Four Seasons Hualalai

Big Island, Hawaii

The hotel

Its dramatic oceanfront location setting hasn’t stopped Four Seasons Hualalai going a bit OTT on the pools. Not satisfied with 4 adult-only and family oceanfront and lap pools; there’s a 1.8 million gallon lava rock aquarium, where you can swim with more than 4,000 tropical fish, an ocean pool with lava breakwater and resident turtles, and a children’s sandy beach pool with mini-sunbeds and toys. They haven’t skimped on the dining either, with a Californian-come-Italian beachside restaurant, classic American steakhouse, lounge offering sushi, evening charcuterie venue, and ‘ULU Ocean Grill, whose chefs work with more than 160 local farmers and fishermen for true farm-(and ocean)-to-table dining. Add the 18-hole Jack Nicklaus golf course, tennis club, cultural classes by local Elders, and endless family adventures, and you’ll definitely need to extend your stay.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Kids Club
  • Teen Club
  • Children's Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Babysitting service
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Paddle Boards
  • Games Room

Where is it

On Hawaii Island, this oceanfront resort is located on the North Kona Kohala Coast, known for its white sands. It’s 18-minute drive from Waikoloa King Shops, 30 minutes from the city centre, and 45 minutes from Waimea. Transfer time from Kona airport: 10 minutes.

Hotel information

243 rooms and suites. All with TV, DVD player (DVD library available), iHome clock radio and docking station for iPod/MP3 players, complimentary WiFi (for up to 2 devices), telephone (free local calls), coffee maker with coffee and tea, filtered water (refreshed daily), safe, hairdryer, iron and board, beach tote use, and lightweight yukata bathrobes (children’s bathrobes, toiletries and child-proofing items available on request). Ocean Golf-View Rooms are 635 sq ft, are located in the upper or lower level of the bungalows, and have ocean views over golf course’s 18th green, and 1 king-size or 2 double beds, and 1 rollaway bed or crib, sleeping maximum 2 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

Poolside Rooms and Partial Ocean-View Rooms are 635 sq ft, are located in lower level of bungalows in Beach Tree and Sea Shell Crescents, and have a furnished lanai (terrace), an outdoor lava rock shower (on request), and 1 king-size or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

Ocean-View Rooms, Prime Ocean-view Rooms, Ocean-view Deluxe Rooms, Oceanfront Rooms with similar amenities are also available.

Superior Suites – Ocean Golf View are 1,050 square foot, are located at the ‘ULU Terrace, and have distant ocean views over golf course’s 18th green, a lanai, an outdoor lava rock shower (lower level suites) an additional guest powder room with shower, a spacious living area, a separate dining area (selected suites), and 1 king-size bed, and a double sofa bed or 1 rollaway bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

Superior Suites – Poolside View are 1,050 sq ft, located in the lower levels of the Beach Tree Crescent bungalows, and has beautiful garden views towards Beach Tree restaurant, a private lanai with access to pools or garden, a spacious living area, a separate dining area (selected suites), an outdoor garden shower (selected suites), an additional guest powder room with shower, and 1 king-size bed, and a double sofa bed or 1 rollaway bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults or 2 adults and 1 child. This suite is also available as a 2 bedroom connecting suite.

Superior Suites with Ocean View, Prime Ocean View, Oceanfront are also available. Deluxe Suites are larger and are available with an Ocean View and Prime Ocean View.

The below suites offer the following amenities: Dedicated Suite Concierge; choice of dining credit, golf for two, or two spa treatments; daily American breakfast; pressing and packing and unpacking services; deluxe fruit basket, lei and welcome amenity; high-speed internet access.

‘Anelakai Suite is 1,050 sq ft, is located closest to the ocean in King’s Pond Crescent, and has ocean views, an extended lanai with plunge pool, a private lawn, direct beach access, an outdoor shower in the main bathroom, an additional guest powder room with shower, and 1 king-size bed, and 1 rollaway bed or crib, sleeping maximum 2 adults or 2 adults and 1 child. This suite is also available as a 2 bedroom connecting suite.

‘Ohana Suites are 1,441 sq ft, are perfect for families, are located in the lower level of Sea Shell and Beach Tree Crescents, and have ocean or pool views, a large living area with oversized lanai, an additional guest powder room with steam shower, and 1 king-size bed, and 1 rollaway bed or crib, sleeping maximum 2 adults or 2 adults and 1 child. This suite is also available as a 2 bedroom connecting suite.

Wai’olu Suite is 1,711 sq ft, is located in the lower level of Palm Grove, overlooks the Palm Grove’s pond and has ocean views, a large living area opening onto an oversized lanai, an additional guest powder room with steam shower, and 1 king-size bed, and 1 rollaway bed or crib, sleeping maximum 2 adults or 2 adults and 1 child. This suite is also available as a 2 bedroom connecting suite.

Milo Suite, Kailani Suite, Kou Suite, Ho’onanea Villa, Makaloa Villa and Hawaii Loa Presidential Villa are also available.

8 dining options including Beach Tree (Californian with Italian and tropical influences). ‘ULU Ocean Grill (‘Regional, Seasonal and Artisanal’ menu, complimentary wine and coffee tasting on select nights). Hualalai Grille (American steakhouse with fresh local fish). ‘ULU Sushi Lounge (oceanfront bar, cocktails, dinner). Beach Tree Bar and Lounge (casual menu, beachside). Hualalai Trading Company (casual dining and shopping, morning pastries and coffees, vintage-style soda fountain, evening chacuterie, wine, snacks and bocce ball games). Dining Under The Stars* (private dining experiences, dinner, reservations required). Complimentary early morning coffee. 24-hour room service*. Welcome drink, lei and oshibori on arrival. Beach access. 6 swimming pools including adults-only, kids’ pool (with white sand beach slope, small chaise lounges and water toys), King’s Pond (1.8 million gallon natural lava rock aquarium), Ocean Pool (200m pool carved into lava rock with breakwater and sea life including turtles). Poolside service at 4 oceanfront pools (including towels, sun block and hourly services like sunglass cleaning, chilled oshibori towels, frozen pops, fruit kabobs, and Evian spritz). 5 whirlpools. Complimentary cabanas (day beds*). Hualalai Sports Club & Spa*. Fitness facilities (complimentary classes). Private Jack Nicklaus PGA 18-hole Hualalai Golf Course*. Hualalai Tennis Club*. Ocean-based activities (ribcraft or canoe trips*, stand-up paddleboarding*, scooter snorkels*, whale watching*, snorkelling with complimentary equipment, and teen activity cruise*). Marine activities (fish circus, ocean life exploration, pond tours, fish and eagle ray feeding). Beach games. Basketball pick up games. Ka’upulehu Cultural Center (with classes and exhibits including star navigation, Hawaiian language, hula, ukulele, and other classes often led by Hawaiian elders which vary from quilting to lei making; some classes are subject to a nominal fee for supplies). Kids For All Seasons program (9:00am-5:00pm daily, for children 5-12 years). Hale Kula game and activity centre for kids. Complimentary family activities. Family activities* (canoe paddling, tiki-lit family beach meals, hiking, rock-climbing, toddler time for under 5s; reservations required). Concierge. Daily digital The New York Times with breakfast. Complimentary WiFi. Complimentary self-parking. Valet parking $25 plus tax per night (payable locally, subject to change).

*Denotes local charge.

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Aug 21, 2019 Alohaoe808 Honolulu, Hawaii

The #1 resort in Hawaii hands down, ok, Koele Four seasons on Lanai is a close second, but there’s no beach there! Hualalai Is on my least favorite island, but for couples, families, anyone this is where it’s at. From the moment you pull up at valet, there is always someone attentive, welcoming you, and ready to help get you to vacay mode! They… Read more
The #1 resort in Hawaii hands down, ok, Koele Four seasons on Lanai is a close second, but there’s no beach there! Hualalai Is on my least favorite island, but for couples, families, anyone this is where it’s at. From the moment you pull up at valet, there is always someone attentive, welcoming you, and ready to help get you to vacay mode! They will lei you, Hawaiian style to welcome you to their property! The check in process is nice, you don’t need to stand at a counter, they seat you and your family on a couch and serve the adults a mai tai (alcohol mixed with POG) and the kids POG (passion orange guava mix) in coconuts and cool refreshing towels, confirm the details, take your cc, and you are on your way. The property is a little spread out, we arrived at night, and though our room wasn’t far from the lobby, they shuttles us there on golf carts, my kids always enjoy that part! They happened to upgrade us, pleasant surprise, and since it was our anniversary there was champagne, desserts, and toys for our kids. The room was such a treat for our family of 4, it was a one bedroom suite, but the couch pulled out and since we arrived at night, the bed was already made. We had two bathrooms, the one in the living room had a shower, the one in the bedroom had a tub, a shower, and a fabulous rock wall, rock step OUTDOOR shower! The closet was a small walk in with ample space for all of our bags! The breakfast is phenomenal at Ulu Grill! Buffet breakfast with everything you can think of, an omelette bar, fruits galore (exotic ones too) meats, oatmeal, miso soup (Japanese breakfast) pancakes, waffles, and matcha lattes, coffee, and a kids bar with tater tots, confetti waffles, eggs! The water activities are supreme here and endless!!!! The property is fronted by a swimmable beach and it’s protected by the reef, so it’s safer for the kids, I saw a canoe in the little protected cove as well, there are also rocks/reef that have formed tide pools, and where my 4 year old wanted to frolick and hang the whole day looking for little fish, sea animals and playing with the torpedo fish the hotel gifted him. There are so many pools, one that’s for adults only, much quieter and next to a restaurant we never ate at since we have kids, although it was really good the last time we visited. A short walk away there is a ping pong table, and a water activities desk, I’m sure you could rent snorkels, tubes, water gear although we failed to visit during this trip, and right next to this is another pool with a waterfall, Tahitian hut that covers the jacuzzi, and a short distance away a kids pool with sand on one end, little sun chairs and mini umbrellas for the littles! They also had a mini kid bar, complete with Mac and cheese, chicken fingers, fruits for $12ish close the towel stand and kiddie pool. The night we were there, a Friday summer night they set up an inflatable screen, popcorn maker, candies at the bar and you could swim and watch the movie after sunset at the pool. The last pool, Kings pool is our absolute favorite!!! It’s a salt water heaven of fishes and an eagle ray that you get to snorkel, snuba, or swim with! There are feeding fish times you can participate in, they have a touch pool where you can hold brittle stars, sea cucumbers, and other sea animals and if you get there a little before they open around 10 am and sign in before the spaces fill up, you can personally feed the eagle ray (sting ray no stinger) the kids loved this experience it made the whole trip! We ate at Ulu for dinner, I have another review just about the restaurant, it was outstanding! There’s so much for every age to do here, I didn’t mention the gym, the golf course, most of all just the absolute beauty you are surrounded by! Sunsets are stunning here and life is perfect, worth the cost, to you won’t be disappointed you did!!! Read less
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Aug 21, 2019 grlgrdgate California

We just returned from our second stay at Four Seasons Hualalai, and it was even more magnificent than the first. It was an anniversary surprise for my husband, and we enjoyed five lovely days together in paradise.  Of all the hotels on the Hawaiian Islands, Four Seasons Hualalai is truly my favorite. When I wrote my review, I had the Judy… Read more
We just returned from our second stay at Four Seasons Hualalai, and it was even more magnificent than the first. It was an anniversary surprise for my husband, and we enjoyed five lovely days together in paradise.  Of all the hotels on the Hawaiian Islands, Four Seasons Hualalai is truly my favorite. When I wrote my review, I had the Judy Garland song, Somewhere Over the Rainbow stuck in my head because to me, Hualalai is that magical place. If you read my review to the tune of Somewhere Over the Rainbow in your head, it may make more sense. Aloha! Somewhere over the rainbow  Way up high  There’s a land that I dream of Four Seasons Hualalai  Somewhere over the rainbow  Skies are blue And the dreams that you dare to dream Really do come true Check-in really is a breeze The staff will make you feel at ease So charming  Chilled towels, cold drinks, you’ll sit and chat Wishing all check-ins were as pleasant as that  It’s perfect timing  Somewhere over the rainbow  Ocean views Pristine grounds to wander  Which pool will you choose? Palm Grove, Beach Tree, King’s Pond, Sea Shell,  Ocean, Lap Pool, or Keiki pool options  You’ll never need to leave the pool The food is fab, the water cool That’s where you’ll find me  Somewhere over the rainbow  Way up high I’ll be dining at  Four Seasons Hualalai  Each restaurant is quite unique  Serving everything but the kitchen sink Superb options  The only thing as rad as the food  Are the excellent staff and ethereal views That’s where you’ll find me Somewhere over the rainbow  Way up high In a perfect lux bubble Chillin’ at Hualalai  Ulu is a breakfast delight And dinner is out of sight Shrimp dumplings! Hualalai Grill, a gastronomic thrill Beach Tree is also great with me And don’t forget Residents’ Beach House  Somewhere over the rainbow  Private outdoor showers exist  Who would have thought that vacation  Could ever be as spectacular as this? Rooms are large, spacious, and plush You’ll never be in a rush  To leave them With beds and pillows fluffy as clouds Hualalai never has crowds So peaceful  Surprise treats and turndown every night  They always treat their guests just right That’s where you’ll find me  Somewhere over the rainbow  Hearts will soar Troubles and stress dissipate  While gazing at the sandy shore  Receive royal treatment, here you’re a VIP Even if not a celebrity  You’ll spot one Aloha spirit permeates  The Hualalai team really makes you feel great Refreshing Kalai, Keo, Bronson, Ty, Chenin, Ayano, Summer, Anne, and Thomas too You can’t go wrong with this super crew! Wanda’s sweet voice will put a smile on your face  And make you look forward to visiting this incredible place! Colin Clark, Sebastian Hinsch, Alessandro Cartumini and Paul Jennette You really can’t get better than that! Somewhere over the rainbow  Skies are blue If you come to this magical hotel All your dreams really will come true! Read less
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Aug 21, 2019 Jet37594515395

Returned after a 7 year absence and our experience was exceptional as ever. The canoe club crew does an excellent job and everyone is so friendly and attentive. There is a real Ohana feel to the resort and of course the employees make all the difference. Thank you, Hualalalai 4S. Had the best time ever!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Exceptional stay

Aug 20, 2019 Meander729986 Norman, Oklahoma

This property may be my all-time favorite. I had heard great things, and now know they are true. Everything from arrival to departure was spectacular. Warm, welcoming, and eager to help. The concierge went out of their way after hearing I lost a friend during my trip. Within an hour, they told me about a Hawaiian custom of releasing flowers to the… Read more
This property may be my all-time favorite. I had heard great things, and now know they are true. Everything from arrival to departure was spectacular. Warm, welcoming, and eager to help. The concierge went out of their way after hearing I lost a friend during my trip. Within an hour, they told me about a Hawaiian custom of releasing flowers to the ocean, and created a flower "pod" for me. Gorgeous property with exceptional staff. Read less
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Aug 20, 2019 joepor2 Houston, Texas

The 4 Seasons Resort Hualalai in Kona, Hi was not only a great deal but also a pleasant surprise and undersold, in my opinion, as a vacation complete package. It had the best and cleanest amenities that I've seen in a long time. The only things that were overpriced were the massage services.