Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A Winter Dream Gone Tropical

So for the longest time EVERRRR I've wanted to go to Hawaii. Doesn't matter how long, a few days would be just dandy, but I must say needs to be within the next 10 years, and believe me I've started saving up air-miles to reach my destination :) Such a beautiful place with extraordinary landscape, fresh fruits and all sorts of healthy meals to be inspired by, tropical marine life and rainforests to explore, and lots of history...I'm a history fanatic what can I say.

However, I've always heard it is very expensive to travel to but that there are certain places you can find great deals at and still be on budget while having a great time. ~ If you have ever been to Hawaii I'd love to know how your trip was and any places you would recommend! ~

I stumbled upon the Holualoa Inn, a relaxed country Bed and Breakfast on the Big Island of Hawaii 1,400 feet above sea level in the slopes of Mount Hualalai, that seems to offer everything in one package: tropical fruit and flower gardens, estate-grown Kona Coffee trees to product their Hazen Brazen Kona Coffee, rooftop and oceanview pools, kitchen for guests to cook and prepare their own meals if they want, and gazebo. The 6 guestroom Inn is styled with old-Hawaiian interior classics like eucalyptus floors, woven Lauhala matting, local artist pieces, traditional Polynesian furniture and many tropical flowers and plants native to the area. Looks like it would be an AMAZING place to stay!

Gardenia Suite
$365-405 rate
Private balcony with views of the pineapple garden, king bed and separate sitting room and sofa bed.

Plumeria Suite
$335-370 rate
Pool level suite with ocean views, king bed, only room with a TV and separate sitting room with a day bed.

Coffee Cherry Room
$340-375 rate
Nestled next to the pineapple garden and Kona trees, king bed, private hot tub spa and sitting area.

Ginger Room
$300-330 rate
Located on the second floor of the Inn close to the roof top gazebo, private balcony, queen bed, sitting area and views of the Kona Coffee orchards and tropical gardens.

Hibiscus Room
$340-375 rate
Views the ocean and Big Island beaches, sitting area and king bed.

Orchid Room
$300-330 rate
Showcases exotic plant life, Jalouise windows, queen bed, sitting area and views of the tropical gardens.

With so much to do and little time to see and do everything, I have no idea how I'd shorten my list, but these are the top options :)
Have the traditional lei welcome greeting (gotta experience it all right?)
Snorkel, shell, relax...repeated every day when time!
Attempt to learn how to surf
Take a helicopter ride along the coastlines and above volcanoes
 Hike up into a rainforest and see waterfalls, mountains, and Hilo's Zoo (only tropical rainforest zoo in the U.S)
Visit as many beaches as possible!
Go sailing in the morning
Travel into town to browse art galleries
Attend a Luaus with fire shows, hula dancers and amazing food!
Go on an off-road tour through deep pit craters, lava tubes, and native forests
Star gazing 13,500 feet in the air on Mauna Kea Summit (tallest mountain on Earth!) where all the top scientist go to see the Milky Way, Polaris, Southern Cross and other stars
Visit the Pearl Harbor Memorial
Island hop :)
Tour the University of Hawaii at Hilo...because I really wanted to do my undergrad studies there once.
Go on a glass-bottom boat tour
Taste wine at Volcano Winery (one of 2 on the island)

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