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Totally Exotic, Peaceful, and Relaxed.
I do not know how they put it all together, but the gardens, artwork, colors, and handcrafted care that went into the Bali House is spectacular. The photos are beautiful, but you really do not know a place until you see it in living color. The views are my favorite which are the lovely views of the ocean, coconut trees, and lush tropical vegetation. The Coqui frogs singing at night are mesmerizing, and make the night air alive with joy. The bed is so comfie and cozy that you just want to luxuriate...and why not? We are on vacation, and luxuriate we did. The terrace overlooking the ocean with high end wicker furniture is a lovely place to layout and read a book. Hot tub completes the luxury. All is well at the Bali House, and delivers mor than promised, with a warm ALOHA greeting from Owners Tim and Illani. MAHALO and bravo!
The perfect ending to an AWESOME Vacation!To say that no detail was overlooked would be an
understatement! Everything was as advertised and more. When we got
there our guest greeted us with Aloha! and was very helpful and
knowledgeable about the area. We felt at ease and the vibe was exotic
and relaxed at the same time. The cottage reminded us of are many trips
throughout East Asia especially Bali. The area is lush, tropical sunny
during the days. The open concept living area below is Amazing,
relaxing and cozy! We loved dining below then going into our own
private Hot Tub. When the night was over to lay on the super plush
bed... we haven't slept that good in years! I would recommend this
place to anyone and we have already made plans to return here in 6
months! Thank you sooo much Ili & Tim!
Romantic and Magical getaway at the Bali House
The Bali House and Bail Cottage are truly magical places. Last year we stayed at the Bali Cottage and tried to book it again as soon as we got home, but it was already booked. Luckily the Bali House was newly available to rent, so we booked it. We didn' think we would ever find a place as romantic and magical as the Bali Cottage with its open-air kitchen, direct ocean views, and secret garden spaces tucked throughout its own private grounds, but the Bali House was even more enchanting and delightful.
The house is an architectural marvel, being constructed of 3 pods imported from Bali. There are multiple levels, making the house seem much bigger and really cool! Also the beamed ceilings (the underside of the Bail roofs) soar above the rooms in a dramatic way. The house is very well equipped and has all the comforts of a real home. The stone grotto-style shower with rainfall shower head is amazing! There is also a huge screened-in bonus room with canopy bed and its own sitting and dining areas. The master bedroom in the main house has its own deck with ocean-front views. The gardens are well planted with lots of blooming and tropical plants, creating separate private garden areas that give you total privacy from your neighbors. The hot tub is great.
Our second time here was as amazing as the first. We were greeted by the owner Iliahi, with a hug and the aloha spirit that you only experience in Hawaii. You can feel the magic the minute you arrive at the Bali House. This is a real gem, and when you get here you want to stay forever. We are already looking forward to our next visit! Mahalo, Ili and Tim for sharing your home with us.
Brent & Jeff
Never have we stayed in a place so magical...so beautiful. Iliahi and Tim were kind and gracious hosts, the view was incredible and the house was down-right AMAZING. i want to keep this a secret from 'tourist hawaii' for a reason... ITS TOO GOOD! private, serene, and honest in its Puna-bounty. We hope to return one day
missing it already from Portland, OR...
thanks ili and tim
Aloe & Light
You have created a unique and very special retreat here at the Bali Cottage. Michael & I have so enjoyed our stay in Hawaii. Thanks for all of the thoughtful details you have provided. From the moment we arrived we felt very welcome and at home. The whole experience was so relaxing and at moments magical! We'll return to our day to day lives refreshed and renewed. We hope to return to the Bali Cottage in the near future!
Paul & Michael
Thank you for your abundant generosity. We arrived needing and seeking a place to rest and you created an environment to allow us to do just that. We hope to see you again soon.
Please let us know if you ever get to Portland.
Patrick and Russ
From St. Loius, MO. Love and Aloha to Iliahi & Tim for making a Truly beautiful Cottage and providing us a WONDERFUL 20th Anniversary here in Kehena!
We Have enjoyed PERFECT weather,(including Rainbows), Great Food, Spectacular snorkeling and swimming, Hiking, Driving, and Romance everywhere we went.
This coast is a wild and special place in America, and we consider ourseves lucky to have found it, and you!
Best to all lucky enough to write in this book and to have found this GLORIOUS SPOT!!!
Dan & Rusti
While here - I Do believe we lived in a MAGICAL WORLD - Thanks (Mahalo) for EVERYTHING!!!
Thank you for your warm hospitality and the wonderful Bali Cottage experience. Three nights weren't enough for us! That means we hope to be back soon!
Mahalo and Aloha,
Jennifer and Eren
These winds, these waves, Islands Kissing, being kids by Jehovah the Creator. To be here is to be blessed, life becomes a warm heart smiling. This woman to whom I owe, my spirit that glows. She is now my wife, stardust at long last entwined.
Aloha & Mahalo!
Johnny & Linda
Thank you SOOOO MUCH!!
What a wonderful place you created!! So many little touches to make our stay special and memorable!! You guys ROCK!!
This has been the best time - a Mother's day I will remember forever as "Perfection!!"
Your kind hospitality was greatly appreciated - we will be back (as well as many friends, I am sure of it!)
Peace & Mahalo!!
Lesllie & Evanthia
Thank you so much! I will be back for sure and took cards so that I can spread the word about this gorgeous Cottage! Amazing job on the decor and use of space. Most memorable trip with my mom that will last forever in my mind.
` Mahalo ~
This place is FANTASTIC!!! What a perfect getaway from it all. Across from the Ocean, Great Tradewinds, Beautiful Ocean sounds. Not to mention the night music (Coqui frogs) that lulls you to sleep. This place is romantic as all getout.
It would have been great to spend more time here but with "Merrie Monarch" in town, it was booked up.
See you next year!
A Hui Hou!
M & D
Our time at your wonderful cottage has brought back the romance into our lives, we will be celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary this Oct 25th and this place has started it off in fine style.
I love the coqui frogs in the evening with the waves crashing on the rocks below.
My husband loved the layed back atmosphere and he even took to wearing a "man skirt" (sarong) while down on your beautiful black sand beach.
The Big Island of Hawaii is AMAZING!
Rick & Allane
We we're only able to spend one night here at The Bali Cottage
but it was the most romantic night. The stars were
unbelievable and the frogs sang us to sleep. This is the most
beautiful ocean front cottage ever. For a newly engaged couple
we couldn't have asked for more. Can't wait to come back for
the "Honeymoon"! Thank you for sharing this piece of paradise
Sam & Ali
Thanks so much for your hospitality and the perfect place to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary!
We loved the amazing details in the cottage design and furnishings. The deck was great at all times as were the breezes, surf and the frogs.
We really enjoyed our time here!
Kevie & Mike
Our stay at the Bali Cottage was very relaxing and comfortable. Mahalo for the warm Hawaiian Welcome! We loved sitting on the Lanai watching spinner dolphins during the day and listening to the coqui frogs at night. They sound like our "peepers" at home that are just starting to peep announcing the arrival of spring. The hot tub was very relaxing after a long day visiting the Volcano
Jim & Deb
The sun is dancing on the water this morning, the last of our three night stay. It is "Post Card Perfect". We have been privileged to have visited all the Islands but this is our favorite and our first time time to have been on this side. We have had a wonderful time exploring. The best part has been after full days to come home to the serenity of the cottage. We so appreciate the lushness of our surrounding, the pounding of the surf, the chattering of the birds. As gracious hosts your have anticipated our every need. You have created a very romantic hideaway! We thank you!
Susie & Norman
Thank you so very much for a moment in Paradise. We love the cottage, cooking in the lanai and sitting on the balcony overlooking the ocean while we ate.
Thank you for the book of activities, which led us to the Secret beach and the Maku'u Farmers Market.
We are very sad to leave, but the other side of the island is calling. Hopefully we'll be back again soon!
Thank you so much for being such gracious hosts for our short stay. This
place is truly maggical.
We have already told our Hilo friends to make
reservations. The food is delicious and the Cottage absolutley perfect! You
both have created something very special here.
We are both so fortunate for
being able to spend time here!
Kyle & Wendy
We are so happy about Tom’s selection of the BaliCottage. From the warm, invitinggreeting and the fun things to do around here. It is a very comfortable home away from home.
You have a wonderful place here, we are envious.
Many good wishes for you.
Martha & Tom
Thank you for sharing your paradise with us! I have stayed in some very fine hotelrooms…BUT BY FAR, yours is the BEST!!! The Hilton has Nothing on ya’ll!
John & I are moving back to the mainland and wanted onemore fun, romantic time before we move back. Last night here was so great, we wondered why we were moving back! So thank you for the best farewell a couplecould want. I will definitely refercouples to this wonderful place!
Aloha & Mahalo Nui Loa!
John & Deb
Hawi HI & Soon the Mainland
This place is HEAVEN!
Nov 30, 2010
Thank you so very much for an experience of a lifetime. Our family reunion was great. This was also our Ninth Anniversary together and it could not have been more perfect!
You are a gracious host and you made us feel so welcome.
We miss this place already. We look forward to visiting again (for our 10thAnniversary).
Aloha & Mahalo
P.S. If you ever visit SF let us know; we will be your tour guides
November 17th, 2010
We had such a nice time. My first time to Hawaii and couldn't have been more pleased or perfect. It felt magical at night with all the lovely noises while cooking in the open air kitchen.We loved the farmer's markets, KTA, the volcano, SPAM for breakfast and all the little things that you provided for our comfort.
Oh,, and we liked Suki & Meka too!!
Thanks for everything!
Joseph & Patrick
This has been the best Anniversary vacation we've EVER been on! Thank you for all of your advice on places to go.
The Lava Boat tour is awesome, even if you get seasick like we do Dramamine works fine!
Your home is beautiful & the guest house is wonderful, you have thought of everything!
The singing frogs are great at night with the sound of the waves crashing on the shore. We want to share that the Zipline over UmaUma Falls was glorius even in the rain you have to try it!!! It's exhilerating.
We went on the "Captain Zodiac Snorkel adventure" to Captain Cook Monument which was also fun, everyone should do that on this island. Drive up 137 also and stop at all the sights...it's spectacular, Anyhow the breakfast was delicious everyone has to try it.
I could write more but, the most important thing is your amazing hospitality...Mahalo!
P.S. The Kava is kinda icky..Janet is right, takes getting used to...heh
November 9, 2010
Frogs chirping at night is certainly a departure from the sounds of city living. Instead of car horns and people, we've heard the crashing of waves and swaying of palm trees.
At first, our stay at the Bali Cottage was intimidating due to the beauty, but now as we write this on our third night here, we've begun to feel like locals.
By now we've learned not to take certain luxuries only found here for granted. Wether it be looking up at a star filled sky as opposed to only seeing a select few and the moon - or being able to hike down a black rock trail to a majestic black sand beach. We definitely recommend Melvin's Lava Boat tour (though we're sure you've heard)-it's one of the most amazing things we've seen. Take a trip down to the Tide pools and see how the locals cool off. If you didn't buy food to cook, take a trip into Pahoa, and dine at Kaleo's. Thanks to Janet for easing us into paradise living and showiing us an unforgettable few days, love.
November 7, 2010 We thank you for the opportunity to be able to stay in paradise. The Cottage exceeded our expectations and wish we could have stayed longer. The Spinner dolphins finally said hello and good-bye to us this morning, what a perfect way to end our stay. We enjoyed all the local sites and appreciated all the suggestions in your book.We hope to be back soon one day. Mahalo Alberta, Canada
November 7, 2010
We thank you for the opportunity to be able to stay in paradise. The Cottage exceeded our expectations and wish we could have stayed longer.
The Spinner dolphins finally said hello and good-bye to us this morning, what a perfect way to end our stay.
We enjoyed all the local sites and appreciated all the suggestions in your book.
We hope to be back soon one day.
Thank you for sharing your own peice of Heaven here with us. We have enjoyed our stay here more than we both imagened we would. Waking up to the view of palm trees and Ocean every day is almost more than I can handle.
The beauty all around us has really made us reflect & think this past week. We truly appreciate your tips and hospitality.
Your tip about the Lava tour was great! How awesome to see something like that!
Once again THANK YOU! MAHALO!!!
Wisconsin. Go Pack!
We spent 7 lovely nights at the Bali Cottage in Sept/Oct of 2010 and it was wonderful! Having never stayed at a vacation rental before, Janet made the experience warm and welcoming. We're both somewhat nervous travellers so having Janet close by (but not too close, if you know what I mean ;)) made us feel safe and comfy. Her knowledge of the area was very helpful - I'm not sure we would have found all the little playgrounds she led us to (The Kapoho tidepools being my personal favourite). The cottage was very cozy and romantic. We were lucky to have a taste of sunshine AND jungle rain - what I would call a storm but was likely just a regular rain shower. We made friends with the geckos and whiled away the time enjoying the sunrise from bed and ocean views from the sundeck. Wishing I were there right now... thank you Janet!
The Big Island has been a blast and your little guest house has been a welcome part of the tapestry of memories contained in this "vacation" we used the snorkel gear to visit the Tide Pools. Go out to the other side of the sign 100yrds opposite the parking area for a DEEP hole. The best part of this leg of our journey was the Lava Walk. We found a local to take us on the tour and we got close. Closer than is probably safe...WOW! Go see the lava flow up close and personal. Don't forget to check out Uncle Roberts Kava/Awa Bar in Kalapana...Will keep you entertained-try the Kava.
Thanks Janet for your advise on taking the Lava Boat tour with Melvin. We took the 8pm Tour on a still & cloudless calm night and found it AWESOME!! From Janets welcoming hug this whole week has been Paradise. I could ramble on for pages and pages but one word sums up the whole Bali Cottage package for me - "Perfection"
Many Mahalo's for a week in Paradise and a lifetime of Wonderful Memories!
Janet, your suggestions & recommendations have added so much to our time here. Your last suggestion of Kaleo's is most definitely a "Hidden" gem.
Thank you most sincerely for sharing your home & your corner of paradise.
September 17-25th 2010
Everything is the same, the fog says "We are fog and we fly by dissolving like ephemera", and the leaves say "We are leaves and we jiggle in the wind, that's all, we come and go, grow and fall" – Even the paper bags in my garbage pit say "We are man-transformed paper bags made out of wood pulp, we are kinda proud of being paper bags as long as that will be possible, but we'll be mush again with our sisters the leaves come rainy season" – The tree stumps say "We are tree stumps torn out of the ground by men, sometimes by wind, we have big tendrils full of earth that drink out of the earth" – Men say "We are men, we pull out tree stumps, we make paper bags, we think wise thoughts, we make lunch, we look around, we make a great effort to realize everything is the same" – While the sand says "We are sand, we already know," and the sea says "We are always come and go, fall and plosh" – The empty blue sky of space says "All this comes back to me, then goes again, and comes back again, then goes again, and I don't care, it still belongs to me" – The blue sky adds "Don't call me eternity, call me God if you like, all of you talkers are in paradise: the leaf is paradise, the tree stump is paradise, the paper bag is paradise, the man is paradise, the sand is paradise, the sea is paradise, the man is paradise, the fog is paradise"
Written by Jack Kerouac from "Big Sur"
read by Courtney R on September 18th as the sun came up. I couldn't have said it better. Much love to the Bali Cottage. It was truly "Home" while we were here.
Aloha Janet & Tim! 20 August 2010
Thank you so much for creating this wonderful paradise for us to visit. We have have had an AMAZING time here on the Big Island. Everyone we have met has been so nice and easy to talk to. The sights are so dreamy! We had a wonderful time snorkeling where you showd us. We saw a beautiful Sea Turtle! The beach across the street is so serene and peaceful and RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET!!! We had an incredible adventure over the lava fields and saw the lava pouring into the sea. The breakfasts you serve are so delicious and have been a fun part of getting up in the morning. The Bali Cottage itself is our Dream Home. We have been pretending that it is our house and are sad to have to leave. An open air kitchen just isn't possible where we live due to climate and bugs. I have had so much fun cooking with my love (wife) in the beautiful breeze. This has been an unforgettable experience that we will cherish as my wife and I start our new life together! The perfect beginning to our life journey. Mahalo and much love!
This place, This Perfect Bali Cottage, is indeed a DREAM come to life! I did not know such BEAUTIFUL DWELLINGS existed. The Sea view & Breezes on the Lanai, the amazing tropical garden; Bali Cottage.....You had me at HELLO!
Forrest & Sara Jean
P.S. What A Honeymoon!
Thank you so much for making our vacation so wonderful! We had the most amazing time at The Bali Cottage. The place that you have created for your guests is the most relaxing, romatic, peaceful place that we had ever been. We enjoyed our time at your cottage so much more then we did in Maui at that big resort.
We loved Kehena Beach and all that the area had to offer. After seeing the picutres and hearing the stories we have a ton of friends and family that will be coming your way.
Thank you again for the wonderful breakfasts and all the directions to the specail places the Big Island has to offer!
We will see you again - Mahalo!!
Mike and Katy Simmons - Savannah, GA
Dear Janet & Tim
Thank you both so much for this wonderful little escape. We've needed a vacation and this was PERFECT. You have such a loving home and have created wonderful Karma here at the Bali Cottage.
We really enjoyed everything - The Sun, sand, rain, beach, Kalani, the lava, night sounds & your adorable puppies!!
We can't wait to come back & will tell all our friends.
Andy & Deb
Thank you so much for your hospitality! Staying at the Bali Cottage was the perfect (and most romantic) way to wrap up our honeymoon on the Big Island.
We absolutely loved the design and decor of the Cottage, and we will use it as inspiration when we hopefully move to the Big Island. Everything about our stay was perfect!
Mahalo & A Hui Ho!
This was the honeymoon of our dreams! This cottage is such a beautiful place to stay. It is very private and peaceful! The cottage itself is beautifully furnished and just breathtaking! The Bali Cottage is a step away from the pretty black sand at Kehena Beach. Wow, just an amazing retreat in a lovely location!!!!
San Jose, CA
June 29th - July 6th, 2010
What a great way to celebrate our 1 year Wedding Anniversary!
We were speechless to find how beautiful the Bali Cottage truly is! Waking up to the sounds of the ocean...WOW!
Nick & Saryre CA
June 17th - 27th, 2010
Dear Janet & Tim,
Mahalo!! Thank you so much for providing such an amazing retreat. The Cottage itself is beyond beautiful!
The time, effort and love put into it is not only seen but felt at such a soulful level!
Thank you for you hospitality and we hope to see you both again very soon. May God bless you & your family richly!
Much Love! Aloha!
Amazing views, design, comfort. We LOVED it! We will be back. Aloha
June 8th to June 11th, 2010
As you have already read, this is a truly wonderful cottage in an incredible location:
Thank you Janet & Tim!
The Black Sand Beach just afternoon is a truly magical place, the dead tree in the middle, with it's gnarled root system exposed over 6 feet above the sand adds a sureal touch! We highly recommend the little restaurant at the very end of route 137 (turn right outside the gate and keep going straight!) Plus the Kava/Kawa/Awa bar in the evening is another hidden treasure.
Last night the stars were fantastic & we hit the Hot Tub with a glass of Red Wine and simply marvelled at the night sky!
THIS IS PARADISE!
Off on the rest of our honeymoon to the other side of the Island, then on to Kauai...But it will be hard to beat this little corner of Peace & Happiness!
Mahalo! This was an amazing experience and a wonderfull honeymoon. We were so busy the first few days visiting all the sites that we actually didn't really go to the beach! But it was a beautiful cottage, and the pictures do no justice in comparison to actually being here. We woke up in the morning to go sit on the rocks and watch the dolphins which was so peaceful! I wish we would have been able to get to know you guys a little more, but unfortunatly I got sick, and spent much of the last few days in bed. Anywhere else I would have been very upset for getting sick, but being able to hear the waves and the frogs sing was so relaxing! Thank you guys for such a great honeymoon, we look forward to returning! Mahalo! Las Vegas, NV
This was and Enchanting Cottage! Mahalo! Greg, Manu and Toshi New York and Delhi India
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
Fantastic Vacation at a beautiful home with wonderful hosts. We wish we could stay longer.
Natalie and Michael
Santa Cruz, CA
Such a lovely place you have created a wonderful place for some R & R. We have never been to this part of the Island & are sure glad we decided to come this time! Everything was absolutely wonderful (the breakfast was yummie!!). I am so glad to have found you on the Internet. We'll be telling all our friends to come visit you!! P.S. We loved the singing frogs! Marysville, WA
Somewhere between 4/24/10 & 4/29/10
Thanks to you guys, we have lost track of the days.
All the problems of the world have seem to fade into the distance. My blood pressure is at peace at the Bali Cottage as is the rest of my spirit.
We knew this would be a great place but until we arrived and were greeted by Janet our host with a smile and necklace ( Lei ) of welcome, did I (we) start understanding what we found.
This is such a happy place and the two of you make it possible. I could keep on about the peace we found here but others have said it better then I can.
They said "to everything there is a beginning and end". We choose to think this is just a beginning.
We won't say Aloha...
but see you soon.
Chester and Kathy
Aloha T and J,
We had a real wonderful 3 days stay at your beautiful place.
This cottage is really a great relaxing place.
You live close to one of the nicest beach in the world!.
We are a bit jealous of your situation, it's far away from Quebec landscapes and climate.
We thank you for your generous and great hospitality, I'm sure we will come back one day.
David and Sadik
Dear Janet and Tim,
What a beautiful, relaxing retreat. The cottage is amazing and perfect in every detail.
Having the ocean right there in front of us was such a treat. Your hospitality and warmth made our visit very special.
We will be back!
Mahalo Steve and Marylou
Thank you for taking us to the best snorkeling and for the Lava Viewing---It was great!
Tim and Janet,
Thanks for all the amazing wonderfulness!
(not a word).
The View---the Peace--- it's all breathtaking.
Of course my favorite was Stephanie's massage!
What a treat. Thanks for making our first trip to Hawaii so wonderful.
Philip and Joann
What an amazing place! We just returned from there and it still seems unreal. The attention to every detail that Janet and Tim put into this cottage is incredible. Not to mention the hospitality - a handwritten welcome card, little gifts for the kids, and a personal tour guide around the area. We were so lucky to find this place, I can't say enough great things about it. It was the highlight of our trip!
Your lovely Bali Cottage lived up to our expectations from your web page and more! The Lanai below made it seem like we were camping out in style of Hawaiian royalty.
The cottage is a work of art and craftsmanship.
The quiet neighborhood, beautiful beaches, and soft perfumed air made this a unique vacation. Thank you for your advice and taking us to your favorite snorkeling pond!
Pat took many pictures and will send you some once we get home.
Pat and Judith
Dear Tim and Janet,
I am so sad to eventually have to leave! I had such a great time on the Island because the cottage has been so amazing. What a beautiful and peaceful piece of land you guys have created! I'm looking forward to coming back to you.
Thank you and Aloha,