustainable property
This property is part of the Travel Sustainable programme, which means it’s taken significant steps to make your stay more sustainable.
Closest beaches
  • Kahaluu Beach Park

    Kahaluu Beach Park

    8.4 Very good beach
    100 yards from property
  • White Sands Beach Park

    White Sands Beach Park

    8.8 Fabulous beach
    1 miles from property
  • Pahoehoe Beach Park

    8.3 Very good beach
    1.4 miles from property
Property questions and answers
Browse questions from guests for anything extra you want to know about the property
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  • Is there a swimming pool and or jacuzzi
    No we do not have a swimming pool, but we are across the street from Kahalu'u Bay which is a great place for snorkeling, surfing and much more.
    Answered on 8 January 2020
  • Do all the rooms come with beach chairs and umbrellas to borrow
    There is beach equipment to borrow in the atrium of the main house where chairs, umbrellas, boogie boards, etc. are available on a first come-first se..
    Answered on 25 September 2021
  • Is there air conditioning Do you need it in august
    No A/C, but if you want to enjoy Hawaiian open-air living, BIR is perfect :) Rooms have lots of screens w/ overhead fans. Aug & Sept can be the warmes..
    Answered on 13 April 2021
  • Why does a reviewer say that there are no exterior doors to the rooms??
    We assume they mean that you enter a hallway to get to your room door. In the main house, all rooms are on the 2nd or 3rd floor and accessed from a ha..
    Answered on 5 December 2021
  • does kitchen have cutlery plates bowls cups glasses etc
    Our kitchenettes include fridge, microwave, coffeepot, hot water kettle, toaster...and the dishware includes large and small plates, cups, glasses, an..
    Answered on 28 November 2022
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Managed by Big Island Retreat

Company review score: 9Based on 221 reviews from 1 property
1 managed property

Company information

We are a unique, family-owned property consisting of 11 guest rooms surrounded by tropical landscaping, singing birds, and the sound of the ocean. We welcome you to come enjoy our little piece of paradise on your next Hawaiian vacation.

Property information

Please note that Big Island Retreat does not have air conditioning -- our style is "old-Hawaii" living with screened windows and ceiling fans that catch the Kona tradewinds. The architecture and arrangement of the buildings encourages open-air living with ocean and/or garden views creating a natural and relaxing setting. The main house consist of 3 levels with an atrium and common area located on the entrance level, four guest rooms occupying the 2nd level (Seaside, Orchid, Bamboo, Pineapple), and our Ali'i Suite located on the top level with a magnificent view of Kahalu'u Bay. The guest house has 6 guest rooms: Paradise, Aloha, Oceanview, Maile, Honu, and Surfer. Our community "outdoor" kitchen is popular with guests as a gathering place to share meals, talk story or enjoy a cold beverage. It's simple, casual and has the feeling of being in paradise.

Neighbourhood information

We are conveniently located across the road from Kahalu'u Beach Park, one of the islands premier snorkeling, swimming and surfing beaches. Closely located to the Keauhou Shopping Center and restaurants, shops and much more. Town trolley service stops and Kona town about 7 miles or 11.2 km.

Language spoken

Property surroundings *
Quality rating rated the quality of this property as 3 out of 5 based on factors such as facilities, size, location and services provided.
Facilities of Big Island Retreat
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Private bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower
  • Linen
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • BBQ facilities
  • Shared kitchen
  • Toaster
  • Kitchenware
  • Electric kettle
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Snorkelling
  • Diving
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Golf course (within 3 km)
    Additional charge
Living Area
  • Dining area
  • Seating Area
  • Desk
Food & Drink
  • Tea/Coffee maker
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).
    • Shared lounge/TV area
    • Private check-in/check-out
    Reception services
    • Invoice provided
    • Non-smoking throughout
    • Tile/marble floor
    • Fan
    • Non-smoking rooms
    Languages spoken
    • English

    House rules

    Big Island Retreat takes special requests - add in the next step!


    From 15:00 hours

    Guests are required to show a photo identification and credit card upon check-in


    Until 11:00 hours


    Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.

    Children and beds

    Child policies

    Children older than 5 years are welcome.

    Children aged 16 years and above are considered adults at this property.

    To see correct prices and occupancy information, please add the number of children in your group and their ages to your search.

    Cot and extra bed policies

    Cots and extra beds are not available at this property.

    Age restriction

    The minimum age for check-in is 18

    Mastercard Visa Discover American Express Big Island Retreat accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.


    Smoking is not allowed.


    Parties/events are not allowed

    Quiet hours

    Guests must be quiet between 20:00 and 08:00.


    Pets are not allowed.

    The fine print

    Please note that this property does not have air-conditioning.

    Guests are required to show a photo identification and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.

    Please inform Big Island Retreat in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.

    This property will not accommodate hen, stag or similar parties.

    License number: TA-154-377-8304-01

    FAQs about Big Island Retreat

    • The prices at Big Island Retreat may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.

    • The nearest beach is just 200 yards from Big Island Retreat.

    • Big Island Retreat offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):

      • Cycling
      • Hiking
      • Snorkelling
      • Diving
      • Golf course (within 3 km)

    • Big Island Retreat is 4.3 miles from the centre of Kailua-Kona.

    • Check-in at Big Island Retreat is from 15:00, and check-out is until 11:00.

    • Room options at Big Island Retreat include:

      • Double
      • Suite
      • Studio