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Four Seasons Hualalai, Kailua-Kona 

72–100 Kaupulehu Drive
Kailua-Kona , Hawaii
Tel: 888 340 5662 (toll-free)
Tel: 808 325 8000
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If you think all Four Seasons resorts fit the same mold, Hualalai may surprise you. There's no mammoth cement tower here. Instead, the bungalow-style guest quarters are housed in two-story buildings spread out on 800 acres. The 243 near-identical rooms have Hawaii-inspired decor, walk-in closets, slate bathrooms, and furnished lanais. Twenty one- and two-bedroom suites with 180-degree ocean views are perfect for the growing number of return guests who honeymooned here and now have kids. A trio of restaurants includes the Hualalai Grille (no longer under the direction of Alan Wong, but the market-based Pacific Rim cuisine is still excellent), seafood-centric Pahui'a, and the revamped Beach Tree, serving Italian-influenced California cuisine. While the beach isn't stellar, there are plenty of aquatic options, including a family pool, a small adults-only pool, a quiet pool (where cell phones are not allowed and people speak in dulcet tones), a lap pool, and, for snorkeling, a natural lava pond stocked with photogenic fish. Aside from a lunchtime grace period, if you leave your beach or pool lounger, you'll lose it. If that happens, retreat to the gardens of the top-rated Hualalai Spa to select local ingredients (perhaps volcanic ash or macadamia nuts) for your customized treatment.—Cathay Che

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
This resort of bungalow-style buildings has natural elements including outdoor showers made of lava rock, 800 coconut palms, and white-flowering plants. "Stylish rooms have a local flavor" thanks to the use of bamboo, thatch, and slate, and all face the ocean. Restaurants include Pahu i'a (which means aquarium), serving contemporary Pacific cuisine. "Food was great but overpriced—almost $30 for a club sandwich." Plant your toes in the sand and sip a cocktail at Beach Tree Bar.

(243 rooms)
—2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 94.1
  • Activities: 94.3
  • Design: 93.4
  • Food: 91.7
  • Location: 94.9
  • Rooms: 96.2
  • Service: 94.0

Also appeared in the Gold List in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

Amenities: Beach, Golf, Pool, Spa, Tennis, Water sports

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Beautiful resort! Incredible restaurants, staff, spa....EVERYTHING is wonderful! I would leave tomorrow if I could go back! The wildlife just on the resort is... more


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