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Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
Ranked #1 of 14 Hotels in Kailua-Kona
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Reviewed May 17, 2008

Amazing experience here. Found it to be a great property. There are approx 35-40 individual bungalows with 4 hotel rooms per bldg - felt like a nice tropical resort as opposed to big box hotel like Maui Four Seasons. This hotel is a quick 15 min cab ride from KONA airport. Very easy access.

The property is spread out over many acres so even if the resort was busy you may not feel it. The adult pool area is great. Our trip this May was very quiet so there was never any difficulty finding pool chairs. The kids/family pool looked great too. The beach here is nice, but the ocean is not for swimming. The currents are pretty rough.

There are several restaurants on the property and during our 5 night stay we didn't leave the property once. We simply didn't feel a need to. The food was very good, albeit quite expensive. Don't miss the brunch buffet.

The Health Spa looked amazing. The Golf course looked amazing. They are getting $250pp for greens fees.

We booked a normal ocean view room. Upon checkin we asked if there were any discounted upgrades avail and there was. We got a $1750 room for $1350 / nt. Considering we were a part of the "5th night free" program it wasn't terribly offensive.

We had a one bedroom suite which had 42" flat screen tv in the living room, and a smaller flat panel in the bedroom. Comfortable bed / linens. Rooms are an 8.5 out of 10. Very adequate, but won't blow you away. Some people talk about this gimmicky indoor/outdoor shower the ground floor units have. Nothing special. Don't think you have to have it when booking.

We were told the property will undergo renovations slowly over the course of the coming year(s). One restaurant closing in SEPT for work to be done. I absolutely plan to go back to this hotel. Especially in May which seems nice and off-season.

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Reviewed May 6, 2008

We stayed under the 4 nights get one free package in late April. Hotel always felt spacious and easy to get a chair by a pool. The quiet pool was wonderful and they bring around a lot of special treats. Played the golf course and they let me play as a single playing two balls which was alot of fun, but at the cost, once was enough. Kids liked complementary kids club and they have on property store to get breakfast and other snacks which helped ease the cost. Although have to have breakfast one day at the main rest. Complementary coffee around in the morning. There real is no beach except for the kids to play on and saturday's b-que was great but 85 per head. lap pool was brilliant and tennis was fun. we did a helicopter ride with blue hawaiian and bob was brilliant, saw new vent and some lava. Did fairwinds 2 tour as well and it was worthwhile. short trip up to hilton for lunch after helicopter , glad we were at 4 seasons. regrets.. should have got taxi to hotel and just rent car from there for the two days. family loved it, get up early to do the walks with lanterns blazing. We like ground floor , stayed in number 11 which had lawn in front and had lava showers. Not cheap but you get what you pay for. ps park yourself was easy and kona coffee store just past airport was good place to buy your coffee and there is nice cafe, pine? and food store for things as well.

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 5, 2008

There are not the right words in the english language to describe this oasis. It was both comfortable and elegant. The food there was out of this world. We ate at alan wong's restaurant twice. The tasting menu was reasonably priced for the 5 course menu and wine pairings that go with it ($100). The food was unique and wonderfully prepared.

The concierge and entire staff are beyond helfpful. The service was top notch. It was our honeymoon and we got an upgrade complimentary that gave us a better view of the pool and ocean. The property is large but everything is within minutes of each other.

The rooms are large, we opted for a downstairs room with lava rock shower. It was definitely worth requesting this room. Showering outside was relaxing and serene.

The only down sides to staying here was the price of drinks, almost 14 dollars a drink. The upside was that there was a fridge in the room so go get some beverages from the local supermakets. Otherwise, this is the number one place to stay probably in all the islands.

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 16, 2008

Pros -
Great poolside service, nice large rooms, great location.

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Very expensive, only one good dinner restaurant (Hualalai Grill) others are mediocre at best.

Hot Tip - Lunch at the Resident's Beach House is excellent.

Stayed: April 2008
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Reviewed April 15, 2008

We have stayed at this property several times over the course of several years. We were there over spring break and it was very busy. The problem is that as the entire area keeps getting built up (more homes) there is more of a demand for the restaurants and the recreational facilities. My 11 year old got up early (6:30) every morning to claim our chairs by the pool and we made dinner reservations a couple of weeks in advance. We do enjoy the property very much. The service, the spa, was perfect or made to be perfect by the Four Seasons. I recommend making reservations ahead of your vacation and also going off of the property to Merriman's or Roy's for dinner (which will be less costly).

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 8, 2008

My family of two teens , myself and my wife , stayed here for the first week of april. I felt the same as the last few reviewers did with the following issues. While the properity was well maintained it was not up to standards of several other four seasons we have stayed in the past. This resort is like all of the other Hawaiian four seasons resorts we have been at. There is just something missing. The food was overpriced and the beach resturant was simply bad. We ate off the properity several nights at Roys or the local Tommy Bahammas. We did the beach "stars night" held on sat. evening and for a family of 4 with 2 glasses of wine our bill was 460$ with tip. This was there version of a beach buffet/ cookout. Although the food was good, to me and likely most others this is excessive. Skip the managers cocktail party as it was dull and uninformative.The ATV tour was fun and had amazing views of the kona /kohala coast and farmland.
We have been to all of the FS properities in Hawaii. I will say that the golf courses are great at all the resorts ,as they should be for 250$ a round. But for a true taste of world class service at a beach resort try the FS Punta Mita , Ocean Club Bahamas or Esperanzia in mexico.

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Reviewed April 4, 2008

We stayed at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai on Hawaii for a week starting Easter weekend. Unfortunately, this was also Spring Break week. The hotel staff was overwhelmed and simply not able to cope. The staff tried their best but service suffered. If you wanted a beach chair or a chair by the pool, you had to set up early in the morning, otherwise you were out of luck. For these prices, you expect a better level of service. The rooms were also very shabby looking. I do not think our room had been painted in over 3 years. We will not go back to this hotel!

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Address: 72-100 Ka'upulehu Drive, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-5610
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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 Romantic Hotel in Kailua-Kona
#1 Family Hotel in Kailua-Kona
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Kailua-Kona
#1 Green Hotel in Kailua-Kona
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona
Price Range: $917 - $2,043 (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:
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

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