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Volcano Rainforest Retreat

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Highly recommended! This location is so quiet and peaceful with genuine nature sounds and beautiful trees surrounding the glass windowed hut-like sanctuaries fully equipped with a bathroom, sink, breakfast bar area, nice sized bed, TV and chairs plus a hot tub! It's everything you need to unwind in one beautiful place. You won't want to leave. However, the staff also provide a very thorough and helpful orientation as well as map handouts + a binder with everything you want to know and more about activities on the Big Island in case you're looking for an adventure.

I stayed at Volcano Rainforest Retreat for five nights and it was just beautiful! Such a relaxing place, peaceful and welcoming from when you arrive, which is reinforced by Peter and Kathleen's helpful introduction to the retreat and your accommodation. It's so wonderfully close to Volacnoes National Park, close to restaurants in Volcano, not too far from Hilo, and just a great place to base yourself for exploring the island. I even managed to take a day off exploring and spend a whole day relaxing at the retreat. It's just paradise, five days wasn't long enough. I'll be back for sure.

What a special place the Volcano Rainforest Retreat is! Right in the rain forest, and so convenient to exploring the National Park! Our hosts were so kind and helpful, provided everything we needed, and gave us great tips about exploring the area, too. We highly recommend this unique and restful place!

We stayed for 3 nights in the forest house. We were warmly greeted by Peter and Kathleen and settled into our accommodations in the rain forest. It is very private and we were surrounded by lush and beautiful vegetation. It is extremely private and peaceful. We enjoyed the hot tub and delicious breakfast. Amazing experience

We stayed in the Sanctuary, which lived up to its name. It is an intimate and very beautiful round wooden hut designed by Peter, surrounded by lush rainforest with a wonderful outdoor shower and soaking tub. Peter and Kathleen are warm and caring hosts and provided excellent suggestions for area restaurants and hikes in and around the park. Be sure to order the breakfast quiche provided by a local cafe and friend of Peter’s. The coffee and fruit were excellent. We were very happy to stay at the Volcano Rainforest Retreat and highly recommend it.

We stayed in the Bamboo cottage, and it's one of the most beautiful places we've ever stayed. There are so many thoughtful details! Every time I though, hey, I wonder if they have a , it was there, from decaf coffee to extra blankets. They include a personalized packet with current details about the area, as well as a big binder with info on all the local attractions and even copies of the menus of just about every local restaurant! The landscaping is so carefully done, you really feel alone in your cottage in the rainforest. And being able to luxuriate in the Japanese-style soaking tub, listening to the rain fall on the roof of the little outdoor pavilion, with the trees and bamboo all around, was absolutely glorious! A note about breakfast and housekeeping: It's called a bed and breakfast, but it's sort of in between a guest house, a B&B, and a hotel. The first day, they provide baked goods (as well as spreads for them including peanut butter, jam, butter, etc), lovely local fruit, locally made granola, milk, half and half, coffee, tea, and raw eggs you can cook for yourself. For subsequent days, there's a small paper menu you can fill out if you need anything replenished or if you want vegetarian quiche (which is really good!), which they pick up when they come in to do housekeeping in the middle of the day. It's such a nice combination of the privacy of a guesthouse and the luxury of a yummy breakfast provided for you. You can even leave your dirty dishes and they'll do them when they come in to tidy up! And they're super accommodating about it. We forgot to fill out our menu one day, and when we returned in mid-afternoon, we found a note asking if we needed anything; when we called to apologize and ask for quiche, Kathleen was super nice and made sure we had some for the next morning. One minor issue: the internet is quite slow. Like, you can barely watch a 20-second YouTube video, and there's no way you could stream a movie - which would be really nice. They do have a small DVD library, so a quiet night in is still a possibility. But that's literally the only complaint I could possibly have. We'd love to stay there again.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. The rainforest, the peaceful atmosphere and the beautiful lodgings that fit right into the surroundings were more than we expected. We were comfortable, well fed and very content during our stay. The hosts were kind and helpful as needed. We stayed in the Forest House and had everything we needed, plus a cozy gas stove. We enjoyed the convenience of the hot tub to our cottage as well.

Property was awesome! Stayed 4 nights at the Bamboo cottage and wish we were back there right now! Kathleen and Peter are wonderful hosts. Kathleen spent so much time giving us things to do and recommendations on restaurants which made our stay even better. Cottage had everything you need. Locally made granola and Peter’s suggestion on serving papaya were welcomed treats in the morning.

Have you ever found something so good that was totally unexpected? Well, that is what our family discovered with the Rainforest Retreat located within the quaint, little town of Volcano! From the moment we arrived we were welcomed with a tour and information about the area given by the owners. The owners thoughtfully took the time to consider our stay, provided homemade and locally grown breakfast items and then actually printed out maps noted with ideas for activities and sights to see with the limited time that we had on Hawaii. In addition to this amazing hospitality, you are surrounded by the beauty of the rainforest, local art and flowers and get to stay in lovely Japanese styled cottages. Unbelievable attention to detail! A definite WIN!

We appreciated the serene retreat they have created. There is so much beauty and attention to detail. Obviously much love was poured into their cottages. Wish we could have stayed for five nights instead of one!

11-3832 Twelfth Street Volcano HI

Hotel highlights

  • Free local cuisine breakfast
  • Free in-room wired Internet
  • Spa services

Located 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Volcano Garden Arts, Volcano Rainforest Retreat is within a 15-minute drive of other popular attractions like Kīlauea Visitor Center. This 4-room bed & breakfast has private in-room spa tubs along with free breakfast and a computer station.


Free local cuisine breakfast is served each morning from 7:00 AM to noon.


Guests can expect to find free wired Internet. Beds sport down comforters and the bathroom offers a hair dryer and free toiletries. Other standard amenities include private spa tub, a kitchen, and a fireplace.

Property features

At Volcano Rainforest Retreat, guests have access to spa treatment rooms and a computer station. If you drive, put free offsite parking to good use. Helpful staff is there to provide front-desk service during limited hours, as well as offer insight about the area.

Room options

Forest House

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Guest Cottage

Queen 1 | Sleeps 6

Bamboo Guest House

Queen 1 | Sleeps 6

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

92.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 381 reviews