If you’re a fan of flowing lava and smoky plumes, then you won’t do better than Phoenix House, a charming Airbnb cottage in Hawaii that’s situated right next to the world’s most active volcano. This is adventure travel at its finest!
Welcome to Phoenix House, which is described in its Airbnb listing as “a minimalist tiny home compound born from the lava and in reverence to the temporal nature of our lives,” and “a unique retreat space for people to come visit in times of reverence, contemplation and healing.”
Visitors are greeted by this rustic entrance, with the listing proclaiming “E Komo Mai” (which is Hawaiian for “Welcome”).
The tiny 450-square-foot cottage has an expansive feel within, with an open concept that combines living, dining and kitchen areas into one flow-through space, with a loft bedroom above.
A Surreal Scene
The home is a mere four miles from Kilauea, the world’s most active volcano, and it’s a short hike to see molten lava flowing into the Pacific Ocean.
Small But Spacious
As the listing points out, this off-the-grid tiny home “is fully furnished with a modern farmhouse ambience,” and features “ample electricity, high-speed wifi, and nice hot showers!”
You’ll need to climb a set of ladder-like stairs to access the sleeping loft, which boasts “a plush and cozy queen-sized bed with big windows for a view of the ocean.”
As you can tell from this nighttime photo, Phoenix House is pure heaven for an amateur astronomer, offering an unparalleled view of the evening sky. According to the listing, you can even see the red glow of lava flowing in the distance.
The home also offers a spectacular view of the Hawaiian sunset.
Large windows and a double set of French doors flood the living area with Hawaiian sunlight, with a couch and small desk providing an ideal spot for “reading, writing and contemplation.”
The view from the living area, looking into the cozy kitchen and door to the bathroom.
The kitchen is small but efficient, complete with all the essentials required for meal preparation and cleanup; there’s a portable stovetop that’s stored below.
Epic Volcano Views
Plumes of smoke rising from the volcano can be seen through the kitchen window.
A wash tub serves as the kitchen sink, with plenty of room to do dishes (because – spoiler alert! – there’s no dishwasher).
A series of simple wooden wall-mounted shelves offers plenty of storage for plates, glasses, mugs and assorted condiments.
There’s also a wash-tub sink in the bathroom, which is surprisingly large given the space of the home.
Shower and More
In addition to the sink, the bathroom features a toilet and large shower, while “the hot water heater for the shower is on demand.”