Dec 29, 2011

Honeymoon in Hawaii (part five): Among the trees

I tried to include this in my last Hawaii post but it was getting unwieldy. We stayed at the Mahinui Treehouse for two nights to coincide with our visit to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The treehouse is about five minutes away from the park entrance. On top of that, this is by far the most special place that I have ever stayed in. My sister sent me a link from TripAdvisor for the treehouse and as soon as I saw it, I knew I had to book it. It was romantic, thoughtfully designed and a little inspiring in terms of the eco-friendly aspects of the place.

The treehouse is actually located on a residential road but somehow you are also in the middle of the rainforest. There is a driveway where you can park. On the driveway, these is also a tent that contains the generator and headlamps and backpacks that the owner provides. You have to unpack your luggage and transfer it to the backpacks because it is impossible to take any suitcases or large bags up to the treehouse. At the end of the driveway is also a moongate that leads you into the forest and towards the house. 

A moongate welcomes you to the treehouse

After a short walk through the rainforest,
this ladder leads to the house

This beautifully carved door is the first thing you see at the top of the ladder.

Main entrance to the treehouse
Hot tub and porch with an outdoor eating area

It rained every night so we weren't able to make use of the outdoor dining area but we still used the hot tub briefly every night until we couldn't take the cold or wetness anymore.

There was a small kitchen where we were able to prepare breakfast.

You'll notice there is beautiful stained glass window around the house as well. 

This small fireplace did wonders in warming up the whole treehouse. 

After our hikes, we used this outdoor bamboo shower. Unfortunately, these showers also took place at night when it was raining so it was a tad cold. 

A ladder leads you up to the bedroom. 

The bedroom also had beautiful stained glass in it.

I loved staying at Mahinui. It was such a unique experience and I found the treehouse to be absolutely beautiful. It also made use of the space that was available to create a comfortable and homey vacation spot. 

No comments:

Post a Comment