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Four Seasons Hualalai Resort – View from room 212

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Four Seasons Hualalai Resort – Sunset at the Beach Tree Bar

Our recent stay at Four Seasons Hualalai gave me the opportunity to see the new $40-million enhancements to the resort. Twenty new one- and two- bedroom suites have been created, offering ocean views and spacious indoor/outdoor living space. The Hualalai Spa expanded to double in size. The additions and changes are beautiful and the Spa area feels very Hawaiian. We really liked the changes at the Beach Tree Restaurant and Bar with the new seating areas and larger space. With a casual “beach house” feel, the lounge area is comfortable and fun. A new chef and menu features fresh, local market cuisine. My only concern was the fire pits placed in the sand near the bar area. The smoke from the fires comes into the bar/dining areas and on the two nights we ate there, the smoke was blowing onto us quite strongly. Maybe they could be moved farther South depending on wind direction, or used only on windless nights.

Our ocean view accommodations, room 212 at the Kings Pond, were lovely and very comfortable and peaceful. I think the resort is so enjoyable because it is spread out and the buildings are only two stories high. The beach front runs all along the resort perimeter, with huge sea turtles climbing up onto the sand to rest and be admired. The waves are illuminated in the evening, so day or night, ocean view rooms can see (and hear) the breaking surf.

The staff service levels are outstanding with really exceptional, caring people. As an example, one evening when we arrived at the Beach Tree a little bit late, Natashia went out of her way to make sure that although we were a few minutes too late for seating in the restaurant, she offered to see if the chef could still serve us from the dinner menu. We declined and ordered delicious appetizers from the bar menu, but her genuine thoughtfulness stood out.

The Hualalai Golf Course, designed by Jack Nicklaus is beautiful and fun to play. Because it is open to resort guests and Hualalai private residents only, it is in perfect condition and the pace of play is ideal.

Bright green grass contrasts with black lava and if your ball should head out of bounds to the lava, don’t bother looking for it! They are getting ready for the upcoming annual Champions Tour PGA event in January, the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, so it will be fun to see the tournament broadcast.

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Hualalai Golf Course – Hole #17, Par 3 – Susan & Ron Bluhm

I have long considered Four Seasons Hualalai to be the finest resort in Hawaii and we will continue to recommend it confidently. It is ideal for couples or families and creates an exceptional vacation experience. It was just announced that Four Seasons Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu was awarded the new Forbes Travel Guide Five Star (formerly Mobil Five Star) award status and AAA’s Five Diamond status. They are certainly well-deserved.

Susan Bluhm, Co-President, Stellar Travel-Hawaii Source

To make reservations and arrange the perfect vacation to Four Seasons Hualalai, contact the Hawaii specialists at Stellar Travel. 800.445.3265 or info@stellartravel.com


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