Hualalai Hotel Wraps $40 Million Reno, Unveils Super-Suite

Big Island's Four Seasons Resort Reveals New Villa Option

Hualalai Hotel Wraps $40 Million Reno, Unveils Super-Suite

Four Seasons doesn't let much time slip by without a major renovation or improvement to one of their deluxe Hawaii properties. This week, it's the Hualalai locale that announces the completion of a 15-month, $40 million face lift. After the tools were put away, the floors polished and the 600-thread count Egyptian cotton bath robes hung neatly in the walk-in closets, the resort was left with brand new premier suites and villas. For those who have managed to hang on to their millions (billions?), you'll be pleased as Planter's Punch to hang your Borsalino hat in a 6,100 square foot pied-a-terre complete with herringbone-patterned rosewood floors, a hand-carved four-poster bed, Chinese antique sideboards, a dining table that emerges from a tree trunk and ocean views from every room in the suite.

Sure, there's only one Presidential Villa to go around (the price tag hovers around $10,000 per night). However, if it's booked, you can consider settling for either the Makaloa Villa, with its 3,000 square feet, fire pit, private lawn, pool and fishpond. Brad and Angelina refuse to leave it? There's still hope. You can "slum it" at one of the half-dozen one- to two-bedroom suites also designed by San Francisco designers Babey, Moulton, Jue & Booth (who collaborated with locally-based Philpotts & Associates), which feature hand-carved artifacts throughout that include (but are not limited to) a canoe. Yes, a canoe. In your room. Didn't you hear? "Decadent-practical" is the new black this season. Tsunami or no tsunami.

These suites, which carry names like "Makaloa", "Kou" and Ho`onanea", range in price from $3,300 to $9,600 per night.

Those booking one of these seven new, deluxe suites, will be offered a private beach cabana and their own personal concierge (who tends to your needs both before, during and after—it's not clear for how long— your stay).

The Kona Coast's Four Seasons Resort Hualalai also includes 36 low-rise bungalows among the 243 hotel rooms, and perhaps the most expansive spa facility on the island chain. Included in the thorough upgrade is a renovated beachfront bar, lounge and restaurant; new retail boutiques; and further improvements to the spa. The entire Hualalai resorts spans 865-acres, and shares it's half-mile beach with the Kona Village Resort. Two golf courses, one of which hosts a PGA event and was Hawaii's first Nicklaus-designed, wind through the resort's various private homes and villas.

For more information, visit the resort's web site, at

Didn't you hear? "Decadent-practical" is the new black this season.