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Relaxing, low-key indulgence, with a focus on all things local
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.
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.
Spacious, bright, and decadent
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.
World-class facilities, variety, and all types of luxuries
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.
Three restaurants and two lounges featuring seasonal menus and local, gourmet fare
Although there are technically only three restaurants, the dining options still feel plentiful (and they're all top-notch). The full menus of 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.
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.