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. Our 'Lotus' vacation villa is tucked away behind an art gallery and a book store. Wake to the sound of birds and enjoy the seclusion of our private walled compound. Once you step outside our red bamboo gate and onto the street, 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 downstairs which was the style for these homes. 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 8 people can be accommodated in 'The Lotus.'
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 where we offer bed and breakfast accommodation. 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.
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.