We have just returned from a Hawaiian vacation that included 3 nights in the Miles Away bungalow at Puakea Ranch, and it was the most unique place we have ever stayed. No expense has been spared on luxuries such as the bath house (which is almost as big as some apartments I've lived in) and the private pool, yet all of the rustic-ness (if that's a word) of ranch living surrounds you.
We would walk around the property each day to greet the horses, chickens, goats and of course the wonderful dogs (who made us miss our own), but we'd then retreat to the fantastic pool area, surf the internet with the included wi-fi, or pump music through the built-in bose stereo system. The contrasts were stark but all worked together for a memorable stay.
North Kohala where the ranch is located is a hidden gem (or a hidden gem within a hidden gem, since I think of the Big Island as a whole as a hidden gem as well). The neighboring towns of Hawi and Kapaau are only 5 minutes away and continue the contrast theme, with a very small population but with some of the best eateries on the island. We liked the sushi place in Hawi (whose name I have misplaced) and really wanted to try Bamboo but it is closed Sunday and Monday. Kapa'a Beach Park and Polulu Valley are also well-worth the short drive.
20 miles away (inland) is also the town of Waimea which had some great shopping and outstanding restaurants (Merrimans was great). And about 20 miles south are the big resorts and beaches of the Kohala coast.
We hope to go back to the Big Island again in the next couple of years, and will definitely be looking to go Miles Away once again.
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- Puakea Ranch Hotel Hawi
- Puakea Ranch Hawi, Hawaii