|Minimum Stay||2 - 6 nights|
Read our reviews! 'The Lotus' is a Jewel in amongst the green... Our guests love this unique vacation rental set in a quarter acre lush tropical garden right in the heart of Downtown Hilo. Wake to the sound of birds and enjoy the seclusion of our private walled compound. Our 'Lotus' vacation cottage is raised to the second story level and out of view of the street. Several old store fronts provide a barrier to the main street on which this is located. Once you step outside our red bamboo gate and onto the street however, you will love the convenience of being able to walk to shops,movies, restaurants, galleries and more. The Farmer's Market is one block away and each day there fresh tropical fruits and vegetables are for sale.
If your taste is for old homes and places with a sense of history then you will love our little rental. This accommodation is best described as '..An exotic Vacation Rental for the budget traveler.' There is no TV or microwave and no air-conditioning so we have appeal for those wanting to enjoy a simple tropical home with just the basics. Our guests tell us this makes a romantic couples retreat and a place for a great family vacatiion.
The Lotus is a refurbished traditional Hawaii-style 'Cane house’ built in the heyday of the Sugar Plantations. We painted it some bright colors and gave it a few upgrades to make your stay comfortable. The home features bamboo floors, an open plan kitchen and living area as well as charming features of an old home. The shower is down a private set of covered stairs and is decorated in 'Bali Style' with stone tiles, loads of plants and orchids, air and natural light.
Our close proximity to the bay means that the home is cooled by sea breezes. Ceiling fans in the living area and bedroom will ensure your comfort. In the master bedroom, the mattress is a pillow-top queen sized bed to ensure a great night's sleep. The other bedroom offers a queen sized bed and in the third bedroom there is a single bed. A fold out futon bed suitable for a child can be made available. Our couch also folds out to a full sized bed. Up to 6 people can be accommodated in 'The Lotus' (or more including children).
At one time this property was like many of the Sugar Cane 'camps' on this island with 6 houses houses on the property. We presently have two refurbished houses for guest accommodation. There another two houses in the rear of the property not currently in use. The 'Sugar Shack' next door is another refurbished cane house that is also a vacation rental.
Our two vacation homes on the property can accommodate parties of up to 14 guests and so ours makes an ideal venue for a wedding, tour group, seminar or other small group event.
As your hosts, we have tried to think of your needs. Our goal is for our guests to relax and enjoy their visit to our island. Upon check in our guests find fresh flowers and fruit in our rental. Beach towels are provided.
This vacation spend less time in the car! Come and stay with us for a relaxed pace of life and an exotic tropical experience with plenty of beauty and good hospitality.
Keywords: cottage, shack, cane house, house, bungalow, villa, cabana, casita
Hawaii island has changed in many ways since ‘the last harvest’ in 1996 as it is remembered by locals here and Jasper arrived on the island in time to see those ‘old days’ of Hawaii.
In 2009 Jasper campaigned for mayor on a platform of sustainable agriculture for the island and continues to support small agriculture in Hawaii. A retired contractor, Jasper has been working on the Hilo Garden Villas, a property that hosts traveler accommodation and two vacation rentals as well as a Center for massage and for Natural Farming Education.
Megan is originally from Australia and lives some of the time in Hilo and some of the time in Melbourne, Australia. Megan and Jasper both love the colors of the tropics and have spent time restoring several old homes on the property so that visitors can enjoy an experience of an older Hawaii and the relaxed pace of life on Hawaii island.
Megan Isaac purchased this cottage in 2000
Hilo is on the east side which is the ‘wet & wild side’ of our island and offers a lot of natural beauty and rugged coastlines to explore. There is plenty to see and do no matter what the weather. Whenever visitors come to stay with us it is easy point them in the direction of botanical gardens, our live volcano 'Kilauea', the famous Red Road of Puna with warm geothermal ponds and black sand beaches and the attractions of Hilo itself.
Our tropical rainy climate means we enjoy an abundance of fresh produce and exotic fruits and flowers all year round and these can be found at the Farmer's Market, just a block away. This is a photographer's dream! Jasper bought this property in 2001 and was inspired by the sense of history here and the fact that this property is walled on all sides creating a sense of privacy and serenity. There are two vacation rental homes on the property. Both of these are painted bright colors and have been refurbished. They sit behind 4 stores. Among them, there is a thriving art gallery, a second hand bookstore and a Hawaiian clothing & design store. You will enjoy browsing here and meeting these neighbors.
The property itself is in the geographic heart of Hilo Bay and at one time there were 5 homes on this small half-acre block and many families lived in close proximity as was the tradition for the ‘camps’ associated with the Sugar Plantation days and we have enjoyed restoring them one by one. There are many talented musicians and artists who make Hawaii 'home' and so there is much local art and entertainment to enjoy around Hilo and the vicinity. Our favourite place to swim is the nearby ‘Four Mile’ (officially known as Carlsmith Park) this is a beautiful lagoon with palm trees and a lush green lawn for picnics and sunbathing.
The old Hawaiian name for this property is translated to mean 'When You Fall Down Pick Yourself Up.' Our lush garden setting features stone buddha statues, bamboo and fruit trees and it is the perfect place to rest and recover. Guests can place an order for fresh coconut water to be delivered or they can make relaxation a priority as they spend time in our hot tub or taking advantage of our reasonable rates,schedule a massage on site.
Experience the charm of our town of Hilo which has a slow pace becoming more and more rare in the world. Enjoy the peace of a vacation where less time is spent driving in a car.
the owners of this wonderful place housed our entire family of eleven & was so accommodating to making sure our family had EVERYTHING that was needed & went beyond themselves. TO have a place that was cozy, clean and homey is one thing, but to have such beautiful people to come back to the room to, were like family to us. Thank you kindly to Megan & Jasper. Better than hotel life!!
Was a wonderful place to stay. Reminded me of an oasis. There was a friendly cat that came to visit every morning and evening. Koi in the ponds and fountains. The Lotus Cottage is near the shops and market in downtown Hilo, excellent location for the shoppers in your group. Easy access out of Hilo to Volcano National Park, Kona, and the major highways. There are many places to visit within walking distance too, The Tsunami Museum, Coconut Island, restaurants, etc. The Cottage was comfortable and had all the amenities we were looking for and it comfortably fit our large group.
A tru taste of old Hilo. Quiet, comfortable, very down home. If you are a fine china and tablecloth person this is not for you. If you like to listen to the frogs while you take your shower you will be right at home. This place is a jewel and Megan is the perfect jeweler.
Beautiful rental with lots of character. Very well maintained. Basic odds and ends are in the kitchen (salt, pepper, oil, other various leftovers), so that is really handy. Funky atmosphere, if you are looking for a polished resort stay this is not it. Hosts are fantastic. Amazingly quiet for being in the middle of Hilo, walk to everything - legendary farmers market on Wednesday one short block away. Restaurant across the street has killer happy hour ($2 beer, $2 taco or nacho) and also does great dinner.
We stayed for three nights and loved the location and the inn keepers. The property was clean and well maintained and the owners did everything they could to make us comfortable. The listing was right on as to what we could expect. There was a great restaurant across the street. We ate there three times! The farmers market was half a block away.
I spent half a week here with a friend and we both loved it. The location is great, nestled in a funky courtyard behind a streetside building. Megan and Jasper were friendly and responsive; Megan even showed up with a potent ginger tea concoction when I came down with a cold.
This is not a resort, and if that's what you're looking for, you'll be disappointed. Instead, this is a cottage with basic amenities and a great location, walking distance to the Hilo Farmers Market and restaurants and shopping. The upstairs room with wrap-around windows and an ocean view is superb. We also spent quite a lot of time simply hanging out on the front porch, visiting with one of the cats.
I would enthusiastically return.
Hilo is a town built in the heyday of the Sugar Cane era. Our downtown location offers many attractions, just a short walk away. See a show at The Palace Theater or enjoy restaurants and cafes to suit every budget. Browse the many galleries and craft stores and visit the Tsunami Museum and the Lyman Museum for insights into the island's fascinating history of Hawaiian Kingdoms, christian missionaries & the powerful forces of nature that have shaped the island.
Hilo is a great place for the gourmet cook to visit. Enjoy cooking with fresh produce of the tropics. Our ' Lotus' vacation rental is a pleasant 20 minute stroll from Suisan Fish market. You will be just a block from the Hilo Farmer's market which operates daily all year round. Here farmers, flower merchants and artisans sell their wares and you can sample exotic fruits & local cuisines. We also have some wonderful beaches 10 minutes drive away. A snorkeler's delight and a place to see the sea turtles grazing on rocks there
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Dec 21 2015 - Mar 1 2016
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest|
|Cleaning fee||$50.00 + Tax|
These dates are reserved for a group booking. Merrie Monarch reservations can include accommodation for 10 or more guests and would suit Halau or Halau study group. Perfect location in town. Inquire for more details. Dates are flexible according to the needs of the group.