We just spent five days--four days in a yurt and one day in the Violet Room--and regretted having to leave and return to the real world. The yurts are amazingly comfortable and conveniently located next to the spa complex overlooking the valley containing the council stone archaeological site--a Hawaiian Stonehenge. Most days we enjoyed sole use of the salt water infinity lap pool (20 yards), yoga pavilion, lounge and locker room. At night, we frequented the hot tub and occasionally caught a glimpse of a falling star. We had been to the Big Island many times before this (I'm originally from Honolulu but live in DC now) so this trip was all about finding a place to wind down and relax rather than to sight see. Ahu Pohaku more than fit the bill. You don't want to miss a tour of the valley from Jeanne, the gracious owner of the retreat. The council stones have great historical and religious importance--it was here that King Kamehameha met with his advisors and decided it was necessary to conquer the chiefs of the other islands to bring peace to the Hawaiian Islands. The valley resembles a well groomed amphitheater with hula platforms carved on the hillside and large boulders placed roughly in a circle in the middle of the valley floor. We spent our last night in one of the nine luxurious rooms in the main house--a large square building open to a central courtyard. The spa complex is no more than a five minute walk from the main house. Our ocean view room was enormous and featured gorgeous hardwood floors, a walk-in shower and a huge soaking tub. The rear lawn of the house rolls down to the edge of a very steep cliff overlooking the sea. After breakfast we would walk down to the edge and rock on a swinging bench under the ironwood and Norfolk pine trees. Breakfast, only $12.50 per person, was a treat. It's served only between 8 and 8:30 AM but it's worth getting up for. In addition to coffee and tea, breakfast included fresh passion fruit, papaya, strawberries, apple bananas, granola with greek yoghurt, scrambled eggs, home made bread and fresh passion fruit juice. Most of the produce is grown on the grounds of the retreat. One morning we were served french toast made with the pumpkin bread. If you're still hungry, the cook will offer you another serving. Dinner can be ordered by arrangement. We were served shrimp with couscous and green beans, pumpkin curry soup, a green salad with pomegranate seeds and a dessert made with fried apple bananas and house made mango sorbet. If you can bring yourself to leave the retreat, there are several great dining destinations nearby, including Minnie's on Friday nights and Sushi Rock. Be sure to arrive during daylight. The end of the drive to the retreat includes a mile or two over unpaved roads, several turns at forks in the road and needless to say no street lamps. But then there's paradise at the end of the road.
- Also Known As:
- Hawaii Island Retreat At Ahu Pohaku Ho`Omaluhia Hotel
- Hawaii Island Retreat At Ahu Pohaku Ho`Omaluhia Hotel Kapaau
- Hawaii Island Retreat At Ahu Pohaku Ho`Omaluhia Kapaau
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- Hawaii Island Retreat is unique among Hawaii's destinations, spas, and eco-retreats. Set among evergreens and ocean breezes, our 50 acre boutique hotel offers gracious accommodations in complete harmony with nature. It is the ideal location for weddings, spa vacations, and corporate retreats, offering elegant venues in a distinctly Hawaiian setting. ... more less
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