Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

72-100 Kaupulehu Dr., Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, 96745, USA

Laurie Lyons-Makaimoku

Beautiful views everywhere, polished wood floors, custom furnishings and linens in warm earth and cool white tones, and Hawaiian fine artwork make this resort a peaceful retreat. Ground-level rooms have outdoor garden showers. The 600-square-foot bungalows are large and luxurious, with spacious slate-floor bathrooms. One of the five pools, King's Pond, is a freshwater pond, with thousands of tropical fish and a spotted eagle ray that guests have the opportunity to feed daily. The sea-shell infinity pool is family-friendly and surrounded by cabanas and palm trees with a clear view to the ocean beyond. The on-site Hawaiian Cultural Center honors the grounds' spiritual heritage, and the sports club and spa offer top-rate health and fitness options. Hualalai's golf course hosts the PGA Tour Champions Tour and the Senior PGA Tournament of Champions. Despite its quiet luxury, the resort is super kid-friendly, with a great activities program.

room

The 192 standard rooms are spacious and inviting, with full sized foyers leading into the bedrooms, simply elegant rustic island décor, 42-inch plasma TVs, and mini fridges. Of course, that’s just the standard rooms (there are seven types, based on view and size) – there are also three villas and a variety of suites to choose from, all with their own private lanais.

bathroom

The spacious bathrooms have deep soaking tubs, waterfall heads in the shower, and a separate water closet for the toilet. Large granite vanities and a dose of natural lighting make these bathrooms ones you’ll want to spend time relaxing in. Lower level rooms also include outdoor lava rock showers that bring a bit of the spa straight to your room.

lobby

Your tropical vacation starts fully as you drive to the valet stand and get a beautiful peak at the ocean. You’ll meet staff inside where you’ll enjoy being greeted by a fresh lei and mai tai while being checked in. The open-air lobby is simple, yet elegant, a beautiful way to start your visit.

pool

There are SEVEN pools at the resort, including a lap pool, an adults-only pool, and a really stand-out feature, the King’s Pond where guests can snorkel and swim among more than 4,000 fish and a special spotted eagle ray named Kainalu. The kids’ pool is also a wonderful feature, with splash pad elements and a small sandy beach.

For those who have an interest in marine biology, don’t miss out on some of the incredible programming available, including snorkeling in King’s Pond with a marine biologist (there are five on staff), touring the fish ponds and/or tide pools with a marine biologist, feeding the spotted eagle ray, and watching the sea turtles bask on the beach after 3 p.m.

Beach Tree Pool
Photo: Beach Tree Pool
King's Pond
Photo: King's Pond
King's Pond
Photo: King's Pond

spa

The spa is a special oasis for guests, whether they’re getting a treatment or not. For those indulging in a massage or body treatment, there are both inside and Thai-style outside treatment rooms to choose from. There’s also a steam room, sauna, outdoor showers, and cold and hot plunge pools. A small waterfall and lounge chairs next to a special walking wading pool that symbolizes your body work journey are a nice place for any guest to relax.

gym

The Four Seasons gym is unique because they offer both indoor and outdoor gym facilities to meet guests’ temperature preferences. A separate weight room and cardio room (that includes Peleton bikes) are flanked by tennis and basketball courts, as well as a rock climbing area that includes bouldering, top rope climbing, and wall yoga. Classes include spin, yoga, and Barre. If you’re getting a skin care treatment, their unique apothecary bar is where your specialist will create a concoction special to your needs made of Hawaiian island ingredients.

'Ulu Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge
Photo: 'Ulu Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge

dining

There are four restaurants at the resort, a snack/coffee/ice cream store, and in-room dining. The restaurants include a steakhouse (Hualalai Grille), a sushi restaurant (‘Ulu Sushi Lounge), and beachside dining at Beach Tree and ‘Ulu Ocean Grille. Don’t miss the Kanpachi Crudo at Beach Tree – it’s light, yet rich, and brought in from nearby Blue Ocean Mariculture, the only open ocean fish farm in the U.S.

'Ulu Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge
Photo: 'Ulu Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge

drinking

The adults-only pool has a swim up bar with beer, wine, and fresh cocktails made with herbs from the adjoining garden. Beach Tree also has a designated bar area with beer, wine, some heavenly tropical cocktails, and a small bar bites menu.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The adults-only pool closes at sunset, which is a bit disappointing, as it would make a nice spot for some evening drinking and relaxation, as well. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy a cocktail while watching the sunset, however!

LOCATION

Getting Around

You’ll need a car to reach your accommodations and explore the rest of the island.

Restaurants

Pueo’s Osteria (26-min drive) offers farm to table Italian-inspired fare that, while it isn’t what you’d think of as Hawaiian food, includes some local favorites like Hamakua mushrooms and lilikoi cheesecake. A lovely wine menu and a late-night happy hour with limited food menu for night owls from 9:30 p.m. to midnight make this a great spot to wine and dine.

At Lava Lava Beach Club (22-min drive) find a menu that includes happy hour specials, daily fish preparations, and island twists on classic foods like hamburgers and ribs all right on the beach. The bar is also a huge draw, with delicious and strong cocktails (the “Big Bamboocha” will definitely get your vacation started well) and a nice wine menu.

Bars

Get drinks and a show at Gertrude’s Jazz Bar (28-min drive), an open-air jazz bar with great beer and wine selections, plus a few decadent desser-tinis to complement their cocktail list.

Kona Brewing Company (27-min drive) has some of the best pizza you’ll find in Hawaii, paired with a fun atmosphere and the chance to taste a variety of their famous brews.

WHY WE LIKE IT

There’s a lot to love at this resort, but it’s particularly great for those looking for a quiet vacation with tons of amenities and activities. It’s especially impressive just how much Hawaiian history and culture the resort manages to incorporate into its offerings, giving guests a true taste of the island in a luxury setting. There's plenty to do, but at the same time plenty of ways to relax, and there's something for everyone here.

QUICK FACTS

Resort
Family, Romantic
Sophisticated
On the beach
Luxurious Retreat

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 888-340–5662;808-325–8000

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