Hawai’i is a dream, with its lush landscapes, scenic beaches, and warm weather. Many times, big hotels overshadow the cute bed & breakfasts that populate the different islands. In the spirit of showcasing the coolest boutique hotels around the globe (you know that’s our jam), today we are taking you to the state’s Big Island, specifically the Holualoa Inn, a charming eight-key boutique bed & breakfast situated on 30 acres overlooking the Kona coastline.
Its location sits on the slopes of Mount Hualalai, in the heart of the Kona Coffee Belt—in addition to being a former private residence and paradisical haven for island visitors, the property is also a working coffee farm (the cup of joe here is as fresh as they come).
The setting is breathtaking: views of the ocean from 1,400 feet up, a custom-tiled pool, colorful flower gardens, tropical fruit trees (think pineapple, red torch ginger, and mango), and meandering paths that exude enchantment.
The decor is redolent of Old Hawai’i, from the eucalyptus floors to the Polynesian-style furniture. This look is exhibited best in the indoor-outdoor Great Room, the hotel’s living room/lobby: local artists’ work freckle the walls, deft sculptural accents ooze storied Hawaiian craftsmanship, plus a covered lanai equipped with rockers and a day bed. Plus, the rooftop gazebo is a favorite for morning coffee and sunsets.
Vim for the islands and all they offer is expressed in the distinctive designs each room sports. We love the Darrel Hill Cottage, which in addition to having been the former residence of illustrious Hawaiian artist Darrell Hill, hosts a private entrance, sensational ocean views, grand shower, intimate wrap-around lanai, and king bed with plush linens.
Needless to say, from head to toe, this hotel is a nod to beauty and storied traditions of Old Hawai’i.