Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is the most popular resort on the Big Island of Hawaii that we book. It’s the kind of resort people tend to stay spend their entire vacation on, whether you’re a couple, family, or traveling alone.
For this reason, I think it’s important to review the resort’s layout and offerings so that you can envision what your Hawaii vacation might look like and choose the right room or suite.
As one of the flagship Four Seasons properties, you need not worry about whether it offers luxury and excellent service. It does. And, it’s no surprise that the resort has been distinguished by Forbes’ Travel Guide and Condé Nast Traveler as one of the best places to stay near Kailua-Kona.
You can secure excellent perks with my help. Let’s get started.
Book with Four Seasons Preferred Partner Benefits
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WHAT I LOVE
- Renovated rooms and suites
- A commitment to sustainability
- Respect for local history and culture emphasized at the Ka’Upulehu Cultural Center.
- The unique King’s Pond — a swimmable aquarium with a sand bottom and over 1,000 fish.
- A dedicated concierge provides personalized services for guests who stay in suites and villas.
- Self-serve laundry and water stations
- Year-round Kids for All Seasons kids’ club and teen program
- Four Seasons Preferred Partner benefits
GOOD TO KNOW
- Most rooms have king beds with sofa beds — they have only a few two double bed rooms
- Rooms and suites have three-person occupancy (if your kids are young they may make an exception for families of four but get it approved in advance — we can help)
- Free self-parking is available but requires a bit of walking
- The resort is divided into several coves that provide an intimate feel
- The small beach is rocky but has a swimmable area
- The resort sells out early during holiday seasons — it’s that popular
Guest Rooms and Suites at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
With 192 rooms and 51 suites, Four Seasons Hualalai is large enough to provide ample opportunities for guests but small enough to maintain an intimate atmosphere.
Layouts and amenities vary between the various types of accommodations, but all are designed to promote relaxation.
The various guest rooms at Four Seasons Hualalai share similar designs and amenities. All span 635 square feet and can accommodate up to three guests with a king bed, sofa bed, and crib.
The key difference involves the view. Oceanfront and ocean-view rooms are by far the most scenic, although some guests may prefer the convenience of the Poolside Rooms, which provide access to the pools from the back terrace.
Guest room view types (from highest to lowest price point):
- Oceanfront Room
- Ocean-View Deluxe Room
- Prime Ocean-View Room
- Ocean-View Room
- Partial Ocean-View Room
- Poolside Room (lower level in the Seashell and Beach Tree crescents)
- Ocean Golf-View Room
All rooms and suites have a three-person occupancy. They may make an exception for families of four with young children. Get approval before you arrive — we can help.
Accessible versions of the Partial Ocean-View, the Ocean-View, and the Oceanfront rooms are available.
All rooms are stylish, with dark wood trim providing a sophisticated aesthetic. The headboards are particularly lovely, constructed from woven rattan and bamboo.
Other features worth noting include:
- Makana Honua bath amenities incorporate locally sourced ingredients
- Illy espresso and coffee machines
- Qi botanical tea
- Filtered water
- In-room safe
- Cotton yukata robes
- Samsung 65-inch TVs
- KEF wireless speakers
Upscale suites provide ample space, plus high-end amenities that will make you feel pampered for every moment of your stay.
Several of the in-room amenities mentioned above are also included in the villas and suites. These also offer noteworthy upgrades, such as Samsung 75-inch TVs and Bose wireless speakers.
Standard suites include:
- Deluxe Suite Prime Ocean View: This suite occupies 1,441 square feet. With a king bed, a sofa bed, and a crib, it’s meant for up to three guests. Its location on the top floor delivers some of the resort’s best scenery.
- Deluxe Suite Ocean View: Like the Prime Ocean View version, this suite spans 1,441 square feet. It differs, however, in that it can be connected with other rooms to form a two-bedroom accommodation.
- Superior Suite Oceanfront: As the closest suite to the shoreline, this 1,050 square foot space is a natural choice for beach lovers. It includes a king bed, a sofa bed, and a crib. A downstairs edition includes a lava rock shower.
- Superior Suite Prime Ocean View: This 1,050 square foot suite offers tropical vibes for up to three guests. An elevated location produces sweeping vistas, which can be enjoyed when the sliding doors are left open.
- Superior Suite Ocean View: Featuring a similar layout to the Superior Suites described above, this version comes with an outdoor terrace.
- Superior Suite Poolside View: The dimensions for this suite echo those outlined above, but its convenient location near the pool makes it a favorite among families with young children.
- Superior Suite Ocean Golf View: Gaze out at the perfectly manicured golf course as you stay in this pristine suite, which also offers a glimpse of the ocean in the distance.
Additional comforts can be found in the beautifully designed specialty suites.
- Kou Suite: Mere steps from the shoreline, this 2,600 square foot suite includes a lanai that is easily accessible from the bedroom. Other highlights include a vast walk-in closet and an outdoor lava rock shower.
- Kailani Suite: Similar to the Kou Suite, this offering has 2,600 square feet and easy lanai access. Its location near the center of the resort makes it one of the best suites for guests who want to do it all.
- Milo Suite: Couples adore this exclusive suite, which is located near the adults-only pool. Spacious yet intimate, the 1,711 square foot suite has a rainfall shower and the option of a steam sauna.
- Wai’olu Suite: With similar dimensions to the Milo Suite, the Wai’olu provides a soothing experience with a deep soaking tub in the granite master bathroom.
- ‘Ohana Suite: Make treasured memories in a 1,441-square-foot suite primarily designed for families. The expansive living area provides ample space for games or movie nights.
- ‘Anelakai Suite: This cozy 1,050 square foot suite invites couples to relax outside in its private plunge pool or enjoy romantic dinners at the outdoor dining table.
- Kekaha Suite: Situated on the top floor of a bungalow, the Kekaha Suite provides 1,353 square feet of space for relaxation. A sense of calm is most easily achieved from the large outdoor living space, which produces exquisite ocean views.
- Kahuwai Suite: This brand new suite spans 1,367 square feet but is most noteworthy for its private infinity pool, which overlooks the picturesque Kumukea Beach.
If you desire a truly upscale resort experience complete with blissful seclusion, nothing compares to Four Seasons Hualalai’s villas. Situated at the resort’s most tranquil locations, these vast bungalows provide comfortable and spacious accommodations for families or groups of friends.
Situated near the lovely Waiakauhi Pond, this villa appeals to families searching for seclusion. Its lanai is sure to please, as it includes a daybed swing, a fire pit, and even a private pool and spa.
This 4,605 square foot space can accommodate up to ten guests, including as many as five children. Every bedroom is accompanied by a granite bathroom. Stunning local art pieces abound within these spacious accommodations; keep an eye out for the handmade Makaloa mat.
Discover the upscale oasis of the Ho’oonanea Villa, where you’ll enjoy the use of up to 3,740 square feet of beautifully decorated space, plus an awe-inspiring view of the Pacific Ocean.
This villa accommodates up to six people (including two children), so it’s perfect for a family vacation or gathering with friends. Layouts with one, two, or three bedrooms are available.
When multiple bedrooms are provided, they are situated on opposite ends of the villa to produce maximum privacy. All villa guests enjoy direct access to the beach.
Hawaii Loa Presidential Villa
Indulge in a glamorous experience at this prestigious villa, which represents the pinnacle of the Hualalai experience. Its beachfront location makes it an ideal spot for sunbathing or whale watching. Like the Ho’oonanea Villa, this bungalow also provides direct beach access.
The two-story presidential villa provides over 5,200 square feet and four bedrooms, most of which include king beds. Those who desire extra privacy can find it in the upper-level master bedroom, which occupies the entire second floor.
Dining at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
Casual and upscale dining opportunities abound at the resort’s restaurants, where you can enjoy a variety of memorable culinary experiences.
Local ingredients and preparation techniques are dominant, although some international influences can also be found. In-room dining is available, too.
Because people tend to stay put on the resort for a week or longer, having multiple dining options is important.
ULU Ocean Grill
An elevated dining experience awaits at the ULU Ocean Grill, where you’ll be treated to an unforgettable view of the coast. The dominant approach at this restaurant is known as RSA: Regional, Seasonal, and Artisanal.
Contemporary Hawaiian sensibilities are evident in both the decor and the menu, which highlight the natural beauty and flair of the islands. The expertly-prepared dishes are wok-fired or flame-grilled, with favorites including Kona cold lobster, a Bento box, and golden pineapple curry.
Residents’ Beach House
As the casual alternative to the ULU Ocean Grill, the Residents’ Beach House maintains laid-back vibes while possessing an exclusive feel. Local cuisine is a clear priority, as evidenced by the extensive use of ingredients originating from the Hawaiian islands.
Treat yourself to gazpacho, shrimp enchiladas, or BBQ jerk chicken. Don’t forget dessert; the mud pie and mousse cake should satisfy anyone with a sweet tooth. As you enjoy a decadent meal or dessert, keep an eye out for whales, which are regularly spotted from this location.
Beach Tree Bar and Lounge
Boasting a spectacular location mere steps from the pristine water, the Beach Tree Bar and Lounge serves a variety of tropical cocktails, which include everything from pineapple-infused Kuleana Huihui rum to chili-infused Kapena tequila. A few non-alcoholic beverages are also available, as are champagne and wine.
Beach Tree also serves intriguing bar bites, including sautéed mussels and mahi-mahi tacos. Stop by at sunset to enjoy one of the resort’s most noteworthy views.
Enjoy a lobster tower or Chateaubriand overlooking the 18th green of the Hualalai Golf Course at Hualalai Grille. The sunsets from the open-air patio of the American steakhouse are particularly pretty. There’s also a separate Bar Lounge menu with snacks and delicious beverages, of course.
Hualalai Trading Company
We love grab-and-go options at major resorts. A quick local coffee, snack or sandwich keeps guests fueled without long waits. You can even order takeaway online.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Clients with dietary restrictions (vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, etc.) choose Four Seasons Hualalai over other resorts for its varied menus and ability to customize dishes. Some of our clients stay here for this reason alone.
Resort Layout and Activities at Four Seasons Hualalai Resort
Boredom doesn’t exist at Four Seasons Hualalai, where you can easily keep occupied, no matter how long your visit lasts. Whether your idea of the perfect vacation involves sunbathing or a more active experience, you’ll be pleased by the wide range of amenities available.
Understanding the resort’s layout will help you envision what your vacation may look like. Below is the resort map.
Keep in mind that while some offerings (such as cultural center activities) are complimentary, many will require advanced booking and an additional fee.
The Beach and Ocean Swimming
One of our most frequently asked questions is can you swim in the ocean at Four Seasons Hualalai? People hear that the beach is rocky.
Yes, thanks to the Ocean Pool, you can swim. It’s a designated swimming area protected by a lava rock breakwater.
Loungers line all parts of the beach. And, water sports launch from the resort’s beach as well.
There’s a pool for everyone at Four Seasons Hualalai, where splashing and sunbathing are serious pursuits. Explore the resort’s seven pools (eight counting the Ocean Pool), which offer a unique experience.
- King’s Pond: 1.8-million-gallon (6.8-million-litre) lava rock aquarium, home to 4,000 tropical fish and spotted eagle ray with Kumu Kai Marine Center, offering marine education and experiences. King’s Pond Pool surrounds King’s Pond, with an infinity pool and three hot tubs.
- Seashell Pool: Family-friendly pool with infinity edge featuring thatched-roof palapas and oversized daybeds.
- Keiki Pool (Children’s pool): Free form, sand-bottomed wading pool.
- Beach Tree Pool: Quiet pool framed by a wood deck, steps from the ocean.
- Palm Grove Pool: Adults-only, infinity edge pool with swim-up bar and ambient music.
- Lap Pool: Outdoor, Olympic-style pool located at Hualalai Spa and Fitness Center with four lap lanes.
- Ocean Pool: Safe and pristine ocean swimming pool with lava rock breakwater.
Kings Pond — A True Highlight
We need to talk about Kings Pond a bit more because it really adds enormous value to your vacation. It’s not just a swimmable aquarium — guests get to learn about its residence thanks to the adjacent Kumu Kai Marine Center.
Here, onsite marine biologists facilitate interactive, educational experiences at the pond and its touch tanks. Most are complimentary though some can be booked as private experiences like feeding the resident eagle ray.
Kings Pond has a sand bottom and is carved into lava rock. The resort provides snorkeling equipment. If you don’t feel like getting in with the fish, relax in one of the loungers with an upscale bento box from the specially crafted poolside menu.
No visit to Hawaii is complete without enjoying the ocean. Your options at Four Seasons Hualalai include outrigger canoe, stand-up paddle boarding, subwing experiences (it’s like flying underwater), and various tours by boat like snorkeling tours.
During whale watching season (January – March), you can board their Ribcraft boat to spot humpback whales less than a mile from shore. You’ll even hear them through the boat’s underwater sound system.
Hualalai Golf Course
Enjoy a golfing experience like no other at the resort’s Jack Nicklaus signature course. The 18-hole course meanders for over 7,100 yards through lush scenery, incorporating black lava elements and ocean views along the way.
- A vast driving range with chipping and short-game practice spaces, plus a putting green and multiple sand bunkers.
- A club shop stocked with apparel and golf gear.
- A wide range of PXG rental clubs, including stiff flex steel irons and graphite flex irons.
- Practice opportunities with professionals who provide video analysis and statistics to help golfers of all levels improve dramatically.
Marine Life Excursions
If you’re fascinated by marine life and eager to learn about Hawaiian ecology, you’ll want to take advantage of the resort’s educational programs.
From the daily fish feeding to exclusive eco-tours, various options allow you to learn directly from marine biologists. Young visitors can enjoy curated experiences via the Ocean Life Exploration and Jr. Marine Biologist programs.
Ka’Upulehu Cultural Center
If the marine biology opportunities described above are any indication, a visit to Four Seasons Hualalai can be as educational as it is relaxing. This is again evident when you visit the Ka’Upulehu Cultural Center.
Hands-on activities such as lei-making promote a greater appreciation for the many artistic practices and social traditions that have long set Hawaiian communities apart.
Spa and Fitness
As if Hawaii isn’t enough, the resort’s full-service spa feels like its own private tropical oasis. The full-service menu features the latest in skincare technologies and products with local ingredients. You’ll want to arrive early to enjoy the lounging facilities.
You can book couples treatments, and mothers-to-be can enjoy the special babymoon treatment menu. A salon also offers hair, nail, and make-up services. Kids must be 14 or older to book a spa treatment, but all ages can enjoy the salon.
Take your tennis game to the next level with help from the Four Seasons’ meticulous facilities. Enjoy a casual match with loved ones, or train with the experts during one of the resort’s many tennis clinics.
Either way, you will appreciate the Rebound Ace courts, which are strategically cushioned to enhance performance while limiting the potential for injuries.
Two courts are lighted so you can continue to play tennis after the sun goes down. The resort has a total of eight tennis courts, all of which are surrounded by lush greenery.
From tennis and golf to Pilates or even strolling the resort grounds, it’s tough to spend time at the Four Seasons Hualalai without maintaining at least a moderately active lifestyle.
If you demand even more exercise, however, you can easily get it at the state-of-the-art fitness center, where you’ll find Star Trac treadmills, Peloton bikes, BOGA Fit aqua boards, and more.
Perhaps you prefer working out in a group setting. You’ll find the motivation you need while attending onsite classes emphasizing physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness.
Many group classes are held on the fitness deck, including Sports Pump, Power Yoga, and Butts & Gutts. Group Pilates takes place at the spa, while Sunrise Yoga incorporates the healing power of nature with its beachfront location.
Landmarks Near Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
While you could easily keep entertained by staying on the resort grounds for the entirety of your visit, you may eventually wish to venture beyond the Four Seasons property to check out the rest of Kailua. Feel free to add these local gems to your itinerary.
Kikaua Point Beach Park
Gorgeous palm trees and white sand make this manmade enclave look like a picture from a Hawaiian postcard. Home to one of the island’s more accessible beaches, the park has an easy-to-navigate path, plus shaded spots for a picnic lunch — and ample opportunities to watch the sea turtles.
Kīholo State Park Reserve
You won’t visit another park quite like this lava-covered gem, which is a popular spot among the island’s sea turtles. Freshwater ponds and pools abound, as do historic lava flows. Arrive with high-quality hiking shoes and be prepared to explore this breathtaking park on foot.
Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail
Learn more about native culture while meandering the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail, which spans 175 miles. This route does not consist of a single, consistently connected path but rather a network of historically notable trails that traverse a variety of local landscapes.
How to Make Four Seasons Hualalai Reservations
You may request a Four Seasons Preferred Partner rate at Four Seasons Hualalai that includes:
- Daily breakfast for two in the Hotel restaurant
- Hotel/Resort Credit* (based on room category booked):
• Guest Rooms: USD 100 credit per stay
• Suites and Specialty Suites: USD 200 credit per stay
• Private Retreats: USD 200 credit per bedroom per stay
- Upgrade of one category, based on availability at time of check-in**
- Welcome note at check-in acknowledging you and your travel agency and the benefits that are being extended
- Complimentary standard Internet in all guest rooms and premium Internet in all suites
*Hotel/Resort Credit may be applied to select incidental charges incurred at the Hotel or Resort. Must be used in conjunction with the initial stay and will be applied at check-out. May not be applied towards the room rate, taxes, resort fees, service charges, conference fees, or any charges from outside vendors. Exclusions may apply; contact the Hotel/Resort for more details.
When a suite is reserved in connection with another guest room or suite, the cumulative credit (based on room category booked) value applies.
The Private Retreats credit applies to Villas and Residences with a minimum average rate per night (before Resort fees and taxes) of USD 1,000.
**Category upgrade based on availability at time of check-in excludes Specialty Suites, Villas and the Private Retreats collection of Villas and Residences.
From golf to gourmet dining and even marine life education, there’s truly something for everyone at Four Seasons Hualalai. Discover the bliss of a Hawaiian resort stay as you take in the jaw-dropping scenery.
Katie Dillon is the managing editor of La Jolla Mom. She helps readers plan San Diego vacations through her hotel expertise (that stems from living in a Four Seasons hotel) and local connections. Readers have access to exclusive discounts on theme park tickets (like Disneyland and San Diego Zoo) and perks at luxury hotels worldwide through her. She also shares insider tips for visiting major cities worldwide like Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Shanghai that her family has either lived in or visits regularly (or both).
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