The setting is fantastic and the style of the whole resort in terms of architecture and how it blends into the environment is the most iconic here for us. We've been here many times of the years and it is consistently beautiful with signature Four Season service and everything is excellent.
There have been some minor ups and down with the menu at some of the restaurants and the service is not stellar 100% of the time. But, this is one fantastic 5-star resort that gives a wonderful Hawaiian flavor to your stay. I won't nitpick on what is "authentic" and so forth, but they shoot for something here which is simply elegant, not ostentatious, and very at-home for Hawaii and it works extremely well.
Work with the staff or concierge to pick the right room as that can make a key difference in your stay -- see below for why. The breakfasts and dinners at the main restaurant are simply amazing with the setting and view. The golf courses are excellent and really enjoyable to play. The second may only be available to residents and their guests. If you have an opportunity to play on either and are a golfer, make sure you do.
A slice of tropical heaven.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Resting on the picturesque Kona-Kohala coast of Hawaii Island, the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai combines the warm aloha of the Islands with the impeccable signature service recognized by Four Seasons guests worldwide. With 243 guest rooms, an award-winning golf course, and seven pools, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is the only Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond Rated Resort in Hawaii. The Resort offers five dining options, including 'ULU Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge, the only Forbes star-rated restaurant on the Island. Chefs in each dining outlet work with ingredients from over 160 local farms, and 75% of the food served is from Hawaii Island. The comfortable and spacious accommodations at the Resort are housed in intimate two-story bungalows arranged in small crescents along the beachfront and golf course. Additional features include an Ocean Adventures team, seven tennis courts, a spa with 14 treatment rooms and salon services, and a Cultural Center with classes and activities highlighting Hawaiian culture. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Four Seasons Resort Hualalai At Historic Ka`Upulehu Hotel Kailua-Kona
- 4 Seasons Resort Hualalai At Historic Ka`Upulehu
- Four Seasons Kailua-Kona
- Kailua-Kona Four Seasons
- Four Seasons Hawaii
- Four Seasons Hualalai
- Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Hawaii/Kailua-Kona