Hamsa Bhuvan Retreat is on 26 acres on the North Shore of the Island of Kauai. This new 12,000 sq. ft. retreat has a beautiful classic courtyard design, with large, elegant common rooms that gracefully spill out to the surrounding grounds. The retreat comfortable accommodates intimate gatherings and larger scale event alike and offers privacy and seclusion in an idylic, peaceful setting.
Hamsa Bhuvan is situated on the former site of the historic Bertelmann residence which was part of the vast Bertelmann Estate which totaled roughly 6,000 acres and stretched from Kilauea to Waipake. It stands as a testimony to the remarkable quality of this site that, of all the spots available among those 6,000 acres, this spot along side the Pila'a stream was the site chosen for the family home.
The new house took over five years to build and was completed in 2009. It is the result of over fifteen years of research, collecting, and the refining of a singular vision. The retreat borrows inspiration from the architectural styles from Kerala, southern India.
Here that regional style has been ingeniously translated to the Hawaiian landscape and climate with its open courtyard, wrap-around lanai, high ceilings and stone floors, which tame the tropical sun and heat and channel the Pacific trade winds.
The retreat’s uniqueness comes from its setting, its classic proportions, and the rare, one-of-a-kind, reclaimed antique Indian architectural elements. These artifacts were collected over time and then masterfully integrated into the functional and decorative features of the home.
Creating the retreat has been an inspired journey, a labor of love, and the results are, arguably, a masterpiece. It is a place of healing grace and indelible beauty with the soul of Ancient India and the heart of Hawaii.