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WARNING: Exquisite natural beauty awaits!
We can accomodate up to 11 of your retreat participants for lodging. Any overflow can be accommodated within walking distance at the Hostel or 5 minutes away at the bed & breakfast.
The workshop area (living room) can seat 11, or expand into the foyer with chairs and/or 13 quality back jacks (provided) to seat up to 24. The breakfast lanai can serve 12 and the adjacent formal dining room (teak table) can serve another 12 with elegance (total of 24).
The fire pit can seat 13 comfortably and also hosts the tiki bar to be filled with your favorite libations and snacks.
Warm Water Pool
The large 18×28 foot pool is normally about 80 degrees, but for water healing sessions it is heated to body temperature. Your hostess, Vyana is a student of Watsu, Healing Dance and Aquamystica. Indulge while you’re here! The deck, heater and shade cover are in the process of installation this summer, 2019.
The yoga deck is 20×20, uncovered and unscreened. It is located in the center of the garden surrounded on one side by palm trees and a well-manicured lawn. Several yoga mats are available for use. This deck also currently hosts the 10×12 healing gazebo which could be moved upon request.
Gift yourself a private massage in the garden by a local therapist: lomi lomi (Hawaiian body work), deep tissue, swedish, cranio-sacral, reiki or anointing with essential oils while you’re here.
This lovely lanai (deck) off the kitchen can seat 12 comfortably around 3 round tables and faces the East (rising sun) as well as the morning garden of birds. It’s a great place to start the day.
Our most popular room is outside on the main lanai (deck) facing the ocean (partial view) and sunset. Guests love the comfortable wicker couches and oversized tropical chairs and the “talk story” around the fire at night. The flame and candles succeed in keeping any mosquitos at bay. Seats 12 comfortably and up to 15 if necessary.
Lush Tropical Gardens
Imagine picking your own mangos, avocados, limes, papayas, pineapple, coffee, guava, bananas, macadamia nuts and flowers to make leis and arrangements (seasonally). We’ve recently planted chocolate, vanilla, lemons, Suriname cherries and amaranth. Herb garden coming soon! We don’t use toxins or pesticides.
Sunshine & Staying Cool
Kona is the sunny side of the island with only 40 inches of rain/year (enough to keep the garden green). Our elevation is perfect for staying cool (1200 feet above sea level), but not so high to be in the “cloud forest”. None of our rooms need air conditioning because they all have sufficient fans and windows.
Many of our guests ask if the symphony of nature sounds is “real” or recorded. Seriously! Out of town by 15 minutes, we only hear the birds by day and frogs lull us to sleep most nights. Neighbors catch and release any unwanted roosters to far away regions.
The Ocean Is Clear & Shallow Reef Is Still Alive
The lack of rain means visibility underwater is CLEAR (90 feet) most days. This is one of the most beautiful reefs in the world in my opinion. 10 minutes drive to the ocean lands you at Kealakekua Bay, the only Marine Wildlife Refuge on the island because of its spectacular reef. Kealakekua means “pathway to the Gods.” Much of the reef has survived in the shallows because the cold spring water that flows from the mountain top to the sea each day cools down the reef enough to withstand global warming. The waves are higher in the winter months, but so are the whale sightings!
Blessings of the Land
15 minutes South, you can explore one of the most extraordinary ancient cities in the world, Honaunau (the City of Refuge). This is where “everything is forgiven,” and the tide pools have been used for healing for generations. Go there for meditation, blessing and inspiration. 10 minutes South is the Paleaku Peace Gardens, an amazing interfaith botanical garden with sacred trees, flowers and geometries to explore. Next to that is a Kona coffee farm with free tastings, a lady who makes awesome banana bread for $3 a loaf, and a macadamia nut farm. Have lunch with a view at the Coffee Shack for homemade bread and soup.
Communion with Nature
We provide education to our guests on the art of meeting the wild spinner dolphins when they approach us in the 3 bays (10-20 min below us), where they are most likely to be found from shore. This meeting can be life-changing. The cultural sensitivity of such an encounter is paramount to maintaining harmony in our community here.
Conservationists have created the only seahorse farm and octopus farm in the world just 25 minutes North. Turtles can be seen nearby as well. The cave of light (45 min. North of us) offers a glimpse into your soul lest you forget your spiritual nature. Did I mention the nearby honey farms, chocolate farm and vanilla farm? Shall we go to the waterfalls next or the top of Mauna Kea to meet its 3 Goddesses and stargazing? This location is central, so you can make day trips even to visit Madame Pele at the volcano.
We provide robes, slippers, natural artisan shampoos, conditioners and local hand-crafted goats-milk soap. It may be hard to get out of bed — our bamboo or 100% cotton sheets are here to embrace you. Each room has it’s own private bathroom.
Most of our personal retreat guests come from Europe, which creates a rich cultural experience — an international slumber party.
Bud and Vyana (Heather) feel privileged to be the stewards of this land and are available when you need them for pre-retreat planning or in an emergency. They live on site. Bud used to be a fireman and now maintains the house and garden. Vyana is a mermaid, author, Muse, aspiring artist and part-time lawyer. She offers many gifts through her website at Mermaid Adventure Tours. Both honor the Hawaiian culture by participating regularly in a local hula group.
FREE WI-FI, computer and printer access in the foyer.
Complimentary Beach Gear
Complimentary SNORKEL and beach gear for overnight guests.
Apple TV, Youtube, Netflix and DVDs available in living room only. Music / mobile speaker in living room, fire pit and pool.
PARKING is free. Capacity is 6 vehicles.
What They Say
“Simply heaven, I wish we’d never have to leave!
We spent 6 days in paradise! . . . amazing hosts who live and breathe the Aloha spirit, beautifully decorated bedrooms, comfy beds . . and the most amazing deck you can think of.”
~ Phillip, May 2019
“Your place is not only magical but as I suspected, everything that I just needed, and foremost your words and lively input made me dig deep down. It was an amazing soul endoscopy that I got the chance to do whilst there! Thank you so so much and be sure that I’ll act on what you told me and set my intentions, so my little miracle can become a fulfilling reality! Let the Universe and myself work and Let It Be Done!”
~ Lia A.
“I had the most amazing experience staying at the Mermaid Dreams . . . so much so that I decided to bring my husband back with me! I arrived on the island exhausted and depleted from work. After two nights in this wonderful healing sanctuary, my energy was restored and I regained access to my creativity. I highly recommend Kealakakua’s Mermaid Dreams . . . . It is a beautiful and comfortable space to relax and take a break. Vyana and Bud are the perfect hosts and the breakfasts are delicious, nutritious and satisfying. It was an incredibly nurturing experience for me. I can’t wait to come back!”
~ Kat T.
“A magical, peaceful island retreat… perfect for travellers with heart and a fondness for whimsy. The warm and endearing hosts have put a unique, genuine and attentive spin on hospitality… and in so doing, have created a true little oasis of comfort and unexpected delights that truly do justice to the meaning of “ aloha”. “
~ Marieclaire 2019
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