Hands down the Four Seasons Hualailai is the best property on Hawaii. This resort is so well done. Rooms are large and spacious with patio or balcony, large bathrooms, double sinks, soaking tubs, separate showers. The downstairs rooms also have outdoor showers. (There are only 2 floors in all the buildings – accommodations are in units of approximately four rooms per building.)
The rooms are built in four crescents, each around a different pool. Kings Pond is the furthest to the right – from there you can walk over to Kona Village (reviewed separately). Kings Pond is a pool built into the lava. It is filled with fish guests can snorkel with, or participate in scheduled feedings. There are rays, flounder, angel fish, etc. Always interesting to watch and very popular with children.
The Seashell pool is the family area. This pool is large, light blue, very attractive with waterfalls and large jacuzzi. (no slides!) There is a wading pool for the little ones and a sandbox. The BeachTree pool is for the adults – dark blue tiles, serene, infinity edges. The last crescent is Palm Grove – romantic and quiet. All the pools have jacuzzis, seating areas, poolside service. All the pool areas have cabanas, lounge chairs, umbrellas and there are many lounge chairs along the beach. No extra charge at Four Seasons for any cabanas.
The beach is beautiful but only swimmable in one manmade area due to the lava rocks. This is not the best swimmable beach area. White sand, some tide pools to explore. Toward the Kings Pond crescent is the area where turtles come to rest each day just before sunset.
There’s a fabulous fitness area with indoor and outdoor equipment, a separate area for cardio vs strength training, lap pool, tennis, even a rock climbing wall. The Spa is also excellent and features outdoor treatment rooms. The golf course here is one of the most popular in Hawaii.
There are several restaurants – each one with different atmosphere but all were fabulous!
Our Preferred Partner benefits (when we make the booking) include full American breakfast daily, one lunch during the stay, and an upgrade if available on check in. (Amex Platinum benefits only gives a continental breakfast.)
As always Four Seasons staff cannot do enough for their guests – every touch is spot on. Of the Four Seasons hotels in Hawaii this is my favorite – in fact it is one of my favorite of all Four Seasons resorts.
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