4 bed, 3.5 bath, 4,666 sqft villa: 2 queen bedrooms. 2 king masters. Sleeps 1-10
- english, spanish
About Robert Tag
I've worked in the hospitality industry for years on the marketing side and worked shoulder to shoulder with some of the greatest general managers and operations professionals in the world. I've had the honor of serving The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. and their 250+ amazing independent properties. I have also worked with Four Seasons, Fairmont, Mandarin and Intercontinental, as well as some fine cruise lines, sailing vacations and global destinations. It has been a thrill learning from operational geniuses. While I don't pretend to be in that same league, I have always wanted to find a property that defines the best of the area, history and culture that surrounds it and share it with fellow travelers who have the same passion for experiencing a genuine "sense of place." I have found "it" in on the windward side of Hawaii, on the Hamakua Coast just 7 miles north of Hilo. And I would love to share this piece of paradise with people who appreciate authentic experiences.
Robert Tag purchased this Villa in 2018
Why Robert Tag chose Pepeekeo
Kapehu Falls is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. (And I've been to some pretty amazing places.) It incorporates the natural beauty of the land, its history as a portion of the old Metcalf Sugar Cane Plantation – and its even earlier history as forest land – and combines it with the stunning design of the fanciful Plantation-era architecture of the late 1800s into a modern-day Hawaiian paradise. The 20+ acre estate has breathtaking ocean views, 15 acres of replanted forest, nearly a mile of private roads, waterfalls, streams, gardens, an orchard, huge main house, storybook creekside cottage and a natural pool beneath the falls. Kinda amazing. This magical place was created by visionary designer Ronald Hubbard who honored the land, streams and history of the property. And the area. The 2 gorgeous buildings compliment nature's bounty and recall a bygone era. It is like a more sophisticated Hawaiian version of Disney's "Mainstreet USA." And it is all surrounded by famous waterfalls, botanical gardens and other nature-focused attractions scenic byways and trails. Previous owners and remarkable stewards,Tom and Marcy, spent the better part of a decade transforming this idyllic paradise into a comfortable, reliable vacation rental with plenty of 5-star reviews. They took me under their wing and showed me all the special details that make this such a remarkable vacation retreat. This combination of cultural enthusiasts, and operational and design visionaries made this spectacular property worth sharing. In the end I asked myself, "Is this place worth flying 20 hours in a middle seat for?" So I tried it. With good company and paradise at the end of the journey, the hours fly by. This place is completely worth your hard-earned vacation time. You can leave the pressures of the real world at the front gate and enjoy life.
What makes this Villa unique
The majesty of this place is greater than the sum of its parts, and yet the parts are pretty remarkable all by themselves. As fellow travelers and I can attest, there are times when this place is so beautiful that you can just sit on the lanai and watch the ocean and the sky change colors while the birds and butterflies stop by. The choir of songbirds harmonizes with the sounds of the streams and waterfalls to provide a soothing soundtrack to the scenic wonderland. You will forget to get up to explore. But when you do, here's what awaits: The house itself was built by a very talented designer who understood the history of the land and the magic of indoor-outdoor living. - There are over 20 acres of pristine, gated paradise. - 15 acres of private eucalyptus forest with private roads. - Uninterrupted views of the ocean framed by the forest and streams. - 2 gorgeous streams and waterfalls. - A picnic shelter past the grove filled with fresh fruit and avocados. - The larger waterfall has created its own natural pool or swimming hole that looks like it was built for a movie set. - You feel far from everything, yet you are surrounded by attractions, natural beauty and the conveniences of the Islands largest city. It feels impossible. And yet here is this perfect balance. Perfect for a romantic getaway or a base for family and friends to explore the Island. I hope you'll love it as much as we do! Aloha!
Pool / Spa
Max guests: 10
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Spring Break 2020
The Kapehu Retreat House was the perfect pick for our family and friends. The house is beautiful and roomy. I wish we had spent more time in it! The property is gorgeous and we loved our walk to the waterfall and checking out the orchard. Jack welcomed us and he was very easy to reach with any questions. I will miss hearing the coqui frogs at night.
Thank you for an amazing stay!
The property was absolutely gorgeous! We travelled with our friends who also had their adult daughter travel with us too. They took the house and my husband and I had the Owner's suite. It almost felt as if we were on our own vacation! The grounds were beautiful and enjoyed sitting on the wraparound lanai every night listening to the coqui and the waterfall. It was so relaxing and peaceful. When we arrived, we were greeted by Jack. He took the time to tell us about the property and also informed us of the highlights and best places to check out on the island, since this was out first trip to the Big Island. Thank you for letting us stay at this most amazing property! We will be back again! Mahalo!
A unique slice of paradise
We had the good fortune of renting the entire property (Retreat house and Cottage) for a 5-day family reunion. The property is stunning and the Retreat house is very well-designed to maximize socializing while still ensuring everyone has space for privacy and peace/quiet. The waterfall with natural pool is a rare gem and our times there were the most memorable part of our vacation. The house is well-stocked and we wanted for nothing. We hope to be back again soon! Thank you for making such a special place available.
Beautiful home with all the amenities needed for a comfortable stay. This property was everything as advertised - incredible views, and such a lovely house. We'd book again, without question.
Great place to unwind not too far from Hilo.
Nice secluded house with with a beautiful views and grounds.
Perfect location: There are hundreds of beautiful waterfalls on the Big Island, and all of them are located near the Kapehu Retreat House -- there are no waterfalls or scenic river valleys anywhere else except the NE district. 'Out in the country' feeling, yet only 9 miles or 20 minutes from Hilo, a short drive to Volcanoes National Park (currently closed, but it will re-open as soon as it's safe). A few minutes away are several black sand beaches for swimming or surfing, several gorgeous botanical gardens, and 2 zip lines. The climate at Kapehu Retreat House is perfect year round. Situated at 900 feet elevation, the air is cooler than at the beach or in Hilo: upper 70's F to low 80's during the day, and upper 60's F at night most of the year. In the winter it can get down to the low 60's at night with a daytime high in the low to mid-70's.