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
This is hands down one of the best resorts there is, the four seasons always delivers and I’ve never had a bad experience but this one in particular goes above and beyond. You will not be disappointed!
Everything is excellent, you fee itl the moment you check in. The rooms are luxurious, the golfcourse is fantastic, beautiful and well maintained, the restaurants and not the least, the service from the entire staff is genuine and unmatched.
We have traveled the world and this resort is the best we have ever stayed at. Something for everyone...beach, pools, sports and culture. Genuinely kind staff, amazing amenities, delectable food and most beautiful landscaping ever. Four Seasons at its finest. Mahalo and A Hui Hou!
We had a mediocre experience staying at the resort, concierge, check in and check our could have been much better. The resort is fantastic but the rooms are average for the price we payed. I wouldnt do it again
The food was over priced and not worthy of the increased cost ($25 for a burger) they are the only game in town. Literally!
The service was exceptional. Everyone was friendly and remembered your name almost immediately. The facility was beautiful.