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Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
(808) 325-8000
Ka'upulehu-Kona, Big Island, Hawaii

With its lush foliage, lava-rock fishponds, Polynesian-inspired architecture and white-sand beach, this discreet hideaway on the Big Island's Kona-Kohala Coast unites the essence of old Hawaii with the conveniences of contemporary American culture.

The resort's tropical garden-surrounded Hualalai Tennis Club offers eight Rebound Ace courts, four of which are lighted for evening play; this was the first U.S. resort to utilize the cushioned surface throughout its entire court complex. Daily clinics cover topics such as groundstrokes, overheads, volleys and doubles strategy, and private and small-group lessons are taught by on-staff pros. The club also organizes social-mixer round robins, drop-in doubles games and "play the pro" matches.
Off the Court
In addition to an extensive menu of European-style body treatments and massages, highlights of the resort's spa and fitness center include a climbing wall, outdoor lap pool, and partially open-air workout room. A small but well-stocked beach club outfits guests with chaises longue and snorkeling, diving, paddling, fishing and sand-volleyball equipment. The property is also home to a private putting green and Jack Nicklaus-designed 18-hole golf course.
Accommodations and Dining
The resort has 243 rooms and suites scattered throughout the property in Polynesian-inspired two-story bungalows. Decor incorporates a variety of native woods, and private lanais overlook tropical gardens, the golf course or Pacific Ocean; some rooms have foliage-draped indoor/outdoor lava-rock showers. Noteworthy among five on-site restaurants and bars are the Hualalai Grille, which specializes in Hawaiian regional cuisine, and Pahu'ia, which hosts under-the-stars seafood dinners and an island-famous breakfast buffet.
  • Rooms: $625 - $925/night
  • Suites: $1,050 and up/night
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Kids' Stuff
Upon arrival, children are treated to milk and cookies and outfitted with kid-size bathrobes and other age-appropriate amenities. In addition to supervised activities for the very young, the resort runs an activity center geared toward teens, as well as Alaka'i Nalu, a three-day program introducing kids ages 10-17 to the basics of water safety, rescue skills, snorkeling, canoeing and fishing.

Getting There
On Hawaii's west-central coast, the resort is about 11 miles north of Kona International Airport (KOA).

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