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Zen Bamboo Bungalow & Gardens, Spa, Pond, Waterfall in Hilo

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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 panorama view. 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.

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. Shoji screen doors are designed throughout to create a private and serene setting. 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” tub.

The bungalow is in a picturesque area of Hilo surrounded by streams, waterfalls and quiet cul-de-sacs perfect for walking or jogging. Scenic views of the tropical rainforest, landscaped terraces and the garden below can be enjoyed from the private upstairs balcony. Simply relax in the outdoor courtyard and covered lanai  The courtyard with pond, waterfall and fountain create a garden oasis for dining and relaxation equipped with gas grill, dining and lounge furniture. The Zen Bamboo Bungalow is the perfect garden retreat for a Hawaiian romantic getaway or for a couple to celebrate their special occasion and visit exotic points of interest on the island.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Big Island of Hawaii. In harmony with nature and with all the comforts of home, the Zen Bamboo Bungalow will make your journey a most memorable experience. Chef's kitchen is fully equipped and coffee bar is stocked with fresh, organic coffee. Your hosts reside on the neighboring property and personally greet you and handle key exchanges when you arrive. Your hosts can answer questions you may have, assist you with your needs and help you plan your stay, sharing tips on where to visit, how to get there, where to lunch and favorite local dining spots.

The Garden is a fusion of Japanese-inspired naturalistic landscape and nearly an acre of lush tropical grounds. The Japanese garden, a microcosm of nature, reflects the three elements of traditional Japanese garden design representing the Earth: Stone representing mountains and islands for strength and support, Water is the center representing purity, and Plants grace it with texture, color and growth trimmed to capture its pure and essential shape. 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

We offer Wedding and Honeymoon packages that include bungalow accommodations and wedding services. Weddings, graduations, receptions or gatherings may be allowed with owner's prior consent and only by arrangement with our event planning and management services.

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.

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.

Sorry, no pets are allowed.

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cottage rental amenities

The Bamboo Bungalow features a 50-inch Plasma HDTV with home theatre sound system, HD cable, DVD/CD player, wireless and hardwired broadband internet access, iPod connection to speakers, telephone, FREE long distance to mainland, interisland, Canada and US territories, laundry facilities, enclosed garage and automatic garage door opener with remote. The kitchen is fully equipped and includes a coffee bar. Enjoy organic coffee while watching the sunrise from your private balcony. Outdoor courtyard is furnished with Jenn-Air gas grill and garden furniture for dining and relaxing in the garden oasis with pond, waterfall and fountains. Jetted hot tub and infrared sauna are situated in outdoor garden spa.  Built-in security system with central station monitoring is provided for your peace of mind and safety. Central vacuum system and wood-grain laminate floors provide a low allergen environment. All natural, eco-friendly cleaners are used. Housekeeping is available. For longer stays house cleaning is provided at least every two weeks for a fee. In-house massage is available.

activities and attractions in Hilo The Big Island

The 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.

vacation rental rates

Hawaii ID# W01612284-01 

Standard Rates*:   
3 Night Minimum                                                                                         Single or Double Occupancy:                                                                           $150 to $160 per night                                                                                   7 or more nights $150 per night
3 to 6 nights $160 per night
Cleaning fee $120                                                                               Maximum occupancy 2 guests.

Ask about accommodations for larger groups. A second bungalow on the property is listed separately under 'Craftsman Garden Bungalow & Gardens, Spa, Pond, Waterfall," Property Listing #71945.

*Standard rates do not apply to bookings that include the Merrie Monarch, Thanksgiving and holiday season between Dec 15th and Jan 15th.
Holiday Rates*:
4 Night Minimum
Single or Double Occupancy
7 or more nights $175/night
4 to 6 nights $185/night
Cleaning fee $120
Maximum occupancy 2 guests.

Merrie Monarch Rates*:
5 Night Minimum
Single or Double Occupancy
5 to 9 nights $275/night
Cleaning fee $120
Maximum occupancy 2 guests.

Rental fees are subject to Hawaii tax totaling 13.42%.
Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

Additional Rental Information:
A 50% rental deposit is due at the time of booking to hold dates and rate, with the balance payable 60 days prior to arrival, except 90 days prior for Merrie Monarch, Thanksgiving and holiday season between Dec 15th and Jan 15th. A refundable security deposit is required. Payments may be by credit card or personal check. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card and American Express.

Cancellation Policy:
Notify us by email 60 or more days prior to your arrival date and deposit funds will be refunded, minus a 15% cancellation fee. After the 60 day cancellation period expires an 'in house' credit will be issued that you may apply towards the cost of one new reservaton, good for one year, again minus a 15% cancellation fee. Cancellations after the arrival date or early departure do not receive a credit. The cancellation period for Merrie Monarch, Thanksgiving and holiday season between Dec 15th and Jan 15th is 90 days.


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Top things to do in Hilo
  • Relax at the beach, dip in the tidepools and watch the whales
  • Play in the ocean - surf, swim, kayak, snorkel, fishing
  • Explore the volcano, see a lava flow or hike a nature trail
  • Tour the summit and view the night skies of Mauna Kea
  • Sightseeing - waterfalls, botanical gardens, tropical valleys
Top things to do on a budget
  • Relax at the beach and play in the ocean
  • Pack a picnic lunch and hike a nature trail at Bird Park
  • Gaze at the stars for free at the Mauna Kea Visitor's Center
  • Visit Volcano winery and enjoy a free wine tasting
  • Take a free stroll through the zoo and see the palm collection
Top things to do with a family
  • Enjoy water sports along Hilo Bay
  • See Waipio valley on horseback or ATV
  • Give the family a thrill and ride the zipline in Hamakua
  • Take a helicopter tour of the volcano
  • Visit Hilo's museums and astronomy center

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Hilo's Best Kept Secret!

Review submitted: October 13, 2010   Date of arrival: October 8, 2010

This bungalow is a wonderful place to stay in HIlo's cool uplands. It is located in an established older neighborhood and is set back in landscaped gardens that can be seen from the bungalow's large picture window bringing the Big Island's upland forests inside. Having been raised on the Big Island, but now living on the highly populated island of Oahu, I so appreciated relaxing in this bungalow and feeling like I returned home! I would stay here over any other high-end resort or condo anywhere else on the Big Island. The craftsmanship and decor are exquisite and the bungalow is extremely comfortable! Sherron and David were very responsive to everything we needed, yet the bungalow is equipped with everything anyone could need for a relaxing and enjoyable stay. My husband and I are already trying to figure out when we can return, and I'm absolutely recommending this rental to my large extended family and all our friends!

Recommended for: age 55+, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Owners response: Thank you June and Paul for being wonderful guests. We really enjoyed your stay and being able to share our bungalow and gardens with you and your daughter attending the university in Hilo. We very much look forward to your return to the Big Island for your next visit. Mahalo again for your compliments on the property, and for your high rating as it is so very important to us to provide excellent service and hospitality.

Mahalo nui loa, Sherron

Helpful votes: 10 / 10


Nicely Designed Space

Review submitted: February 1, 2014   Date of arrival: January 24, 2014

Very attractive cottage with high quality features. Would have appreciated glass glasses and a couple of chairs in the outdoor space for this accommodation in the group of rentals at this location.

Recommended for: romantic getaway

Owners response: Aloha Tina and Dale, Thank you for your compliments on the design and quality features of our Zen Bamboo Bungalow vacation rental in Hilo. Our mission is to create beautiful living spaces that invite guests to relax and experience peaceful moments and the harmony of nature.

As much as we would like, it is not always possible to supply each guest's preferences. We remind our guests to PLEASE ASK for anything not provided and we will happily respond to their request as best as possible. We also ask guests to report any condition not meeting their satisfaction within the first 24 hours after arrival so that we have the opportunity to correct the situation.

We would like to clarify for future guests that the bungalow is furnished with an assortment of beer, wine and water glasses, both glass and plastic, and outdoor areas are fully furnished with tables, chairs, dining furniture and loungers.
It is our desire that guests fully enjoy their stay and to provide exceptional hospitality. Mahalo nui loa, Sherron

Helpful votes: 1 / 1


Unbelievable Hospitality

Review submitted: November 28, 2013   Date of arrival: November 4, 2013

We spent our first 4 nights at this property and could not have been happier. From the minute we arrived, Dave was at the top of the driveway waiting to show us the property and answer any questions we had. The property was exactly shown in the pictures with nothing else needed for our stay. Kitchen was fully equipped, fresh linens and towels, was a perfect start to our Hawaiian vacation.

We had rented another property on another part of the island for the remainder of our stay. Things went dramatically wrong at this property and we decided to leave within 24hrs of our stay. My wife in tears called Sherron and Dave and without hesitation, “we’ll open our guest house, come stay with us.” We cannot express how grateful we are for your kindness and generosity in our time of despair. You truly are two of the nicest people we have ever met and again are eternally grateful.

Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you and keep in touch.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, romantic getaway

Owners response: Aloha Mark and Heather, Thank you for your kind words of gratitude and appreciation. It was a pleasure having you stay at our guesthouse. We know how important your Hawaii vacation was to you and we are happy to have been there to help you through a difficult situation. Please keep in touch and we hope you visit us again in your future trips to Hawaii.
Mahalo nui loa, Sherron

Helpful votes: 2 / 2


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