Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

(888) 340-5662 or (808) 325-8000
72-100 Ka’upulehu Dr, Kailua-Kona

This resort shines, even among its superb competitors: 37 one- and two-story bungalows in several crescents with six to eight rooms per building, including a few golf course buildings. They used a lot of local materials, giving the resort a very Hawaiian feel. All units (even golf course units) have nice ocean views. (Building 25 is closest to the water.) Second-floor rooms have better ocean views, but first-floor rooms have a pleasant garden on the other side of the bathroom glass with a second private outdoor lava shower where water gurgles over a short lava ledge. What a great place to have your morning shower! (A handful of first-floor rooms don’t have the lava shower—so be sure and ask.) This makes the first floor a better value than the higher-priced second-floor rooms. Overall, rooms are of average size, nicely furnished with cool slate floors and understated but tasteful furnishings.