Rest & Relaxation happen at The Palms Cliff House

By Karen Welsh, staff writer, Hawaii Tribune-Herald

Those who’ve experienced a stay at The Palms Cliff House, located at 28-3514 Mamalahoa Hwy. in Honomu, say it’s an unforgettable experience and they’ve voted the landmark establishment the “Best Bed & Breakfast” in the Best of Hawaii 2010.

Owned by John and Michele Gamble, the business was founded in August 2001 and features eight, each with spacious rooms, private entrances, Jacuzzi, and lanai.

They are currently celebrating a milestone 10th anniversary offering visitors a restful retreat from the rest of the world.

Since then, more than 15,000 guests have graced this special piece of heaven on earth.

“It’s been such a joy,” Michele said. “The people we meet have been so incredible. Everyone who comes to stay here allows us to live our dream. We are so thrilled to share this place.”

A lovely welcoming oli and smiling face are the first things all vacationers who through the door.

A quick walk to the back of the house and guests stand on the expansive veranda to experience cool ocean breezes wafting up from Pohakumanu Bay and watch the graceful Koa’kea cliff birds floating in the air.

Another few steps and the visitor can view whales and spinner dolphins frolicking in the surf before taking a quiet walk through the lush foliage surrounding the estate.

“It’s so relaxing.” Michele said. “This property gives the sense that you are far away from everything, but in reality, you are only 15 minutes from Hilo.”

The Pampering does’t stop at he door, Guests are offered traditional massages, yoga classes, hula lessons, and local craft making, Manicures, pedicures, and more. The owners will also cater special lunch or dinner for interested parties upon request. They also offer a high tea on occasion.

Throughout the years both John and Michele have built and maintained a true Hawaiian cultural presence on the land.

Michele Often features menu items from old cook books, and they also host Kumu Ed Collier’s Halau O Na Pua Kukui from Kalihi in their home when the Halau competes at the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival.

They were thrilled when Halau members created a hula of their experience at the inn and performed it for the Gambles on stage during the world-renowned competition in 2004.