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Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
Ranked #1 of 14 Hotels in Kailua-Kona
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Reviewed July 12, 2012

Wonderful Resort! We loved this resort. It was one of the most relaxing places I have ever been. The grounds were kept immaculate. There are sea turtles that rest on the beach area every day. The way the chairs on the beach are set, it is very private and very relaxing. The staff brings you samples of cocktails...very small! They even stop by to clean your sunglasses from the salt air! Everything about this resort was spectacular....the rooms were spacious and clean, the staff was helpful and gracious, and the food was delicious. If you can only do one thing, make sure you don't miss the sunset on the beach. Most beautiful. Make sure you do not miss the sunset on the beach. Spectacular!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 11, 2012

I would recommend this hotel to anyone looking to vacation in Hawaii. The most relaxed vacation I have ever had and to be honest the Four Seasons had a lot to do with that.

Room Tip: If you are vacationing without children get a room around the adults-only pool. Great time!
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

I've stayed at this hotel three times in the last five years. The hotel just keeps getting better and better. They continually upgrade entire areas of the resort including two new pools.

The thing that sets four seasons apart is the staff and the service they provide. They are incredibly friendly and smiling all the time. I think its the closest to royalty one can get.

I love Hawaii and have been there ten times in the last 5 years. This hotel is by far my most favorite across all the islands and personally is my favorite hotel in all of the world.

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

Awesome is what are kids would say. They would've stayed another week if we let them. The oldest at 9, has already decided he's going to work there and drive a golf cart around. Our youngest was 3 when we went last summer and there was as much or as little as each of us wanted to do. You have to swim in the Kings pond at least once, and they have touch tank sessions and the staff is all very helpful from equipment to knowledge and information. And don't miss the eagle ray feelings - the boys got a big kick out of that! The breakfast buffet for the kids and the lunch buffet at the pool were the easiest and best for kids and parents alike.

Make sure you visit Holly at the Beach Tree Lounge and order a Freddie's Broken Flipper . . . We haven't found a good representation stateside yet!

Room Tip: Pick one on the first floor with the outdoor lava rock shower. If your with children pick a room ne...
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Management response:Responded July 13, 2012

Aloha,

Mahalo for your review and for choosing Four Seasons Resort Hualalai for your recent family vacation.

I have been waiting a long time for someone to mention, "Freddie's Broken Flipper" on Trip Advisor. It is the hidden gem of the Beach Tree Lounge, right after the amazing service and stunning ocean views. The Hendricks Gin, Cucumber and Lime Leaf make the perfect refreshing combination to enjoy the epic sunsets.

The drink was named after the famous carved turtle that sits on the edge of the Beach Tree Bar. The ocean front and lounge area was damaged during the tsunami in March 2011 but "Freddie" held on strong, only suffering a slight break to his flipper. This inspired the Bartenders of Beach Tree to craft this amazing, not to be missed, cocktail.

We look forward to welcoming you back.

With warmest aloha,

Chris White
Director of Marketing

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Reviewed July 9, 2012

We stayed at the resport for 5 days around July 4th and now understand why people rave about this hotel. The resort is incredible and more than impressed us at every turn. I am generally not a fan of huge resorts and went on this trip expecting what we got at the Maui Four Seasons a couple of years ago--hit or miss service, over-crowded pools and mediocre food. We could not have been more wrong. The resort is huge but because it is so spread out, it doesn't feel crowded at all (they were almost at full capacity when we were there). The grounds are magnificent and spotless, and the service will blow your socks off. They cater to your every whim. For example, we ordered off menu at every beachside/poolside lunch and it was not a problem, and valet filled up our car with gas before we checked out so we didn't have to stop at the gas station. Our ocean view room was huge and stocked with all of the amenities you expect from a Four Seasons. The room had a lovely balcony where we could watch the sunset and was serviced twice a day. The property has several pools and lots of chairs on the sand, all of which are regularly serviced by pool/beach attendants that bring around fruit kabobs, smoothies, cold towels, etc. The food at the resort was the best we had on the island. I strongly recommend the Pahu i'a's Saturday night buffet. Not a huge fan of buffets, but the grilled lobsters and steak, fresh seafood, and sushi stations made this an amazing meal. Finally, there is free WiFi throughout the resport. Overall, this is an incredible resort, with service that is above an beyond anything I have ever experienced.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

Based on recommendations from friends, I had high expectations of this resort. It exceeded them. It has the nearly flawless service, tasteful decor and comforts that you would expect from a Four Seasons property. But the stunning, beautifully landscaped location right at the water's edge transforms the resort in to an extraordinary experience. And it works for the whole family. We spent spring break there with our young daughter (along with a lot of other families), and the resort's thoughtful features for kids --kids' pool, family pool, daily kids' activities, kid-friendly (but not dumbed-down) menu options at the restaurants-- help adults and children keep up a happy, relaxed coexistence that's truly feels like a vacation for everyone. The resort was full, but never felt crowded, with the possible exception of the restaurants which were short of bookings at mealtimes.

Room Tip: Try to get a first floor room with an outdoor shower.
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

We had a great time and experience at this hotel. They did a wonderful job catering to the kids, and the level of service was extremely high. They left little gifts for the kids in the room, and had the kids names chalked onto the bathtub which was a very nice surprise. The room was excellent, and the facilities were wonderful. Kings Pond is really cool for easy access to decent snorkeling, and the Seashell pool is wonderful for noisy children to have a good time without worrying about it.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

Address: 72-100 Ka'upulehu Drive, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Kailua-Kona
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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#1 Top resorts Hotel in Kailua-Kona
#1 Romantic Hotel in Kailua-Kona
#1 Family Hotel in Kailua-Kona
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona
#1 Green Hotel in Kailua-Kona
Price Range: $896 - $2,006 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Four Seasons Resort Hualalai 5*
Number of rooms: 243
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:
4 Seasons Resort Hualalai At Historic Ka`Upulehu
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai At Historic Ka`Upulehu Hotel Kailua-Kona
Four Seasons Kailua-Kona
Kailua-Kona Four Seasons
Four Seasons Hawaii
Four Seasons Hualalai
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Hawaii/Kailua-Kona

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