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 room4.8
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining3.9

Cute cottage in a Volcano!!

5 on October 16, 2017

The most charming cottage ever. The staff is so pleasant and accomodating. The town of Volcano is interesting. The National Park is amazing and so different!

Honeymoon stay

4.6 on October 16, 2017

VRR was a wonderful place to end our honeymoon! The cabins are secluded and personal. The grounds are beautiful. You feel like you have your own pieces of rainforest. The whole team at VRR made our stay easy and welcoming. The cottage was clean and well stocked - and our breakfast was fresh and delicious. Would definitely recommend. A++

Best thing we did in Big Island

4.6 on October 12, 2017

It was best experience . hosts are very friendly . should have spend more time if we could.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for your kind review! We wish you could of stayed longer as well!! You're welcome back anytime. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay. Aloha from all of us here at Volcano Rainforest Retreat

- Jenny (innkeeper)

Wonderful, quiet getaway in a rainforest cottage!

4.8 on October 02, 2017

We enjoyed our two-night stay at the Volcano Rainforest Retreat. We stayed in the Guest Cottage and loved the space, quiet and romantic ambiance.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a nice review! We are so happy that you enjoyed the Guest Cottage and hope that you will visit us again soon. Mahalo, Jenny Gayle Manager

- Jenny (innkeeper)

September Honeymoon stay at Volcano rainforest

4.6 on September 18, 2017

2 nights stay 1st-2nd Seotember 2017, amazing break from reality that recovers your peace of mind, recommended for everyone who tries to escape for few days from the rush world ;)

Innkeeper Response
We are so glad you were able to take a break from reality and have some peace in the rainforest. Thank you for recommending Volcano Rainforest Retreat and leaving us such a nice review. We invite you to visit us again soon:)) Mahalo, Jenny Gayle, Manager

- Jenny Gayle (innkeeper)

Highly recommended.

4.8 on September 12, 2017

We had a wonderful stay in the Guest Cottage in August. The rainforest setting, the privacy and natural surroundings enhance the beautifully furnished, spacious wooden cottage. Our every need was thoughtfully catered for, and fresh breakfast was brought each evening for us to eat when we wanted. The food was beautiful, fresh and healthy, and the décor, equipment and furnishings all mindfully placed. Cleaning and care were to a high standard. Such a lovely visit, thank you!

Innkeeper Response
Aloha, Thank you for such a kind review! We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay in our Guest Cottage. We try to think of our guests' every need and cater to them, so we are happy to see that you were satisfied with your stay. We appreciate you sharing with others about your wonderful stay and pleasant words about our food, decor, furnishings and much much more! Mahalo! We welcome you to come back and stay with us here in the rainforest any time! -Emma Nieder, Manager

- Emma, Manager (innkeeper)

Amazing Experience!!

4.6 on June 26, 2017

This place is amazing! Would 100% recommend staying here. Everyone gets an individual Japanese style cottage. It's very spacious and flooded with natural light. You have total privacy from your neighbor even though they are only 50-100 feet away. Most cottages have a Japanese soaking bath which was perfect after long hikes. It's only a 5 minute drive to Volcano Village. The owner was super friendly and responsive. Breakfast was brought to you the day before and you made it in your kitchenette

Innkeeper Response
Mahalo for your kind (and informative!) review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay and hope that you visit us again soon! Aloha,

- Emma (innkeeper)

Highlight of our Vacation

5 on May 18, 2017

A truly wonderful place. We will never forget our stay here. A very unique experience. Thank you Peter.

Innkeeper Response
Aloha, Thank you for your kind review! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay here with us. Please come back and visit us soon! Mahalo, Emma Kathleen & Peter Golden, Owners

- Emma, manager (innkeeper)


4.6 on May 08, 2017

We will always remember our stay here. It was absolutely unique

Innkeeper Response
Aloha, Thank you for your lovely review. We are so glad that you were able to create some wonderful memories here that will last you a lifetime! Do please come back and see us soon :) Mahalo, Emma Kathleen & Peter Golden, owners

- Emma (innkeeper)

retreat among the ferns

5 on February 16, 2017

Volcano Rainforest Retreat was everything I'd hoped it would be. Kathleen's orientation to the property, the house we were staying in, and the local area was very thorough. What a joy to wake to lush tree ferns outside the windows. The morning bird song ('apapane and doves, among others) was incredible. Except for the occasional barking of neighbor dogs, it felt very secluded, even though the property is not terribly large. I love the winding gravel paths. Breakfast (fruit, granola, milk options, baked goods) was provided the day before, so we could eat at our leisure in our room. The Kalij pheasants wandering the property were a pleasant surprise, too. So tranquil, yet only a short drive to Volcano village and to the National Park. I didn't want to leave!

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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


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

Art Galleries, Eco-tourism, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Volcanoes National Park, Picnic area, Religious Services, Tours, Winery

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Inn Details

On-site amenities

Parking, Spa, Washer/dryer , full kitchen to partial kitchen, Jacuzzi tub, iPod players

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Kitchenette, Library, Movie library, 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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Special Package

Rainforest Retreats

Book with us for select dates for the month of October and receive 20% OFF our regular rates. Check our availability by visiting http://www.volcanoretreat.com Must call (800) 985-8696 to receive the discount.

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