Hawaii Island Retreat
What We Love
- Meals and body care products made from organic fruits and veggies grown on-site
- Spa treatments grounded in Hawaiian healing traditions
- The property’s intimate size and homey feel
- A dedication to sustainability that's evident in every detail
What To Know
- Definitely for those who want to disconnect; this is an early-to-bed type of place and rooms are TV and phone-free
- You’ll need a car to reach restaurants and attractions
- Nature is the star of the show
- A $28 resort fee, per night, will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
The 16-room, eco-friendly Hawaii Island Retreat is off the beaten path — literally. Visitors have to drive down an unpaved road to reach the hideaway. But the payoff? Fifty acres of lush gardens and groves perched above a rocky cove that was once a favored stomping ground of King Kamehameha, Hawaii’s most famous ruler. The nine individually decorated rooms — decked out with sustainably harvested tiger wood, tropical prints and colonial-style furniture — are housed in the retreat’s bilevel main villa.
Bed & Bath
Rooms are designed to help guests embrace a green lifestyle. Open plans provide natural ventilation (no AC needed), low-flow toilets and showers conserve water and the resort runs solely on wind and solar power. Rooms have balconies or gardens with views of the ocean, valley or the lush estate, bringing you even closer to nature. The decor helps reorient your focus on the stunning surroundings.
The Retreat’s 50-acre estate doubles as a working farm, and much of what’s grown is used in the kitchen and spa. (Lotions are made from goat milk, exfoliants include kukui nuts and sunburn-soothers feature fresh-cut aloe vera.) Days here are meant to be spent among nature, with hikes past ancient rock formations, yoga classes at the ocean-view pavilion and spa services grounded in traditional healing techniques and ingredients, including one of the most authentic lomilomi experiences in Hawaii. Or you can help the gardener harvest vegetables for morning frittatas, learn how to make yogurt from the farm’s goat milk and take healthy-cooking classes. Afterwards, unwind with a dip in the saltwater infinity pool.
In the Area
The North Kohala region might be one of the Big Island’s sleepier districts, but it’s home to some of its most stunning scenery and important cultural sites. Cut out of the Kohala Mountain, the Pololu Valley is a verdant stretch of ocean-view land. Hike one of the steep paths down to the valley’s mouth, which is capped by a lovely black sand beach. Hawaii’s famed King Kamehameha was born in the Kohala region, and you can hike to his birthplace, which is located near the ruins of the Mookini Heiau, a sacred religious site dating back to 480 A.D. The charming town of Hawi is also worth a visit for its eclectic art galleries and cutesy cafés.
How to Get There
Hawaii Island Retreat was a beautiful relaxing destination. I was there for a retreat and the food that was served was beyond amazing. Fresh, clean, and healthy every meal. They even make their own honey. :) It is off the main road, and all you hear at night are the waves crashing on the shore. It was clean and the staff were freindly.
We stayed for 2 nights in a yurt at this lovely property that backs up to cliff overlooking the ocean. There was a stiff breeze at night, keeping us comfortably cool. We enjoyed leisurely exploring the grounds, including the large garden that supplies almost all the fruit and veggies for their kitchen. The salt water pool is lovely and they offer expert on site massage that we took advantage of. The grounds are perfectly set up for retreats and workshops, although we were just there on our own for 2 nights. The cute little town of Hawi is about 2 miles away with a small selection of good restaurants and in the other direction the road ends at a great hiking spot into a beautiful valley.
We were totally relaxed by the time we left. We had sunshine the whole time, but judging by the lush foliage, I think it would be normal to expect some precipitation fairly often.
Note that the road is bumpy and slow and about 1/2 mile off the main road. This means you feel 'off the grid' when you arrive. The whole atmosphere felt more 'old Hawaii' than anything else. Highly recommended.
After a year of wedding planning in addition to each spouse starting a new job the week before the honeymoon......there was no better place to spend the first week of our retreat than at this property. Not going to lie, we arrived at night and drove down the long winding rainforest drive _(after being awake for over 24 hours of traveling, flying into HILO and driving winding roads up the island) not knowing if we'd pull up to the lovely property pictured, but wow once we saw the gorgeous retreat we both breathed a sigh of relief!
We were greeted by a staff member that lives on property and waited up late for us, took us to the penthouse suite, and helped with luggage. She was incredibly hospitable! In the morning we met Mike, property manager, who is an amazing soul. He explained everything about the property, and their level of eco-friendly was very important to us.
Next, Moe, the amazing chef from Morracco. Not sure which is better....his smiling personality or his amazing food! We were treated to fruit he fresh picked each morning from the land along with a great hot breakfast. Moe even packed us a 'to go' breakfast the morning we were heading out early for a snorkeling trip...it was great!! Becky was our weekend chef, and she was wonderful in her knowledge of the property botanicals and used them in her dishes. That quinoa porridge is amazing!
Next, the pool. We spent at least half of our time by the salt water infinity pool. So relaxing. There's beautiful meditation rooms off either side of the pool we used to get out of the sun, take naps, read, and wait for the amazing massages. The Rejuvination was our favorite, and each and every therapist the resort contracts with was so professional and accommodating. Just unbelievably wonderful!
We also liked taking small hikes around the property either at sunrise or sunset before we'd attend our Tai Quong classes which were enriching and physically recharging.
I just can't say enough good things about the people, the place, and the experience. We both needed to recharge and reset after the long stressful year we'd had, and this place did not disappoint!!!
p.s. Gill's Lanai.....you gotta go!
The land and the property are beautiful! I loved that it was off the grid. My yurt was clean and comfy. It’s really too bad that it is so poorly run! Staff is practically nonexistent and the food was very mediocre. I was there for four days before they finally fixed my extremely slow draining sink. I had to mention it several times.
Could be amazing with the right management and a good chef.
I attended a yoga retreat and had a wonderful time! The staff are amazing and the food was delicious and healthy. If your used to air conditioning you must condition your body to adjust to ceiling fans. The property is huge with beautiful plants and trees. I hope we have the retreat there next year. The property is peaceful with beautiful views. No beach access unlike you’re an experienced hiker to get down to the beach. The area with the Council Stones is a must - take your mind, body and spirit there for renewal.