The effect of the design is that units have private exterior entrances and very private balconies or ground-floor terraces that mostly look out at nature rather than at other buildings, and that staying here feels more like spending time in a peaceful, albeit ultra-exclusive, village than at a gargantuan hotel - in fact, there are just under 250 rooms, including a number of super-spacious and swanky deluxe suites, which were added most recently. And although rates start around $625 nightly here, even the so-called standard rooms are extraordinarily large and handsomely outfitted, and the hotel offers a number packages throughout the year, including substantial credits toward dining, the spa, and on-site shops if you book more than four nights. If it's a special-occasion vacation you're planning, this serene and supremely elegant compound nestled amid neatly tended gardens and overlooking white-sand beaches is hard to beat.
The Four Seasons Hualalai offers a full slate of sports and resort amenities - a large sports club and gym, a central pool overlooking the ocean, roughly a half-mile of beachfront, eight tennis courts, the acclaimed 18-hole Hualalai Golf Course, and what may very well be the most relaxing and aesthetically pleasing spa on the Big Island. There are also a pair of lounges and three different restaurants: the casual and alfresco Beach Tree, which serves California-Mediterranean-influenced fare at lunch and dinner; the open-air Pahu i'a, open for breakfast and dinner daily and facing the ocean; and the Pan-Asian-style Hualalai Grille, which overlooks the golf course and dinner each day as well as lighter fare and cocktails throughout the day.