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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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Our best resort stay to date

Jun 20, 2019 BiotechBeach San Diego, California

Over all, this was the best resort stay we've experienced and the best of the 5 Four Seasons properties we've ever stayed at. The entire resort is distributed across the beachfront and all rooms have some kind of ocean view. It's much different from the Maui property, for example, where the resort is structured more like a traditional hotel. It… Read more
Over all, this was the best resort stay we've experienced and the best of the 5 Four Seasons properties we've ever stayed at. The entire resort is distributed across the beachfront and all rooms have some kind of ocean view. It's much different from the Maui property, for example, where the resort is structured more like a traditional hotel. It makes for a very special atmosphere. We stayed in an Oceanfront room, which I highly recommend. On the second floor, we were so close to the water that it's almost all you could see looking out of any of the windows. The soothing sound of crashing waves at night was wonderful. The staff was excellent in virtually all aspects, and always addressed us by our last name. If I had one criticism about the property, it would be that pool and beach service is a bit less attentive than other resorts I have stayed at. The food was excellent (we ate at every restaurant throughout the trip, and had breakfast every morning at Ulu). Lebron James and Chris Paul were staying at the resort and we saw them for breakfast Wednesday through Saturday of our stay. Our favorite, go to restaurant ended up being the most casual - BeachTree. The menu was perfect for us; largely locally sourced and many gluten free options. The fresh catch was reliably perfect. The prices are steep, but the quality was excellent and I never felt ripped off. We had two couples' massages, which were both excellent. I also used the spa facilities almost every day, which is included in the price of the stay. The Ocean Pool is also amazing. There are a couple sea turtles and lots of tropical fish in this area, and you don't have to worry about currents or surf. We spent hours out there most days. Some people complain that the resort needs a major update, but I don't agree. There are some bad looking roofs on property that FS appears to be in the process of replacing, but it didn't bother us at all. The resort is kept in immaculate condition other than that bit of maintenance, and we never experienced any unwanted noise. Ultimately, we could have purchased a decent quality brand new car for what we spent on a 9 day trip all-in, but we did feel that we got what we paid for. This is a very special place. Also, we're sold on the Big Island now over Maui, which is overly congested and feels like we never left California. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Birthday Celebration Success

Jun 19, 2019 Roam16335686522

One of the best birthdays ever. Relaxation, good food, good exercise, sunshine, incredible sunsets and fabulous staff of people. The staff did their best to recognize me and celebrate my birthday with me. Special thanks to Nick, Frank, Gregg and Ed.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Outstanding stay

Jun 19, 2019 Tour07970383555 Mission Viejo, California

This hotel is just great! It holds up to the Four Seasons brand. Everything from service, rooms, and service was perfect. My only complaint is the beach in that location. This is not the hotel’s fault.
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Jun 19, 2019 Relax11117847349 New Concord, Ohio

This resort is amazing. We initially booked a stay with another hotel on the island and after arriving to the other hotel (it was dirty and not the same expectations we had come accustomed to having previously stayed at the Four Season in Maui the week prior) - we checked out and made reservations for this Four Seasons resort. The reservation… Read more
This resort is amazing. We initially booked a stay with another hotel on the island and after arriving to the other hotel (it was dirty and not the same expectations we had come accustomed to having previously stayed at the Four Season in Maui the week prior) - we checked out and made reservations for this Four Seasons resort. The reservation process was seamless and once we arrived at Hualalai - we had an amazing time. Oceanfront room was great and our son loves the Kids for All Seasons! Read less
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Jun 17, 2019 Companion05179779377

Beautiful resort with an exceptional staff, comfortable nicely appointed rooms with a feeling of relaxed elegance. The location is absolutely perfect with oceanfront access and multiple ocean activities available. Beautiful mountain and ocean views to the island of Maui on a clear day.