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1 room, 2 adults

Big Island Retreat

2.5-star2.5 stars
78-226 Kahaluu Road, Kailua-Kona, HI, 96740, United States of America

Walking distance from Kahalu'u Beach Park
  • Free WiFi
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Anyone travelling to Hawaii is required to have a government Safe Travels account and self-quarantine for 10 days. Some travellers may be exempt from quarantine with proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure. Find out more

  • Nice location, our bed was a bit uneven, I had to rearrange the mattress supports as the…Mar 12, 2020
  • Great location and very comfortable. We especially enjoyed the lanai!Mar 9, 2020

Big Island Retreat

  • Orchid Room
  • Paradise Room
  • Aloha Room
  • Pineapple Room
  • Seaside Room
  • Oceanview Room
  • Luxury Suite
  • Honu Room
  • Bamboo Room
  • Surfer Room
  • Maile room

What’s around Big Island Retreat


  • In Kahaluu Bay
  • Kahalu'u Beach Park - 3 min walk
  • Magic Sands Beach - 20 min walk
  • Keauhou Shopping Center - 15 min walk
  • Haleo Luau - 32 min walk
  • Lekeleke Burial Grounds - 2.5 mi / 4.1 km
  • Captain Cook Monument - 8.2 mi / 13.1 km
  • Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park - 9.3 mi / 15 km

Getting around

  • Kona, HI (KOA-Kona Intl. Airport (KOA) - 26 min drive

At a glance

Key facts


  • 11 rooms
  • Arranged over 3 floors


  • Check-in time 3:00 PM-midnight
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Anyone travelling to Hawaii is required to have a government Safe Travels account and self-quarantine for 10 days. Some travellers may be exempt from quarantine with proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure.
There is no front desk at this property. Guests will receive key retrieval information.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges

  • Government-issued photo ID may be required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Onsite parking limited (max 1 space per unit)

Payment types at the property

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
  • No alcohol served onsite
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the property

Food and drink
  • Barbecue grills
Things to do
  • Beach sun loungers
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Beach towels
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Number of buildings/towers - 2
  • Year Built - 1992
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
Languages Spoken
  • English

In the room

Home comforts
  • Ceiling fan
  • Coffee/tea maker
Sleep well
  • Premium bedding
Things to enjoy
  • Individually decorated
  • Individually furnished
Freshen up
  • Shower/tub combination
Be entertained
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Cable TV channels
Stay connected
  • Free WiFi
Food and drink
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Cookware, dishware, and utensils

Big Island Retreat’s small print

Also known as

  • Big Island Retreat House Kailua-Kona
  • Big Island Retreat Guesthouse
  • Big Island Retreat Kailua-Kona
  • Big Island Retreat Guesthouse Kailua-Kona
  • Big Island Retreat House
  • Big Island Retreat Kailua-Kona
  • Big Island Retreat
  • Big Island Retreat Hawaii/Kailua-Kona
  • Big Island Retreat Guesthouse Kailua-Kona
  • Big Island Retreat Guesthouse


State tax ID - TA-154-377-8304-01

This property's policy is to refuse certain bookings for the purpose of group events or parties, including pre-wedding stag/bachelor and hen/bachelorette parties.

This property does not have elevators.

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Optional extras

Rollaway beds are available for USD 20.0 per stay

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

FAQs for Big Island Retreat

  • Does Big Island Retreat offer free cancellation for a full refund?
    Yes, Big Island Retreat does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • Are pets allowed at Big Island Retreat?
    Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
  • What are the check-in and check-out times at Big Island Retreat?
    You can check in from 3:00 PM - midnight. Check-out time is 11 AM.
  • Are there restaurants at or near Big Island Retreat?
    Yes. Nearby restaurants include Da Poke Shack (2.1 mi), Green Flash Coffee (3.2 mi), and Jackie Rey's Ohana Grill (3.9 mi).
  • What is there to do at Big Island Retreat and nearby?
    Big Island Retreat has a picnic area and a garden.

Recent reviews

Fabulous 8.8 From 44 reviews

Exceptional 10.0
A hidden gem.
For a real Hawaiian experience, book here. Ours was a small room with kitchenette and lanai, mesh windows not glass so sleeping in fresh air, overlooking tropical plants, fresh linen and beach towels every 5 days and ‘live-in’’ geckos. Each room is different so select from whole website. Excellent collection of beach equipment- chairs, snorkels, mats, boards etc to borrow. Walking distance to best snorkelling location and 5 mins drive to mall with supermarkets and free Hula on Fridays. On downside, location of Retreat is hard to find even with satnav- do not arrive after dark. Lava rocks line the rough road so smaller car is helpful to navigate this and the parking spaces at venue. Useful everyone is entitled to access to the waterfront, you can visit all hotels and enjoy their facilities as a non- resident. So combining the delightful Big Island Retreat with Hawaii’s natural delights and 5* luxury opportunities what’s not to love. We stayed 3 weeks.
gb21 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Good location. All necessary facilities. Great ambiance.
Peter, us3 night family trip
Good 6.0
Other choices may be better
First, from being booked on, it wasn't really a hotel. It's barely a bed and breakfast. There was no front desk, which was fine, no soap (and no mention that there wouldn't be soap), no sink in the bathroom (we had to use the kitchen sink), and no handle on the very thin bathroom door to pull it shut. There was no cleaning service for the room and you even have to empty your own garbage. The room itself was nice, and the bed was comfortable, though it didn't have the partial view we expected. Also, the neighbors were easily able to look into the windows as they went in and out of the room. The location was a bit further from town than we expected and the area traffic is awful, so getting to town was 15-20 minutes even though it was just a few miles away. The shuttle is largely useless. It only runs every couple hours, and doesn't even run late enough to get back from dinner. In short, if you're looking for a place to stay and chill all day with the family then this may be the place, but if you're looking for a base of operation with a place to sleep, other locations might be a better choice.
us3 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Big island retreat is a beautiful bed and breakfast tucked up a winding private road across from a small bay where you came snorkel. If you’re looking for a launchpad into the city of Kona or touring the many coffee plantations nearby, this is the place to stay
Matthew, us3 night trip
Very Good 8.0
It’s beautiful I loved the room the view the staff. Only drawback is no air conditioner. But staff brought extra fan which made it bearable. We would stay here again.
us2 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Had the master suite on the top floor for a week and it was AMAZING especially for the price and location! Snorkeled at the beach across the street with sea turtles and every fish from “Finding Nemo” as my son puts it! Our first time to the “Big Island” and we plan to return and stay here again!
Robert, us5 night family trip
Exceptional 10.0
We were at the beachfront for a long time and being hidden in the trees, still just a 3 minute walk to the beach was great. They have a great Gazebo with a cooking gas stove as well as a really nice Weber bbq. We had Surf and turf, cooked ourselves on the BBQ. that was refreshing. There are surfboards, waveboards, snorkel gear, coolers that you can just borrow and walk to the beach. Would stay here again in a minute.
Koko, ca1 night romance trip
Exceptional 10.0
Perfectly located to explore the Big Island
My husband and I were lucky enough to spend a long weekend on the Big Island. It was our first time there, so we didn't really know what to expect, nor where to stay. Kona and Hilo seemed like the most popular spots. But, when we read the reviews of the BIR, we took a chance. I'm so glad we did! Chad, our host, was very communicative and friendly. He made sure we had everything we needed. The room was clean and comfortable. The best part--the property is located right across the street from a fabulous snorkeling beach! There was free snorkeling gear for us to use at the BIR and we went to our local beach every morning, sometimes twice a day. We also discovered Two Step beach, which was worth the drive. BIR is about 15 minutes south of Kona, which is a very nice resort tow; but we were happy to be a little further down the road. We also spent a day driving the Saddle Road and visiting Hilo, which we enjoyed. If we return to the Big Island, we will definitely stay at the Big Island Retreat again.
LIsa, us3 night romance trip
Very Good 8.0
A charming place but limited privacy
We had a pleasant stay. Gigi was a very good hostess. The only issues were (1) no elevator & (2) little privacy within the room & between the room & outside/other rooms. We had frosted glass & a screen door to the lanai but no curtains, shades, etc.
us4 night romance trip
Exceptional 10.0
Beautiful property tucked away from the crowds. Gigi is a warm, fabulous hostess. Would highly recommend to anyone who wants a different stay on the big island
JULIUS, us4 night romance trip

Big Island Retreat