The Resort: Black lava rock blankets the landscape for miles along the Big Island of Hawaii’s Highway 19, and the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu—located just off the highway on a half-mile stretch of oceanfront—incorporates the volcanic rock into everything from the architecture of its 243 bungalow-style rooms to the treatments at its new 28,000-square-foot spa. One of the most popular and family-friendly Four Seasons, the resort also features two golf courses, six swimming pools, and tennis, basketball, and sand volleyball courts.
The Villa: A wall hanging in the master bedroom of the Hawaii Loa Presidential Villa pays tribute to the island’s mythological founder, King Hawaii-loa. (The Four Seasons is named after Hawaii-loa’s queen, Hualalai.) Guests of the 5,518-square-foot retreat—which is decorated throughout with local artwork—indeed enjoy a regal experience, complete with two complimentary 50-minute massages, a dedicated concierge, and a private pool cabana. The beachfront villa also has an outdoor hot tub, two outdoor showers, and open living and dining areas. A second bedroom includes a bamboo canopy bed, and a third bedroom can be configured upon request.
The Highlight: Listening to the waves crash just beyond your private deck—a rare experience on the Big Island, where the jagged coastline dictates that most hotel rooms be set back from the water.
The Price: From $10,500 per night for as many as seven guests. 808.325.8000, www.fourseasons.com