Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
What We Love
- Jetsetter 2015 Best of the Best Finalist: Best For Families
- One of the best golf courses in Hawaii (it's an annual PGA Champions Tour stop)
- The aquarium-like King’s Pond, a sand-bottomed swimming hole carved from lava, filled with sea water and thousands of fish (snorkel gear included)
- Ka‘upulehu Cultural Center offers children and adult programs, most free: learn to dance the hula, play ukulele and speak Hawaiian.
What To Know
- Restaurants are pricey and it’s hard to go outside the resort unless you rent a car
- The resort is spread out making it easy for the directionally-challenged to get lost
- The outdoor spa treatment rooms, while novel, are also quite loud as you can hear treatments next door. Opt for indoors.
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Tropical bliss carved from black lava fields, with seven pools, a Jack Nicklaus golf course and massive spa
Hawaiian modern. The 243 guestrooms and suites occupy either the top or bottom of two-story bungalows spread across the lush property and clustered around the resort’s seven pools. Interiors are island casual with louvered wooden doors and shutters, slate floors, rattan and bamboo accents and balconies or lanais with pools and ocean views. No rooms are far from water and sand, and indoor-outdoor floor plans in both rooms and restaurants invite in sea breezes and vistas.
Bed & Bath
Four Seasons uses custom-made mattresses and box springs in impressive canopy beds with bamboo frames draped in atmospheric gauzy fabrics. Book a ground floor room for large outdoor showers made of black lava rock. Inside, all rooms have the signature Four Seasons bathroom, spacious and done in granite with separate oversized soaking tubs and large walk-in showers. Other perks include entertainment centers with 42-inch plasma TVs and coffee makers with local Kona beans.
The ‘ULU Grille is one of the more impressive restaurants you will find at any resort, with a such a serious commitment to locavore cuisine that they’ve teamed up with more than 160 island farmers and fishermen. By day it has a fantastic gourmet coffee and Bloody Mary bar that becomes a cocktail bar at night. Be sure to sample Hawaiian breakfast specialties like teriyaki beef and eggs, breakfast fried rice or loco moco. Other options include the thatched palapa Beach Tree Bar and the modern steakhouse style Hualalai Grille. It’s easy to work off your indulgences between outrigger canoe, surfing and standup paddle board lessons. Then you can bliss out in the 28,000-square-foot spa, which uses local ingredients like black lava salt, hibiscus and crushed macadamia nuts.
In the Area
While many guests never leave the self-contained resort, it is quite close to the coast’s main town, Kailua Kona, home of the famed Ironman Triathlon. From here, you can head out on a variety of excursions, including fishing with the Bite Me charter fleet, whose dockside bar & grill will cook your catch afterwards. Captain Zodiac is a long established company offering intimate snorkeling and coastal exploration trips, along with dolphin and whale watching, using the high-speed inflatable boats favored by Navy Seals. The Big Island’s Mauna Kea is the earth’s tallest mountain (from the sea floor) at 33,480 feet. Atop is the world’s largest collection of telescopes. Head to the top for a stunning sunset followed by guided star gazing.
How to Get There
Very relaxing time. Four nights here feels like two weeks it is so relaxing. However bring your own tea. Tea in Hawaii in general is bad no matter where you go. Huge room, comfy bed, intelligent friendly staff. Loved it.
From the moment you drive in you begin your experience. You are greeted by name with a beverage and lei in a gorgeous open lobby. You are shuttled by golf cart on a tour of the property and then to your room. We got upgraded to an ocean view with an outdoor shower....so awesome! Customer service is their focus and they excel at it.
My husband and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary and had an amazing experience. The hotel was beautiful and service was stellar. We did a chocolate cooking class and learned so much. Kalani Garcia is an extraordinary chef.
My wife and I have visited the other Four Seasons on the other islands on Hawaii and were told that this resort was a “must see”. Our expectations were exceeded. The hotel, grounds and restaurant were all amazing
Best friend and I decided to get some rest and relaxation for the weekend at Four Seasons Hualalai. Best resort experience ever! And, this is coming from folks who stay mostly at Four Seasons (this is the best one we’ve been to), Ritz Carlton and other luxury hotels and resorts.