Testimonials from Guests at the Celestial Sanctum Retreat Center
aka Volcanoes Park Rentals

Daniel and Brendon from Australia

“This place is absolutely incredible. A lot of thought and love has gone into it and it shows. The location is stunning – the property is surrounded by nature and is very close to the Volcano National Park, other attractions and some lovely cafes in Volcano town. The room is spacious and clean. The bed is comfortable and the area is really quiet so we slept really well. The house is spacious and the kitchen has everything you need. The breakfasts are wholesome, delicious and include amazing coffee. Yoga and Qi Gong classes are also offered and were an amazing way to start the day. The best part is that Rick and Katy Joy are amazing hosts. They offer as much privacy as you want but are always on hand to assist if needed. We especially loved our conversations with them as they are such interesting and lovely people. We could go on for days about this place, we really can’t the recommend it enough.”   –  Julien from Quebec:



“Katy Joy et Rick sont formidable, l’endroit est magnifique ! A voir absolument , sa vaut vraiment la peine !”

“Katy Joy and Rick are wonderful, the place is beautiful! A must see, it’s worth it”

Stephanie from Germany

“When I booked my room at Rick and Katy Joy’s, I was simply looking for a place close to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. But then I got so much more! Their Celestial Sanctum is truly a haven of peace. The rooms are spacious, full of light and super clean. Katy Joy invited me to join her morning Qi Gong on their beautiful Deck of Expansion, and the exercises both calmed me down and gave me a lot of energy for my day. When I returned from my evening hike in the NP, the night sky was beautiful! I really hope I’ll come back to their place at the end of my trip. Mahalo for everything!”


Here’s what Divya wrote
“The place is minutes from the National Volcanic park and about 30 min from Hilo. The access road to the house could have been better but once you get there the place is just beautiful. Rick and Katy are absolutely wonderful, friendly, delightful hosts. Katy made available terrific breakfasts- different for each day! – great conversationalist, the room was more like a one bedroom apt with a great shower, closet space, drawers, very comfortable bed and towels. The view from the house is breathtaking – something that you would want to get up in the morning for. The place feels like a resort. They are working on better wi-fi connection but they went out of their way to help us with the connection by lending their transmitter. Very much appreciated. Because it is kept as a retreat, we got to meet some wonderful folks. The place will beat any upscale Hilton/Sheraton hands down. If one wants a comfortable, regal, friendly place to stay on the east side of the Big Island, one should check this out.”

King & Cheryl from Texas were treated to a stay here from their Son:

“I did not stay here, my parents did. They were in awe of the establishment and said it was a beautiful house with nice owners. I was informed by them that it is SLIGHTLY secluded, but just about everywhere not in Kona or Hilo is secluded on Big Island. Rick and Katy were said to be very polite and conversational. I hope my parents were not too much for them.”


Reinaldo from Venezuela stayed at the Celestial Sanctum for 3 weeks.

“The place is somewhat remote which was strange at first but awesome in no time. The room was better than in a hotel, the bathroom awesome. Everything is done with very good taste. It felt like home. Rick and Katy Joy will be very concerned about you having a good time, they will ask you how you like things to be done for you and you will have so many awesome conversations since they are very wise and experienced. The place is in the middle of everything, the volcanoes, the best beaches. You will have fun, you will not be disappointed at all about anything, basically, you hit the lottery.”


Here’s what Scott wrote
“Dear Airbnb Guest, Do not hesitate to book this place! Rooms are spacious, private, clean, and comfortable. For relaxation and a boost of energy, take advantage of Katy Joy’s expertise of Qi Gong during the mornings.”

Lana and her Husband had a great experience.

“Just WOW! We were lucky to stay for a couple of nights at this magical place. Don’t look at pictures (at least for now), they are not comparable to what you will get in reality. The house is huge and beautiful, the location is very convenient for both adventurous (Volcanoes National Park) and relaxed types of stays. And the hosts are so warm and just interesting people to talk to. Oh, and you will get delicious and healthy breakfast every morning! Highly recommended!”



Pia and Sara from Germany

“Rick and Katy Joy are very warm and welcoming and made us feel like home! They did everything in their power to make our stay as comfortable as possible and always responded quickly to requests. The room and private bathroom were very spacious, clean and nicely decorated. Breakfast was better than in any of the restaurants! If we’re ever back on the Big Island we would definitely stay here again!!”


Fabrice from Norway

“I had a very pleasant stay at Rick and Katy’s place. The standard of the room is very good and the whole house is very pleasant. Rick and Katy were very helpful and very nice people. I enjoyed our discussions very much. The house is located just 15 minutes away from the Volcano national park where one can see glowing lava! An unforgettable experience! Around 30 minutes from Hilo from where one can visit many amazing waterfalls. The zoo (which is free) is just 20 minutes away. A guaranteed entertainment! Overall, I had a wonderful stay and memories for life! I highly recommend their place for an unforgettable vacation on Hawaii. Aloha!”
 Julia from Sweden & Vinthujan from Sri Lanka:

“This is the best airbnb experience we ever had! Katy Joy and Rick are so amazing people and they made it feel like a second home for us the breakfast is so great and all organic and Katy Joy gave us Yoga and Qi Gong classes every day that was a new and very good experience for us! The house is huge and we had like our own apartment. The location and view is perfect If we ever go back to Hawaii we know where to stay


Here’s what Enikő from Hungary wrote

“I spent 2 weeks on this amazing place. Rick and Katy Joy are a fantastic couple, they are gave me lots of fun, good, peace times. The breakfast was healthy and organic every morning I loved it ❤️. If you get there you able to have a lot of adventures . You should have to go to lava, tropical botanical garden, Akaka falls, tide pools… I’m offering to go to the eagles lighthouse cafe if you want to eat really delicious chili beans Next this place you can find an post office too. I can’t tell you how much I loved to being on Hilodffb
Blessings, Annie ”