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Big Island Retreat

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Exterior detail
Ali'i Suite | Balcony
Ali'i Suite | Balcony
Ali'i Suite | In-room dining
Ali'i Suite | Premium bedding, individually decorated, individually furnished

Overview of Big Island Retreat

Big Island Retreat

3.0 star property

4.5/5 Wonderful

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Parking included
  • Laundry
78-226 Kahaluu Road, Kailua-Kona, HI, 96740

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationKahalu'u Beach Park3 min walk
  • Popular LocationKeauhou Shopping Center18 min walk
  • Popular LocationMagic Sands Beach20 min walk
  • AirportKailua-Kona, HI (KOA-Kona Intl.)26 min drive

Room options

About this area


Located near the beach, Big Island Retreat is in Kahaluu Bay, a walkable area in Kailua-Kona with good shopping. Lekeleke Burial Grounds and Captain Cook Monument are notable landmarks, and the area's natural beauty can be seen at Kahalu'u Beach Park and Magic Sands Beach. Kona Le'a Plantation and KBXtreme are also worth visiting.

What's nearby

  • Kahalu'u Beach Park - 3 min walk
  • Keauhou Shopping Center - 18 min walk
  • Magic Sands Beach - 20 min walk
  • Kona Country Club - 3 min drive
  • Keauhou Bay Beach - 3 min drive

Getting around

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


  • Peaberry & Galette - 18 min walk
  • Da Poke Shack - 4 min drive
  • TJ'S BBQ By The Beach - 5 min drive
  • La Bourgogne French Restaurant - 6 min drive
  • Green Flash Coffee - 7 min drive

About this property

Big Island Retreat

3-star guesthouse located in Kahaluu Bay
Consider a stay at Big Island Retreat and take advantage of a terrace, a garden, and laundry facilities. This guesthouse is a great place to bask in the sun with sun loungers, beach umbrellas, and beach towels. Stay connected with free in-room WiFi.
Other perks include:
  • Free self parking
  • Luggage storage and barbecue grills
  • Guest reviews speak well of the proximity to shopping
Room features
All 11 individually furnished rooms offer comforts such as premium bedding, in addition to amenities like free WiFi. Guests reviews say good things about the spacious rooms at the property.
More amenities include:
  • Refrigerators, microwaves, and toasters
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils, electric kettles, and ceiling fans



Cleaning and safety practices

Social distancing

Social distancing measures in place
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and transportation

  • Free self parking on site
  • Limited onsite parking (max 1 space per unit)

Family friendly

  • Laundry facilities
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator

Guest services

  • Housekeeping (limited)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage


  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Beach loungers
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace


  • This property does not have elevators


  • Beach towels

Room amenities


  • Bed sheets
  • Ceiling fan
  • Portable fan
  • Premium bedding


  • Shower/tub combination

Food and drink

  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Electric kettle
  • Microwave
  • Paper towels
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster


  • Individually decorated
  • Individually furnished

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Check-in from 3:00 PM - midnight
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 11 AM

Special check-in instructions

There is no front desk at this property
Guests will receive an email 24 hours before arrival with check-in instructions and key retrieval information

Access methods

Key retrieval


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Cribs (infant beds) are not available

Property payment types

Important information

You need to know

This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
Tax ID - TA-154-377-8304-01
Safety features at this property include a smoke detector
Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.

We should mention

This property does not have elevators
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
Alcohol is not served at this property

Property is also known as

Big Island Retreat House 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
Big Island Retreat Guesthouse
Big Island Retreat Kailua-Kona
Big Island Retreat Guesthouse Kailua-Kona

Frequently asked questions

Is Big Island Retreat pet-friendly?

No, pets are not allowed at this property.

How much is parking at Big Island Retreat?

Self parking is free at this property.

What time is check-in at Big Island Retreat?

Check-in is from 3:00 PM - midnight.

What time is check-out at Big Island Retreat?

Check-out is at 11 AM.

Where is Big Island Retreat located?

Located in Kahaluu Bay, this beach guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kahalu'u Beach Park, Keauhou Shopping Center, and Magic Sands Beach. Haleo Luau and Lekeleke Burial Grounds are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Can I cancel my reservation for free at Big Island Retreat and receive a full refund?

Yes, Big Island Retreat offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to Big Island Retreat cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.

Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 139 out of 205 reviews" "
" "5 - Excellent 68%
Rating 4 - Good. 41 out of 205 reviews" "
" "4 - Good 20%
Rating 3 - Okay. 14 out of 205 reviews" "
" "3 - Okay 7%
Rating 2 - Poor. 7 out of 205 reviews" "
" "2 - Poor 3%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 4 out of 205 reviews" "
" "1 - Terrible 2%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



5/5 Excellent

Jaimee Lee
Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Perfect !!
Stayed 2 nights in Nov 2022

5/5 Excellent

Laura, DeRidder
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities
Wonderful wonderful super sweet staff they went above and beyond super clean super cute
Stayed 3 nights in Oct 2022

4/5 Good

Mirna Cheryl
Traveled with group
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service
Lovely property with excellent location in relation to the beachfront. Good-sized room (Maile) and comfortable bedroom and pullout bed mattresses. Very tropical vibe and quiet. Wasn't impressed with the fact that there wasn't even compimentary teas or coffee. Nor with the fact that the parking is very inconvenient and difficult for a larger vehicle. To have rented a vehicle to explore the island and to have to park it for the duration of our stay because it was impossible to get in and out by day (never mind what it would've been like at night). Motion-sensor activated lights along the driveway for evening drive up to the house or for a stroll up the long path to the house is an absolute necessity; not quite sure why that hasn't been priotized.
Stayed 2 nights in Sep 2022

3/5 Okay

Liked: Amenities
Disliked: Cleanliness, staff & service
The room was clean. What I didnt like is my bathroom wasnt in my room. The bathroom was the least clean part I litteraly found someones contact lense in the shower and someones pubic hair on the shelf to the right of the sink and I paid a $100 cleaning fee at the time of booking. If you're charging for cleaning make sure its actually clean.
Stayed 4 nights in Sep 2022

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
A very cozy place to stay. Everything was nice and neat.
Stayed 2 nights in Jul 2022

4/5 Good

Verified traveler
Liked: Cleanliness, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
There is a broken screen on the terrace that should be fixed. Very nice stay and beautiful location and room.
Stayed 1 night in Jul 2022

4/5 Good

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities
This is a funky place. The driveway in makes you feel like you made a wrong turn, but the actual buildings are nice, well groomed, and well maintained. As for not driving past the driveway, look for the tiny, tiny old church across the street. There's a little beach literally _right there_, with a small sand area, a very protected swim area for the kids, restrooms, foot shower, picnic tables, etc. Surfer somehow get through the rocks on one side and make it out to waves. Owners/operators are extremely good and detailed with instructions. CVS and misc. restaurants are about a mile in one direction. Touristy stuff is about four miles in the other direction. One odd thing, for me. The bed is like three feet off the ground. If you're under five feet tall, you will honestly have trouble getting into the bed. A step stool would be nice. This is a great sunset beach.
Stayed 3 nights in May 2022

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Very comfortable and quiet. Loved the location far from the hectic Ali’s drive and close to Kahalu’u beach.
Stayed 4 nights in Apr 2022

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Big Island Retreat is a lovely smaller property right across from the beach and is walking distance to several restaurants. We stayed in the Pineapple Room, and it was such a nice place to go back to after exploring the island. We bumped into Karen, the property manager, who was friendly and offered us sight-seeing tips. We appreciated the beach towels and communal beach umbrellas that were provided. There were also Netflix accounts logged into the TV, which was a nice surprise. Every morning around 6 AM we woke up to a symphony of birds chirping and other nature sounds. My husband and I are early risers and thought it was a fun experience, so we didn’t mind. Others may want to consider ear plugs.
Stayed 5 nights in Apr 2022

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Rude, owner or manager who stays on property
No complaints….but owner I think lives upstairs and one morning rolls his garage door open @ 6:30 am which is under the Orchid Room and it makes loud noises. So it scared the hell out of us, which we were sleeping. And he has no personality, we said good morning a couple of times he didn’t respond. On our last day, he’s walking back from his beach walk and didn’t even say THANK you or an Aloha! Rude man!
View from lanai
View from room lanai
Orchid Room
View from balcony
Stayed 4 nights in Apr 2022