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There is simply so much to love about Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu. It's a destination in itself, with its beautiful beach setting along the Kona-Kohala coast, gorgeous open-air spa, amazing pools with amenities galore and luxurious bungalows built into the black lava rock. Our favorite things about this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star resort are:
1. The Spa. The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star spa at this Hawaii resort is literally 28,000 square feet of luxury and relaxation, combining both open-air environs with tranquil indoor settings to create a truly unique sanctuary. During a recent renovation, a tropical, open-air garden — the Water of Life Garden — opened for guests who want to relax under the shade of lush foliage and listen to the soothing sounds of waterfalls and chirping birds. The most unique offering is the apothecary, which incorporates the healing tradition of using natural ingredients to personalize each spa treatment.
2. Ka’upulehu Cultural Center. This interpretative center provides guests with an opportunity to learn about and appreciate all things Hawaiian, from cultural values to traditional arts. Some of the center’s offerings include star navigation, lauhala-weaving, shell crafts, feather art, ukulele lessons and Hawaiian language classes.
3. Hualalai Sports Club. This is no ordinary hotel gym. This exclusive sports club — Hualalai residents are members here, too — offers 15,000 square feet of health and fitness facilities, including a yoga studio, a tennis pavilion, a four-lane fitness pool, a rock-climbing wall, a sand volleyball court and a 1,300-square-foot state-of-the-art gym.
4. Outdoor showers. The Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star resort is divided into two-story bungalows and villas, with every room boasting private lanais with ocean views. Most ground floor rooms, as well as all of the villas, have a special amenity: an outdoor, lava rock shower just outside the bathroom. (Second-floor rooms have bigger lanais and better views, since they are higher up.)
5. King’s Pond. The resort is divided into seven neighborhoods, each with its own unique pool. King’s Pond, located into the northernmost crescent of the resort, is a 1.8-million-gallon saltwater aquarium of sorts, carved out of the natural lava rock, with more than 3,000 tropical fish — and a spotted eagle ray — swimming freely. You can borrow snorkeling equipment or just lounge poolside and enjoy. You can also help staff feed the fish at designated times.