Big Island Hotel ranked 28th on Travel + Leisure Annual List

Kona, Hawaii, August 3 (DHN) – Big Island Hotel the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai was the only Hawaii hotel to make the prestigious Travel + Leisure Magazine listing of top 100 hotels in the world. The Hualalai was ranked Number 28 in the 2011 list.
The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai opened in 1996 to instant acclaim. Set on the Kona coast of the Big Island, the hotel occupies the site of the ancient Hawaiian fishing village of Kaupulehu. The 243-room resort features six pools, one of which is a 1.4 million gallon saltwater aquarium-pool called King’s Pond. Filled with 4,000 tropical fish, the King’s Pond is carved out of an ancient lava flow, making this one of the coolest pools you will ever have the chance to swim and snorkel in. And did we mention the Hualalai Spa, a 28,000 square foot spa set in a tropical garden oasis? Not only does the hotel feature an amazing spa and a variety of pools, it also offers visitors a chance to connect with the culture of Hawaii. The resort’s Kaupulehu Cultural Center teaches visitors how to hula dance, play the ukulele and even make lei necklaces. Even more impressively, the resort has a collection of 11 original paintings by the late artist Herb Kawainui Kane.

Big Island Hotel even has award-winning golf course

This Big Island Hotel on the North Kona Coast also has an 18-hole golf course that was designed by the legend Jack Nicklaus. The top-ranked course hosts the Champions Tour’s Mitsubishi Electric Championships at Hualalai each year. With three excellent restaurants, this Big Island Hotel makes sure that you will feast on a fantastic array of locally grown produce and meats. This is not the first time the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai has been named as a top hotel in Travel + Leisure, having won awards in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

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