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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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