Four Seasons Hualalai
Hualalai, Hawaii's Big Island
The Four Seasons Hualalai is the quintessential luxury beach resort. First rate service, a beautiful natural setting, white sand beaches, lush vegetation, elegant accommodation and an incredible array of facilities keep guests returning year after year.
At a Glance
Snorkel with over 2000 fish and a 21 year old eagle ray in the hotel's own pondAnna Bleasdale
Head down the left hand side of the beach to look out for turtles who often nest in the areaAnna Bleasdale
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The Four Seasons Hualalai is a lush green tropical oasis of landscaped gardens and golf courses fringed by a white sand palm lined beach backed by the dramatic moonscape of black lava fields that typify the north-west coast of Hawaii's Big Island.
The easy access from Kona airport, only 20 minutes away, coupled with its extensive grounds and facilities and long beachfront make the Four Seasons Hualalai ideal for families, couples and honeymooners wanting to experience the diversity and extraordinary geological wonders of the Big Island.
The 243 guest rooms and suites are housed in two-storey lava rock bungalows which blend into the tropical foliage and are arranged around the golf course and numerous swimming pools. They ooze luxury, with Hawaiian/Balinesian inspired decor, slate bathrooms, and furnished lanais (balconies). The spacious suites have 180-degree ocean views and are perfect for families. Larger groups and families will be tempted by the free stranding Hawaii Loa and Makaloa villas which can be booked as 2 or 3 bedrooms.
A trio of restaurants includes the Hualalai Grille American Grill, seafood-centric Ulu Ocean Grill and sushi lounge, and the revamped Beach Tree, serving Italian-influenced California cuisine in a relaxed Hawaiian 'beach house' setting. Over 75 % of food served is from Hawaii island with the chefs working in partnership with over 100 local farmers and fisherman.
Despite its quiet luxury, the resort is also very child-friendly, with a great series of activity programs organized by the Kids for All Seasons club and the Ka Hui teen activities.
One of the great attractions of the Four Seasons Hualalai are the abundant sport and recreation facilities on hand including golf, tennis, numerous swimming pools, and the Hualalai Sports Club with its state of the art fitness studio, outdoor climbing wall and endless choice of groups classes.
In all there are seven swimming pools to tempt you from the 25 meter lap pool at the Spa, the adults only Palm Grove pool, family friendly lagoon-style Sea Shell pool and sand-lined shallow children's Keiki pool. Not forgetting the spectacular Kings Pond which is a 1.8-million gallon “aquarium" carved out of the natural lava rock and filled with a mixture of fresh and ocean water. With over 3,000 tropical fish from more than 75 species swimming freely (including a spotted eagle ray). Complimentary snorkeling equipment is on hand as well as activities such as ray and fish feedings and snorkeling lessons.
Golfers are kept challenged by Hualalai’s Jack Nicklaus Signature course that runs dramatically through the lava fields with incredible ocean views. It’s one of the best of the many great resort courses in Hawaii and host to the annual Mitsubishi Electric Championship, a limited field PGA Champions Tour.
If however all you want to do is lie on a white-sand beach you’ll be more than content and from November to May you may have the added bonus of whale and dolphins sightings just offshore.
If spa treatments are on the agenda, book a massage at the Hualalai Spa where you can select local ingredients (perhaps volcanic ash or macadamia nuts) for your personalized treatment.
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai boasts 243 well-appointed guest rooms, villas and suites, spread through two-storey bungalows surrounded by lush greenery. The decor, inspired by nature, includes a very interesting collection of native art.
Children are welcome to come and stay at Four Seasons Hualalai. They are given a special welcome package upon arrival and the concierge service can recommend family orientated activities such as rock climbing, beach games and snorkeling. There is a complimentary kids club for 5-12 year olds where they can become involved in arts and crafts, treasure hunts, swimming and learn specialized activities such as canoeing. There is also a program for teens as well with age-appropriate games and activities.
The hotel offers a babysitting service and there is also a children's pool.
Four Seasons Hualalai has three restaurants and two ocean side lounges. The Beachfront offers a menu of Italian and Mediterranean cuisine alfresco style or in the elegant dining room. 'ULU Ocean Grill is very Hawaiian in its style with an informal setting, dishes here are either oven roasted, flame grilled or wok fired. Hualalai Grille resembles an American steakhouse with an Hawaiian influence. ULU Sushi lounge is a bar serving tempting cocktail and delicious sushi with superb ocean views for you to enjoy them with. The Beach Tree Bar is the perfect spot to enjoy an aperitif and some nibbles whilst watching the sunset.
The activities available onsite at the Four Season are impressive with its Jack Nicklaus championship golf course, seven swimming pools, eight tennis courts, Hualalai Sports club with fitness studios and classes, climbing wall.
Water based activities are a big focus . There are Alaka‘i Nalu (leaders of the waves) on hand to organize watersports and to teach the basics of first aid, CPR, pool and ocean safety, rescue skills (including jet ski rescue), two-person and six-person traditional outrigger canoe training, snorkeling, fishing and more. There are stand up paddleboards, underwater scooter snorkel tours, snorkeling in Kings Pond and away from the hotel, deep sea fishing charters and kayaking tours.
The onsite Ka‘upulehu Cultural Center is worth visiting to learn about Hawaii’s rich and unique culture, history and traditions or try your hand at hula dancing the Ukelele or star gazing.
In winter months (December to April) humpback whales migrate to the warm Hawaiian waters and can often be spotted from shore.
Hawaii’s Big Island is the home of the original Iron Man championships and adrenaline sports seem to run through its blood. There are ATV adventures, a number of zipline companies, helicopter flights over Kailua volcano to see the molten lava, lava hikes and horseback riding.
Location & Directions
Hualalai, Hawaii's Big Island
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is situated on the site of an ancient Hawaiian fishing village Kaupulehu, on the Kona-Kohala Coast on the West of Hawaii's Big island.
When to go
Hawaii's Big Island is a year round destination with a tropical climate, with the very best months being April to September. Temperatures are high throughout the year but never excessive, as humidity levels are manageable. There is a rainy season from December to March which is also ironically, the tourism high season, when the scenery is at its most lush and long, hot days break up the rainy spells.