Four Seasons Hualalai Rating: 5.0 Pearls
Big Island, Hawaii, United States

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Pros

  • 7 unique pools with luxury amenities such as Evian-spritz service
  • Beautiful beachfront
  • Immaculately landscaped grounds
  • Large spa and extensive fitness center
  • 8 tennis courts with tennis pro shop
  • Jack Nicklaus-designed 18-hole golf course
  • Free Internet and parking
  • Cultural Center with free classes and activities
  • Excellent amenities for children; children under 18 stay for free with parent

Cons

  • Most expensive option on the Big Island
  • Removed from popular destinations off-site
  • Beach is smaller and rockier than others on the Kohala Coast

Bottom Line

The pristine Four Seasons, the only five-pearl property on the Big Island, is unlike any other resort on the Kohala Coast. Lush and beautifully landscaped grounds surround private bungalow-style rooms and suites tucked along winding paths throughout the large property. The thoughtfully designed architecture, pools (all seven of them), and public spaces are indulgent without seeming excessive. Dining options on-site are few in number but high in quality, and include what is arguably the best restaurant on the Big Island. The service is excellent and the experience is first-rate down to the last detail.

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 Scene

Relaxing, low-key indulgence, with a focus on all things local

The Hotel Grounds
The Hotel Grounds

A calming atmosphere is achieved at the Four Seasons through the thoughtful design of the property, which is spread out with gently winding verdant paths connecting each area. The array of amenities (including fine dining, several uniquely constructed pool areas, first-class spa and athletic facilities, cultural center activities, and the pristine beach) all reinforce a low-key feel you'd expect in Hawaii. The lush grounds complement and highlight the beauty of the natural Hawaiian landscape, and this localized focus on natural resources is carried through in the dining experience, which is almost entirely reliant on local food sources.

 Location

The Four Seasons Resort is located on the southern end of the Kohala coast, yet still removed from busy Kailua-Kona

The Big Island is packed with natural wonders, including active volcanoes, where visitors can see lava flows, numerous beaches, and rainforests. It's by far the largest of the Hawaiian islands, so be prepared to drive to experience some of the top attractions.

  • 15-minute drive to Kona International Airport
  • 2-hour drive to Hilo International Airport
  • 45-minute drive to Waimea
  • 30-minute drive to Kailua-Kona
  • 2-hour drive to Mauna Kea Observatories (at the summit)
  • 4-hour drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, home to the island's most popular volcanoes

 Rooms

Spacious, bright, and decadent

Deluxe Suite Bathroom
Deluxe Suite Bathroom

The careful attention to design at the Four Seasons extends to the comfortable rooms and suites, which are modern and bright with a cozy feel. Accents such as the canopy headboards (in suites) and high-end original artwork add to the decadent feel of the space. Marble bathrooms in the suites with large tubs and even larger showers are also noteworthy.

  • Excellent in-room amenities such as iHome clock radios, twice-daily housekeeping with aromatherapy turndown, and bath salts and aromatherapy candles
  • Spacious, bright and elegant, with vaulted ceilings
  • Beautiful views from every room
  • Gorgeous marble bathrooms
  • Private lanais with comfortable furniture
  • L’Occitane brand toiletries
  • Oceanfront rooms have an outdoor lava rock shower

 Features

World-class facilities, variety, and all types of luxuries

Spa
Spa

During the hotel's $40 million dollar renovation (completed in 2009), no detail was overlooked. Most notable are the seven pools: Each is uniquely designed and constructed, ranging from the iconic Beach Tree Pool to the King’s Pond (a natural rock aquarium for snorkeling). The many choices for fitness activities, including rock climbing, yoga, Pilates and traditional gym equipment, complement the highly regarded tennis and golf programs. The first-class spa has many options for relaxing before and after treatment, including a unique water garden and saunas, which are spread out among lush garden pathways.

  • Seven distinctly designed pools, ranging from adult-only to kid-friendly (along with a natural lava-rock aquarium)
  • Three spacious 1,300-square-foot gyms, plus free access to sauna, whirlpool and steam room
  • Large Hualalai Spa with open-air water garden, four outdoor hales, and a spa boutique
  • Eight tennis courts, two of which are lit for evening play, with a full-service tennis pro shop
  • 18-hole private golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus, with a 1,400-square-foot clubhouse and driving range
  • Cultural Center with a variety of classes, a kid-friendly pool, and a full-day activity program for ages five to 12, along with a teen-oriented game and activity center
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 Food

Three restaurants and two lounges featuring seasonal menus and local, gourmet fare

Beach Tree Bar and Grill
Beach Tree Bar and Grill

Although there are technically only three restaurants, the dining options still feel plentiful (and they're all top-notch). The full menus of Pahu I‘a and Beach Tree are available for in-room dining. Plus, guests can opt to reserve a special dinner on the beach for one or two couples, or up to 12 people for a family setting, featuring private servers, your own exclusive oceanfront location, and floral centerpieces or leis.

  • Pahu I‘a Restaurant: Highly acclaimed gourmet restaurant at the ocean's edge, featuring almost exclusively local ingredients, with beachside barbecues every Saturday; children under five eat free
  • Beach Tree: Casual indoor/outdoor beachfront dining focusing on California-Italian fare, and cocktails mixed with fresh, local ingredients
  • Hualalai Grille: Classic American steakhouse with Hawaiian accents, overlooking the Hualalai Golf Course
  • Pahu I'a Sushi Lounge: Located on the lower level of Pahu l'a, it's ideal for sunsets, and offers light snacks and a signature cocktail menu.
  • Beach Tree Bar: 20 steps from the ocean, featuring a signature tropical cocktail menu

 Bottom Line

The pristine Four Seasons, the only five-pearl property on the Big Island, is unlike any other resort on the Kohala Coast. Lush and beautifully landscaped grounds surround private bungalow-style rooms and suites tucked along winding paths throughout the large property. The thoughtfully designed architecture, pools (all seven of them), and public spaces are indulgent without seeming excessive. Dining options on-site are few in number but high in quality, and include what is arguably the best restaurant on the Big Island. The service is excellent and the experience is first-rate down to the last detail.

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Address

  • 72-100 Kaupulehu Drive

Room Types

  • Deluxe Suite - Ocean View
  • Deluxe Suite - Prime Ocean View
  • Oceanfront Room
  • Ocean-View Room
  • Prime Ocean-View Room
  • Superior Suite - Oceanfront
  • Superior Suite - Ocean View
  • Superior Suite - Prime Ocean View

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 243
Pool: N/A
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Kids Club: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): N/A
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Hotel Information

Location: Big Island, Hawaii
Address: 72-100 Kaupulehu Drive
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