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Hawaii Island Retreat at Ahu Pohaku Ho`omaluhia
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   250 Lokahi Road, Box 185, Kapaau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96755   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Kapaau
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Paradise!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

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.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Anchorage, Alaska
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Our daughter was married at Hawaii Island Retreat,it was beautiful,delicious ,relaxing and magical! We can not praise the retreat and staff enough.they are very professional and personable,we choose the two day buyout,which was so enjoyable to our group of 80 whom 3/4 flew in for the wedding.This is our second daughter to be married, so we know a Little something about wedding organization and last minute details, Jacque ,Jill ,Jeanne,and their staff anticipated and resolved all issues with a smile and grace.The day of the wedding our bride had yoga with her bridal party,a massage and was than sitting by the pool awaiting to have her hair done when she told me this was the most "relaxing and wonderful day of her life" What more can the mother of the bride wish for on her daughters wedding day?We also loved having everyone in one place for the whole weekend,from the rehearsal dinner thru the breakfast the day after the wedding no one had to drive anywhere.Thank you Hawaii Island Retreat We can't wait to return to your enchanted retreat.Robin Lane

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

At the end of our vacation last week, we traveled towards the airport. While I looked at the sea to memorialize the experience at the Retreat, suddenly, a whale jumped out of the waters of Kohala and plunged back creating a spectacular splash--an unforgettable parting gift of the island. We had been here for a whole week over Christmas and we highly recommend this intimate Retreat. I refrain from calling it a hotel because to do so is to defame it as a corporate entity, which it is not. We found the Retreat after reviewing many hotels on the Island of Hawaii. We rejected hotels in Hilo because of rain and rejected hotels in Kona because its similarity to suburbs of Las Vegas.

The Retreat crowns the northern most portion of the Kohala Wilds on a cliff, which plunges into the sea while its crag remnants create a dramatic finish. The surf strikes these crags at night creates a soothing sound lulling us easily to sleep. The Retreat on the outside seems to have been designed by a committee as it looks more like a large home that is weathering from the elements. Inside, however, the room is very large in the vernacular of Hawaii's plantation style with tropical hardwood floor, large area rug, large brass bed painted white with white linen, a day bed, a round table with fresh flowers under which are two wood chairs with leather seats, a large closet, and a tropical fan. Multiple windows are dressed with sheer curtains and black-out curtains in a tropical flower motif. The bathroom is in a modern mainland vernacular with stone work, separate shower and generous tub facing a large window. One night when the moon was nearly full, it illuminated the Retreat in a silvery light. We were able to see through a light forest of pine shielding the Retreat from the gust of evening wind coming from the sea.

The Retreat is on 50 acres inclusive of the mentioned cliff and an adjacent valley that pours into the sea. Finding the valley was a delight especially on a sunny day because it is hidden among tall grasses and fallen trees revealing as if it were an elvish sanctuary. The locals are protective of this place and if you ask them how to get to it, they would direct you somewhere else.

This retreat is not for you if you dislike crickets, butterflies, tropical birds (they come in one if it is a wild turkey, two if they have chartreuse plumage, come in three if they are greyish with white "W" marking on their back, and a random grouping if each of them comes with a reddish head and a black cowlick), praying mantis, spiders, mongoose, goats, chicken, livestock, green geckos, and so on.

The food prepared at meals is taken from the land on which the Retreat is located. The flavor of each morsel of food is deep. But in a way, this is not surprising because the soil from which the food is grown is the rich lava spilled from deep inside mother earth on this youngest of all the Hawaiian islands (700,000 years old). Dinner was prepared by a Moroccan chef and all of it was delicious although he occasionally over-salted the vegetables. As we do not eat grains, the chef deftly adjust his preparation after noting at the first dinner that we did not eat any bread or pasta. (Although the chef comically triangulated this mystery by suggesting rice, quinoa, and other grains to come to the correct conclusion that we abstain from grains.) This careful attention to the diet of guests is personal and wonderful as we would not have received such care and attention at a corporate hotel.

We returned to the mainland and I visited our dry-cleaner and they noticed that the clothing has a fragrance to them. I told them it is the flagrance of a Lang Lang tree and a night Jasmine from a courtyard of a Retreat on the Island of Hawaii.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Cruz, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

Six of us stayed in the yurts and spent three wonderful days relishing the peace and nourishment that emanates from this sacred land. All the food is grown on the land-- and the cook is extraordinary! He treated us like royalty.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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hawaiiislandretreat, Manager at Hawaii Island Retreat at Ahu Pohaku Ho`omaluhia, responded to this review, November 15, 2012
Thank you so much for bringing the lovely laides here to enjoy this beautiful retreat. We really enjoyed your visit, and Mo did too! See you next year!
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Tacoma, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

My husband and I stayed a week at the Retreat and what a lovely place to unwind and remind yourself of who you really are. We have had a very hectic work schedule and looked forward to having one place to stay and going out for day excursions for our week-long vacation. It worked out perfectly!

We had a lovely room that faced the ocean side so although the view was moderated by trees, the big sounds of the ocean came through. The facility design is very welcoming and smartly takes advantage of the trade winds. So while you can stay in your room or on your deck, you can also read outside under the covered second floor balcony and enjoy the wafting scents from the cinnamon gardenia and the ylang ylang tree.

Our room came with breakfast cooked by the owner who delighted in serving home-baked banana bread, fresh fruits from their garden and eggs from their happy chickens. If you have a dietary concern they will accommodate you as well.

We also participated in and recommend the private yoga classes (with very wonderful instructors, Jamie and Jacque) as well as massages in the outdoor couples massage area. We took advantage of the invitation to visit the animals and the gardens on the property and spent a lovely evening pool-side with the nearby cardinals and doves chirping and cooing.

In the closest little town of Hawi, there are two restaurants we recommend - Zest and Sushi Rock. Both are eclectic but serve high quality food. The evening we ate at Zest the mahi served was caught at 11 that morning and it so delicious.

Last but not least, the owners and staff are friendly and welcoming and want you to have a wonderful experience. They are full of recommendations on attractions that can make your expedience unique to you. I felt that that spirit of Hawaii was present in the property and with the owners and staff and highly recommend you try it!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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hawaiiislandretreat, Manager at Hawaii Island Retreat at Ahu Pohaku Ho`omaluhia, responded to this review, November 15, 2012
What a lovely review! We are so gratified that your stay was all you hoped it would be, and that you appreciated what a special jewel this place and this part of the island are. Thanks so much, and we'll see you again.
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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Staying at this resort was a great getaway, private but located close to town and tons of Big Island activities. Loved the facilities because it felt like a home and not a hotel. Relaxing, clean, spacious, good food and great staff.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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hawaiiislandretreat, Manager at Hawaii Island Retreat at Ahu Pohaku Ho`omaluhia, responded to this review, November 15, 2012
Thank you for sharing your experience with us and others. We look forward to seeing you again.
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

I stayed 5 nights in one of the yurts by myself to unwind after a long year of working 11 hour days. I don't know how to tell you how great the retreat was. The staff is friendly and warm and if you need your privacy, that is what they will give you. The food is wonderful. Everything is organic and grown on the property. (No really. I saw the mango trees and the papaya orchard on the tour.) The pool is fantasic. The yurts are really great. They are willing to work with any activites you do as far as a meal schedule, so keep exploring. Hawi has some really great places to eat for such a small place. The view from the pool is amazing, and the grounds are great. They are by a beach, but the water is rough. However, you are within short driving distance of some of the best beaches on the island, so no worries. I loved the peace of this place, and the things I learned staying here (yoga and chi-gong). The main building is very open and has an almost magical courtyard, with cinnamin gardenia trees and ylang ylang. There are ponds and large lava rocks also. I truly felt a sense of welcome, of healing and peace staying here. I was very sad to leave, and I REALLY want to go back. The spa services were absolutely wonderful. I had the best massages outdoors in the sunshine. Loved it. Slept very well the entire stay. Left feeling relaxed and energized.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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hawaiiislandretreat, Manager at Hawaii Island Retreat at Ahu Pohaku Ho`omaluhia, responded to this review, October 3, 2012
Thank you so much for your thoughtful review. We really enjoyed having you here and becoming friends during your stay. We could tell it was hard for you to leave, but please know you have a home with us always. Keep loving yourself!
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Address: 250 Lokahi Road, Box 185, Kapaau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96755
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Kapaau
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Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Kapaau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hawaii Island Retreat at Ahu Pohaku Ho`omaluhia 4*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled among towering pines and cooling ocean breezes Hawaii Island Retreat and Spa is unique among Hawaii Destinations. Located on 50 acres of North Kohala's coastal land, this boutique hotel is the ultimate in sustainability merged with a luxury spa retreat. Our elite 17 room boutique lodge features farm-to-table dining, spacious yoga studios with polished hardwood floors, and luxurious guest rooms with roomy private bath and balcony. We offer elegant venues in a distinctly Hawaiian setting. Perfect for group retreats, weddings, reunions, and corporate retreats. ... more   less 
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