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“charming, unique rainforest spa and retreat” 5 of 5 stars
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A Beautiful Day, Nani La 'Ao
161436 39th, HCR 1 Box 4643, Keaau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96749   |  
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5 hotel reviews
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“charming, unique rainforest spa and retreat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2010

I spent almost two months at A Beautiful Day, some in the tree house and some in the main house. I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and would recommend it to other independent, alternative type travelers who are looking for a genuinely interesting visit to the less touristy east side of the Big Island. Life would have been a lot simpler if I had rented a car, as the location is well off the beaten path up in Orchidland. It is about a four mile round trip trek to the nearest shop. However, I was on a budget and trying to get in better shape, so I bought a used bike in Hilo instead. I love riding into nearby Pahoa, having lunch, then hanging out at the gorgeous (and free!) municipal pool. Combined with the also free Hele-on bus system, I have been able to get around just fine.

Sherri, the owner, is an artist, a massage therapist, and a real character whom I now consider a friend. She loves animals and there are chickens, bunnies, a goat and a donkey on the premises. She gives a great lomi lomi massage!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Sun Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2007

We found the peace and tranquility we truly needed. The busy hotels were just too crazy, and this place was peaceful and serene. We stayed for two weeks, booked the rejuvenation packages, and looked (and felt) completely different when we left! We would highly recommend "A Beautiful Day/Nani La 'Ao" for anyone wanting to make a positive change in their life. It was easy to go back to work again...

  • Liked — View of Mauna Kea from the porch, being surrounded by the native Ohia forest, friendly critters and staff
  • Disliked — Having to go home...
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2007

I wanted to let you know about a place I stayed on the Big Island of Hawaii. It was called "A Beautiful Day" and had been recommended to me by one of my co-workers who stayed there several months ago. We got spa treatments and were very impressed with the professionalism and beauty of this place. We would recommend it to anyone wanting a unique spa experience in a secluded location. Very peaceful and magical.

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Address: 161436 39th, HCR 1 Box 4643, Keaau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96749
Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Keaau
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Keaau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy spa treatments at this beautiful rainforest retreat. Upstairs one bedroom suite includes fully stocked indoor kitchen and bath. Also available is a private studio guest cottage in the Ohia rainforest with a view of Mauna Kea from the private deck. There is also a studio, all with queen size beds. ... more   less 
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