The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai sits a bit removed from a lot of the main action on Hawaii’s Big Island. But that’s okay; once you’re here, you won’t want to leave anyways.
What makes this resort unique (aside from its excellent customer service and standard luxury resort offerings) is its spectacular location. Nearly every place in Hawaii will take your breath away, but the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is uniquely built into — and surrounded by — black lava terrain. Where there’s not volcanic rock, there’s white sand beaches, gorgeous green gardens and plenty of pools (seven total, in fact). It’s an Instagrammer’s paradise.
Let’s talk about the pools for a minute. For families, there are plenty of options to choose from. If your child isn’t yet keen on swimming in the open ocean, they can dip their toes into seaside swimming with the Ocean Pool. This pool was carved right from the lava rock and is protected from the big breakers by a breakwater. There’s also an oceanside infinity pool, a 1.8-million pool/aquarium hybrid where you can take snorkeling lessons from a marine biologist, and plenty of pools simply for relaxation.
Finally, don’t forget about all the resort-specific activities. You can learn about star navigation and how to play the ukulele at the Ka’upulehu Cultural Center. When you’re done, you can go on a coffee farm tour, learn about kanpachi (a native fish) aquaculture and harvest sea salt.
After all, one can only do so much lazing about.