Aloha fellow travellers!
Today we arrived on the Big Island of Hawaii. It is called Big Island because the Island is twice as big as all the 137 Hawaiian islands combined and still growing because of the continuing erupting volcano. Despite this it, is the youngest of the islands.
Our first stop is the Ala Kai B&B on the east side of the island.
Upon arrival we were greeted by the head of public relations a.k.a. Shakespeare the cat.
Ala Kai B&B
Ala Kai is a cosy B&B 25 miles north-east of Volcano national park. The name is Hawaiian for Road by the sea, and that is nothing short from reality. The B&B is located a few steps from
the ocean. You can see the waves from the lānai (Hawaiian for open-sided porch).
Ala kai B&B is owned and hosted by Mary since 2004. Before she, and her co-founder, started the B&B. When she finished her school she went to Senegal for 2 years to work as a peace corps volunteer. After she travelled the world and lived in Thailand she worked on the Island of Oahu for a bit as an executive manager before moving to the Big Island to open the B&B. Besides begin a host, Mary is also a published author under the pen name of Kate Lindman. What an interesting host!! Be sure to chat with her as you see her walking around during breakfast.
The cosy B&B has a cottage, a room downstairs and two adjoining rooms on the first floor. Every room has a TV and DVD player There is also a common area on the first floor with a water cooler, two book cases that are filled with books of all sorts and kinds, and plenty DVDs for you to take to your room and watch. There is a washer and dryer that you can use free of charge. The Wi-Fi connection is perfect and there is a large pool on the front of the house. The pool is accessible from 8.00 till 22.00, just ask Mary to turn on the lights at the pool.
The room downstairs (Bamboo Room) has the most amazing bathroom of the entire B&B! The floor is made completely out of pebbles with a walk-in shower. It also has a private mini fridge, microwave and a adorable pick-nick basket for your liking to use. This is the room we were fortunate enough to stay in.
Aloha & Turtle Room
The first floor rooms are the Aloha room and the turtle room. They share a bathroom. It is possible to rent out both of the rooms so you have a private bathroom. Both rooms have direct access to the Lanai.
The cottage is a quite large space with two bedrooms, a living room/kitchen and bathroom with bathtub. It is located at the back of the house. If you are travelling with your family this is the perfect combination of a cottage and an B&B.
Complimentary breakfast is served each day between 08.00 and 08.30 on the lānai and differs per day. Mary wakes up every morning to make it fresh herself. She offers the basics like toast, bagels, fresh fruit, butter, cream cheese and jam. And she also has one item that changed. The first day it was an delicious omelet and the second day it was home made banana-macadamia pancakes! Of course she also offers coffee, thee and a fresh juice. If you want cereal this is also possible, as long as you notify Mary in advance of this.
To take into consideration
If you are planning to visit the Volcanoes national park and still want an affordable and cosy accommodation where you feel you are taken care of this is the place to be. If you are looking for a beach vacation I recommend going to the west side of the island. On the East side, where this B&B is located, it can rain up to 100 inches a year because of the rainforest climate. The surrounding area is very lush and green and filled with tropical flora and fauna because of this. Also, the B&B is located at the end of a 6 mile road into Paradise park. You absolutely need a car to get here but it is a road worth taking!
Want to stay at Ala Kai and enjoy the lush, green and volcanic environment, click on the link below!
This post was created in collaboration with Ala KAi B&B
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