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.
Parking on site
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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.