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Kalani Oceanside Retreat RR2 Box 4500, Pahoa HI, 96778, 808-965-7828, 800-800-6886. Kalani Oceanside Retreat caters to gay men year round, with several gay adventure weeks and vacation packages, workshops and retreats. Kalani's 120 landscaped acres are right on the beautiful Puna coast, with clothing optional pool area and nearby black sand beach. Great food, yoga, dance, adventures and an international staff. Come play with us! 808-965-7828 or 800-800-6886. Email mailto:gayevents@kalani.com.

The Lavendar Boot 808-965-0111 Make your own bed & breakfast Ocean view, kitchen, jacuuzzi, private/semi-private. In Puna near warm ponds, black sand beach, steam vents Women-only

Pamalu B&B RR2 Box 4023 Pahoa HI, 96778, 808-965-0830, fax: 808-965-6198, rmacpam@hawaiiantel.net. 5 acre country retreat with inground 40 foot pool w/pavillion and outdoor shower & barbeque surrounded by palms, plumeria, bougainvilla and Tahitian gardenia. 4 guest rooms w/ queen bed and private tiled bath. Close to coral gardens snorkeling, natural warm springs, lagoon, volcanic crater with sunken fresh water lake and hiking trails. Eleven miles to clothing optional black sand beach. Click here to go to web site. ...........................................................

RAINBOW DREAMS COTTAGE Beautiful oceanfront cottage on Rte 137 (Red Road) in Lower Puna available for weekly vacation rental.  2 miles to black sand beach at Kehena and 5 miles to the warm pond.  2 bedrooms, one bath, full kitchen.  Solar power and catchment from the rain.  Gay owned and operated.  www.rainbowdreamscottage.com  Email with questions to dwshaw2004@yahoo.com

RAINBOW'S INN PO Box 983, Pahoa HI, 96778, 808-965-9011 Oceanside, private entrance, full private kitchen, hot taro bread. Close to warm ponds, snorkeling, black sand beach, steam vents. Men & Women welcome.

Over TWENTY great vacation rental homes in Hilo, Kea'au, Pahoa, Volcano and Kapoho! Our rates are as low as $33.00 a night (based on a monthly rate). Live on the ocean for only $85 a night. We have the best selection of vacation rental homes and the best prices in East Hawaii! Visit our website for all the details! www.hawaiiparadisevacationrentals.com, or write us, markron@earthlink.net. 808-965-8241

Short term Vacation Rental, Backpackers welcome, Furnished single room with private entrance, tv, fridge, temperpedic mattress, share kitchen and hot bath with 1 other, serene country acre 2 miles to Pahoa Town...short drive to warm pond and dolpin beach.$200 week  $700 month, call 808-965-2303 please leave message Tiaalm@aol.com

Escape2Puna - Big Island Vacation Home Rental, Get an entire house to yourself! Sweeping ocean and garden views. Ideally located for a relaxing vacation. Plenty of things to do nearby if you get tired of relaxing. Just 3 blocks from the water and less than a 10-minute walk to beautiful Kehena beach. Comfortable open floor plan. Queen-size beds. Full kitchen. Amenities. Low introductory rates now through the Fall. For full information, visit www.escape2puna.com or call Andy at 415/431-5646. Gay owned.

Hawaiian Retreat. A variety of comfortable, beautiful accommodations with exotic tropical fruits in the enchanted puna jungle! From $75 to $140/nite. We are a perfect place for a party, wedding, family reunion,teaching center or corporate retreat. Hi-speed connected office, movement room, massage cabin and an organic farm next door, come and explore! Steve Shaffer and Janelle Honer www.hawaiianretreat.com 808-217-2895

Vacation rental in sunny Kalapana Seaview Estates 2bedroom 2full bath close to ocean large kitchen large living space 85.00 per Nt. 808-430-1284 tejahkelly@yahoo.com

Welcome to Kane O Kupono, a gay owned, totally "natural" (clothing optional)
Guesthouse/B&B on the Big Island of Hawaii.  We are located on the lush,
tropical east side of the Island.  It's a perfect place to relax and unwind after a day at the beach, visiting the volcano, hiking the close by waterfalls,  or  visiting the near by Thermal Hot Springs.  Located at a bit higher elevation close to Volcanoes
National Park in the Fern Forest area, our weather is not so hot and humid. http://www.kaneokupono.com

Coconut Cottage Big Island Bed & Breakfast, a licensed and permitted Hawaii B&B, is centrally located between Hilo and Volcanoes National Park in the heart of the tropical Puna district in Leilani Estates near the world famous live lava flow. We are three miles from the quaint and gay friendly village of Old Town Pahoa with its excellent restaurants and shops. In 1960 Pahoa became the anthurium and papaya capital of the world. Thermal hot pools, surfing, and world-class snorkeling are just a few miles away. We are also just minutes from clothing optional Kehena Beach, where you can enjoy the breathtaking black sand beaches and turquoise blue ocean. This beautiful beach is often frequented by dolphins, turtles and seasonal whales. Another nearby wonder not to be missed are the natural steam vent caves. You can also take a coastal drive along the Red Road, considered the most beautiful and scenic drive on all of the islands. One can also enjoy hiking, mountain biking and eco-tours at several nearby scenic trails. Volcanoes National Park, historic Hilo town and spectacular waterfalls are all within 20 miles of our rural peaceful retreat.  Your comfort and enjoyment during your stay at Coconut Cottage B&B is of utmost importance to us. We strive to make your Hawaiian vacation as memorable and relaxing as possible. We pay special attention to all the details: Comfortable beds, plush towels, and the finest of bed linens. On special occasions, enjoy evening pupus (Hawaiian appetizers) and tropical drinks on our beautiful lanai at sunset. Soak in the spa at the end of the day dreaming about re-entering the world with a renewed sense of being. Coconut Cottage Bed & Breakfast,
Island Elegance with Genuine Hawaiian Hospitality

Ranked #1 B&B in Pahoa on www.TripAdvisor.com

13-1139 Leilani Avenue
Pahoa, HI 96778
Local/On Island  808-965-0973
Toll Free  866-204-7444

On the Big Island, our family says "E Komo Mai", and welcome to Kehena Beach Guest House. Our home is located in one of the most beautiful places on earth, the little known Puna Coast. It is south of an active volcano in the laid back community of Puna Beach Palisades. We are three short blocks from the old Red Road which hugs the water and leads to Kehena Beach. This is a black sand beach surrounded by towering lava cliffs. It is the sight of an ancient Hawaiian village and when you are sunning and hitting the waves in the rugged and charming water you will feel the spirit and soul of the islands. We call where we live Moe'uhane Hale or Dream House and when you see it you will know why. This two story modern house sits on a lava flow from 1955. Our family resides on the top story where we have a lanai that looks out into the distance to the sea and our guests are given the sanctity of the bottom floor. We have two beautiful rooms. One is called "Maluhia" which means Peace and the other room is known as "Moena" or Resting Place for we hope that when you come to Moe'uhane Hale you will find tranquility as we have. Visit our Website www.kehenabeachguesthouse.com or Email us kehenabeach@gmail.com  808-965-8625 Mahalo.

One bedroom, newly renovated, guest cottage, located on a 17 acre oceanfront estate on Pohoiki Bay, nestled into the breathtaking Lower Puna coastline.  Enjoy the serenity of one of the largest stands of coconut palms on the Island of Hawaii. Stroll through the properties old growth rainforest and feel like you are in your own private national park.  Meditate in the presence of the “guardians” (wood carvings done by local a rtist Randy Takaki) around the koi pond located in the heart of the forest. Relax and enjoy the magnificent colors and serenity of the crystal clear ocean from various locations throughout the property.  Partake of (in season) organically grown tropical fruits and citrus from our orchard. Walk along miles of coastline enjoying the tide pools and natures pallet of lava formations.  You are 2 minutes from swimming, surfing, snorkeling, and a natural warm pond..  Practice yoga at the world famous Yoga Oasis 10 minutes away.  In the evening you are 30 minutes from viewing lava from Kilauea, the most active volcano in the world, flowing down a mountainside and the plumes of smoke as it enters the ocean. If you prefer a closer look at the formation of the newest landform on Earth, lava viewing boat tours are available leaving from Pohoiki Bay daily.   Discover the visitor’s station at Mauna Kea, where at 6 pm, 365 days a year, you can view the heavens through powerful telescopes through the clearest air on Earth. Dining, health food store and supermarket in nearby historic Pahoa Village. Also available on site (fees apply) gourmet meals using only organic products prepared=2 0by Chef Sally June, massage, spa treatments, and natural farming classes. $125.00 per night; $800.00 per week; $2800.00 per month.  $75.00 cleaning fee and 11.4% local taxes apply. squashace@aol.com or 808-640-4258

The Bali Cottage at Kehena Beach www.thebalicottage.com (Located directly accross Kehena Beach!)

Wahi Olu'Olu Gay owned Nude Vacation Rental      For those who want to spend their island time basking in the sun or lounging on our spacious lanai in complete nudity. We offer down home comfort and accommodations with a very personal touch. 
Located in Kalapana in middle of Ohia forest with view of ocean and lava steam plume.
We also offer Kama'aina rates for those living here who just want a day or 2 naked get-away from their island home.
Checkout our website.   http://sites.google.com/site/gaynudehawaiivacationrental/



Kehena Beach Vacation Rental.  This unique vacation home features one bedroom and bath, and has several other sleeping areas, which include a loft and gazebo.  It has a fully equipped kitchen with dish washer, a washer and dryer, satellite TV and high speed Internet.  This home has cathedral ceilings and many special architectural features to make for a very tropical experience, including lush private grounds and a hot tub.  Sunrise over the ocean is visible from the lanai. The black sand beach is a short walk or bike ride down the hill and the home is centrally located to the many attractions of the area including warm ponds, steam vents and the lava flowing into the ocean. The Puna district of the Big Island is one of the most lush and isolated areas in the state.  This is one of the last places left in old Hawaii with quiet country roads and secluded coastline.  Your hosts Jeff and Roger are able to help with directions and suggestions to make your Hawaii vacation most exciting and memorable.  click here for web site. Please call Jeff Seyfried for rates and reservations ( 808-965-0932) jeffseyfried@yahoo.com zP1.................................................................

Hale Kukui Ola ("house full of light").  Newly furnished clean studio with private entrance in a relaxing tropical garden setting with ocean view. Wifi, cd stereo, full kitchen and bathroom with outdoor shower.  Private lanai is surrounded by diverse landscape which includes colorful plants, fruit trees, and a vegetable/herb garden. Laundry facilities available.  Walk to Kehena beach where you can swim with dolphins or Kalani Honua Cultural Retreat Center for a variety of activities.  Short drive to Ahalanui Warm Pond, Kapoho tidepools, Champagne Pond and Lava Tree Park.  Massage therapists, using many modalities, available nearby including watsu, lomi lomi, swedish deep tissue, etc.  Qi Gong and meditation groups also abound. Your hosts, Paul and Dennis, are available to assist with directions and suggestions to make your Hawaii stay most memorable.  $74/night plus taxes and cleaning. halekukuiola.com  808 965 7141

Hangin' Loose PO Box 1863 Keaau HI 96749 (866) 543-6324 East Hawaii's premier clothing optional vacation retreat. 2 private romantic cottages on six acres of lush Hawaii. Fully equipped kitchens, private bath, hottub, watsu massage available. http://www.hanginloose.com

Fresh, newly built cottage in Puna Beach Palisades, close to Kehena Beach, Kalani and many other
attractions. $85 per night for single or couple, minimum stay 3 nights. Stay 7 nights, 8th night free.
http://tweek.net/hawaiianvacation for details, or contact Carley and Emily, 808-965-9523.

Paradise Cliffs, PO Box 939, Pahoa, HI 96778
808-965-8640, www.paradisecliffs.com
B&B, vacation rental, million dollar view, private, walk the lava coastline.

Isle of You - Hawaii Farm & Retreat. A clothing optional retreat on 70 acres of private lush green rain forest, cleared trails, banana groves, ocean views and solitude. Come look, listen, smell, play and get naked! Yurt's and cabin available. www.isleofyou-hawaii.com 808.965.1639

Hawaiian Jungle Hale is secluded in a native Ohia forest, this cedar house is the quiet hide-a-way you have been looking for. $95/night (two-night minimum) or $550/week. Pets allowed. Shed your cares and stress and relax and enjoy the culture, birds, mature tropical flowers, trees, and plants Hawaiian style. Tower Play-Room. Call Kana 808-966-8431. Hawaiian Jungle Hale

Rainbow Adventures
Lesbian/gay accommodations. B & B Hideaway and Tropical Safari Advisors. Pahoa HI.

Hale' Ae Kai. Kalapana/Ophikao Guesthouse.  Fully equipment kitchen, 3- bedrooms, 1-bath  in lush jungle setting just across the road from the ocean.  Two scenic miles to Kehena Black Sand Beach, five miles to volcanically heated warm ponds, 4/10ths of a mile to Kalani Oceanside Retreat and only 15 minute drive to see Madam Pele's current flow to the Ocean..  see our web site @ haleaekai.com  contact kikionredroad@yahoo.com phone 808 965-0657

$200.00 week Vacation Rental..Single furnished room with private entrance Satellite TV. l mile to Pahoa town and 5 miles to ocean and warm ponds. Beautiful rainforest. call 808-640-6517 Iolanisanctuary8@aol.com

Kehena Beach Getaway  This charming one bedroom home located in Kalapana Seaview Estates. Features an ocean view from living room, bedroom, and lanai. It is tiled through out.This home was built in 2006. Includes:wireless internet, Satellite TV. Local newspaper,DVD player,stereo Well appointed kitchen, lanai, ice maker, local phone, ceiling fans, dishwasher,micro,gas bbq, portable bbq, ice chest California King memory foam bed, double size futon, ceiling fans, Washer and Dryer available. It is 10 minute walk to clothing optional Kehena black sand beach, 6 miles to public hot ponds, snorkeling Marine Sanctuary 10 miles. Volcanoes National Park, Kalani Eco resort 1/2 mile, Red Road scenic coastal drive http://www.vrbo.com/255192 . email: SeaViewStay@gmail.com  (808)965-5404
The price $75 a day $65 for week stay

3 WAY INDULGENCE PACKAGE. $600 for 2. 3 Days, 3 Nights, 3 Gourmet Meals, 3 Hours of Watsu and/or Table Massage.  Beautiful property on Puna Coast. ($850 package value if purchased separately). Visi www.hawaiilalala.com  for details.  contact information on website or email me info@hawaiilalala.com . 10% Kamaiana Discount for Hawaii residents.

Hale Lalala vacation rental
http://home.earthlink.net/~gayhawai icontact phone:  808-965-8500 and email:  gayhawaii@earthlink.net Located just 2 blocks from the ocean near clothing-optional Kehena Black Sand Beach, the active lava flow, waterfalls, snorkeling, surfing, historic Pahoa town, Ahalanui Hot Springs, and Volcano National Park. Enjoy soothing ocean sounds and breezes from every room in this large, 2-story vacation home. Amenities include: Polynesian/Asian décor, formal dining table (seats 8), comfortable over-sized sectional sofas, 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, king and queen size beds with luxury linens, assorted eco-friendly toiletries, plush towels, lava stone outdoor shower among manicured tropical landscaping. Outdoor decks for sun-bathing complete with teak chase lounges, outdoor gas grill, and dining table with umbrella. Recreational equipment provided. Additional amenities include a Private Gourmet Chef available for on site meal preparations and/or service, Discounts on Watsu warm water massage sessions, and traditional table massages in our ocean side Bali hut available during your stay. Ask about our 3 Way Indulgence Package: 3 days, 3 nights, 3 gourmet meals, 3 massages.... an incredible value at $600 for 2. 10% Kamaiana rates for Hawaii residents

Short Term Rental/Vacation Rental Clean, contemporary 2/1 in Seaview area. Perfect vacation rental for overflow guests or to recommend to family and friends coming to Big
Island for a visit. Walking distance to Kalani Retreat and Kehena Beach. Located privately at the end of a cul-de-sac bordered by Forest
Reserve. Outdoor screened-in kitchen for a true Hawaii ambiance. $125 Night or $800 per week plus one-time cleaning fee and tax. Email for photos, further information or to make a reservation.www.nanikalohe@yahoo.com

Vacation Room Rental.  Two beautiful rooms, ceramic tiled with exotic mosaics motifs, just 5 minutes from the Helon bus line and Historic Pahoa Town’s restaurants, bars, just 10-15 minutes to beeches, hot ponds and the volcano.  This Gay owned community house is on a 10 acre botanical garden with exotic birds, animals, fresh fruit trees and lots of privacy. There is plenty of clothing optional space available in gardens for private sun bathing. Massage services are available by appointment. The #1 room has a private entrance, flagstone deck, bath and access to semi private kitchen and a second bath room.  The #2 room has a shared bath and access to a semi private kitchen. We offer affordable daily and weekly rates. Rates:  $35.00 and $50.00 dollars per day. Weekly rates are available. click here for picts. Contact Frank, (808) 938-6565 Frangipon@aol.com. zp2


VACATION RENTAL--HILO SIDE Go to sleep to the sounds of the crashing surf. Wake up refreshed by the songs of birds in the garden over the waves. Walk in minutes to oceanfront park. 3 comfortable bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Enjoy tropical plantings in the yard, fragrant flowers as well as numerous palms, bananas, exotic bamboos, guava, pineapple and more. You'll be very pleased with every aspect of this charming vacation home. SEE PHOTOS: http://aloha2paradise.com/rental/wahi.html
Everything is provided to make this house your home. WiFi, 50” HDTV, Satellite TV, phone with unlimited mainland calling), W/D, dishwasher, microwave, Barbeque grill. Includes 3 beach cruiser bicycles to cruise a few blocks to tide pools for swimming and relaxing. A great location for sight seeing, exploring the wonders of the Big Island, 20 minutes drive Kapoho Tide Pools, Kehena Beach, the Hot Pond, beautiful Hilo town and Hilo Bay, Pohoiki Beach for surfing and fishing, world famous Red Road. And only 40 minutes from Volcano National Park. $85/night, 3 day min. stay. $560/wk
$75 cleaning fee. 11.41% Hawaii tax. 50% due upon booking, balance due 30 days prior to arrival. Check-in is 3pm, check-out 10am.
PLEASE ENTER “WAHI VAC RENTAL” in your subject title.

My Hideaway Spa - Cedar Lined Sauna, 40 Ft -Lap Pool & Jacuzzi
Location: Pahoa, Puna District, Big Island, Hawaii, USA
Accommodations: Cottage - 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s) - 1 Bath - (Sleeps 2-4) 40 foot lap pool - Pahoa Vacation Cottage Near Volcanoes National Park. The Lava is still flowing. You can see it daily from 2-8 p.m. Bring proper attire. Relax and enjoy the Cedar Lined sauna and 40 x 8 foot solar-heated lap pool and solar-heated jacuzzi. With access to all these amenities right outside your bedroom door – Why go anywhere else? On-call Lomi-Lomi, and Watsu massage.
The warmth and joy of the heat is available any time you feel like it while you are staying here. You can do it here day or night.
~ The pleasure is yours at your convenience. ~ Swim with Dolphins at nearby Kehena beach. Visit Volcanoes National Park and see the one hour video of recent lava flows. Walk inside Thurston lava tube and see historic Volcano House. Kilauea Volcano's Pu'u O'o Vent and its molten Flowing Lava is just a 10 mile drive and a short hike.
Snorkel at Kehena Beach and see beautiful Tropical Fish and swim with Green Sea Turtles. Swim and snorkel at the Geo-Thermal Hot Ponds. Treat yourself to an enjoyable, refreshing and fun experience in your Outdoor Bamboo Rainwater Shower surrounded by colorful flowers, in addition to the bathroom in the house. Relax on the Wraparound Lanai as you listen to the Beautiful Songs of Tropical Birds and the Lovely Sound of the Waterfall. The bedroom has a TV and a Queen Size Bed with a beautiful Bedspread and Sheet Set. The Kitchen is equipped with a gas stove top, a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, toaster and cooking utensils. Covered 1 Car parking provided. Suitability: No Pets Allowed, Not Suitable for Children. Please contact us about possible exceptions for one child. Minimum Age Limit for Renters Smoking Allowed. Activities (on site and nearby) Shopping Sightseeing Restaurants Swimming Biking Hiking
Other Activities Current as of '08: lava flow is flowing very well a few minutes drive from where we are. click here for picts. Contact Info: Phone: (808) 965-0406 Email: berlymadison@yahoo.com Mailing address: 13-3433 Kumakahi Street, Pahoa, Hawaii,96778.$85/night, 3 night minimum.  For special or partial day events please contact us.
Add 11.416% Hawaii tax to the total. $30 cleaning fee for minimum stay. 50% Deposit for reservation, balance due 14 days before arrival.
50% refund if Cancellation is less than 2 weeks before arrival.
Also accepted: Personal Check, Cashier's Check or Money Order.
Check out 11:00 am, Check in 3:00 pm. The $75 security deposit is fully refundable if all is in order upon departure. For weekly rate there is a $50 cleaning fee.



Hale Palama (House of Palms) 
Sleeps up to 18 guests. Located in sunny Kapoho, Hawaii and situated among tall coconut palms, Hale Palama provides the best the SE side of Hawaii's Big Island has to offer in a lush, tropical setting. One block from the ocean, this unique retreat is perfectly suited for individuals and groups alike with its tastefully decorated accommodations, unique floor plan, lush scenery and natural healing environment. Hale Palama is fully furnished and features 6 bedrooms, 4 full baths, 2 outdoor showers and 4 full-sized futons for additional sleeping space, providing larger groups with a spacious and gracious Hawaiian getaway. In addition, a large screened in lanai and large outdoor lanai completes the space. Due to its unique layout, 2 guests can be as comfortable as 18 since the house is split into 3 separate, yet adjoining, units.  Located 15 minutes from Kalani Retreat and Kehena Beach, this spacious 3,000 sq. ft. house is perfectly located to enjoy ocean play, lava viewing, and various local workshops, seminars, events and activities. Click here for picts. Special rates are provided for Kalani event guests.  Call Anna at 808-965-8910 for rates, availability and reservations electricwind@earthlink.net.


LAVA TREE TROPIC INN. We at Lava Tree Tropic Inn offer a memorable Hawaiian experience with a European accent. Surrounded by lush tropical vegetation, each room has its unique character combining an eclectic mix of Hawaiian furniture with mainland and European antiques.Adding to this continental flair of this tropical paradise is your hostess and proprietor, Irene Grunfield. Born and raised in Hungry, she has also lived in London, Germany, Israel, and Los Angeles.The Lava Tree TropicInn offers accommodations to fit all sizes and budgets. Rooms range from small singles to large doubles with a shared bath. The Orchid suite has its own private whirlpool bath and dressing room. For maximum privacy, we offer a separate bungalow as well as a two-bedroom cottage. Our guests awaken to the aroma of freshly baked bread, rich Kona coffee and an array of exotic Hawaiian fruits.Spread over five lush acres, adjacent to Lava Tree State Park in picturesque Lower Puna, the Inn boasts of a mature Macadamia Nut orchard where guests are welcome to pick and devour as many nuts as they like. While at the Lava Tree TropicInn, take walks through the historic Lava Tree State Park, relax on the spacious lanai, browse through our extensive library, or enjoy the satellite TV in the common area. You can also attend a yoga class or receive a muscle relaxing massage by a Lomi Lomi master. For other activities, as well as the various types of services we can provide at very reasonable prices, please inquire with your hostess, Irene. Please visit our website at www.LavaTreeTropicInn.com, E-mail us at Information@LavaTreeTropicInn.com, or call (808) 965-7441. We look forward to welcoming you with Aloha!

Hale Makamae Bed & Breakfast: Warm Island Hospitality and Aloha Spirit of old Hawaii – Hale Makamae Bed & Breakfast is a licensed and quality inspected Hawaii Bed and Breakfast and offers comfortable, spacious suites surrounded by beautiful tropical serene gardens. Two suites with living room and kitchenette, one studio, all with separate entrances and private bathrooms. 10 min. to lava viewing area, where active red hot lava plunges into the ocean, 30 min. to Volcanoes National Park & Hilo/International Airport, 5 min. to Pahoa, in Leilani Estates. Close to hot ponds, black sand beaches, coastal parks, snorkeling, steam vents. German/English spoken, Gourmet Island Breakfast included in rates, Families with children welcome, Free WiFi, BBQ available, Laundry facilities available. Click here to read feedback from guests, who stayed with us.

Petra Wiesenbauer & John Tucker
Hale Makamae Bed & Breakfast
13-3315 Makamae Street
Pahoa, HI 96778
ph: (808) 965-7015
Enjoy the Aloha Spirit, our comfortable suites, gourmet breakfast and tropical ambience.