The positives of The Sanctuary cottage:
~ unique property that provided a vivid, mystical memory for our vacation
~ close to Volcanoes Nat. Park
~ hard to believe that we were in a rain forest without mosquitoes
~ obviously a labor of love by the owners whom we did not meet
~ the b'fast was OK - we appreciated being able to state preferences for the 2nd b'fast. Plentiful 100% Kona coffee, but no 1/2 & 1/2. I loved the granola - my husband liked the pocket b'fast, heated in the toaster oven.
~ we were OK with the fishbowl effect. We pretended that we were in The Truman Story. At night we used the roll-down blinds.
~ I didn't mind making our own bed, but left the dishes for them to do when we checked out. It would have made sense to provide disposable picnic-ware, but that conflicted with the Green Earth theme here, I guess.
The negatives of The Sanctuary cottage:
~ the new-age, earth mother motif was not our style, but I dutifully composted like she asked me to...
~ my husband and I felt like we were staying in some dingbat-Aunt's room. Every surface was littered with knick-knacks, so we felt like the room wasn't really ours. Books overwhelmed the eating table and sometimes fell down, knocking down the lamp that didn't work. We felt cramped and cluttered.
~ suitcases have to be carried, not rolled, to The Santuary (b/c of the gravel paths)
~ we couldn't lock The Santuary, so we packed out our valuables each AM
~ the owner's Reiki Certificate in Natural Healing was an oddity in our bathroom. What was that all about?
~ the WiFi signal was quite weak, causing a dropped connection over-and-over again. This alone erased my husband's tranquility for he had an urgent need to review an office document. Aargh !
~ we never figured out where to put our suitcases. They were either in the way or under the bed and inconvenient. At night we put them in the doorway for "security." Remember, no lock...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Volcano Rainforest Retreat lodging experience on the Big Island of Hawaii offers visitors a collection of distinct guest cottages, created with elegant simplicity in harmony and balance with the Hawaiian rain forest. Its sense of place imparts a seamless feeling of connection between inside and outside, the accommodations and nature. The rain forest lodgings are interconnected by intimate paths, which wind their way through the misty, mossy landscape. This Hawaii Volcano retreat offers a unique setting for romantics, artists, nature lovers and world travellers seeking refuge and intimate contact with the living volcanic earth. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Volcano Rainforest Retreat Hotel Volcano
- Volcano Rainforest Retreat Hawaii