A private, luxurious retreat awaits at this stunning Pupukea property

When Juergen and Karin Klein set out in 2005 from their Lanikai home to the North Shore to view an estate available for sale, they really didn’t know what to expect. But it was love at first sight not only for the property, but the panoramic ocean views and overall ambiance of Pupukea.

“Wow,” they agreed, “this is the perfect location.”

Built in 1962 by Maurice “Sully” Sullivan, patriarch of the Foodland supermarket dynasty, the 5.2-acre Sullivan Estate and Spa retreat in Pupukea is an exclusive resort destination for celebrities or anyone craving privacy, security and complete satisfaction.

Clean, bright, tastefully furnished and pleasantly fragrant, the luxurious estate includes a 5,600-square-foot, six-bedroom, five-and-a-half bath home with high wood-beamed ceilings, French doors, a gourmet kitchen with both formal and casual dining rooms, two living areas, multimedia room, and Bose Zone Controlled Multi-Source Sound system and Bose Home Theater system. The sunny, welcoming master suite is resplendent with koa wood flooring, a private sitting room, roman bath and Jacuzzi and tiled balcony.

Mr. Sullivan collected vintage automobiles and had garages built on the estate for each of his precious cars, and during renovations those garages were transformed into spa pavilions. The meticulously manicured grounds offer everything you could need or want, from a saltwater swimming pool overlooking the ocean to state-of-the-art workout pavilions, a 12-person Jacuzzi, a private yoga and meditation room, sauna and massage rooms, as well as fountains, water treatments, landscaped tropical gardens and romantic secluded garden areas overlooking the sea.

The Kleins had moved to Lanikai from their Switzerland home in 2004, and found the spas here in the islands, in their opinion, “mediocre.” Once they discovered their “perfect” spa location, it took them three years to renovate, and in 2008 the solar-powered resort, “JK7 The Spa retreat for the 7 Senses” was fully functional, catering to the likes of rock stars, pop and opera singers, doctors and businesspeople.

“it was a great learning process,” admits Karin, a highly energetic personality who admits to a bit of frustration with “how slow things move here.”

The concept is to keep the resort very private, so consequently you won’t see many ads for or editorials about the place. This article, in fact, is a rarity. Clients come primarily from the U.S. West and East coasts to get away from it all, detox or just relax and rejuvenate. They even will arrange your transportation from wherever you’re traveling. and once you book reservations for you and your party, the resort is yours exclusively for the duration of your visit. Day spa packages also are available – nothing is impossible here – just pick and choose the treatments you desire, and a spa day will be developed just for you.

Karin, CEO of JK7 and a nutritionist, puts a big emphasis on organic, healthy food and products, and nothing is too good for clients and their well-being. This is a healing place, and they will adjust the services to fulfill the clients’ needs and wishes. With a full staff including a chef, cooks, massage therapists, yoga instructors, etc., no need or desire goes unmet, as they go over the program every day and adjust it for guests. Offering a holistic health program, they find out as much as possible about clients before they arrive.

“Our staff is independent and responsible,” Karin explains. “The employees multitask. Everything is possible here. There is nothing to fear, no ‘but’ – it’s not in the vocabulary.” and, in an effort to limit its environmental impact as well as for staff training, renovations, etc., the estate is open to guests only 100 days a year. They recycle, use solar power and are packaging friendly.

Dr. Juergen Klein, who has a master’s in chemistry, a Ph.D in bio chemistry, and is a doctor of naturpathy-homeopathy, an herbalist, aroma therapist, as well as nutrition and skin-care expert, is famed for his invention of Jurlique international, the “world’s purest skin care.” Dr. Klein continues his research and development of skin-care products in his laboratory right on the premises. Klein also holds the patent and trademark for his invention, JK7 Spa-Sensator, which is a key feature at the estate. Utilizing a Jacuzzi-like pool filled with warm, 40 percent Dead Sea water, the feeling of weightlessness is complemented with sychronized sequences of aroma, taste, touch and feel, sound and color, resulting in a “sensory cleansing” process for those with stress, insomnia, fears, pain and other maladies. Following the treatment, the client can relax or indulge in a full body massage.

Speaking of massages, the spa offers a complete menu from ancient Hawaiian and indian ayurvedic treatments to Swedish massage, body scrubs and wraps, facials using the spa’s own natural and organic skin-care products produced on site, a treatment for jet lag relief and more.

The Hawaiian Hot Stone Massage ($240 for 1 1/2 hours), for example, is deeply relaxing and recommended for those with stress, anxiety and tension in the neck and shoulders, back pain, poor circulation, arthritic pain, insomnia and depression. Following a detoxifying steam bath and cold-water plunge, the therapist first performs a quite delicious foot bath, utilizing an herbal scrub specially formulated by Dr. Klein. The therapist then uses hot stones in a variety of sizes to massage the client with the long, smooth strokes of lomi lomi massage, using essential oils. relaxing and uplifting and the same time, it’s pure bliss.

No matter what you need or want, it’s at your fingertips here in the resplendent beauty of “perfect” Pupukea.

The Sullivan Estate and Spa Retreat 59-338 Wikinau Road Haleiwa, HI 96712 1-800-638-7020 www.sullivanestate.com