Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Hawaii

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(888) 340-5662 or (808) 325-8000
72-100 Ka’upulehu Dr, Kailua-Kona

This resort shines, even among its superb competitors. 37 one- and two-story bungalows in several semi-circles with six–eight rooms per building, including a few golf course buildings. They used a lot of local materials, giving the resort a very Hawaiian feel. All units (even golf course units) have nice ocean views. (Building 25 is closest to the water.) Second-floor rooms have better ocean views, but first-floor rooms have a pleasant garden on the other side of the bathroom glass with a second private outdoor lava shower where water gurgles over a short lava ledge. What a great place to have your morning shower! (A handful of first floor rooms don’t have the lava shower—so be sure and ask.) This makes the first floor a better value than the higher-priced second-floor rooms. Overall, rooms are of average size, nicely furnished with cool slate floors and understated but tasteful furnishings.

One feature we’ve never seen anywhere else is a large, lava anchialine pond with 1.8 million gallons of fresh and saltwater. Connected to the ocean, its level rises and falls each day with the tide. Inside are 40 species of fish, including a spotted eagle ray. You won’t find a safer place to snorkel in the state. It’s great to be there when they feed the fish. The resort fronts a sandy beach, but the swimming is mostly poor due to a lava shelf. They do have a manmade quasi tide-pool at the shore for wading. However, just a short stroll south is Kuki‘o Beach with somewhat better swimming.

The swimming pools are scattered around the resort. The adults-only Palm Grove pool has a swim-up bar and serves “adult” shave ice flavors, like mai tai. If you have kids, the Seashell is the semi-circle you want; honeymooners (or those who want the quietest region) should choose the Palm Grove. Cabana chairs are free around the pools. Services here are extraordinary, even for a Kohala resort. (Examples: chilled towels at the pool, Evian spritz service, sunglass cleaning, fresh fruit kabobs, sunscreen—but you have to apply it yourself. How’s that for pampering?)

If you bring your keiki, you’ll find a free licensed children’s program for young’uns 5–12. They also have a free teen center with game consoles. Their sand-lined kid’s pool even has kid-sized lounge chairs and free beach toys. The resort is the only one with a semi-private golf course. Mostly guests and residents of the development are allowed to play, so tee times are spaced farther apart. It’s a very nice, player-friendly, Jack Nicklaus course for about $295. The same goes for the day spa, which offers enough luxuriating decadence to melt your toenails. Their restaurants are excellent. No surprise there.

Rooms of 635 sq. ft. are $695–$1,695. Suites (1,050–4,900 sq. ft.) are $1,595–$16,045!

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Resort at a Glance

  • 243 rooms
  • 5 pools (including adult-only pool)
  • Keiki (kid) pool
  • Lava snorkel pool
  • 4 hot tub/spas
  • Lighted tennis cour
  • Golf course
  • Free fitness room
  • Health spa
  • Steam room
  • Sauna
  • Restaurant
  • Dinner on the beach
  • Lounge
  • Shop
  • Wedding coordinator
  • Conference room
  • 24-hour business center
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Free WiFi resort-wide
  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fans
  • Walk-up only
  • ADA accessible
  • Lanais
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Free laundry room
  • Free room safe
  • Free local calls and toll-free calls
  • 24-hour room service
  • Empty fridge
  • Coffee maker with free coffee daily
  • TV
  • Free self-parking
  • Valet overnight parking is $21
  • Children’s program
  • Teen program
  • Poolside cabanas
  • Beachside cabanas
  • Smoking area available
  • All non-smoking resort
  • On-site activities
  • Cribs available
  • Dog and cat friendly

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What Readers Have to Say

“We just returned from the Big Island and thoroughly enjoyed your book. I reviewed a number of books prior to going (Frommers, etc) and your book is the one we took with us. The other people we met were very jealous of it.”

- C. Stice, TX