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
Parking on site
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Eco-conscious holistic hideaway on a lush estate along the Big Island’s North Kohala coast
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.
Hawaii Island Retreat
250 Lokahi Road
Kapaau, Hawaii 96755
How to Get There
Flights are available to Kona International Airport (KOA) from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Transfers to/from KOA, about 65 miles away, are approximately $100 per person, each way, and can be arranged through the property. Taxis are approximately $150, each way. If you’re renting a car for the transfer (recommended), self-parking is free.