Along the Kohala Coast at The Four Seasons Hualalai

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  • The centerpiece of the property at the Four Seasons Hualalai is the ocean side Beach Tree pool. The centerpiece of the property at the Four Seasons Hualalai is the ocean side Beach Tree pool. Photo by: Allison Reynolds
  • The pristine white sand beach along the shores of the Four Seasons Hualalai, with the spectacular Ulu Beach Grill in the background. The pristine white sand beach along the shores of the Four Seasons Hualalai, with the spectacular Ulu Beach Grill in the background. Photo by: Allison Reynolds
  • A view of the main pool at the Four Seasons Hualalai as seen from the reception center at the top of the property. A view of the main pool at the Four Seasons Hualalai as seen from the reception center at the top of the property. Photo by: Allison Reynolds
  • The sapphire blue salt water main pool is a casual gathering place at the center of it all at the Four Seasons Hualalai. The sapphire blue salt water main pool is a casual gathering place at the center of it all at the Four Seasons Hualalai. Photo by: Allison Reynolds
  • The sun goes down as dinner is served at the Ulu Ocean Grill, about as close to the ocean as a restaurant is likely to get. The sun goes down as dinner is served at the Ulu Ocean Grill, about as close to the ocean as a restaurant is likely to get. Photo by: Allison Reynolds
  • The view from the balcony of the upper floor Palm Grove bungalow, with day beds in the grass below beside a glistening Pacific Ocean. The view from the balcony of the upper floor Palm Grove bungalow, with day beds in the grass below beside a glistening Pacific Ocean. Photo by: Allison Reynolds
  • Sunset on the beach in front of the Ulu Ocean Grill at the Four Seasons Hualalai. Sunset on the beach in front of the Ulu Ocean Grill at the Four Seasons Hualalai. Photo by: Allison Reynolds
  • A four-poster day bed sits on the edge of a grassy meadow on the shore of the Pacific Ocean at the Palm Court bungalows of the Four Seasons Hualalai. A four-poster day bed sits on the edge of a grassy meadow on the shore of the Pacific Ocean at the Palm Court bungalows of the Four Seasons Hualalai. Photo by: Allison Reynolds
  • A giant sea turtle is but a small intruder on the pristine white sand beach in front of the Four Seasons Hualalai. A giant sea turtle is but a small intruder on the pristine white sand beach in front of the Four Seasons Hualalai. Photo by: Allison Reynolds
  • A giant sea turtle suns itself in the afternoon surf on the pristine sand of the Four Seasons Hualalai. A giant sea turtle suns itself in the afternoon surf on the pristine sand of the Four Seasons Hualalai. Photo by: Allison Reynolds
  • The Beach Tree Restaurant is a popular spot for a light lunch in the afternoon while ocean or pool gazing. The Beach Tree Restaurant is a popular spot for a light lunch in the afternoon while ocean or pool gazing. Photo by: Allison Reynolds
  • The Kings Pond is a functioning ancient natural rock fish pond and the centerpiece of one of two family friendly bungalow clusters at the Four Seasons Hualalai. The Kings Pond is a functioning ancient natural rock fish pond and the centerpiece of one of two family friendly bungalow clusters at the Four Seasons Hualalai. Photo by: Allison Reynolds
  • A groundskeeper tends to the sand traps in the early morning along the 18th fairway at the spectacular championship golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus. A groundskeeper tends to the sand traps in the early morning along the 18th fairway at the spectacular championship golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus. Photo by: Allison Reynolds
  • Dinner at the Ulu Beach Grill is a seaside culinary extravaganza in an impeccable location lit by flaming Tiki torches. Dinner at the Ulu Beach Grill is a seaside culinary extravaganza in an impeccable location lit by flaming Tiki torches. Photo by: Allison Reynolds
  • Rooms at the Four Seasons are a sumptuous affair of fine linens and brilliant furnishings in an ocean side bungalow. Rooms at the Four Seasons are a sumptuous affair of fine linens and brilliant furnishings in an ocean side bungalow. Photo by: Allison Reynolds
  • The tree from which the Beach Tree area takes its name stands along the ocean at the Four Seasons Hualalai. The tree from which the Beach Tree area takes its name stands along the ocean at the Four Seasons Hualalai. Photo by: Allison Reynolds
  • A tern prepares to enter the ancient fishponds that still surround the Four Seasons Hualalai at historic Ka'upulehu A tern prepares to enter the ancient fishponds that still surround the Four Seasons Hualalai at historic Ka'upulehu Photo by: Allison Reynolds

Ka’upulehu, Kona, Hawaii, June 12, 2013 —  At the very pinnacle of destination resorts, The Four Seasons Hualalai takes upscale relaxation and tropical retreat to exotic levels of comfort and pampering indulgence. Whether wandering its grounds along the stunning Kohala Coast, dining on the oceans doorstep, or relaxing poolside, it is an exercise in the pursuit of serenity in the presence of perfection.

Located in historic Ka’upulehu, the Four Seasons www.fourseasons.com/hualalai/    and the community of Hualalai were literally carved out of a massive lava flow around a collection of ancient fish ponds. These were the feeding grounds of Hawaiian royalty and the location of some of Hawaii’s earliest native settlements.


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Enter the property through a barren lava field 12 miles north of Kona Airport and emerge into a Shangri-la of lush tropical gardens, luxury homes, and championship golf courses. At its apex is a stunning ocean side oasis of comfort and calm. Visitors encounter such luxury and comfort; they often never leave the property.

The hotel is divided into 5 different areas or collections of 2 story bungalows with rooms on each floor.  The Palm Grove is for couples or adults who want a little more privacy, grouped in a semi-circle around the Serenity Pool, with its very social swim up bar. The Beach Tree bungalows are more central to the action around the main pool and the casual Beach Tree restaurant.

The Four Seasons Hualalai is definitively family friendly as well.  The Sea Shell bungalows surround the children’s pool. The Kings Pond bungalows are named for the natural fishpond filled with sea life, including manta rays, that sits in the middle of the court.  Family life is a lovely thing, but just as lovely is how it is separated into its own environment without clashing with the more adult sensibilities on the rest of the property.

The Ulu Terrace Golf Ocean bungalows line the 18th fairway, and many guests come especially to golf on the spectacular Jack Nicklaus designed course. The Hualalai Grille sits in a distinctive dark wood pagoda overlooking the 18th hole, and is a wonderful place for a light lunch.


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Rooms at the Four Seasons are especially luxurious and beautifully appointed, with lush bed linens, meticulous furnishings, and a large shower and bathtub in a gorgeous bathroom. The balcony in the Palm Grove second floor suite looks out onto a meandering shallow fish pond, the Serenity Pool, and an open lawn of four-poster day beds under swaying palm trees. Just beyond are the thundering waves of the Pacific Ocean crashing onto a stunning white sand beach.

The principle restaurant, Ulu Ocean Grill, is in an amazing seaside spectacle of delights with an impeccable menu featuring the freshest Hawaiian fish and locally sourced meats from the Big Island. Brilliant Kampachi sashimi, fresh Hawaiian abalone, Kona Mussels in a curry sauce, and braised octopus are all fabulous.

Lilikoi barbecued wild boar is a signature example of Executive Chef James Babians approach to “regional, seasonal, and artisanal” cuisine. Flame grilled opah with a short rib au jus is simply heavenly, only to be outdone by the fresh caught broiled Hapu or Hawaiian sea bass.

The Hualalai Spa is an exotic pampering personal refuge offering a range of treatments and massages in a lush sprawling garden. Take the time for a couples massage in a thatched hale as the soft wind rustles the tropical plantings outside. Relax outdoors afterward with lilikoi tea in a rock garden lounge or luxuriate in the soothing hot tubs, steam rooms, or cold plunges.


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A day at the Four Seasons is a casual experience glimpsed in transformative moments. Walk the pristine beach while a very large sea turtle suns itself on the sand in the bright afternoon surf. Spend hours floating and relaxing in the sapphire blue salt water pool at the center of the property.  

Have a poolside drink and lie back on the lounge chair, soaking in the calm and serenity.  All around is the soft beauty of paradise that brings to mind the very essence of what escaping to Hawaii is all about.

 


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Joel Berliner is a travel writer based in Los Angeles who has written for The Washington Times, Dallas Morning News, New York Newsday, Chicago Tribune, Honolulu Advertiser, El Paso Times, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune, among many other publications.  He is excited to be back where his travel writing career began, at The Washington Times, where along with his wife, photographer extraordinaire Alison Reynolds, they will travel the globe in order to bring you The Good Life.

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