About the property
- House900 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 5 nights
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 panoramic 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” soaking 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 host, Sherron, resides on the neighboring property and personally greets you and handles key exchanges when you arrive. Your host answers questions, assists with any special needs and helps plan your stay... sharing tips on where to visit, how to get there, where to lunch and favorite local dining spots.
The Bamboo 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 Bamboo Bungalow will make your journey a most memorable experience. The Bamboo 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 Bamboo 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.
Large weddings, graduations, receptions and gatherings are not allowed. Small gatherings require owner's prior consent, and approval of arrangements and services. Contact us in advance to discuss your special occasion and event fees.
The 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 Bamboo Bungalow is greatly appreciated.
Children are welcome at the Bamboo Bungalow, however, families with children of a certain age must be aware of safety concerns around the fishpond on the property, and the 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.
The Garden is a fusion of Japanese-inspired naturalistic landscape and nearly an acre of lush tropical grounds. Blended with the natural surroundings, the garden courtyard features natural moss rock boulders with water gently falling creating a graceful stream flowing into the fishpond with delicate water lilies. The garden uses Japanese asymmetry and placement of boulders, rustic stone lanterns, stone water basins and fountains, bamboo fences and rustic benches.
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- May 22, 2018
About Sherron Skeele
As owner/manager of Orchid Isle Bungalows in Hilo, Hawaii, I take great pride in offering affordable, quality accommodations and hospitality to travelers visiting the Big Island. My husband, David, and I have have lived in Hilo for 40 years where we started our family and raised our three children. We started a real estate and construction business in Hawaii in 1979. The property was acquired in 2003 and my husband and I designed and built the bungalows and landscaped the grounds, taking care to preserve and restore the Japanese gardens and ponds. The gardens continue to be beautified and lovingly cared for. We reside on the property neighboring the bungalows and I greet guests personally to welcome them, handle key exchanges and respond to renters' needs and questions. The bungalows are fully furnished and have all the amenities making this a perfect island 'home away from home'. It is my pleasure to share this amazing property, as an alternative to the 'resort' atmosphere, with travelers and visitors to the Big Island seeking a beautiful vacation retreat where you will not feel like a tourist. Mahalo nui loa, Sherron
Sherron Skeele purchased this House 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.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Beautiful tropical retreat
It was a clean, luxurious retreat. Everything you could possibly need or want was included. The bed was large and comfortable. The bathroom was elegant. The kitchen was well stocked and the living room was very comfortable. The lanai was perfect for watching the sunrise over the ocean. The garage was immaculate and was stocked with beach supplies, along with a washer and dryer. If you enjoy gardens this is a must. The gardens surrounding the property were lush, well maintained and beautifully designed. It was like having a small park in your back yard. You are a walking distance from the boiling pots park and very close to other parts of Hilo. I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting the island. While here we traveled to Kilauea, the Green Sand beaches near South Point, the top of Mauna Kea and many of the small parks near Hilo.
Aloha Roianne, Thank you for your great review. I am so happy you enjoyed our Zen Bamboo Bungalow and felt right at home during your stay while visiting your daughter in Hilo. I look forward to having you stay again the next time you visit the Big Island. Mahalo nui loa, Sherron
The bungalow was amazing. Thank you sharron. Hilo is my new home... one day.
Aloha Ishmael and Kymberlee, It was a pleasure meeting you and hosting your honeymoon stay at our Zen Bamboo Bungalow in Hilo. We are thrilled that you loved Hilo and had an amazing visit. We look forward to seeing you again when you return.
Mahalo nui loa, Sherron
A perfect retreat in Hilo
What a beautiful property! Sherron thought of every detail and quite honestly we felt spoiled. As avid gardeners we loved walking though the garden after a day of adventures. We will definately stay again the next time we travel to Hilo.
Aloha Mary and Kevin, Thank you for your stay at our Zen Bamboo Bungalow and we are happy that you loved the gardens. It was nice visiting with you during your stay and enjoyed having you as guests. Hope to see you on your next trip to the Big Island. Mahalo nui loa, Sherron
Our stay was fantastic.
Everything was just as described, top notch no issues, no problem, just a well appointed , fully furnished apartment. Thank you Sherron.
Aloha Murray, Thank you for the top notch review of our Zen Bamboo Bungalow in Hilo. Glad your stay was fantastic!
Mahalo nui loa, Sherron
Absolutely adorable and well organized bungalow!
This place is amazing! Just perfect for a couple with plenty of room and everything we needed. The location is great and every day we headed out for another adventure. We would get back WAY tired and enjoy a great evening relaxing in our little den! We cooked several dinners and had everything we needed. Sharon and Dave were beyond helpful and were there to make everything easier. We would come back here in a heartbeat. Absolutely recommend!
Aloha Stephanie, So happy for you that your dream of going to the Merrie Monarch became a reality for your 50th birthday!! It was great having you as guests at our bungalow where you could enjoy the hula festivities and take in some sightseeing too. Hope you return soon for another visit. Mahalo nui loa, Sherron
Wonderful stay for a couple in Hilo
This bungalow is a delightful surprise and surrounding gardens are beautiful and tropical! The bungalow is lovingly decorated with quality furnishings alongside the gorgeous craftsman cabinetry. We enjoyed the Japanese bath as well as secluded outdoor hot tub set up for us in the evenings. it is easy to visit all the wonders of Hilo from this home. We would love to return.
Aloha Barbara and Philip, Thank you for a wonderful review expressing your appreciation for our Zen Bamboo Bungalow, amenities and surrounding gardens. We would love to have you return for another visit. Mahalo nui loa, Sherron
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
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
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. Deposit due at booking with balance due 90 days prior to arrival. Ask about accommodations for larger groups. A second bungalow on the property is listed separately as 'Craftsman Garden Bungalow-Style Home, Asian-Inspired Tropical Gardens & Spa'.