On the Kona Coast of Hawaii's Big Island the Dragonfly Ranch: HEALING ARTS RETREAT is a legendary eco-spa that hosts romantic honeymoons, B & B guests and workshops featuring Healthy Pleasures and good FUN: world class diving; respectful snorkleling with friendly dolphins; labyrinth meditation walk; organic garden/food preparation; flower essences for soul development. An authentic Hawaiian double-hulled canoe trip can be arranged. This legendary luxuriously rustic "treehouse" offers unique indoor/outdoor lodging near the ancient "Place of Sanctuary" called the Pu'uhonua O Honaunau Historical National Park. Here, where Aloha abounds. time is slow and easy. At the Dragonfly, those looking for a taste of the "real" Hawaii feel at home and welcome.
On the same level as the Dragonfly Room, separated by a bathroom, the Dolphin Room is contiguous to the living room with a sound-proofed wall and king sized bed. Sounds from the road, which has very few cars at night, is less in this room than any other space. A note for late sleepers, however: breakfast sounds can be heard in the kitchen early in the morning. The dolphin decor is charming and many people like the private entrance and toilet, sink and shower area, which is screened in with bamboo for privacy.
Nightly Rate: $100/$100
The Dragonfly Room is part of the main house, which is shaded by the canopy of a giant monkey-pod tree. The bedroom is located up 3 stairs to the right of the kitchen. It has a queen-sized bed and a full bath with tub inside--as well as a beautiful private outdoor shower. Room guests are welcome to use the main house kitchen. Having an ohana (family) feeling, the main house is a community space for all to enjoy. There are both indoor and outdoor dining areas for sharing food and fun with other delightful guests. In addition, there is a large private sun deck under a beautiful monkey pod tree c
Nightly Rate: $125/$125
A cozy, studio-like space, below the main house on the bottom level with a private entrance, bathroom and outdoor shower. One wall is screened, with curtains for privacy. Meadow and ocean views -- even from the comfortable king-size bed with luxurious sheets, goose down pillows and comforter. With a galley kitchen, walk-in closet, and an additional queen-size bed, a table with four chairs that sits in front of a large picture-view window- this room works well for families with children.
Nightly Rate: $175/$150
Below the roof deck, this 20' x 22' room has a spacious, open feeling with a high ceiling, two walls of screen and one wall of mirrors reflecting the unobstructed view of Kealakekua Bay. This airy room has a private toilet, sink and a deep 2-person tub. Includes a removable double hammock, Victorian loveseat, and a comfortable memory foam king-size bed with luxurious 1200 thread count sheets.
Nightly Rate: $225/$150
Our most luxurious suite has inspired extraordinary romantic, dream-like experiences. Nestled in a lush jungle setting with ocean views, this suite features a king-size bed with memory foam and 1200 thread count sheets and goose down pillows. The other half of the suite is an adjoining indoor redwood room with a queen-size futon, two-way access bathroom, dressers and entertainment center. Outside, hidden by tropical vegetation for your privacy, is a shower and a romantic double bathtub sunken in lava.
Nightly Rate: $250/$175
4.6 on April 21, 2013
My wife and I stayed at the Dragonfly for 10 days 9 nights. In a world where technology overshadows the beauty of nature and the satisfaction of genuine human connections, this ranch is a respite, a chance to commune with nature and island culture. While we were there we met traveling artists, musicians, archeologists, boat captains, lava walkers, a magician and fellow adventurers from all over. The relaxed, "hang loose" atmosphere fostered a chance to share life stories, and interact with guests in a way that would never have happened in another setting. You get a healthy breakfast every morning with a bold cup of Kona Coffee. If you're fortunate to stay long enough to enjoy dinner with the hosts, you will not be disappointed. The staff at the Dragonfly make this a special event. On our dinner we had fresh salad from their organic garden, delightful pan seared chicken or fish prepared with local ginger and citrus, and a hearty grain pilaf. Dessert was the most astonishing, vegan, chocolate-lovers delight. This mousse was prepared with raw cocoa and avocados, and island staple. If you go, expect your accommodations to be indoors & outdoors. What does that mean? The flowers and plants on the Kona side of Hawaii are breathtaking. The island breeze blows through the screens to your room, and you smell the ocean. You are in the jungle. There are bugs. And singing frogs! Which my wife loved to hear as she fell asleep each night. If you're a planet conscious person you have reached a retreat with likeminded individuals. The food is sourced locally and is always fresh. Many of the staff are vegetarian or vegan, so if this appeals to you, you can expect to never go hungry. However, the retreat accommodates omnivores comfortably as well. We were within minutes to a great New York style pizza joint in Captain Cook. We were also within minutes of some of the best snorkeling, dolphin viewing, and black sand beaches that grace the big island.
4.6 on January 28, 2013
The new manager KC certainly is earning his keep! we had run low on lemon juice and cayenne pepper and he was eager to help put. He did get us a lemon, so it was 50% success! Definitely would look in to staying here again. The only downside was that we were required to pay in fiat money---owner refused to accept our bill with A4V stamped on it. Guess you can't have everything!
5 on January 24, 2013
Dragonfly was recommended by friends, and as promised, the manager Casey paid special attention to my needs. He's a 'hands on' kind of manager! Cuisine enhanced by native Hawaiian herbs, and experimentation with large green vegetables is encouraged! The open-air semi-private rooms are unique. Helping push-start their van was easy. Emergency medical services are excellent too.
4.2 on January 15, 2013
Very nice retreat in tropical environment with very kind host and staff. Outstanding view from the terrace, very good beds and valuable advice regarding best beaches, snorkeling sites, and where to see wild dolphins. Highly recommendable.
4.2 on January 08, 2013
Enjoyed our stay immensely. The views were astounding, and we enjoyed the entire grounds. Very tranquil, serene, romantic and peaceful way to experience the real Hawaii
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (Big) Island, HI (KOA-Keahole) 28 miles
Turn right out of the airport onto the main highway (highway 11). Drive for approx 24 miles. Next you'll see a highway sign for Honaunau; watch for highway mile marker signs (small, rectangular and green)! After you pass the 104 mile marker, look to turn right onto Route 160, which is clearly marked by a large sign: "Pu'uhonua o Honaunau". We are located exactly one and one half miles down Route 160. Follow directions above.
Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Movie Theater, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Scuba diving, Sailing, Kayaking, Snorkling with dolphins, Birding, Hiking, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Ruins, Bicycle rental, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, whale watching, star gazing, boogie boarding, veiwing volcano, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Water sports
Other, Bed and Breakfast
BBQ grill, Computer, Copier, DVD Player, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Telephone, VCR, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, In-room internet, Fridge, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Library, Private entrance, Radio, TV, Videos, Wi-Fi
Onsite exercise & yoga lessons, Labyrinth walk, Body scrubs/wraps, Far-Infared Sauna, Massage, Nutritional counseling
3 Cats , 2 Dogs
Photography, healing arts, writing, interior decorating, dreaming, teaching about health, loving animals, swimming with dolphins.
Vegetarian , gluten-free , organic