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Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu is different from other hotels primarily in its setting. From the moment you enter the soaring, open-air lobby full of exotic floral arrangements and sip the cool mai tai offered at check-in, you will be in pure Hawaiian heaven at this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star resort. Situated on the secluded Kona-Kohala coast, Four Seasons Hualalai was designed to fit into its natural setting. Luxurious bungalows are carved into the black volcanic rock landscape, allowing ocean views from all the rooms. All rooms have private lanais and many have outdoor showers. In addition to lots of tropical vegetation, the grounds feature a saltwater pond carved out of the lava rock that's teeming with fish, including a spotted eagle ray (snorkeling equipment is available).
Fresh and saltwater pools dot the property, while the open-air Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star spa with a groovy apothecary is a true island sanctuary. Two of the three restaurants on the property are right on the beach and there are activities galore, from snorkeling in the crystal blue waters to lei making in the onsite cultural center. The resort is a uniquely Hawaiian experience that's made all the more special by the resort's famously impeccable Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star service.