Hawaii conjures up images of sun, sand and surf – in other words, paradise. One of my favorite places in the world is the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai on the Big Island of Hawaii at historic Kaupulehu. Hualalai takes its name from the volcanic mountain that rises on the island and captures the essence of Hawaiian culture and tradition.
Four Seasons Hawaii. If that’s not the ultimate in luxury travel, I don’t know what is.Leave it to Four Seasons Resort Hualalai to greet guests as they arrive at the hotel with a warm â€śaloha,” a mango Mai Tai, Â and abeautiful orchid lei for the ladies and a wooden beaded lei for the men. It doesnâ€™t take long to exchange winter gear for bathing suits and clothing suitable for a climate that averages a balmy 80 degrees year round. The Big Island happens to be the sunniest, driest and warmest of the islands in the Hawaiian archipelago.
Itâ€™s hard to decide my favorite activity. It really depends on the time of day. The spa is rated No.1 for all the Hawaiian Islands and deservedly so. Each morning an array of exercise classes start at 7 a.m. and continue throughout the day. My husband is in heaven. Decidedly, he is NOT an early riser, but heâ€™s at spinning class every morning at 8 a.m. sharp and, depending on the schedule, will take pilates, sports pump, butts and guts class and so on. Â Heâ€™s good for two to three hours. My max is two hours, followed by a little cardio. Thereâ€™s something for everyone, from sunrise beach yoga, tennis and golf clinics, to learning the art of making flower leis or the hula. We always leave in better shape than we arrived!
Daytime finds us by one of the many pools. Will it be the adult pool with a private cabana, the black-bottomed lava pool, or the family pool? Any choice fits the bill.
Dining is casual and views of the ocean are on display for all to see. Every restaurant is open with views of the ocean. The surf is lit up at night, which makes walks along the beach an absolute must. Food is fresh from 160 local farms. Herbs come Â from the hotelâ€™s herb garden. The salads are some of the best I have ever tasted. I will be sharing some simple to prepare, utterly delicious recipes.
Golf is spectacular on Jack Nicklausâ€™ signature golf course. The emerald fairways cut through black lava fields to create a unique golf experience.Â Nothing quite like views of the ocean, sounds of the surf crashing, and those tricky black volcano rocks to give an added challenge to the course.
Hualalai is a slice of paradise you wonâ€™t want to miss!
– The Gourmet Review