Posted Mar 20, 2015
We booked at the Kalani Retreat because of its location, rather than for the lifestyle services and classes offered. We’re just travellers on a budget and were slightly concerned we may be treated as outsiders but needn’t have worried.
On arrival we were checked-in without hassle, quickly and efficiently but with a friendly smile and were soon on our way to our bungalow. First sight was one of the few nasty surprises during our stay – the bungalows are semi’s with a party stud wall down the middle. I had wrongly assumed them to be single occupancy. There are also no glass windows – just insect screens, which wasn’t a problem, apart from a few coughs and footsteps during the night we didn’t hear a peep from next door.
The bungalow isn’t huge, but is big enough to be comfortable. The bathroom is small but well fitted, clean and functional with toiletries provided.
We planned to spend most of our time during the stay visiting the Volcanoes National Park (1 hour drive) and viewing live lava flows in Pahoa. The live lava flows didn’t co-operate and had been closed off during our visit, but Kalani isn’t a bad base to drive to the National Park, even though Kalani is a bit further south than we’d thought.
Kalani is pretty isolated. You do need a hire car to get around and need to have meal options sorted as the nearest supermarket/restaurant is in Pahoa 9 miles away. The bungalow has a fridge, but keeping any food outside the fridge is not encouraged because of insect life. Kalani