Amidst the Mist: A Tranquil Respite

Amidst the Mist: A Tranquil Respite

With summer in full swing, anyone not embarking on a European holiday or mainland sojourn tshould consider a neighbor island jaunt to one of many inn experiences we are lucky to have among us. We’ve written at length about the quaint (and historic) Shipman House in lush Hilo; you’ve drooled over the elite homes of Pure Kauai, as well as some stunning oceanfront estates on O‘ahu. But it’s been a while since we directed our gaze towards the coffee-laden hillsides above Kona—and the sublimely serene Holualoa Inn.

The innkeepers have wisely launched a series of new packages to attract one-stop vacation shoppers, and the themes are more than a bit tempting. First, there’s the “Babymoon Bliss” package for those expecting a newborn with hopes of one last getaway. Inclusive is breakfast served in bed one morning of your choice, a one-hour prenatal massage for her and a one-hour massage for him. Chef Brian will pack you a dual lunch-to-go for your off-property beach day, and couples will take home a customized list of Hawaiian baby names.

The “He Aloha Ho‘oipoipo...Love Affair” package boasts rose petals on the bed, chilled champagne and chocolates and fresh cut tropical flowers daily, all as a mere add-on to your room of choice. Tack on a couples massage for the ultimate getaway.

Tucked into over 30 acres of fruit trees (yes, plenty of coffee; 4,300 to be near exact) and flower gardens, this plantation-meets-Indonesian inspired mansion touts a regal sitting room/parlor/living room that overlooks the Kona coastline, a gorgeous pool and the kicker—a rooftop meditation-massage gazebo.

From the rich eucalyptus wood flooring to the gentle (and at times energetic) trade winds that stir through the house, to the curated works of local artists, a player piano and the downstairs game room/lounge, Holualoa Inn is perhaps the most ideal respite—yet perfect launching point—from the bustling town of Kona, a 10 minute drive away.

Chef Brian keeps the creative plates coming with daily breakfasts and the option of lunch or dinnertime dining throughout your stay. There’s no shortage of coffee, and helpful staff is on-hand at nearly all hours to brew up a carafe of award-winning brew (the inn’s “Brazen Hazen” beans took home a bronze award in the Statewide 2009 coffee cupping championships).

Roll over to www.HolualoaInn.com to read more about their new packages.

The inn’s “Brazen Hazen” beans took home a bronze award in the Statewide 2009 coffee cupping championships...