Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu

72-100 Ka'upulehu Drive | Kailua Kona, HI 96740 [See Map]
#1 in Best Hawaii - The Big Island Hotels
Hotel Class 5.0-star Critic Rating Excellent Guest Rating
TripAdvior Traveler Rating

Based on 1694 reviews
Property Type Resort hotel with 243 rooms, 2 floors
Primary View(s) Ocean
Style Traditional
Best For Families, Couples

U.S. News Review

Just northeast of Kekaha Kai State Park, the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu is one of the most luxurious resorts on the Big Island. Recent guests rave about the resort's deluxe services at the Hualalai Spa, which features spa treatments with island twists, like a Polynesian Niu (Coconut) Scrub or a Sun Relief Ti Leaf Wrap. Meanwhile, the resort's seven unique swimming spots from saltwater ponds with a few friendly manta rays to infinity pools straight off a movie setget high marks across the board. Should you be interested in learning more about Hawaiian life, the Ka'upulehu Cultural Center offers interactive programs that offer insight into the island's history, art, music and traditions. After a long day of learning (or relaxing), enjoy a fresh seafood meal at one of five restaurants before retiring to your room. Accommodations at this Four Seasons resort feature nature-inspired hues and native Hawaiian art, as well as private balconies, granite bathrooms and plasma TVs. Although recent guests won't deny that room rates here are high, they say that the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu's facilities and customer service are worth the price.

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Critic Reviews


“Beautiful views everywhere, polished wood floors, custom furnishings and linens in warm earth and cool white tones, and Hawaiian fine artwork make this resort a peaceful retreat.”
Award: Fodor's Choice

Travel + Leisure

“The five-star service is impeccable; the grounds border the dramatic volcanic rock coast with seawater and freshwater swimming pools; an open-air spa teems with tropical vegetation; and yoga, personal training, and a full menu of fitness classes are offered daily.”
Award: Travel + Leisure 500 World's Best Hotels 2015


“Peace, relaxation, beauty, and a tasty menu—the Beach Tree Bar is a fabulous place to watch the sun close out the day past the Pacific Ocean.”

Other Awards:
  • AAA/CAA Five Diamond Lodgings 2015
  • Concierge.com Editor's Pick
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2014
  • Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Awards 2014
  • Frommer's Exceptional
  • Lonely Planet Recommended

Guest Rooms

The bungalows at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai aim to maintain an authentic Hawaiian theme, with decor featuring native artwork, rattan furniture and bamboo bed canopies. Each bathroom offers deep-soaking tubs set in granite with separate glass-enclosed showers, and many include an additional outdoor shower hidden by lava rock.

  • Housekeeping is provided twice daily
  • Complimentary basic Wi-Fi can be used by up to three devices, and premium Wi-Fi can be purchased for $18 per 24-hour period
  • Down duvets and pillows provided, but hypoallergenic pillows are available upon request

Standard room size:

635 square feet
  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available
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Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 1694 guests have reviewed the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu, giving it a rating of 5.0, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 5.0 (based on 1694 reviews)

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  • Room Service
  • Internet Access
  • Business Center
  • Dining
  • Pets Allowed
  • Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Fitness Center
  • Pool

Location & Parking

Located on the northwest shore of the Big Island in Hawaii, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai features ocean views, direct beach access and seven pools. Previous guests have commented that some rooms and suites are still a long walk from the ocean, so those wanting to be close to the beach should make their room selections carefully.

  • Property is 8 miles north of Kona International Airport
  • Guests will need to obtain transportation to outside restaurants and destinations, but several restaurants are on-site
  • Hertz rental car desk on-site

  • 24-hour valet parking ($20)
  • 24-hour self-parking (free)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service (with fee)

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping


Guests of Four Seasons Resort Hualalai can choose to dine in one of three restaurants and two lounges that offer dishes made from fresh local ingredients. Beach Tree Bar and Lounge serves lunch and dinner on the beach each day, and 'Ulu Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge offers seafood and sushi dishes in an open-air environment. Hualalai Grille specializes in American steakhouse cuisine served on the 18th green of the on-site golf course.

  • 24-hour in-room dining available
  • Private dining can be served on the beach or in a poolside cabana for up to 12 guests
  • Hualalai Trading Company sells snacks, wines and personal items

Number of restaurants:


Cuisine types:

Asian, Italian, American
  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast


Four Seasons Resort Hualalai offers seven on-site pools, including two that are carved out of natural volcanic rock. The adults-only Palm Grove Pool offers a swim-up bar and ocean views, and the children's pool features a white sand bottom. The free-form King's Pond pool is supplied with fish and offers a controlled environment for snorkeling.

  • Pools are open daily from sunrise to sunset
  • The largest freshwater pool is 92 feet in length

Number of pools:


Pool types:

  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo

Pool amenities:

  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


Hualalai Spa features 28,000 square feet of tropical gardens and private outdoor treatment areas with lush greenery and natural streams. Upon arrival, spa guests customize their experiences by choosing from a selection of oils, botanicals and Hawaiian ingredients such as black lava salt. Couples can enjoy a private treatment area with dual showers, a soaking tub and a private dining garden.

  • Hair, makeup and nail services offered
  • In-room massage and spa services available upon request

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna


Four Seasons Resort Hualalai offers a supervised Kids For All Seasons program that hosts daily kids activities throughout the resort, including crafts, treasure hunts and nature programs. Teen games, dance parties and other social activities are also offered daily. Books, movies and many other amenities ensure that kids are entertained throughout their stays.

  • Kids For All Seasons is open to kids ages 5 through 12
  • Children's bathrobes and bathroom amenities provided
  • Childproof rooms, infant resources and pool toys available upon request

  • Kids club (free)
  • Cribs
  • High chairs


Four Seasons Resort Hualalai offers a 15,000-square-foot fitness center that is open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Guests can choose to exercise on one of the many cardio or resistance training machines, or take advantage of an extensive list of fitness classes. Complimentary volleyball, basketball and daily fitness walks are are also available.

  • Fees for fitness classes vary by class, and five- or 10-day passes are available for purchase
  • Eight tennis courts are provided on-site, with two lit for night play
  • Tennis clinics and private lessons are available

  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles
  • Tennis (with fee)
  • Guided runs (with fee)
  • Paddle boats (with fee)
  • Motor boats


Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is home to 39,969 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space. Small conferences and large corporate events can each be accommodated, and family and spouse programs ensure that business travelers' companions will remain entertained throughout the day.

  • Presentation supplies can be requested through the resort's conference services department
  • A 24-hour business center offers computers and Internet access

Number of meeting rooms:

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available


Four Seasons Resort Hualalai allows well-trained pets that weigh 15 pounds or less. Pets are not permitted in most public areas of the resort, and must remain on a leash when outside guest rooms.

  • Concierge can arrange outside pet-sitters and dog walkers
  • Pet beds and bowls provided upon request

  • Pets allowed (with fee)
  • Dog walking
  • Pet-sitting


Four Seasons Resort Hualalai features an 18-hole golf course that is open only to resort guests. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, the course fits into the natural contours of the land, with greens set in black volcanic rock. Caddy service is available for $100, and guests desiring caddies should request this service as far in advance as possible.

  • Golf game rates are $275 per day with discounted rates for children and teens
  • A putting green and driving range are provided
  • Golf clinics and private lessons available
  • Golf carts
  • Golf packages
  • Club rentals
  • Club house
  • Refreshment stand or restaurant
  • Caddy service
  • Pro shop


Four Seasons Resort Hualalai's many indoor and outdoor event spaces serve as picturesque venues for a wedding. Outdoor events can be held on a lawn, terrace or beach, and indoor standing receptions of up to 600 guests can be accommodated in the Hualalai Ballroom.

  • Multiple customizable wedding packages available
  • An in-house florist can provide wedding arrangements
  • Tiki torches and Chinese lanterns are available to enhance the venues' natural beauty

Maximum wedding guest capacity:

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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