Hawaii Island Retreat at Ahu Pohaku Ho‘omaluhia

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(808) 889-6336
54-250 Lokahi Rd, Kapaau

Hawaii Island Retreat was lovingly finished by the owners in 2009 as a luxury retreat for those wishing to get away from it all and find themselves. Built on 50 acres high on a cliff overlooking the ocean, it was started by the same woman who opened the Spa Without Walls at the Fairmont Orchid. Even some of the antiques from that hotel adorn the lobby and rooms. They grow and manage practically everything they serve at their restaurant—from herbs to vegetables to chicken eggs to goat’s cheese (which is yummy, by the way). They pride themselves on being organic, green and sustainable, from the solar panels to composting to the windmill. They will do meals if arranged in advance (even a light snack for those late check-ins). Fabulous, helpful staff. Basically, they are there for your needs—if you want to be left alone, so be it. If you want a historic tour of the grounds, facial and massage, they’ll arrange that, too. The pool is a tranquil infinity edge with a nearby private massage hut. The antique-filled rooms have all the modern amenities you want, such as a deep soaking tub, separate shower (some double showers) and expensive bedding, but no a/c, phones or TVs. (They do have CD players with iPhone docks.) The yurts (round tent structures) have two beds, toilet, and sink, but showers are at the nearby showerhouse, which is private and nicer than many bathrooms we have seen elsewhere. (Think of the yurts as upscale camping.) The newly finished (2015) bungalows have a pleasant view of the ocean. Overall, this is a tranquil, peaceful place and a great choice for a family reunion, wedding or small group retreat. You may not want to leave; we never do. Rooms (400–450 sq. ft.) are $425–$500, bungalows (400 sq. ft.) are $400–$450, yurts (200 sq. ft.) are $195. 2- or 4- night minimum.

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Resort at a Glance

  • 10 rooms
  • 3 bungalows
  • 7 yurts
  • Saline pool
  • Spa/hot tub
  • Free 24-hour fitness room
  • Health spa
  • Conference room
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Free WiFi resort-wide
  • Ceiling fans
  • Walk-up only
  • No ADA accessibility
  • Lanais on most
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Valet-only laundry
  • 24-hour room service
  • No TV
  • Free self-parking
  • All non-smoking resort
  • Only service dogs allowed

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