Four Seasons Hualalai, Kona, Hawaii – Hotel Review

A beach at the Four Seasons Hualalai

By Jonathan Spira on 18 July 2017
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After a long day of travel that included the world’s longest non-stop domestic flight (from New York to Honolulu, before continuing onto Kona), we knew we had arrived as we were welcomed by hotel staff at the airport with a traditional and beautiful lei and oshibori towel, the latter to wipe away the hectic pace resulting from spending the better part of a day in transit. Yet there we were, in a part of paradise I had not yet had the opportunity to visit, namely the Big Island, Hawai’i, the largest, at just over 4,000 square miles (10,430 square kilometers) and the southeastern-most of the Hawaiian Islands as well as the largest island in the United States.

Located on a secluded half-mile of white sand oceanfront, the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai takes some effort to get to, especially if one is starting on the East Coast of the United States, but the rewards become obvious once one arrives in Hualalai, one of the three active shield volcanoes of the five volcanoes that comprise the island.

Check-in formalities were mercifully brief and we were soon off to our room by golf cart.

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Our Ocean-View Deluxe Room was one of the 20 room and suite categories at the hotel. All face the ocean and many, including ours, have an outdoor lava rock shower.

Ours also had a lanai (Hawaii is the only place I feel comfortable calling a porch a lanai, since it’s a Hawaiian word for roofed structure with open sides) that was suitable for splendid outdoor dining.

Attention to detail was impressive, albeit not surprising. Even hooks on which to hang our leis were provided (we also received a second lei, made of kukui nuts, which are nuts from the state tree).

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