The property was beautiful! Bed, super comfy. We had so much fun every morning exploring the lava field before heading out for a new adventure. Loved the location!
This is perhaps the nicest short-term rental we’ve ever stayed in, & we’d book it again in a heartbeat! It was clean, spacious, & beautifully decorated. The towels & other amenities are high quality. Someone commented on dealing w/ a portable A/C and fans, so the ductless mini-splits (a/k/a heat pumps) must be recent. They work quickly to make temps perfectly comfortable; no need to be worried about climate control. The views were unbeatable & the location spectacular! Some mentioned that it’s a little more remote, which is true. That was a plus for us, but if you’re looking to walk to restaurants or swimmable beaches, this wouldn’t be the location for you. Some had issues w/directions to get there, but we didn't. The directions provided are very precise & detailed; if you follow them you'll find it just fine. Others have also mentioned that the bed is high to get into–also true. If you have agility/balance issues, this might be an issue for you, especially if you’re on the shorter side. But it’s a very cool bed, & very comfortable! Our sole criticism of Bali Temple is the trash situation. You’re instructed to take it to a transfer station, which isn’t open every day (& wasn’t the day we left.) This doesn’t seem like something you should have to do in a short-term rental. OTOH we were happy to see instructions for putting your compost in a compost pile. We compost at home & always regret putting veggie scraps in the trash while on vacation. We stayed 3 days in early May 2023.
The location and property were gorgeous. The views were once in a lifetime, but the directions were vague and the surrounding area is NOT a tourist location. Do not book this VRBO without doing a little research on the climate reguarding tourists on the big island, but over all a beautiful landscape.
The flat was very comfortable and well appointed. There are more close neighbors than the photos would lead you to believe, but the lava field between the house and the ocean is truly amazing and like nothing else we had ever seen.
This is a fabulous house in an extremely quiet location. My husband and I loved it.
One of the best Vrbo’s we’ve every stayed at! Magical, quite and peaceful! The view is amazing and the seclusion just enough.
So much to do on this island! National Park is a must. We went slightly north of Hilo and visited the botanical gardens a must as well, went to Kona for the day. Did the Abalone farm tour cool! The city of Pahoa has many good restaurants to select from.
Rachaelle’s home was well stocked and we enjoyed many dinners with a gorgeous lava/ocean view! The bed was very comfortable as were the many daybeds. Rachaelle was quick in communication.
We highly recommend Bali Temple…you won’t be disappointed!
The house is very clean and Rachaelle responded very quickly for the questions
Wonderful place to retreat from the world and refresh in God's awesome creation. Very clean and comfortable home with all we needed. LOVED IT!
There were no issues or problems at all. The experience made me wonder when we could return.
Bali Temple exceeded our expectations. Beautifully decorated, comfortable, and clean with amazing views over a lava field and the ocean. We had a hard time leaving we loved it so much!
The views from the deck were great and this house is very close to a well known black sand beach (though be aware it is a nude beach). Only issues that we encountered were 1) actually locating the house - directions were given in advance but the Google pin did not work for us, although our GPS did work fine in the remote location. 2) The bathroom towels smelled as though they were used on a dog. 3) The water pressure in the shower was minimal.
Otherwise, the stay was great! Bed was luxurious and the sound of waves were wonderful!
The property is well-loved as evidenced by its pristine condition. The house and grounds could not have been any cleaner. The location was unbeatable for a quiet escape, only a short walk to the shore and a view of the ocean from the lanai. The house is located in an isolated neighborhood but not eerily alone. Some noise from the downstairs unit was heard in the early morning (voices and the moving of furniture) but not enough to be irksome. I truly loved the space and the zen-like feel. The calm quiet environment was soothing. I hope to return again and will definitely rebook this exact unit!
enjoyed the starry sky and fantastic view of the contrasting black lava and blue ocean. interesting area that allows for lots of exploring.
Very nice house with great oceanview. The home has big windows what gives the impression to live in nature. Nee air condition works well but we opened the windows and used ceiling fans most of the time (better feeling and more environmental friendly).
Our family stayed at this amazing place for 2 days Aug. 31-Sept 2. We enjoyed a fire on the lava at night, running to the lava leasing to the beach near Robert’s market, swimming at the black sand beach, visiting fissure 8 and any 2018 lava eruption destruction, watching the best sunrise over the Pacific Ocean, the sunsets and sipping our coffee on the lanai. This is a place we would definitely stay at again. The host is knowledgeable and super friendly. Thank you!
Loved the second story and beautiful quiet spot. My husband felt bad for the people downstairs because I walk loud and it annoys him.
Really enjoyed this rental. Location is stunning and home has a relaxed island vibe. Many mornings were spent walking on the lava in front of the house. Very comfortable bed. We stayed in the upstairs unit. Would definitely stay here again.
It is very attractive, wonderfully decorated, and the balcony views to the ocean are amazing. There is lots of space to move around, flop on one of several couches for an afternoon nap, and the bed was very comfortable. Also, the Bluetooth speaker was very nice. There is no grill.
The owner sent very detailed directions and information about the unit and surrounding area. We enjoyed our time in it.
Bali Temple exceeded our hopes and expectations. Location was stellar for a much needed quiet, peaceful R&R. Architectural design and furnishings were charming and high quality. My favorite place to stay out of over a dozen visits to the Islands. Hope to be able to stay again.
Beautiful property, we had the upstairs unit, and loved the views of the lava flows. Loved walking on the flows and seeing the various lava patterns.
Gorgeous, sunny locale - windows all around and big, open house. Definitely hot though (not to be a broken record, as most reviews mention this), as the morning sun comes right up and beats into all those windows. The portable a/c def works decently though in combo with the fan to blow around the air. We found that if we left the sliding glass doors open all day (there’s screen doors on them) while we were away that it wasn’t so hot when we got back later in the day. You can walk right on the lava fields out to the ocean and watch the waves crash in. Saw all kinds of crabs on the rocks too. We had the luxury of a bright full moon almost all the nights we stayed, and it shined right overhead. Loved the shower and double sinks. So many options for lighting too in the evening - all kinds of switches to turn on different options. Hope you love geckos - super fun to see so many, and they were quite entertaining on the balcony. Sometimes they were found in the house! Others mentioned the stove/cooking situation too - there’s nothing over the stove, like an exhaust fan, and you will smoke up the place if you’re not careful. Use the standing fan (seriously we moved the fan around a lot) to propel any smoke or heat right out the nearest window. The sounds of the night are incredible - idk how to describe it. All in all it was magical. Can’t believe we got to stay here. The bed IS high (but oh so comfy!) - I’m short and had to climb the bed frame to get into it! Pillows are super soft. Host also has beach chairs and a cooler in the closet (didn’t realize this til last day). There’s also games inside in some of the many drawers/decor. Huge book shelf of books and trinkets. Very well-appointed in every way. There is no DVD player as listed, nor did we find the grill (not sure if listing is updated to reflect this). Sad to leave this once-in-a-lifetime spot. Perfect for a couple.
Very nice property, tastefully appointed and with a fantastic view of the lava fields and the ocean beyond. Easy and well worth It to walk out to the cliffs. Very quiet, not really near anything but that’s the point. Note the bed is about four feet off the floor but it is very comfy. Only caveat—no coffee, which despite the clear advice to buy groceries on the way in still surprised us.
We had a wonderful stay at the Bali Temple. Beautifully appointed and everything we needed, comfortable, and big sliding windows on all sides to take in the beauty of this place on earth.
Rachelle sent her contact info with very detailed instructions on how to get there (pay attention : ) and information on things to do in the area prior to our stay however no one was there upon check in (or at any other time during our stay) which happened to work out ok for us because we had no problems whatsoever.
Great view. Comfy bed. Just be aware it is far away from food or shops.
Loved this place!
This place is an unbelievable paradise.
The view and surroundings are spectacular. The backyard opens into a new lava field that is perfect to explore and enjoy the endless private oceanfront.
The house is setup in a beautiful Bali theme with a brand new kitchen and a lanai that is priceless to sit on and enjoy from sunrise to sunset.
The home manager is very friendly and helpful!
Highly recommend! 🤗🌺
The perfect honeymoon experience. To avoid sounding like a broken record we'll just confirm all the previous positive reviews. Off the beaten path, this place is perfect for those with a sense of adventure that are willing to explore one of the most beautiful places on the planet. The owner Rachaelle is quick to respond to any questions and is a wealth of knowledge on anything "Big Island". We will be back and will spend more than a week. It's just not enough time........
Beautiful little cottage away from everything and perched on some beautiful volcanic rock. Perfect getaway.
Loved the lava and the ocean....magical mix! House was nicely appointed and the location was great! Would gladly stay again!!
Thank you for a great time! We loved the view and chance to explore the lava rocks. Bali temple was exceptional lodging and we hope we can return someday!
Imagine waking to the sound of surf crashing onto the shore line. Walking over lava flows from twenty years or so ago. Sit on the open deck and watch the sun rise in the morning. The moon rise in the evening. Windows all around opened to the splendor of nature. You are surrounded by calming woods that make up the space you are in. Outside open windows crickets, birds and other tropical creatures sing their tune morning day and night. Solitude Is easily found not only in Bali Temple, but in all the surrounding landscape. Walk upon earth that is younger than you are. Build stone structures out of the earth that surrounds you. Retire to a large four poster bed and drift off into a well deserved slumber to the song of the ocean and tropics. Wake to first light. Listen to the falling rain. Find yourself in a whole different place.
Make Bali Temple your home away from home. Enjoy the comfort of serenity. Let nature cool you and hug you in its warm grasp away from civilization. Take a vacation like no other. Relax. Explore. Walk on new earth.
We loved staying at Bali Temple. We walked over the lava rock every evening and watched the waves crash in and admired the new creation of land around us! We explored the whole island while we were there and had an amazing honeymoon.
Every now and then, we stay at a place where the first words as we enter are ones of awe. Every room in Bali Temple is beautifully decorated in peaceful tones, eclectic art work, and clean, open spaces. I could have spent days just wandering the lava flow between the house and ocean, taking photos and enjoying the various forms of lava.
I hadn't realized from the description that we were upstairs and there was another rental below, but that was okay. Everyone was quiet and respectful. Rachaelle was very helpful, even helping me find an acupuncturist for my back.
It's a short drive to Pahoa where there's a market, a natural food store and a few good restaurants. Kilauea Crater/Volcano National Park is less than an hour away. Be sure and stay for the nighttime viewing as the crater lights up red (bring a warm jacket!). I'd definitely return.
Ashleigh & Brian D.
We stayed at Bali Temple for the second half of our honeymoon on the big island. We met Rachaelle once, she was friendly. She doesn't live downstairs anymore and was renting the space to a nice couple that was staying for about 2 weeks. There was another rental property on the fairly small Bali temple lot and it was occupied by 2 different tenets over the course of our stay, a couple and a young family of 3. There was construction going on next door but this was fine by us and didn't interfere in our vacation in the slightest. Everyone was kind and friendly....
I'll start with the things that could be improved:
- My biggest disappointment was the jetted tub, not only did the jets not work the drain plug was not tight so it took forever to fill with water and once it did you could hear the water escaping from the tub during my bath. I love a good bath and was less than impressed.
- We accidentally used the neighbors fire pit to grill which was embarrassing and should be marked better , we followed the trail from the back yard as described and were very embarrassed when the neighbors said that it was not ours to use. luckily we were using our own charcoal.
-The kitchen was lacking things like extra trash bags, baking sheets, & aluminum foil. There were sharp knives (though half of them were hidden in a drawer for the first half of our stay), pot holders, plenty of dishes, a full size dish washer, a coffee maker that could be set on a timer and a corkscrew.
- Some tourists in the area expressed some concern over the 'locals'. In the Kalapana/Pahoa area there is a very hippie vibe and a lot of hitch hikers which we were fine with but seemed to make some people staying in the area uncomfortable.
- the strange guy who wandered through the property said he knows the owner. He was not friendly and seemed mentally unstable. We would see him lurking and those were the only times I felt uncomfortable during our stay.
- p.s. for other shorties out there look in the closet for the step stool because the bed is nearly as tall as I am 5'.
- double sink / vanity
- laundry room (needed softener)
- the view from the porch when it was not raining
- the lava 'park' area near the shoreline that is walking distance out the back door.
- walking out onto the lava field at night and looking at the lava running down kilauea
- uncle roberts wednesday night market (and saturday morning - it is much smaller but very fun for breakfast)
- the geckos
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