Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is located on the Big Island, Hawaii. Many guests fly into the Kona airport and take a short 20 minute drive to the resort. We drove the scenic Hamakua route from Hilo, through Waimea which took us about 3 hours just so we could stop to get some warm, fresh Malasadas at Tex Drive Inn. There’s a faster way to get there from Hilo by taking saddle road that has you driving Mauka (mountain) and through Waikoloa Village.
Hualalai is a dormant volcano and now home of some of the most fabulous hotels, residences and sports clubs. Hualalai Resort, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Hualalai Sports Club & Spa and the Kona Village Resort (currently closed since the 2011 tsunami) are all located in this lavish community. Once you turn into the entrance of Hualalai you’ll shortly approach an attendant that will allow you to enter after explaining your reason for visiting. The drive down to the Four Seasons property is lined with black jagged A’a lava and a golf course. We made sure not to stray off the path, that sharp lava rock will surely pop someone’s tire!
The beautiful blue ocean as we approached closer to the resort. Once we passed through the tall lava rock walls we could see the Bellman anxiously waiting to welcome us. They kindly greeted us with an orchid flower lei and led us to the main building to get checked in while they removed all of our belongings from the car. One of their Receptionist presented us with tropical fruit drinks and chilled oshibori towels. Once we were checked in the Bellman drove us to our room on the golf cart with our bags packed nicely in the back. They answered all of our questions and showed us the amenities around the room, so informative.
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai has a bunch of accommodation options: Guest Rooms (7 Options), Suites (13 Options), and Villas (3 Options). Our room was a nice size with a king bed, sofa bed, walk in closet and exterior dresser. We were on the lower level that has an outside shower accessible from the indoor shower. The bathroom has a spacious double sink counter, deep tub with a large window looking out to the private garden and outdoor shower. The room also had a little terrace over looking the lush, colorful landscape that allows you to walk directly to two different pools.
One of the first things that caught my eye as we entered the room was the table filled with a huge platter of fresh fruit and other Hawaii made goodies. Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts know exactly how to welcome their frequently return guests! Convenience and amenities are one of the great things about these properties. Four Seasons Hualalai has purified water stations throughout the resort where you can refill the carafes provided in the rooms or your own personal reusable containers. This is optional since they still refresh your room daily with bottle water.
Four Seasons Hualalai has 7 pools on there huge property. The Beach Tree, Sea Shell, Palm Groove, Lap (at the Fitness Center), Keiki and Ocean Pool (naturally carved out oceanfront pool with natural sea water) are all open from sunrise to sunset. The Kings Pond is open from 10 am – 4 pm. Both the Kings Pond and the Ocean Pool is fun for anyone that like to interact with marine creatures. As terrified as I was, I participated in the feeding of the Eagle Ray. That thing got a mouth that feels pretty funky and sucked up the oyster in my hands within seconds.
Having pools in every little cove of this ocean front property makes it easy for all guests to find a comfy seat. We perched at the Kings Pond under what looked like Ohia branches that were used to make natural cabanas (correct me if I’m wrong). It wasn’t crowded and each time we got hot we jumped in with our colorful fish friends and eagle ray. We also visited the Ocean pool often to see if the Honus (turtle) were floating around or sunbathing on the warm golden sand. This was my second time to this property and was excited to finally be able to enjoy the Palm Grove pool now that I’m 18 years of age. It’s an adult only pool with a whirlpool and swim up bar. This is my favorite spot to get some work done in peace and be able to enjoy the pool with tropical fruity beverages in hand.
There are three restaurants on property : The Beach Tree Restaurant is an open air Hawaiian style beach house and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 11:30 am – 8:30 pm. The ‘ULU Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge is open for Breakfast 6:30 am – 11:00 am and dinner from 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm and is located between the King’s Pond and Sea Shell pool. Hualalai Grille is located on the upper level of the Golf Clubhouse from 5:30 pm – 8:30pm. If you’re looking for a meaty dinner, head to Hualalai Grille. Craving for some sushi and fresh island ingredients, ‘ULU is the place for you. Not in the mood to dress up and want a nice outdoor setting to end the day, Beach Tree is the place to be. We ate breakfast daily at ‘ULU and hit the buffet as usual. We’re always super hungry in the morning since we usually don’t get out of the room until after 9am. The buffet is a huge spread with a made to order waffle, crepe, omelet and eggs benedict station. There’s a wide selection of cereals, breakfast meats, pastries, fruits, cheese and beverages.
Looking forward to a workout? The expansive Fitness Center is open from 6:00 am – 8:00 pm. This Fitness Center is a workout-holics dream. There’s a basketball court, tennis courts, rock wall, lap pool, weight training and cardio room, sauna, steam room, whirlpool and studio for classes. There’s daily fitness classes and private instructors for a fee. The Spa is across the lap pool and will provide guests with the typical amenities like bath necessities, towels, robes, water, sports beverages and fruit. Lockers are available (on a first come first serve basis) making it easy for you to bring your belongings and extra clothes.
One of the unique amenities and facility at this property is the Ka’upulehu Cultural Center where you can play hawaiian games and learn how to make flower leis, play the ukulele, speak the Hawaiian language and much more. I enjoyed playing a game of Konane (Hawaiian Checkers) after operating hours at the Cultural Center .
There’s so much to do at Four Seasons Hualalai, you can chose to enjoy water or land activities and connect with the hawaiian culture at the same time. There’s snorkeling, standup paddle boarding, outrigger canoe trips, ping pong, golf and much more.
We enjoyed taking a morning stroll towards Kona Village looking for shells and turtles. We’d walk the opposite way to enjoy the ocean breeze and see some beautiful residences and jagged lava coastline. This Four Seasons is a five star resort and you can tell by all it offers, it’s beauty and superb, attentive employees. The staff make sure everyone is comfortable and that we all enjoyed ourselves no matter where we were or what we were doing.
Plan ahead if you want to visit this fabulous resort, they book up quickly! They offer many different promotions throughout the year which can be found on their website. You can easily find available rates and package on their online reservation page.