We spent a week at Yoga Oasis at the beginning of August 2008. We were looking for a place to relax on the Big Island and get a bit of yoga in while sightseeing, etc. Yoga Oasis is in the jungle, the accomodations are nice, but it's very remote and while we followed their instructions to arrive during the day (booking a hotel in Hilo on our arrival so we wouldn't arrive in the dark), we still got incredibly lost on our first night trying to make our way back from dinner. There are no street lights (because of the observatory on the island) and the jungle is dense. The yoga was nice, but the owners of the place were away and the "staff" are actually guests who were there on a work exchange. They were fine, but it felt a bit odd. We were the ONLY guests the first night, and one other couple came the second night...There were a few others around for the yoga class in the morning, neighbors and local surfers who "worked" with Star and Haywarth...not exactly sure. Most common theme of discussion at brunch (which was, BTW, delicious) was "living off the grid" (solar, septic, etc.). So, if you are thinking of moving to Hawaii, want to live in the jungle and be "off the grid", this might be the place for you. If you are looking for a vacation in Hawaii, unless you like being completely by yourself at the resort with basically nothing to do in the evenings except drive in the dark for an hour to try and find something for dinner since you can't use their facilities for cooking, I wouldn't recommend it. If you want just a bit of interaction with other guests or assistance from staff and not working guests, I would go somewhere else. And, just to be fair, one more thing that left a bad feeling with me, was that we asked for a refund for our last night, because we had an early departure from Hilo. While Star recommends not arriving late in the day, there's no mention of the fact that if you have an early flight, you would have to wake up at 5 AM (still dark in the jungle) and have to get ready to go to the airport in the pitch dark (about an hours drive.) We opted to leave a night early and go back to Hilo, but the guest/manager who was there could not help us and Star and Hayward who are gone from the property for threee months, would not agree to refund our money. Happy to discuss more of this offline if anyone would like.
Namaste - Kim
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We offer daily yoga classes, delicious vegetarian meals, yoga retreats, eco-adventure retreats, and massage. We are a short drive to the ocean, natural thermal hot springs, sauna steam caves, a black sand beach, surfing, snorkeling, farmer's market, and hiking to Green Mountain Lake. We are a secluded sanctuary, nestled on 26 acres of rain forest and on solar power! Sun, rain showers and range from a perfect 65 to 85 degrees year round. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Yoga Oasis Retreat Hotel Pahoa
- Yoga Oasis Retreat Center Pahoa
- Yoga Oasis Retreat Center Hawaii/Pahoa