LUXURY ZEN BAMBOO BUNGALOW, JAPANESE-TROPICAL GARDENS, SPA, POND AND WATERFALL

Sherron Skeele

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Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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LUXURY ZEN BAMBOO BUNGALOW, JAPANESE-TROPICAL GARDENS, SPA, POND AND WATERFALL

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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2

The ZEN BAMBOO BUNGALOW is a 1 bed, 1 bath luxurious, Asian-style upstairs guesthome with private garden entry, spacious living area and balcony with a panorama view. The bungalow features a full kitchen, 50-inch Plasma High Definition TV and home theater sound system, Asian antiques, plush leather furnishings, and Japanese bath with deep “furo” tub. The bungalow is situated on nearly an acre of lush tropical and Japanese-inspired gardens located 2.5 miles from historic, downtown Hilo. The bungalow is more than a beautiful place to stay, it’s a lifestyle. You will experience charming “old Hawaii” where life is slow and easy. At the bungalow you can relax in style or pursue a variety of adventures at your doorstep. Amenities include a secluded outdoor garden spa equipped with jetted hot tub with UV light water purification, infrared sauna and outdoor shower. The beautifully landscaped grounds and naturalistic setting capture the tranquility and beauty of the islands where travelers can relax and experience the true Hawaii that the locals live.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Big Island of Hawaii. The ZEN BAMBOO BUNGALOW provides a private vacation retreat with all the comforts of home for visitors and travelers to the Big Island of Hawaii seeking an alternative to the 'resort' atmosphere, and where you will not feel like a tourist. Chef's kitchen is fully-equipped and coffee bar is stocked with fresh, organic coffee. Your hosts reside on the neighboring property and personally greet you and handle key exchanges when you arrive. Your hosts answer questions you may have, assist you with any special needs and help you plan your stay... sharing tips on where to visit, how to get there, where to lunch and favorite local dining spots.

The bungalow property is located in East Hawaii in a picturesque area of Hilo and surrounded by streams, waterfalls and quiet cul-de-sacs perfect for walking or jogging. Spectacular views of landscaped terraces and partial ocean views of Hilo Bay can be easily enjoyed from the private balcony. Shoji screen doors are designed throughout to create a private and serene setting or open up to views of the gardens below. The courtyard with pond, waterfall and fountains create a garden oasis for dining and relaxation. In harmony with nature and with all the comforts of home, the Zen Bamboo Bungalow will make your journey a most memorable experience. The bungalow is a perfect Hawaiian getaway for couples celebrating their special occasion, and is centrally located making it an ideal home base while exploring exotic points of interest on the island.

The bungalow is a 5 minute drive or a free bus ride to historic downtown Hilo and Hilo Bay. Hilo is known for its warm aloha spirit, relaxed lifestyle, unique shops, art galleries and restaurants with local regional cuisine. Local attractions include Lyman Museum, East Hawaii Cultural Center, historic Palace Theatre, Pacific Tsunami Museum, Imiloa Astronomy Center, UH Hilo Performing Arts Center and Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens. Hilo Farmer's Market is a favorite for fresh, local produce. Merrie Monarch Festival, Hilo's premier hula competition and cultural event, is held annually. Hilo's black sand beaches and freshwater pools are some of the best for snorkeling, diving, surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, swimming with turtles and tropical fish, or watching the whales off shore. Take a helicopter volcano tour or short scenic drive to active Kilauea volcano to view a lava flow, ride horses in Waipio Valley or tour the summit and view the night skies of Mauna Kea.

Weddings, graduations, receptions or large gatherings may be allowed with owner's prior consent and only by arrangement with our event planning and management services. Contact us in advance to facilitate your special occasion set in the privacy of the bungalow grounds and lovely gardens.

The Zen Bamboo Bungalow is a Non Smoking property: Hawaii State Law dictates that all public areas are designated as smoke free. The safety and comfort of all our guests is of utmost importance to us. As such we have a non smoking policy. Smoking is not allowed in any of our buildings or on the property grounds. Please inform your visitors of our non smoking policy. Your support and cooperation to maintain a smoke free environment at the Zen Bamboo Bungalow is greatly appreciated.

Fishpond on grounds, No Pets: Children are welcome at the Zen Bamboo Bungalow, however, families with children of a certain age must be aware of safety concerns around the fishpond on the property, and the Zen Bamboo Bungalow's upper balcony, stairs to the upper level living area and the deep soaking tub in the bathroom.

Sorry, no pets are allowed.

Ask about accommodations for larger groups. A second bungalow on the property is listed separately under 'Craftsman Garden Bungalow & Gardens, Spa, Pond, Waterfall,' Property Listing #308294.

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Suitability:
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets not allowed
Sherron Skeele (Owner)
Advertiser since 2010
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About Sherron Skeele

My husband and I are the owners of Orchid Isle Bungalows in Hilo, Hawaii. We have have lived in Hilo for 35 years where we started our family and raised our three children. We own a construction and real estate development company on the Big Island of Hawaii and have been in business since 1979. We designed and built the bungalows and landscaped the grounds taking care to preserve and restore the Japanese gardens and ponds. We are continually beautifying the gardens and the property is lovingly cared for. We reside on the property neighboring the bungalows and greet guests personally to welcome them, handle key exchanges and respond to renters' needs. The bungalows are fully furnished and have all the amenities making this a perfect island home away from home. It is our pleasure to share this amazing property, as an alternative to the 'resort' atmosphere, with travelers and visitors to the Big Island of Hawaii seeking a private vacation retreat where you will not feel like a tourist.

Mahalo nui loa, Sherron

Sherron Skeele purchased this bungalow in 2003

Why Sherron Skeele chose Hilo

The Orchid Isle Bungalows property was formerly a Japanese garden developed by a Hilo resident, educator and a founding father of bonsai in Hawaii. Dignitaries from Japan visited the gardens and tour buses regularly visited the garden showplace. The gardens and ponds were well-known on the island and several generations of residents fondly recall enjoying the gardens during their childhood. The gardens was one of the first places my husband and I would show our family and friends who came to visit the Big Island. Over the years, the property changed hands and was let go. As we lived on the neighboring property, we took the opportunity to acquire the property in 2003 and begin the 'restoration' of the gardens. We made arrangements for the the unrepairable existing structure to be burned down by the fire department in a training drill for its cadets. We then embarked on the project of custom-designing and building the bungalows and restoring the existing Japanese gardens. We love to share the gardens and our ongoing efforts to beautify and landscape the grounds is in keeping with the naturalistic setting that captures the tranquility and beauty of the islands.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you David and Sherron for sharing the bungalow with us as your first guests. We have had a truly relaxing week during our visit, and this has been a perfect retreat!
Jul 2009
  • 1 of 1
Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

4.9
based on 47 traveler reviews

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Luxury Zen Bamboo Bungalow, Japanese-Tropical Gardens, Spa, Pond and Waterfall
average rating of 4.93617 based on 47 reviews
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Hilo Hilo District
Kailua, HI
5

Hilo's Best Kept Secret!

Hilo's Best Kept Secret!
  • 5 of 5
This bungalow is a wonderful place to stay in HIlo's cool uplands. It is located in an established older neighborhood and is set back in landscaped gardens that can be seen from the bungalow's large picture window bringing the Big Island's upland forests inside. Having been raised on the Big Island, but now living on the highly populated island of Oahu, I so appreciated relaxing in this bungalow and feeling like I returned home! I would stay here over any other high-end resort or condo anywhere else on the Big Island. The craftsmanship and decor are exquisite and the bungalow is extremely comfortable! Sherron and David were very responsive to everything we needed, yet the bungalow is equipped with everything anyone could need for a relaxing and enjoyable stay. My husband and I are already trying to figure out when we can return, and I'm absolutely recommending this rental to my large extended family and all our friends!
  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2010
  • Stayed: Oct 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you June and Paul for being wonderful guests. We really enjoyed your stay and being able to share our bungalow and gardens with you and your daughter attending the university in Hilo. We very much look forward to your return to the Big Island for your next visit. Mahalo again for your compliments on the property, and for your high rating as it is so very important to us to provide excellent service and hospitality.

Mahalo nui loa, Sherron
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Hilo Hilo District
SF, CA
5

Home away from Home!

  • 5 of 5
Sherron, you are an amazing woman! Thank you for making our Hilo vacation relaxing and comfortable with every imaginable amenities included. From the umbrellas ( rain, rain and more rain), the flashlights (cave exploration) and especially the furo ( aching muscles from karate). We enjoyed your tranquil botanical garden with all the beautiful and exotic plants abound including the coqui frogs serenading us at night. But I'll always remember your thoughtfulness and graciousness as our Karate Ohana monopolized your time. Mahalo and we will return. Nothing compares to this home away from home!
  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers
Owner's Response: Aloha Felyda and Joe, Thank you for your thoughtful review on our Zen
Bamboo Bungalow and gardens. We are touched that you appreciated and enjoyed the peaceful gardens, the beauty of nature and even the coquis calling at night. We look forward to seeing you and your ohana for your next Karate competition. Mahalo nui loa, Sherron
business
Luxury Zen Bamboo Bungalow, Japanese-Tropical Gardens, Spa, Pond and Waterfall
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p323163
+1 8089388254
Hilo Hilo District
5

Home away from Home!

  • 5 of 5
Sherron, you are an amazing woman! Thank you for making our Hilo vacation relaxing and comfortable with every imaginable amenities included. From the umbrellas ( rain, rain and more rain), the flashlights (cave exploration) and especially the furo ( aching muscles from karate). We enjoyed your tranquil botanical garden with all the beautiful and exotic plants abound including the coqui frogs serenading us at night. But I'll always remember your thoughtfulness and graciousness as our Karate Ohana monopolized your time. Mahalo and we will return. Nothing compares to this home away from home!
Fondly, Joe & Felyda
  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
business
Luxury Zen Bamboo Bungalow, Japanese-Tropical Gardens, Spa, Pond and Waterfall
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p323163
+1 8089388254
Hilo Hilo District
5

Home away from Home!

  • 5 of 5
Sherron, you are an amazing woman! Thank you for making our Hilo vacation relaxing and comfortable with every imaginable amenities included. From the umbrellas ( rain, rain and more rain), the flashlights (cave exploration) and especially the furo ( aching muscles from karate). We enjoyed your tranquil botanical garden with all the beautiful and exotic plants abound including the coqui frogs serenading us at night. But I'll always remember your thoughtfulness and graciousness as our Karate Ohana monopolized your time. Mahalo and we will return. Nothing compares to this home away from home!
Fondly, Joe & Felyda
  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Felyda and Joe, Thank you for your thoughtful review on our Zen Bamboo Bungalow and gardens. We are touched that you appreciated and enjoyed the peaceful gardens, the beauty of nature and even the coquis calling at night. We look forward to seeing you and your ohana for your next Karate competition. Mahalo nui loa, Sherron
business
Luxury Zen Bamboo Bungalow, Japanese-Tropical Gardens, Spa, Pond and Waterfall
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p323163
+1 8089388254
Hilo Hilo District
Milan, ITALY
5

The perfect house for your vacation

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I stayed 4 nights at Bamboo Zen Bungalow at August 2014.
Definitely the best place on Earth to stay during hurricane Iselle threat! The garage was also a plus to protect our rental car.
This is the best rental house we've been so far (maybe best PLACE we've stayed so far). Everything is brand new, the details are perfectly well-finished. All the necessary items are provided, from wonderful new cookware to tons of bath linen.
The living room is spacious with large sofa and HDTV (just bought), the kitchen is fully equipped (even more than mine...), the bathroom is huge and the bed very comfortable.
The garden is a true gem! Unfortunately because of the bad weather I couldn't enjoy its colors under the sunlight.
I would never think of a different place to stay if I should return to Hilo.
Sherron and David are excellent hosts, they have always been so nice with us.
Mahalo for sharing this beautiful house!
Elena & Corrado - Milan, ITALY
  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Aloha Elena and Corrado, Thank you for being wonderful guests and for braving the hurricane. We are very thankful that we experienced no damage from the strong winds and heavy rain as did other parts of the island. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay in Hilo and were able to see many beautiful sights around the island. We look forward to another visit from you should you return to the Big Island. Mahalo nui loa, Sherron
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Hilo Hilo District
Portland, Oregon, usa
5

Peaceful & Impecable Hilo Stay

Peaceful & Impecable Hilo Stay
  • 5 of 5
This lovely, peaceful bungalow is just outside of Hilo and is the perfect distance from town. With its location just a few minutes away from Hilo, it takes you to the idyllic Hawaiian getaway that creates tranquility at the end of a busy day. The unit is impeccably clean with a beautiful Japanese influence. The bed is perfect, the grounds are exquisite and the unit is perfectly supplied. I highly recommend this unit for your Hilo stay.
  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Julie, It was a pleasure meeting you and your mother and having you as guests at our Zen Bamboo Bungalow in Hilo. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay and everything was to your satisfaction. Thank you for your wonderful review and for highly recommending our bungalow to others. We hope that you will return for another stay on your next visit to the Big Island. Mahalo nui loa, Sherron.
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Car: recommended

The Zen Bamboo Bungalow is a 5 minute drive or free bus ride away from quaint downtown Hilo and Hilo Bay. Hilo is known for its warm aloha spirit, relaxed lifestyle, unique shops, art galleries and restaurants with local regional cuisine. Local attractions include Lyman Museum, East Hawaii Cultural Center, historic Palace Theatre, Pacific Tsunami Museum, Imiloa Astronomy Center, UH Hilo Performing Arts Center and Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens. Hilo Farmer's Market is a favorite for fresh, local produce. Merrie Monarch Festival, Hilo's premier hula competition and cultural event, is held annually. Hilo's black sand beaches and freshwater pools are some of the best for snorkeling, diving, surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, swimming with turtles and tropical fish, or watching the whales off shore. Take a helicopter volcano tour or short scenic drive to active Kilauea volcano to view a lava flow, ride horses in Waipio Valley or tour the summit and view the night skies of Mauna Kea.

Other Activities: stand-up paddle boarding, body boarding, kayaking, outrigger canoeing

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Hilo Bungalow Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
15% Fall/ Winter Sale
Sep 13 2014 - Dec 31 2014
3 night minimum stay
$140
$910
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$160
$1,050
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $120 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 13.42%
Notes Hawaii ID# W01612284-01
3 Night Minimum
Standard rates*:
Single or Double Occupancy:
$150 - $160/night
7 or more nights $150/night
3 to 6 nights $160night
Cleaning fee $120
Maximum occupancy 2 guests. *Standard rates do not apply to Merrie Monarch, Thanksgiving or holiday season from Dec 15 to Jan 15. Balance due 90 days prior to arrival for Merrie Monarch, holidays, etc.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Amenities

Amenities

Hilo Bungalow Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • bungalow
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
Theme:
  • Romantic
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking Off Street
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Telephone
  • Linens Provided
  • Broadband Access
  • Parking
  • Garage
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Alarm System
  • Vacuum System
  • Living Area
  • Secure Parking
  • Free Long Distance
  • Free Local Calls
  • Business Center
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Ice Maker
  • Stove
  • Grill
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Kitchen
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Japanese-style Bath - toilet , tub , shower , Deep soaking tub
  • The Bamboo Bungalow features a private, natural stone Japanese bath overlooking the bamboo garden. A walk-in shower is finished with a rock pebble floor and a deep 'furo' soaking tub features a ceiling waterfall tub filler. Glass vessel sink on granite countertop add decorator touches. Natural and organic shampoos and soaps are provided for guests during your stay. All linens, quality bath and beach towels and hair dryer are provided.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Master - 1 queen
  • Master bedroom is tastefully decorated with Asian antiques in rich woods and Zen-style bed and furnishings. Bedroom opens to the private upstairs balcony overlooking views of landscaped terraces below. Shoji doors and windows are designed for privacy while allowing light and air flow. Air conditioning is not necessary as the bungalow has gentle ocean breezes during the days and cooler mountain breezes in the evenings. Ceiling fans provide additional air flow if desired. Plush queen-size bed offers quality linens and bedding with non-allergenic down alternative comforters and pillows. Charming Classic Flame electric fireplace creates the perfect atmosphere for a romantic evening. Bedroom features a flat screen HDTV and DVD player for viewing selections from the DVD library. For your comfort guests are provided with 100% organic cotton robes during your stay. Iron and ironing board are provided.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Books
  • Music Library
  • Video Library
Communication / Internet:
  • fax
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Small Cooler
  • Golf Clubs
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Yard
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Deck Furniture
  • Porch Furniture
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • Indoor Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • forests
  • live theater
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
  • restaurants
  • arboretum
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • health/beauty spa
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • eco tourism
  • walking
  • scenic drives
  • whale watching
  • sight seeing
  • luaus
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • boating
  • wildlife viewing
  • shelling
  • shopping
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • kayaking
  • water tubing
  • parasailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • basketball court
  • hunting
  • water skiing
  • hunting big game
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • wind-surfing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • pier fishing
  • deepsea fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
  • jet skiing
Notes:
The Bamboo Bungalow features a 50-inch Plasma HDTV with home theatre sound system, HD cable, DVD/CD player, wireless and hardwired broadband internet access, iPod connection to speakers, telephone, FREE long distance to mainland, interisland and Canada, laundry facilities, enclosed garage and automatic garage door opener with remote. The kitchen is fully equipped and includes a coffee bar. Enjoy organic coffee while watching the sunrise from your private balcony. Outdoor courtyard is furnished with Jenn-Air gas grill and garden furniture for dining and relaxing in the garden oasis with pond, waterfall and fountains. Built-in security system with central station monitoring is provided for your peace of mind and safety. Central vacuum system and wood-grain laminate floors provide a low allergen environment. All natural, eco-friendly cleaners are used. Housekeeping is available. For longer stays house cleaning is provided at least every two weeks for a fee. In-house massage is available.
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