Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
Big Island, Hawaii, United States of America
At a Glance
Beautifully set and designed like a Hawaiian village with meandering pathways framed with lush greenery and lit by Tiki torches at nigh
Breakfast at ULU is an event! Enjoy the gentle ocean breeze from the terrace, make your own Smoothie, graze on the decadent lemon and ricotta pancakes and ease into your day
Children will love honing their snorkelling skills in the hotel’s enclosed King’s Pond, surrounded by more than 4000 fish and even a 25 year old eagle ray
7 beautiful pool areas ensure that even if the hotel is full it still feels spacious, exclusive and peaceful. Book a cabana package for the day for that extra spot of pampering
Golf enthusiasts will be fascinated by the black lava landscape framing the 18 hole Jack Nicklaus golf course
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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.
To start planning your holiday to Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
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.
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 programmes organised 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 metre 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 snorkelling equipment is on hand as well as activities such as ray and fish feedings and snorkelling 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 personalised 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 snorkelling. 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 specialised 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 organise 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, snorkelling, fishing and more. There are stand up paddleboards, underwater scooter snorkel tours, snorkelling 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.
Anna Bleasdale (Staff)
Well what's there to say? I can't fault it, I really can't. It's got the best location, the ocean thunders in right in front of the resort in a froth of aqua and white, there's 7 pools to enjoy (as the ocean is not swimmable except for a small area at the front of the resort and the beach where the water sports are, around 12 minutes walk away). The gardens are beautiful and so well cared for and the whole hotel feels more like a lovely village laid out around twisting and turning walkways that are lit by tiki torches at night to guide the way to your choice of restaurants and bars to while away the evenings. The service is friendly and extremely good, the people just lovely and it feels warm and homely yet absolutely 5 star. The Four Seasons Hualalai is well established and it really shows, they have got it right. This is also reflected in the price, this place isn't cheap, before your stay and during, however, it is the very best and even the most discerning guests shouldn't be disappointed. It would be tempting to just stay here and gaze out at the ocean and simply unwind, however, please do get out and enjoy this fascinating island. Just a walk along the beach brings you to black volcanic rocks reminding you that this place is still part of an active volcano. The afternoon VOG (volcanic gas) that makes the air a little hazy is also another reminder but don't worry, it's not dangerous and can't be smelled or affect you this far from the crater. It's just a reminder of this living, breathing fascinating island. So get out, explore, then come back to this little paradise.
A Day in North Kohala, Big Island
A day in this beautiful area of the North of Big Island takes you back to a bygone day of old Hawaii. Visit the charming small town, go zip lining, take a horse ride, kayak historic ditches or hike down to a gorgeous black sand beach
Big Island Volcanoes by Land and Air
Marvel at black sand beaches and eerie lava tubes on this incredible full day tour by helicopter and on foot, taking in highlights of Hawaii's Volcanoes National Park, accompanied by a private guide.
Kayak and Snorkel Kealakekua Bay
Join a guided kayak tour across beautiful Kealakekua Bay then snorkel Captain Cook monument where you will see abundant fish life as well as potentially dolphins, green sea turtles and even humpback whales.
Kohala Ditch Kayaking
Experience an exclusive adventure deep in the historically rich mountains of Kohala. Explore by kayak, 3 miles of the 110 year old system of hand wrought tunnels, elevated flumes and concrete channels through lush scenery in this 3-hour adventure.
Kohala Zip and Dip Tour
Spend an exhilarating day in North Kohala with a guided zipline and aerial canopy adventure high above the forest floor, picnic on the rim of Pololu Valley and swim under a private waterfall, fed by a cool mountain stream.
Kona Coffee and craters Tour
Venture on to private land to explore the upper slopes of Kona's very own volcano, Hualalai. Explore cinder cones, craters and an intact lava tube with your guide, giving a true insight into this fascinating part of Hawaii's Big Island.
Learn to surf
Enjoy the thrill of Surfing in the warm tropical waters of Hawaii, the birthplace of Surfing. Whether you're a complete beginner or a wannabe Kelly Slater, we can arrange for you to have lessons or take you to the ultimate big wave spots.
Mauna Kea Summit and Stars
Experience the vivid clarity of the Hawaiian sky at night on this sunset tour to reach the summit of Mauna Kea. Travel by 4x4 to the very top for sunset then enjoy a picnic dinner amongst stunning surroundings on this memorable volcanic adventure.
Night snorkelling with Manta Rays
A once in a lifetime experience to come up close and personal with these extraordinary gentle giants during a night time snorkel. This exclusive experience includes a sun set cruise before heading to the manta ray site close to the Mauna Kea Hotel.
Volcano Extreme and Waterfall Swim
Combine 2 of the Hawaiian islands' most exhilarating experiences; fly "doors off" over Kilauea Volcano and then land on secluded tropical farmland and swim under a 120ft private waterfall. An incredible day from Hilo on the East Coast of Big Island.
Volcano Kohala Landing
A superb flight seeing tour that takes you right around Hawaii's Big Island including the Volcanoes National Park in all its glory. View stunning waterfalls, volcano peaks and enjoy a remote landing in the heart of the Kohala rainforest.
Volcanoes and lava fields from the air
Soar over the world's most active volcano with the doors off in what the Travel Channel dubbed, ''The Hottest Helicopter Ride on the Planet''. With the wind in your face and 2200° molten, red hot lava beneath your feet, you're bound to feel the heat.
Zipline through paradise
Experience the thrill of soaring over native Hawaiian rainforest, the Honolii River and its waterfalls on this fantastic series of eight zip-lines which build up to an epic 1000ft line lasting over a minute with speeds of up to 30 miles per hour!
Location & directions
Big Island, Hawaii, United States of America
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.
How to get there
It is a 19-hour flight via Los Angeles to Kona International Airport, followed by a 10-minute transfer.
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