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Inside Look: Lotus Garden Inn Near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park



On the Big Island of Hawaii, it’s common for people to day-trip from Kona or Hilo to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. But why? Though lodging is limited inside the Park, the town of Volcano, just adjacent, is home to many small, charming inns, many worth checking out.

The Lotus Garden Cottages, for example, is a rainforest bed and breakfast, a great representation of the type of property you will find in Volcano. Come along as we take a look inside:


While there is limited lodging inside the Park, there is plenty to speak of around it. The Lotus Garden Cottages are a great example of the type of intimate, remote lodging you will find in the tiny town of Volcano. Just a few minutes drive from the Park entrance, it boasts major convenience for those looking to spend multiple days in the Park, or simply break up the journey and switch things up with an overnight stay. The town of Volcano is as local as it gets, immersed in a rainforest, similar in terrain to what you find inside the National Park.


PHOTO: Entrance to Lotus Garden Inn surrounded by lush greenery. (Photo via Lotus Garden Inn)

The property reminds one of a peaceful monastery, blending Asian décor and Hawaiian hospitality. Bamboo woodwork, Buddhist statues, a gong, Asian artifacts and Zen gardens make up a big portion of the décor, while the environment reminds guests they’re in Hawaii, with lush palms and tropical flowers. Surrounded by thick rainforest and residential houses, the Lotus Garden Cottages are set up as a place of refuge and a quiet retreat.


There are four rooms, or cottages, on property. The use of the term “cottage” here is a little misleading—don’t picture individual buildings spread out over a large area. Instead, the “cottages” are individual suites, spread through a retreat-like complex, with long outdoor corridors connecting the rooms (some of the buildings may be technically disconnected from the main house, but the reality is that all four “cottages” are bunched together, some under the same roof).

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PHOTO: Hula Moon Cottage at Lotus Garden Inn, Hawaii. (Photo via Lotus Garden Inn)

That said, each provides plenty of privacy, and each has its own personality. The Rising Moon Suite has its own back patio; the White Lotus has a large bath-spa tub; and the Hula Moon a fireplace. Some have a full kitchenette, some just a microwave. All have inside and outside sitting areas.

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A stay at the Lotus Garden Cottages includes breakfast, although it is a little different than a traditional bed and breakfast. Each night, a tray is placed in your kitchenette, usually consisting of fresh fruit, juice, baked goods and one main item, such as a quiche or breakfast sandwich, that you can heat up in your microwave. There is no common dining room—all guests are encouraged to enjoy the privacy of their large, spacious suites and sitting areas.


The combination of location and ambiance make for a great stay at the Lotus Garden Cottages. Truly peaceful and removed, it’s the type of place you want to go with a significant other, where you return to relax after a day of exploring, where you can listen to the rain as you fall asleep, where interacting with others is low on the list of priorities. The ability to cook in the suite is not only a perk but a necessity in a town like Volcano, where dining options are extremely limited. Get a good bottle of wine and see what it’s like to spend a night in the rainforest.

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Family Fun Abounds in Ocho Rios at Moon Palace Jamaica



All-inclusive resorts are an amazing option for families in search of the perfect shared getaway.

Parents looking for relaxation and a reprieve from daily pressures can certainly appreciate not having to sweat every individual expenditure while on vacation and instead settling on an up-front cost that allows adults and kids alike to go hog wild when they reach their destination.

At Moon Palace Jamaica, a Palace Resorts property situated near the celebrated seaside town of Ocho Rios, all-inclusive really means that it’s all covered, from luxurious accommodations and upscale amenities to world-class dining, 24-hour room service, minibar, premium satellite TV channels, wireless internet access, free calls within North America and a whole host of on-site activities designed to appeal to every age group.

The 700-room resort is located directly on Jamaica’s north coastal beach, where the sparkling Caribbean Sea virtually calls out to guests to come splash in its dazzling waters and warm themselves on the tropical sands.

With use of non-motorized watersports equipment included in their stay, kids and grown-ups might want to try boogie-boarding, snorkeling, paddleboarding, kayaking or sailing a Hobie cat as a family. Once the tribe has had their sand and saltwater for one day, there’s always more aquatic fun to be had at any of four family-friendly outdoor swimming pools.

PHOTO: A family enjoying time on the water at Moon Palace Jamaica. (photo via Palace Resorts)

The resort’s kids’ club, called the ‘Playroom,’ houses state-of-the-art activity spaces that cater to kids whose ages are four and up. They’ll stay entertained for hours in areas filled with building blocks, creativity areas, kitchen play area, ball pit, indoor playground, movies, video games and even a mini-stage to host kids’ karaoke.

Outdoors, there’s a dedicated kiddie pool and children’s water park, plus areas for taking out bikes and rideable cars.

The trendy ‘Wired’ teen lounge is designed especially for kids twelve and over, featuring flat-screen TVs, video games, arcade games, billiards, air hockey and foosball tables, and serving up slushies and frozen virgin cocktails.

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PHOTO: An outdoor restaurant at Moon Palace Jamaica. (photo via Palace Resorts)

With all this on offer, it’s possible that parents will find their teenagers spending more time on their own, with their peers, than they’d have guessed.

Parents who prefer to enjoy a little adults-only downtime who have children under four are also able to arrange for babysitting services through the resort for an additional fee.

Where kids are concerned, what’s on the menu at their next meal can also be a pressing question. Guests of Moon Palace Jamaica will find abundant options available to keep youngsters satisfied, with everything from poolside pizza and snacks to gourmet dining included in their stay.

Boulangerie, Moon Palace Jamaica
PHOTO: Boulangerie, Moon Palace Jamaica (photo via Palace Resorts)

The Boulangerie, reminiscent of a Parisian café, is particularly convenient, serving up fresh pastries, crepes, sweet treats, ice cream, flavored coffees and more, 24 hours a day. Gourmet Corner also dishes out a variety of quick-serve favorites, like pizza, paninis and even sushi, for casual dining or to take on-the-go.

Five other sumptuous, dine-in restaurants on the property offer a mouth-watering variety of cuisines with options to please the palates of adults and minors alike.

Right now, Moon Palace Jamaica is offering a special deal that provides free airport transfers, up to $1,500 in resort credit, and free stays for kids and teens.

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