Photo by Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
Luxurious, yet rooted in a traditional Hawaiian environment and culture -- that’s the Four Seasons Resort at Hualalai. Located on the Big Island’s northwest Kona Coast, the 243-room resort sits on Ka’ūpūlehu, a stretch of ancient land on the west coast of the Big Island that once housed a fishing village. The resort features a collection of local Hawaiian art from 1775 to today, and a cultural center offering ukulele lessons, Hawaiian alphabet and language classes, and shell crafts. There’s the requisite spa, golf, fishing and horseback riding, and 7 pools, including 2 carved from ancient lava rock, one of which holds more than 3,000 fish from 75 species.