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Reviewed December 1, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I were visiting the big island following a week on Maui, we wanted an escape from the hustle and bustle of the commercial side of the islands... And this was the ideal retreat. The Wood Valley guest house was absolute R and R..quiet ,serene and low key, the pleasantries of the bird song and hum of the...

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Mesa, Arizona
Reviewed September 22, 2015 via mobile

I was a week an a half with little rest, a lot of knee pain, and had an overdose of the family bickering, I visited this very beautiful, very special place, and as soon as I took my shoes off and went in the door, I felt all the stress immediately leave, and I found heavenly peace here. Couldn't have...

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2Thank Kye T
Naalehu, Hawaii
Reviewed July 22, 2015

I have not stayed at the retreat, but I have visited the Temple. The setting is pristine! If I didn't live 10 miles away, I would stay here myself. It is a place to reflect and find peace. It is definitely "off the grid"

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Reviewed June 23, 2015 via mobile

I guess if you were going there for some kind of function it may be enjoyable but really there's nothing to it the temple is smaller than a 2 car garage . I guess the Dali lama was there some time in the 90's but that does not enrich the experience now ...... it's nice but not really worth going...

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1Thank Keith B
Hamburg, Germany
Reviewed April 5, 2015

I stayed at the Temple for one week and loved it. Wood Valley is a very peaceful and spiritual place where you get time to relax and reflect and get to know great people! I am really grateful for my time there

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Warwick, United Kingdom
Reviewed March 31, 2015

I have visited the Wood Valley Temple and Guest house many times. The main attraction is spiritual. I come to solo retreat and to hear amazing Buddhist teachings that are offered throughout the year. Normally I stay with family in Honolulu or Waimea but the magic of the temple, its isolation and the surrounding majestic trees (and peacocks) call me...

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1Thank Joanne K
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Reviewed March 28, 2015

My experience was like returning home - peaceful, safe, back to self;) I slept well. The environment and temple space aided in quieting my mind to reflect in the beauty of life. My bedroom and the bathroom were very clean. The kitchen offered plenty of room and equipment to prepare my own meals. I live in Kona and am very...

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2Thank 777Mariko
Reviewed March 27, 2015

This is one of my favorite places to stay on the Big Island of Hawaii, especially if you want some peace and quiet. I book a room once or twice a year for a personal intensive writing retreat. The owners are kind and Tiapala (sounds like Deborah but with an "l" instead of a "b"), a resident Tibetan monk is...

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1Thank PSelden
Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Reviewed March 17, 2015

The Temple is beautiful and quaint, the guesthouse is clean and comfortable. The grounds feature gardens and stately peafowl meandering about...completing the image of an island of serenity on an island of volcanoes.

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2Thank Rusty S
San Mateo, CA
Reviewed March 14, 2015

My "native" country is California, born 'n' raised. I've traveled the world, stayed at many a peaceful place, but none as peaceful and sublime as Wood Valley Temple. I now live just south of Hilo on the "Big Island." Lucky me -- Wood Valley is now so close by! My wife and I consider a couple days at Wood Valley...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Free Internet
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  • Self-Serve Laundry
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Located in the Ka'u District, the spiritual heart of Hawai'i on the Big Island, Nechung Dorje Drayang Ling (Small Immutable Island of Melodious Sound) is known locally as Wood Valley Temple. It's Retreat Center and Guest House is a wonderful, peaceful place to stay for contemplation, meditation and self discovery; and is a warm home base to explore the island. His Holiness the Dalai Lama has stayed and taught here twice; as have over fifty distinguished lamas of all the major Tibetan Buddhist lineages. Framed by a pristine rainforest and beautiful landscaped grounds, the Retreat Center and Guest House is a quiet sanctuary for rest and reflection. It accommodates up fifteen (15) guests or small groups comfortably in private and shared rooms. There is a large room for group events, plus a screened kitchen, dining room and veranda gives views of the garden and koi fish pond. Programs that have taken place here include Vipassana, massage, permaculture, yoga and meditation. The main temple was built in 1902 by Japanese immigrants who worked in the local sugar plantation. Numberless people from all over the world have visited here. Nechung in Wood Valley truly offers a memorable and unique experience. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Wood Valley Temple Retreat & Guest House

Address: 96-2285 Wood Valley Road, P.O. Box 250, Pahala, Island of Hawaii, HI 96777
Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Pahala
Price Range: $65 - $85 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 9
Also Known As:
Wood Valley Temple Retreat & Guest House Hawaii/Pahala
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“There are rooms upstairs that open to a meditation room and wide, open veranda. There are double rooms, bunk-style, and singles. The "service" above applies to the caretakers. The hotel is more self-service than hotel.”
 of 5 bubbles PSelden, Mar 27, 2015 | Read review
“Upstairs room for couples, or the India room. For solo travellers, the single rooms are wonderful.”
 of 5 bubbles Esteban_B, Mar 14, 2015 | Read review
“We like the Japanese room on the 2nd floor across from bathroom with shower.Very comfortable bed.”
 of 5 bubbles herbertgc, Sep 9, 2013 | Read review
“When you call, just explain your preferences. Super helpful people.”
 of 5 bubbles johndQ8726DI, Sep 7, 2013 | Read review
“The downstair queen bed in the India room is very comfortable! Two baths just across the hall.”
 of 5 bubbles Holoholo-Lite, Nov 10, 2012 | Read review
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