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Description from the owner
A secret house in a secret garden, the treehouse is a romantic perch in the rainforest for two to linger. There is a queen sized bed, cedar hot tub on the lanai, outdoor shower, food prep area, one bathroom with composting toilet, living room to relax & listen to music and watch videos or read and converse. The space is intimate and private, a playhouse for grownups.
This is a real treehouse, a small space built mid canopy in the forest, overlooking tree ferns and almost eye level with the upper canopy.
The treehouse is less than five minutes from the gate to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Volcano Village is a short walk,...Read more
Exotic Treehouse at Kilauea Volcano on Big Island
(Property location is approximate)
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|Rate Summary||$200||$200||$1,300||$0||1 night|
|Jan. 1 2012 - Dec. 31 2012||$200||$200||$1,300||-||1 night|
|All Other Dates||$200||$200||-||-||1 night|
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- Cleaning fee - $75 / stay - Other
- Tax rate - 13.42% of rental - Tax
Additional notes from owner
tax rate is 13.42%
cleaning fee: $75
minimum stay during Thanksgiving, winter holiday season, July 4 & Labor Day is three nights
Deposits are generally non-refundable
Cancellation Policy: The deposit is applied to the cost of your stay. The balance due is charged to your card on the date of your arrival according to the reservation set aside for you.
The deposit is non-refundable. Should your travel plans change, we will assist you in choosing new dates. There is a $100 fee for making such changes in existing reservations if the change is made more than 30 days from the existing reservation. If you make changes less than 30 days from the date of your reservation, $200 of the deposit is applied to the change fee. When a guest finds they are unable to complete their stay, a voucher may be issued to them good for a subsequent stay, under some circumstances The voucher is the value of the unused portion of their stay reduced by the change fee. The voucher is fully transferable. We always hold dates before completing reservations up to 48 hours while you complete your travel arrangements. Therefor subsequent changes in travel arrangements rarely qualify for vouchers.
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What Past Guests Are Saying
Hazel Green, Wisconsin
artistically cozy and comfortable
unfortunately only had a partial day and night related to my late arrival from hiking craters at volcano park then up 3am for sunrise lava boat tour (do it for sure!) - so because i enjoyed the place so much i forfeited sleep as wanted to have as much time as able enjoying all the amenities - price is actually $275 / night with the added cleaning fee which i felt was high for my situation at least and owner would not consider any reduction in leu of little time spent there - no complaint tho just commenting on this
Response from Gail W Armand & Robert van Sluis - 04/04/2013
Aloha ~ we are happy you chose to stay with us, and glad you enjoyed the treehouse. I searched for our correspondence to find the discussion and see how the pricing part unfolded but either we spoke in person or it is lost. Often times guests ask us to waive the cleaning fee when they stay only one night. We cannot do that. The treehouse has to be prepared anew for each guest. As you can tell having stayed there this involves carrying all the used items down and the fresh ones up. We provide ample linens for comfort and enjoyment of the hot tub and the shower, and also must service the hot tub and compost toilet. We pay those who help us out well, as we value their attentions to your comfort. It is for these reasons we cannot waive the fees for single nighters. Hope to see you again, next time for longer. Mahalo!
Most Unique Place We've Ever Stayed.
We had a great time staying in the tree house. Everything was as advertised so we had no real surprises. Someone came everyday to check on things which was comforting. The setting was amazing and peaceful but not so secluded that it felt creepy. The shower was so fun and warm enough that even on cooler mornings it was comfortable. There were a few little slugs in the shower which may startle you. As for bugs, we only saw one live spider. However, probably my only complaint was the amount of spider webs up in the bedroom rafters. Well that and the long night we had listening to the rain beat on the tin roof, but that was no one's fault. If you are even slightly adventurous, then you'll enjoy your stay. Overall it was a fun couple of days.
Response from Gail W Armand & Robert van Sluis - 02/18/2013
Thanks for the review, and we are happy you stayed at the treehouse.
As you know, the treehouse gets daily service, and we are on the alert for spider webs. If we miss the spiders though they can be very industrious in a single day. I will alert our crew to be more vigilant.
Glad you had a good time.
Highlight of our honeymoon
This treehouse was absolutely fantastic! Nestled in the rainforest, secluded from other houses, we had our little hideaway in the canopy! The owners have thought of everything, from luxurious hardwoods throughout down to a kitchen with everything you need, gas stove heater and a hot tub, and don't forget the headlamps to help you find your way from the driveway in the dark! Showering outdoors (with plenty of warm water) was wonderful, and the bed "upstairs" was so soft and cozy. This was our first stop on our honeymoon, and had nobody been renting the place after us, we would have gladly stayed.
Don't be put off by the composting toilet -- it had absolutely no odor whatsoever. We were really amazed!
Light sleepers might wish to bring earplugs -- the rain on the roof did make it difficult to sleep one night until I found my earplugs.
It is convenient to the volcano and Hilo. We were sad to leave and would come back in a heartbeat. This was even better than the luxury resort we booked later in our trip.
Response from Gail W Armand & Robert van Sluis - 02/05/2013
Aloha ~ So happy you enjoyed your stay. Such a contrast with the adjacent review by people who stayed the night before you! It was a wet beginning to the month - glad you felt so at home and comfortable. And thanks for the report on the composting toilet. And thanks for the tip on the earplugs. Our Hawaii metal roofs can make quite the clatter with rain at night. much aloha and happy travels!
This is just not for everyone and it just wasn't for us. Its as close to camping as I will probably ever get these days. The area is very dark at night so bring large flashlights. The walk up to house was difficult in the pouring rain at night. More than once I got turned around and could not see the path and started to get lost (thank goodness for my husband!) Its also very cold and rainy in Volcano, hi so pack for 40 degree weather. Huge mosquitoes in the house! I felt very cramped with no place to layout except for the uncomfortable bed. I realize that for some people they will love this kind of place with all of its challenges but for me it was not the way I envisioned the start of my honeymoon. The housekeepers and owner seemed very helpful and friendly.
Response from Gail W Armand & Robert van Sluis - 02/05/2013
Aloha ~ We do realize the treehouse is not for everyone, and it is sad your experience was so far from what you would have wished. Huge mosquitoes are certainly not the norm - few survive, expecially when the temperatures drop. Any mosquitos that do survive the journey up (usually traveling in cars from Hilo) lose their urge to bite. 40 degree weather is also extremely cold. In all my time personally at volcano, I have never experienced temps below 50. We do strongly suggest arrival in daylight hours. We do not light the forest, but provide headlamps. Once you have experienced the path in daylight, it is not so daunting. We hope the rest of your experience of Hawaii was more to your taste. Aloha!
Most remarkable property we have ever experienced
Caren and I were looking for a place to anchor a 2-3 day stay near the volcanos with Kona as our base for our vacation (recommend this strategy highly)
First let me say that the photos do not do this place justice. Not even close.
The treehouse is the very defiinition of cozy. The location is thick rainforest with birds singing constantly. It must of dropped 2 inches of rain during the night but as is usual, the morning brought clean, fresh air and blue skies. Hearing the rain on the roof just made the crazy comfortable bed even more inviting.
Taking a shower outside at 4000 feet of elevation sounds uncomfortable but this will be the most memorable shower you have ever had with it's plenty of hot water and space.
Soft towels are provided and super high end robes.
The outside deck(s) with a cedar hottub was amazing.
Everything you could need is provided for cooking and the Jotul gas stove was perfect.
There has been mention of how comfortable the bed in the loft bedroom is in other reviews and I swear it is an act of will to get out of it.
We will stay there again sometime.
Response from Gail W Armand & Robert van Sluis - 12/17/2012
Aloha, and thank you so much for taking the time to write a review.
We agree that the best way to visit this island and experience its broad array of delights is to split time between east side and west side locales. If you plan a longish stay, a night or two in the Kehena/Kalapana/Kapoho area is a good addition, as well as a Kohala coast or Kona coast stay.
Hope you do come back! Aloha!
We had a wonderful stay at the treehouse, this is such an amazing and magical place! So romantic, and we loved the hot tub.
Mahalo for having us!
Response from Gail W Armand & Robert van Sluis - 11/01/2012
Mahalo for staying with us! Hope you can return! Thanks for taking time to write a review. Aloha!
exceeded every expectation
Very well organised with instructions via email on arrival and directions. Backpacks ready to go in a little tent area where you parked. Lovely few minutes walking through the foliage with tikis marking the way. Ladder to climb up was fine, such excitement just being there. Lovely balcony and then inside to a gorgeous little lounge with chairs, cd player, kitchen and toilet. Compost toilet was not a prob at all, no smell!! The outdoor shower was amazing, felt so free being out there, was even great at 3:00 in the morning.
The ladder up the the bedroom was a little steep but go slow and you'll be fine. When your head pops through the door, you just see a beautiful, welcoming and soft bed. Then once up, there are double doors to another balcony that literally make you feel like you are on top of the world! Being in bed with the doors open and little drops of condensation dripping on the roof was completely magical and very very romantic and special.
5-10 minute drive to Volcano National Park which was fantastic and a 20 minute drive to Hilo with great restaurants etc. Get food at the supermarket 10-15 mins or so away and you;re set! No bugs or creepy things to speak of.
The only negative about this place is that we didnt sta longer. Would have loved a day or 2 to just stay in and listen to music and read and relax away from the world.
Fantastic. Owner Gail is so easy to deal with. Please stay if you have the chance - love, love, love, love, love...
Response from Gail W Armand & Robert van Sluis - 09/28/2012
Aloha! You put a big smile on my face. Would love it if you could come stay again, stay long.
Tree house in paradise...
Ever want to feel like Tarzan and Jane living in their Jungle Treehouse. Well, this comes mighty close. From having to climb up a ladder style staircase to showering on the back deck with essentially only trees for vanity, to a great second story bed room . This palce is magical and great for couple looking for someplace different and romantic to stay. Did I mention the hot tub built into the outside deck, and the terry cloth robes provided? Actually in a semi residential neighborhood, but you'd never know it hidden in the trees. It's small - so need to like the person you're travleing with. And some degree of agility in getting up and down is helpful.
Response from Gail W Armand & Robert van Sluis - 09/20/2012
Aloha, Thank you for reviewing the treehouse. The location is about a mile from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, in a heavily forested neighborhood. The lots are large, and many are kept deliberately natural to preserve the sense of the rainforest. Having restaurants less than a mile away is nice for those who prefer not to have to prepare meals when on vacation. It is intended as a honeymoon venue, and is weighted toward the romance. We have had couples in the 70's stay and love it too.
Derby, United Kingdom
We stayed in the treehouse as part of our honeymoon holiday and we have voted it the best accommodation we stayed in during the trip - and we stayed in a few different places!
You can tell immediately that the treehouse was built with a great deal of thought and attention to detail. The rooms are all perfectly sized and the location is fabulous - we spent a lovely day in the national park hiking through a steaming volcano caldera! The hot tub was my personal highlight - as the weather was quite wet, it was a lovely way to warm up each evening. We really appreciated the new rucksacks that were provided for us to carry up our things to the treehouse, and the headlamps and umbrella - I think this perfectly demonstrates the care and attention given by the owners.
Response from Gail W Armand & Robert van Sluis - 09/01/2012
Aloha Caroline ~ So very happy you had a great time at the treehouse.
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Glad for your adventurous stay and hope you come back! aloha!
Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, Germany
Für das Kind im Manne
Sehr günstig gelegene Unterkunft in unmittelbarer Nähe zum Volcano Nationalpark. Wer schon immer einmal davon geträumt hat in einem Baumhaus zu nächtigen, der kann seinen Traum hier verwirklichen. Der Kontakt, die Reservierung und Buchung mit Gail und Robert verliefen reibungslos. Auch die Wegbeschreibung war perfekt. Wir kamen zwar in der Dämmerung an, fanden aber promt den richtigen Standort, weitab vom Volcano Highway, mitten im Regenwald gelegen. Eindeutiges Erkennungszeichen ist das sogenannte Mondtor, vor dem man sein Fahrzeug abstellt. Bei unserer ankunft gab es zwar keinen persönlichen Kontakt mit unseren Vermietern aber in einem geschlossenen Pavillion neben dem Mondtor war schon alles notwendige gerichtet, auch die Rucksäcke zum Umpacken der persönlichen Dinge, die man so braucht. Ein kurzer Pfad durch den Regenwald, nett dekoriert, brachte uns in wenigen Minuten zum eigentlichen Baumhaus. Über steile Stiegen gelangt man zunächst auf die erste Ebene. Hier finden sich Koch-, Ess- und Wohnbereich sowie das "Bad". Die Küche ist mit Mikrowelle, einem Zweiflammen-Butanherd und einem für europäische Verhälnisse normalen Kühlschrank mit Eisfach ausgestattet. Alle Kochutensilien, die man so benötigt, waren vorhanden, nebst Kaffee und Begrüßungspralinen. Der Essbereich (kleine Theke am Fenster mit ausblick über die Wipfel) war bei unserer ankunft bereits liebevoll eingedeckt. Der Wohnbereich verfügt über zwei Sessel und einen DVD Player mit reichlicher DVD und wer die heimische Musik mag auch CD Sammlung. Vervollstandigt wird der Wohnbereich durch einen gasbetriebenen Bollerofen. Das Bad sprich WC mit Waschgelegenheit ist wie das ganze Baumhaus originell dekoriert und beschränkt sich auf ein Eckwaschbecken und eine tadellos funktionierende Komposttoilette. Die Duschgelegenheit durch Bambus vor fremden Blicken (woher auch immer die herkommen sollten) geschützt, erreicht man durch eine separate Tür. Sie befindet sich vollkommen im Freien. Man duscht quasi im Regenwald. Die große Terrasse in dieser Etage verfügt über einen außengrill, Tisch und Barhocker sowie eine große im Terrassenboden eingelassene Hot Tub. Was wir nicht wussten, über eine Zeitschaltuhr gesteuert wird diese so temperiert, dass man sich jeden abend nach dem üblichen Besichtigungsprogramm im Nationalpark auf ein wohltemperiertes Bad freuen kann. Das zweite Geschoss hoch über den Wipfeln erreicht man vom Wohn-, Ess-, Kochbereich über eine steile Leiter und eine Falltür. Hier befindet sich ein Queenbett und 2 Bademäntel. Ebenso verfügt auch dieser Bereich über einen kleinen überdachten Balkon. Interessant ist die jugendstilartige Verglasung vieler Fenster. Die gesamte Hauskonstruktion ist speziell auf den Wuchs der Baumstämme abgestimmt, die da und dort mal Boden oder Deckenbereich durchwachsen. Aufgrund der Verankerung im Boden steht das Haus allerdings felsenfest und schwankt kein bisschen. Bei unserem aufenthalt machten wir die Erfahrung, dass es im Regenwald eben regnet. Diese Wetterlage hat sich bei unserem zweitägigen aufenthalt auch so gehalten, hat aber das direkte Naturerlebnis eher noch verstärkt. Sehr hilfreich war dabei der erwähnte Bollerofen, der das ganze Baumhaus abends in kürzester Zeit mollig warm gemacht hat.
Alles in allem können wir die Unterkunft für diejenigen empfehlen, die sich schon immer mal den Traum von einer Nacht in den Baumwipfeln erfüllen wollen. Ein eindrückliches Erlebnis mit allem Komfort, abseits von jeglichen Touristenströmen- eine gewisse körperliche Grundfitness vorausgesetzt.
Response from Gail W Armand & Robert van Sluis - 07/21/2012
Vielen dank. Es war unsere freude.
Amazing rooftop retreat, off the grid and away from it all, grea
One of the most amazing places we've ever stayed. Very unique. Things we absolutely loved:
-- Architecture & amenities - blending of form, function & ecology. Absolutely charming place - exposed wood, cedar deck & hot tub, stained glass, all built in absolute harmony with the surrounding forest. Very peaceful and zen-like. We both work stressful jobs and we totally de-stressed. Climbing the steep stairs / ladder up to the deck, and then climbing the ladder up to the bedroom, emphasizes the feeling of tucking yourselves away from it all into this little hideout.
-- Outdoor space - The deck is an amazing space, with the hot tub and grill - we spent lots of time out here. The outdoor shower is fabulous as well - far enough away from neighbors that you have privacy, but great views abound - of tree ferns and the rest of the rainforest.
-- Setting - Absolutely beautiful rainforest. Pictures hardly do it justice.
-- Proximity to the park - great!
Things to be aware of:
-- There is a composting toilet . I found no issues with it (and indeed appreciated the feeling of being off the grid), and indeed it seemed the nicest composting toilet I had ever used, but be aware if you are someone for whom that may be an issue, this may not be for you.
-- This is a rainforest, people. It's going to rain for at least part of your time here. The air will be a little bit damp. You will hear rain on the roof ( we found it exhilarating by the way). Come prepared as the hikes and views will be amazing in spite of (or even because of) the rain. But we ran into some tourists who didn't even bring rain gear... Don't be "those people" buying $10 plastic ponchos for $50 at the national park center.
The only final thing to be aware of - and this is stretching it as a negative in an otherwise fabulous stay - daypacks are provided for you very graciously to carry your belongings up the steep stairs - I would advise you bring your own, for a couple reasons. First, you'll need them for hiking. If you are physically able, it would be nearly a crime to come here and not do some of the longer available hikes. Second, it was raining when we got there, and when we went to bring the provided backpacks in, they smelled quite musty, and seemed not up to the task of transporting our clothes and such into the house in dry condition.
Response from Gail W Armand & Robert van Sluis - 05/18/2012
Aloha and thank you for all the information you provided for future guests.
We must re-think the backpacks. It is important for people to have them, but when it is very wet, they can quickly become too moist for use, and then musty. We may come up with a hanger type storage below that will keep them dry, as long as they are stored there when not up in the treehouse.
The composting toilet is indeed part of the off grid experience. This is an opportunity to find out what using one is like. We are also open to any questions from our guests. This has been an experiment for us in creating an off-grid living experience. The treehouse is meant as a Green experience. It is built of recycled materials insofar as possible. When you stay, your guest footprint is very faint...
Unique place in the rain forest.
It was a fun place to stay but sleeping at nite when it was raining was hard for us. The pitter patter of the rain on the roof of the bedroom was very loud and kept us awake. Everything else was very comfortable.
Response from Gail W Armand & Robert van Sluis - 03/10/2012
Aloha ~ thank you for taking the time to write a review. If I am remembering correctly, your stay coincided with some very wet weather. For some, the sound of rain on the roof is welcome, and for others. not so much. Happy the stay was otherwise pleasurable for you.
Wonderful rainforest stay!
We just returned from our trip a few days ago. We had a wonderful time at this tree house, really felt the stress of everyday life melt away and completely enjoyed the feeling of being in another world. Loved being off the grid and enjoyed the hot tub on rainy evenings. Beautifully kept, very clean and felt like it was our own little place for a few days. Thank you for the awesome time Gail!
Response from Gail W Armand & Robert van Sluis - 02/04/2012
So happy you enjoyed the treehouse. much aloha!
Excellent and unique Hawaiian rainforest retreat
We very much enjoyed our stay at the treehouse.
We normally camp on vacations, but we were on our honeymoon and decided to splurge a bit on this awesome place.
We stayed there with the intention of exploring Volcano National Park and as many other reviewers have noted, the location is excellent for that. The park entrance is literally only a few minutes drive away. Unfortunately there was some intense sulfur dioxide fumes in the park while we were there due to shifting winds and the volcano venting, but we were still able to explore most parts of the park that we wanted to and luckily there was no vog at the treehouse itself.
The general setting of the treehouse is of course wonderful. It was so nice being able to look out on all the tree ferns and ohi'a. The big lanai was definitely my favorite aspect, where we could eat outside and look out on everything. There's also a smaller upstairs lanai right off the bedroom, which makes it truly wonderful to wake up there. There were a lot of other touches that we enjoyed as well, like the stained glass windows, Hawaiian music CDs, recycled wood used in building the treehouse, etc. The outdoor shower was great- you won't ever get to shower again with that view! (don't worry though, the nearest neighbor is far enough away to provide ample privacy). We also took advantage of the cooking facilities (stove-top, microwave, pans, and utensils are all there), cooking several meals there.
Now on to the few negative things we had to wrack our brains to think up. Getting up to the bedroom was a bit awkward, as we are very tall and it's a narrow space to climb through on the ladder, but it is a treehouse so that's not really an unexpected feature. Still we left pretty much certain that more rotund americans would not have been able to fit through the hatch to the upper level at all, so if you're 45+ waistline this place is probably not for you. Also the upstairs bedroom design is curious because there are a number of large bamboo cylinders that vent straight to the outside with no screens in them. We were concerned that bugs might come in through them, but the only thing that seemed to come in was the cool, moist rainforest air. Don't think it will be 80 degrees down there, we went in January and I think it got down to 50 at night, luckily the treehouse has a nice gas powered heater. We also arrived to find the power out, but after talking on the phone to Gail and Robert we were able to troubleshoot the problem and get the generator going again... a bit of an annoying start but we had no problem reaching them to get it fixed and my engineer husband had fun playing around with the power system.
Overall, if you're looking for a unique place to stay near Volcano where you can have some peace and quiet and really experience the amazing environment there, this is it.
Response from Gail W Armand & Robert van Sluis - 02/04/2012
So happy you took the time to write such a thoughtful and complete review. It is true that one size does not fit all. There have been several very tall visitors to the treehouse, and it worked for them, and some fairly large people have stayed there. I do agree that the small size overall dictated by the trees themselves coupled with the fact that it does mean climbing ladders to get up there makes the treehouse an unlikely choice for anyone who has a 45+ waistline. We were lucky that your husband had the curiosity and willingness to tinker with our power system and restore electricity, and had he not been able to do that someone would have come over and got it going. We were about an hour and a half away at the time, and very happy it worked out for you. As for the vents, we have never screened them as bugs are in low supply at that altitude, especially mosquitoes. The unimpeded air circulation is more important overall, hence the open cylinders. Mahalo again. Thank you for staying with us.
Amazing and Totally Unique
My wife and I were so looking forward to our stay here and I have to say it exceeded our already high expectations. It's hard for the photos or descriptions to do the place justice...really just a magical spot. Very convenient for exploring the Volcanoes National Park (5 minute drive away) and if you're looking for a truly unique experience you can't go wrong here!
Response from Gail W Armand & Robert van Sluis - 12/31/2011
Mahalo nui loa. Very happy you stayed in our abode in the trees. You arrived at a great time for lava viewing - always adds to the magic of the experience.
We loved our experience. My husband and I have stayed in Tree Houses in Belize, Maui, & Mexico. This one was the most authentic of them all. Very well designed & romantic. But the outside shower was cold at 50 degres out!
Response from Gail W Armand & Robert van Sluis - 12/03/2011
aloha and thank you for posting a review. We have had some cold temps lately. Hopefully the hot tub offset the out of doors shower.... in such a space as the treehouse, with the weather being what it is, we chose to forgo the indoor shower... mahalo and hope to see you again.
Magical hideaway for two
We truly enjoyed every minute spent here and I wish that we could've stayed longer. Being lulled to sleep by the pitter patter of rain and gently woken by the singing birds left me relaxed and refreshed. The cardinals and spotted doves were frequent visitors to the deck and they are such fun to watch. The birds and the occasional movement of the tree have made it seem like we were truly apart of the forest. We really enjoyed our day trips to the many lovely areas around Volcano from the treehouse. We were so very grateful for the plush chairs on several occasions, especially after our hike around Kilauea Iki trail. I could go on forever about the wonderful details which have obviously been chosen with great care. We hope to return here another time, as I can’t imagine finding a better place for some R&R;.
Response from Gail W Armand & Robert van Sluis - 12/03/2011
Thank you so much for caring enough to post a review. We are grateful your experience has led you to wish to return, and we hope your travels bring you back to Hawaii and the treehouse. aloha!
My wife and I stayed here last week. The place truly is amazing and is the most unique place we have ever stayed. The location and design are very exotic but the house contains all the amenities you'd expect at a "normal" property.
Everything was very clean and well maintained and matched what is advertised. The kitchen provided everything you'd need: small refrigerator, two burner stove, microwave, and a bunch of dishes and utensils. The outdoor shower had tons of hot water and soap, shampoo, and such were provided. The small gas fireplace really kept the place cozy even when it poured rain our first night there. The bed was also very comfortable.
We had a completely wonderful stay here. I'd absolutely recommend staying here if you are in the Hilo or Volcano areas. It will be a once in a lifetime experience.
Response from Gail W Armand & Robert van Sluis - 11/19/2011
thank you so much for the glowing recommendation. We are delighted you so enjoyed your stay at the treehouse. We'd love to see you again! mahalo nui loa, and much aloha.
I booked the treehouse as a surprise for my wife and we both had a wonderful time. My only contact was with Gail, and she couldn't have been more gracious and accommodating when making the reservation. The layout of the treehouse was perfect - any bigger and it would have detracted from the cozy nature of it all. The hot tub was already heated when we arrived and hit the spot during the cool evening. We loved how the bedroom was up one level. We fell asleep listening to the breeze blowing through the forest, and woke up in the morning to the sun filtering through the treetops. Everything was as depicted on the website and the photos were representative of the treehouse and yet didn't quite do it justice. Overall it was a fantastic experience and will definitely be on our calendar the next time we're on the Big Island.
Response from Gail W Armand & Robert van Sluis - 02/04/2012
mahalo for the review, and looking forward to your return.
What a unique experience, something not to be missed
The treehouse experience is something you only dreamed of. Every part of this amazing place was as we imagined. The fresh feeling of waking up to light taps of rain on the roof and a picture perfect view was fantastic.
The bedroom on the 2nd level is very comfy and warm, though the steps up can be difficult with hauling up stuff.
The kitchen and living area is well suited and very accomodating. The heater in the main level easily heats the entire space up and best part it is an actual gas heater, not an insert. The kitchen has a very good burner system and decent size fridge. There is a little freezer in the fridge if you have a pack of burgers or something to cook on the outdoor BBQ.
The bathroom with the composting toilet takes a little to get used to, but works fine once you settle. The outdoor shower is amazing to have in the morning when the steam from the heat fills the forest. The hot water doesn't seem to last forever though, so don't take 40 minute showers. The hot tub is great to take a dip in after a long day of hiking and to just enyoy the view and sounds of the forest.
The location of this rental is only a 5 minute drive, tops from the National Park. The Village of Volcanoes is only 1 minute away and a drive to Maun Kea is about 1.5 hours for night sky viewing.
We loved everything about this place for the sights, location and different experience. I would recommend this to anyone that can get by without fancy luxury's and that can handle the two steep staircases up to the levels of the treehouse.
We look forward to staying here again in the future
Response from Gail W Armand & Robert van Sluis - 10/14/2011
Mahalo for taking the time to post a review, and for the comments on the ladders. Conventional stairs take up a lot of space, and the authentic treehouse experience calls for ladders - the steep ascent and descent. At the base of the property, where you park your vehicle, we have established an area we call "Base camp" where you may repack into the day packs we provide, and go up hands free. The treehouse calls upon you to leave behind your usual practices, and rewards you with this remarkable experience you talk about, outside convention.
San Francisco, California
The Quintessential Rainforest Experience
Wow - sinking into the hot tub with misty air & sprays of orchids, all at mid canopy. Imagine waking up to rainforest bird sounds. The cardinals played and ate just 2-3 feet from me. Rain - fresh, clean, at night and on and off during the day. Once inside the property, it's so private! The climb over lava and up into the treehouse adds to the adventure. This is not my childhood version of a treehouse. Having a toilet and things to make hot food, even a refrigerator makes it luxuriant. Watching a volcano DVD set the stage for visiting the actual volcano just minutes away. The bed was comfy and warm. It was a human version of being a bird in the trees. Though I've visited rainforests before, it was nothing as personally interactive as this. I felt I was truly a guest in the bird's space.
Response from Gail W Armand & Robert van Sluis - 05/28/2011
Thanks so much for taking the time to comment on your experience at the treehouse. Our vision in building the treehouse was to incorporate the childhood fantasy into the adult reality, so that you have all the comforts an adult wishes for and yet that wonderful childhood exuberance in the living of fantasy gets called forward, and for awhile, you feel like a child again. Very happy you felt like a guest in the bird's space.
Fantastic last two nights in Hawaii
The Tree house was a fantastic way to end our Hawaiian honeymoon. It is very close to Volcanoes National Park which we spent two full days exploring. It is also close to the famous Black Sand Beach at Punaluu Beach Park, where we had an amazing time snorkelling around sea turtles. Of all the vacation rentals we stayed in during our trip, the Tree House was the only one where we had direct contact with the owners which was great as they were able to answer any questions and deal with any issues very quickly as they live nearby. The Tree house works well as a base for day trips as this is what it was designed for. If you are planning on spending full days at it, you will find that given the fact it is a tree house there is not a lot of space for sitting around indoors. There is a small living room area, however square footage is at a premium so there are two chairs in place of more traditional living room furniture. The same can be said for the kitchen facilities enough to get by, but I wouldn't attempt to cook anything overly elaborate. Again this isn't a bad thing as long as it is on par with your intended use.
The hot tub was a great feature, especially after a day spent exploring and the outdoor shower was hot and enjoyable. There was also enough blankets to stay warm thorough the somewhat chilly and humid nights.
It is hard to assess a value rating because it was much more expensive than any other place we stayed but at the same time was so much different than any of them. We stayed two nights which I found was a good balance between the cost and the experience.
All in all, it was a very unique experience in a one of a kind structure. Waking up in the treetops is hard to match.
Response from Gail W Armand & Robert van Sluis - 10/01/2010
The treehouse space is actually determined by the trees themselves. The challenge was to construct a space that would do what we wanted it to - have a sitting area, enough space for a queen sized bed, a food prep area, bathroom, lanais - all while actually suspended from the trees. The placement of the trees determines both room size and interior shape. Here in the rainforest, the trees cannot penetrate the interior of the house.
As such, it is unique place, rather more like a yacht than a hotel room.
The kitchen is more of a galley than a full fledged kitchen. There is a two burner stove top, and there is also an outdoor grill.
We conceived the treehouse as a honeymoon suite, a love nest, as it were. It is heavy on the romance...
What a beautiful, serene, magical place!
Wow! That was a treat! This is the classiest treehouse I have ever seen, not to mention romantic! I cannot wait to bring my fiance to this sweet and special place.
Situated above a lava tube in the midst of the tropical rainforest, this spot is pure magic. The trail leading to the treehouse smells of sweet ginger in bloom, and Gail has done a lovely job of planting orchids and other flowers to add color and enchantment to this already exquisite slice of paradise.
I had my 8 month old baby with me and she loved playing with the solitaire di venezia marble game while we watched the volcano update on the DVD player. The bed was like a cloud and the hot tub on the lanai was divine!!!
This was a fabulous place to stay and I would recommend the Exotic Treehouse on the Volcano to everyone I know for romantic getaways, vacations with the girls, family adventures, or anyone who wants to have a unique Big Island experience. It is so close to the Volcano National Park, which is ever-dynamic; we got to see the red hot glow of the crater at night under the milky way and meteor showers! So awesome!
Robert and Gail are excellent hosts who make your stay warm and accommodating.
Check it out! You will not be sorry you did and you will never forget this experience. Mahalo and aloha!
Response from Gail W Armand & Robert van Sluis - 02/04/2012
mahalo nui loa. What a sweet review, and our first. We loved having you and your wee one stay with us. Bring her back sometime soon so she will see where she spent the night when she was so tiny.