June 2012 was our second time (November 2007 was the first) staying at this resort after spending the first part of our trip riding the monorail for countless hours and theorizing why the bathrooms were so small at the Hitlon Waikaloa Village property down the road. The Four Seasons is very civilized - tasteful/sizeable rooms, attentive staff, well manicured gardens, awesome golf course, cool pools, not too big, delicious (but expensive) food and an overall relaxing vibe. The beaches are decent on an island not know for beaches - remember, you're sitting on active volcanoes - and there's always a good number of green turtles around sunning themselves on the rocks. The place was flooded in parts by the sunami so they had to rennovate and rebuild buildings closest to the water - the only residual issue from this is that the Kona Village resort next door with the huts and nice little lagoon is fenced off so that limits the better ocean safe boating/floating options for younger kids. Big pluses to this place: GREAT attention to kids...we got so many gifts and special food items that my young sons thought they were in heaven; well appointed rooms with wonderful tubs and showers; pool service (food and other accoutrements); awesome golfcourse; Beachtree restaurant food. Negatives: room rates and food/drink costs are steep; cultural programs are offered on a limted basis (ukelele lessons should be offered more often!); spa services are ok, not great (service rooms are very nice).
Probably would've given it a 5 start rating if I hadn't been sick (island virus) while I was there (bad luck on me), the massage I got had been better, our rooms were serviced earlier int he day, and the wind had been a little more tame (we went fishing on a particularly windy day, paid big bucks for a charter and had to come in early with no partial refund - the hotel should've maybe advised on the weather or helped us recoup something from the captain). I'm nitpicking on things that were circumstancial, but every experience is colored by the context and these are things a remembered. For the record, my parents gave it a 5+!
- 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
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with DerbySoft Ltd Shanghai HQ Supplier Direct, Booking.com, Expedia, Hotels.com, Otel, getaroom.com, Orbitz, Travelocity, Evoline ltd, HotelQuickly, Cancelon and TripOnline SA so you can book your Four Seasons Resort Hualalai reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- 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