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
We just took our honeymoon at the Four Seasons Hualalai and it blew us away in every way. It exceeded every expectation. While very pricey, I rarely say this, it was worth it. The service was extraordinary- from the greeting, to the concierge, to literally every single worker onsite. And the amenities, facilities, beaches, and every little touch they personalize for you was magical. We arrived to a very warm welcome and a personalized note in our room with champagne and a treat. And each day, we received so much individualized attention. The location and property were also secluded and beautiful. While the resort was at full capacity, it felt like you had so much room and still had plenty of opportunities to have privacy. And the workouts/gym/spa were also great. I just can't say enough. We will be back. And each person we talked to was a repeat customer who had been going there for years. I LOVED every minute!
I also appreciated the opportunity to self park (no charge), no resort fees, and a general store that included a gas station to fill up your rental car.
This is the 3rd time I have stayed here, and though I have always thought of it as a world-class hotel, the service just keeps getting better! This is probably now my favorite in the US and it is the little touches that set it apart, like having cool m & ms waiting for you after snorkeling in the unbelievably pond...better that snorkeling at Captain Cooke's monument! An upgrade with the room...immediately picking us up with a buggy after parking...the list goes on! You will not be disappointed and I can't wait to get back here...lucky I live in Hawaii as I am sure it will be real soon! Thank you Four Seasons for your emphasis and commitment on being the best!
This is a resort we continue to visit regularly due to the excellent service, food, pools, spa and beautiful grounds. This resort will exceed all of your expectations. The people who work here make each of our experiences special.
Superb/Unreal/Fantastic - what else needs to be said. Fantastic property, fantastic service and everything in between. Nothing negative to say - all great!
ETC A+ . Book and Enjoy
The Four Seasons Hualalai is always one the Four Seasons best reviewed properties. It’s the best resort hotel on Hawaii Island, the Big Island. Period. The grounds are amazingly lush and manicured, the golf course a gem, the rooms very comfortable and larger than most hotel rooms, the Spa is terrific, the staff always greeting w Aloha and a smile, and the ocean as well as garden Mountain Views stunning. This was my second stay while assisting w Ironman World Championships. I used my Amex Platinum concierge to book the stay which automatically affords you many bonus options including an upgraded room, if available. I was given a beautiful quiet room overlooking the Kings Pond and the ocean. They have five or more swimming pools or ponds including an adults only one. The food at Ulu Grill is very fine w entrees running 38-48 dollars for the most part... it’s sunset view is marvelous including from their bar. There are washer and drier amenities near each room section for your convenience. The Spa jacuzzi, sauna, steam room etc is availability for hotel guests at any time, no Spa service required. The athletic club is comprehensive and is superior to any Hotel gym or fitness facility. I hope to be back again next year for the best stay of any in my travels.