Hawaii Island Retreat is just that-a secluded, private, quiet retreat away from the daily bustle of everyday life. This resort is located on the legendary North Kohala Coast and is nestled on 50 acres of groves, valley trails, lush foliage and landscaping.
Upon entering the property, you drive down a winding road, passing a giant windmill. This retreat runs on sustainable energy and is part of the international ecotourism society. They also grow organic fruits and vegetables, and eggs. The retreat recycles and composts and their spa and amenity products are also organic. Hawaii Island Retreat received 6 out of 7 green leaves from the International EcoTourism Society, making this resort a top pick on Best Green Hotels.
From the Porte Cochere, you can clearly see through to the open courtyard with extended views of the ocean. The courtyard is ensconced with trees of Ylang Ylang, Gardenia, Jasmine, and Paklan-an actual night blossom. Amidst this lovely garden is the outdoor dining room. Meals are prepared daily by their Executive Chef Moe. Moe will make your meals specific to your dietary needs, as well as explain the preparation and ingredients of each course. I felt like a celebrity with my own personal chef!
This intimate retreat only has 9 rooms and suites. I stayed in the stunning Penthouse Lanai. The room was beautiful and serene. The patio was huge and I had great views of the countryside, the ocean, and a magnificent cliff. Each room is equipped with organic bamboo robes, cd and cd player with mp3 port as well as an Ipod docking station; organic shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. Notice I did not mention a tv-nope, nada. For your viewing pleasure there is a huge flat screen tv available in the media room that you may use at your leisure.
This retreat has a spa, a yoga studio, and a salt water infinity pool. You can either have your massage in a room or outside overlooking ahu pohaku (gathering place of the great stones). Within this beautiful, serene bowl they have a ku kui tree (medicine tree). I won't spoil you by telling you the meaning of the ahu pohaku, but if you do venture here, Jeanne Sunderland, the owner who also lives on the property, would be happy to take you on a tour and explain to you the rich history behind this exotic retreat.
I received a Swedish massage from Jaime, who did a wonderful job. It was outdoors overlooking the gathering stones. Jaime works for the retreat providing spa treatments to include massages and facials and she also teaches yoga classes in the yoga studio that is located on property. She was extremely professional & paid extra attention to my problem areas.
When I first arrived, I felt that this place was mainly for couples, but since I have been here, I feel that this place is ideal for anyone seeking to find themselves and to just be. Waking up daily to the musical sound of the ocean and the birds chirping was bewitching, and I already miss it.
Thank you Jeanne, Kelly, Moe, and Jaime for a lovely vacation at Hawaii Island Retreat!