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
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.
This beautiful property was the site - and home - of a one-week retreat I attended, as part of a course I'm studying, and my course-mates came in from all over the world.
Jeannie and her amazing staff made sure our stay was an idyllic as possible.
My personal experience was that the hotel room I shared with a new friend was lovely, and I especially appreciated the huge relaxing bathtub, which I enjoyed every single day! The room was spacious, my bed was perfectly comfortable and the linens were oh-so-soft, and the shower gel was possibly make with lilikoi, I loved it!
As a Chef, I was so very grateful to be a guest for 3 graciously-served meals each day. The buffet table was blessed with an abundance of locally-sourced foods, fresh vegetables and greens, and sweet wonderful local fruits including pineapple, papaya, apple-bananas, and rambutan!
We were graced with a hula show our last night, that was a special performance by 3 staff members, for our group, and it moved all of us to tears. We felt like honored guests to have this experience that was so beautifully performed with such sincere heart.
The office angels - Mike, Amy, JoJo - took such good care of every little need I had, and were some of the kindest people I have ever known.
Overall, my week at this Center was soul-nurturing and nourishing, and I would love to return in the future. We had some cloudy cool weather, so next time I hope to enjoy more sunshine ~ the Infinity pool looks divine! I did get some time at the Sacred Rocks, a don't-miss!
Let me begin this review by saying that my step-daughter and I very much enjoyed this retreat. However, since it was not at all what we expected, I thought it would be helpful to clarify it further here.
1. This is very much a healing, meditative, and rest experience. It is not a luxury yoga experience (It is not Miraval).
2. We signed up for the yoga package (3 sessions). However, the first 2 were primarily Qigong and the last strictly yoga (at our request).
3. The food is delicious and modified to meet dietary restrictions. However, there is no menu from which to order, no buffet, and (usually no dinner available on site.) (Breakfast and lunch are served at fixed times.)
4. The retreat is at the end of a long, rutted road which is not lit at night. You will need a car and preferably something with 4 wheel drive if available.
5. This is not a tourist heavy location. The retreat is situated between 2 lovely small towns which are worth visiting. The selection of restaurants is, therefore, somewhat limited. We loved the Bamboo restaurant and chose to eat there a couple of times in our week there. Had we stayed longer, I am sure that we would have made another visit.
Although we did partake of the main facilities, the property was lovely, comfortable and serene. Our luxury yurt was very comfortable with a king bad and half bath (cold water only). Two bath houses - one of them solar (and not perceptible water) - were adjacent. The location is quite far off the main road and a bit of a challenge to find. It suited our needs for a last-minute reservation for a family wedding. And the staff was very friendly.