Tour Hawaii Island Retreat at Ahu Pohaku Ho'omaluhia

Located on Hawaii’s North Kohala Coast, this eco-boutique hotel and spa is set amongst 50 acres of gardens, wild groves and ancient valley trails. Browse photos of this gorgeous vacation getaway.
By: Susan Hornik

Photo By: Lia Wailani Watkins

Photo By: Lia Wailani Watkins

Photo By: Lia Wailani Watkins

Photo By: Lia Wailani Watkins

Photo By: Lia Wailani Watkins

Photo By: Lia Wailani Watkins

Photo By: Lia Wailani Watkins

Photo By: Lia Wailani Watkins

Photo By: Lia Wailani Watkins

Photo By: Lia Wailani Watkins


Hawaii Island Retreat was modeled after the Iolani Palace, the official residence of King Kalakaua, the last monarch of Hawaii. Like the palace, the hotel was built to symbolize the rich history and culture of Hawaii. A reflective pool sits in front of the porte-cochere, the main entrance to their wellness center. The main building was designed so you can look from the reflective pool through the retreat out to the Pacific Ocean.


The boutique hotel's saltwater infinity pool offers celebrities and visitors a place to relax. The pool overlooks their ancient valley full of Hawaiian relics and sacred sites.

Massage Bungalow

One of the secluded massage bungalows overlooking the sacred valley and ancient Hawaiian circle of stones. Their eco spa, Maluhia, was designed and built with nature in mind.


The spa buildings overlook the saltwater pool oasis. These spaces double as relaxation rooms and exercise rooms. The hotel often hosts hula classes here that overlook the pool and the sacred valley.

Yoga Room

The main yoga/event room is a place for relaxation and clarity. This room overlooks the Pacific Ocean, and sliding doors open to create an indoor-to-nature experience. Overlooking the north shore of the Big Island, this room also offers whale watching views in the winter.

Hula Class

Hula class at Maluhia Spa. Honoring the history of Hawaii is a main focus at the Hawaii Island Retreat. The hotel also offers legend and lore hikes that highlight the ancient history of their land and indigenous medicinal trees and gardens.


The private retreat offers 10 elegant, spacious rooms and suites, each furnished with turn-of-the-century Hawaiian furniture and outfitted with a large bathroom with a soaking tub and separate shower.


In addition to the 10 main suites, the retreat offers seven cozy yurt bungalows for a simpler way to commune with nature. Located near the spa facility, the yurt village provides easy access to the massage bungalows, sauna and infinity pool.

Solar Panels

“In harmony with nature, we produce our own electricity and heat with solar panels, grow our own organic fruits and vegetables and produce our own eggs and cheese,” says co-owner Jeanne Sunderland. In addition, many of the products used in the spa are created on site, and massage sheets, robes and other spa linens are made of organic bamboo.

Private Cove

This is a view 130 feet above the shore of the private cove at Hawaii Island Resort. A 15-minute walk through the sacred valley and past native Hawaiian trees will take you to the shore of the cove. Typical to the north shore of the Big Island of Hawaii, there is a rocky beach formed by a lava flow hundreds of years ago.

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