Volcano Rainforest Retreat

11-3832 Twelfth St , Volcano, HI 96785 USA (Show map)


Four private, handcrafted guest cottages are secluded in a native rainforest, adjacent to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Relax and unwind... in one of four very private and distinctive cottages, the Guest Cottage and Forest House with access to the Jacuzzi hot tub in the Forest Pavilion, the Sanctuary Cottage with a private o'furo (soaking tub) in the outdoor bathhouse; and the Gathering Hale, the Goldens private, personal residence. The Bamboo Guest House is the newest cottage added to our collection of intimate rainforest hideaways. Handcrafted cedar shingled cottage with private gated entrance and bamboo grove, it also has a private o'furo (soaking tub).



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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.3
  • Cleanliness4.5
  • Onsite Dining3.5

Haven in Hawaii

4.6 on February 29, 2016

Thoughtful touches everywhere! Quiet, lush beauty, symphony of crickets and birds, close to National Park. Loved the museum quality Volcano Art Gallery in the park. Enjoyed the simple clean food at Ohelo Cafe. Cafe Ono is also a must see especially for gifts of local artists. Lovely haven in Hawaii!

first B&B stay

4.2 on December 23, 2015

The rainforest retreat is one of the best places we have ever stayed. The cottages are beautiful well stocked with everything you need and the grounds are immaculate and set up so you feel you are the only ones there. We would not hesitate to stay here again and again

Hawaiian Atmosphere

4.2 on November 28, 2015

Beautiful setting in the rainforest minutes from Volcano National Park. The breakfast food was adequate and cooking facilities available in the cottage. It was a lovely place to stay after full days of sightseeing. We would recommend highly.

I felt like a wood nymph

3.6 on May 19, 2015

We stayed in the Sanctuary and the Forest House and both were cozy and reclusive. The outdoor shower and Japanese bath is a unique and romantic experience with the Sanctuary and the Forest House was just that little bit more comfortable, yet a bit louder as the rains fell above our head on the skylight. What you see in the photos are exactly what you get and being surrounded by giant ferns, palms and flowers we never saw another guest.

Seven Stars!

5 on May 17, 2015

If I could give 7 stars, I would. This place is the most romantic place ever. We stayed in the Sanctuary. Private ofuro and outdoor shower - enchanting. Sleeping surrounded by windows to the rainforest - magical. Fresh papaya every morning - delightful! My husband and I believe the best things come in small packages, and we pack light. Word to the wise - if you measure luxury in square footage and can't do without a mammoth suitcase, you will absolutely have to choose one of the larger cottages. Also, the name "rainforest retreat" is literal - this is in a rainforest, which means it will be raining, almost all the time. Love, love, loved it!!

A perfect experience!

4.0 on May 07, 2015

So beautiful, peaceful and comfortable -we hardly wanted to leave to see the sights! Great local info, cosy fireplace, delicious tea and breakfasts, comfy bed, everything you could possibly need! Look no further, book VRR!!

Beautiful setting, overall letdown

2.8 on March 29, 2015

We had looked forward to this portion of our stay on the big island, but within moments of landing in what should have been peaceful paradise, it became apparent the location is among residential property. I took mostly pictures, in videos you could hear dogs barking behind the property every moment we were at the retreat. Unfortunately, we had to leave the property to find any quiet. We spent our time in the Volcano park hiking and sightseeing. All night, without break two dogs barked back and forth to each other, which provided very little sleep. The cabin and grounds were breath taking, but certainly not peaceful.

Innkeeper Response
We are sorry for your strong disappointment knowing that you were looking forward to a peaceful stay in paradise. We, as the owners, and the whole staff, regret that you were so disturbed by certain dogs, which live with neighbors on land near our residence. We certainly want you and other guests to experience moments of the peace, quiet and serenity in the Hawaiian rain forest. We can understand your desire for peace and rest. We have also had concerns about the dogs, especially when people are needing rest and a good night's sleep. We have been attempting to work with the neighbors to find ways to meet the dogs' needs and respect the nearby neighbors and B & B guests. Unfortunately, this family has been under stress recently due to the illness and death of the father. The barking was particularly disturbing at the time of your visit and has thankfully been less of an issue recently. The owner will be around to spend time with her disabled adult daughter and attend to the dogs barking next week. We look forward to the quality of rest and quiet we usually enjoy. Please know that the Volcano Rainforest Retreat is in a rural area, adjacent to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the closest residential area to the park. The Volcano community has a number of locally-run bed and breakfasts and inns, all in residential areas. The local residents in Volcano truly enjoy hosting travelers in their homes and vacation rentals. The Volcano area is a gateway community to the National Park. healing quality of nature. Again we are sorry for your level of distress and if you would want a refund, let us know and we will arrange that for you. Thank you for acknowledging the breathing beauty of the cottage and grounds.


5 on February 26, 2015

The only disappointing thing about The Volcano Rainforest Retreat was that we couldn't stay longer. We stayed in the Guest Cottage and it was absolutely perfect for us. Being surrounded by the rainforest and seeing it through every window was beyond amazing. Cannot say enough about this place. We loved it! I

A Slice of Paradise

5 on April 13, 2013

A Slice of Paradise, We spent part of our spring break at the bamboo guest house. It was a wonderful experience! The guest house was unique and comfortable. Our hosts were gracious. We loved the setting in the rainforest (and yes, it did rain a little, but it made the atmosphere only more enchanting). We were enthralled by the natural beauty of the resort and the art and sculptures (by local artists) that adorned it. A place to come back to.


5 on October 11, 2011

Kathleen and Peter have created a warm and beautiful sanctuary to our very busy and cold NYC life. It was truly wonderful to be surrounded by a naturally lush environment hosted by people who share very similar peaceful views. It was very convenient to have our food left in our kitchen so we can eat at any time, the privacy was A+, the cottage decor made us feel at home, the bed was cush and warm, the hot tub was very relaxing, and we were so excited to see Samadhi cushions and yoga mats! And after Kathleen's wonderful Reiki sessions, my husband and I left relaxed and with a renewed awareness. The Goldens should expect to us again soon!!

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Rooms & Rates

Bamboo Guest House

Handcrafted cedar cottage with private entrance and bamboo grove. Heavy open beam living room with gas fireplace and entertainment center. Comfortable futon couch/double bed under cupola with 6 ft skylight and clearstory windows. Shoji screen doors open to an inviting bedroom with queen bed and window seat. Two floor futons with bedding available for additional guests. Charming full kitchen with island dining area and views of the forest. Sky-lit bathroom with access to the outdoor bathhouse and private o'furo (soaking tub).

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Guest Cottage

Handcrafted cedar cottage with private gated entrance. Floor to ceiling windows that look out into the forest. Cozy living room with gas fireplace. Sleeping loft in the treetops with queen bed. Comfortable futon couch/double bed in bay window. Charming full kitchen and dining area. Sky-lit bathroom opening to the forest. Access to jacuzzi hot tub in forest pavilion. Wireless Internet Connection.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Double

Forest House

Casually elegant cedar and redwood octagon. Intimate 300 sq ft of living space. Private forest path entrance. Covered deck with sitting area. Queen bed illuminated by domed skylight. Gas fireplace and comfortable lounging chairs. Kitchenette and dining area. Intimate bathroom with views of the forest. Access to jacuzzi hot tub in forest pavilion. Wireless Internet Connection.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


Hexagon cedar structure with floor to ceiling glass windows Intimate 200 sq ft living space Sliding glass doors and covered deck entrance Secluded in the forest adjacent to the outdoor soaking tub Japanese country style interior with low table and floor cushions Sitting chairs with queen bed Small kitchen nook with hot plate Shoji doors open to toilet and small closet Private o'furo (soaking tub) with outdoor shower Wireless Internet Connection

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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Location Type

Volcano, Rainforest, Kilaeua, Mountains, Village


Hilo, Hawaii (Big) Island, HI (ITO) 28 miles

Directions to property:

Wander the magical paths... of this serene retreat, secluded in a lush native rainforest on the Big Island of Hawai`i, adjacent to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, 3800 feet above the sea on the slopes of Kilauea, the most active volcano on earth.

Area Attractions

Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Volcanoes National Park, Picnic area, Religious Services, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Spa , full kitchen to partial kitchen, Jacuzzi tub, iPod players

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Bath robes, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Private entrance, Videos, Wi-Fi

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  • Check In:: 3pm - 5pm
  • Check Out:: Noon
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: No
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 day minimum stay preferred, call for one night stay
  • Accepted payments Other, VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks
  • Deposit Amount Required: Full amount required to hold reservation
  • Cancellations: In the event of cancellations made 30 days prior to arrival date, payment will be refunded less 15%. Less than 30 days, payment is forfeited unless dates can be rebooked. No refunds or cancellations at holiday times. All rates and policies are subject to change without notice. Adjusted Reservation Fee for change in cottages and/or dates.
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Kathleen and Peter Golden

About the innkeepers

Kahu Malama 'aina - Hosts and caretakers Kathleen and Peter Golden have created the retreat in this primal and sacred place and invite you to share in their aloha`aina, love of the land.

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Continental Breakfast Plus provided in cottages

  • Serving Location: Guest room

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