Looking for a little R&R after the hectic holiday season? Then start planning your vacation to Hawaii’s breathtakingly luxurious Hualalai Resort, which embodies the true definition of the Looking for a little R&R after the hectic holiday season? Then start planning your vacation to Hawaii’s breathtakingly luxurious hualalai resort, which embodies the true definition of the state’s famous greeting, “aloha.” Generally, it means peace and love but, literally, aloha is defined as “alo” (presence) “ha” (divine breath). From the moment you arrive at this tranquil, 243-room, 865-acre resort nestled along the Big Island’s North Kohala Coast, you are surrounded by divine, natural beauty — and pampered by a staff looking to make this the best stay of your life. Need your sunglasses cleaned? Want a cool, damp, mint-infused towel for your face while reclining beachside? How about a complimentary adults-only popsicle served poolside? No problem; all can be had here. 

Upon arrival, you’re greeted with leis and freshly made mai tais — perfect for enjoying in the elegant open-air lobby as you absorb panoramic views of the ocean before being whisked to your room via a golf cart. With something for everyone, the resort boasts an award-winning sports club and spa (with a rock-climbing wall and tennis courts), a Jack Nicklaus‑designed golf course (home of a PGA Champions Tour tournament) and eight pools — including an adults-only infinity pool with a swim-up bar that features its own herb garden for its drinks; two family-friendly pools; and King’s Pond, a 1.8 million-gallon “aquarium” that’s carved from natural lava rock. King’s Pond allows snorkeling (it’s stocked with more than 3,000 fish) and hosts numerous kid-friendly marine-life activities led by on-site marine biologists under the direction of David Chai, director of natural resources. Also perfect for entertaining children is the Ka’upulehu Cultural Center, where Uncle Earl and his team are on hand to teach crafts (feather art, shell crafting) and enlighten guests on the island’s history and culture. For foodies, dining options are endless, from the poolside Beach Tree that has a decidedly California and tropical influence to the ’Ulu Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge.

If you’re curious about what’s going on outside the resort, just visit the concierge desk. From a helicopter tour that shows you all the Big Island has (Mauna Kea, the highest peak in the state; flowing lava from Kiluea Volcano; lush rainforests) to snorkeling with dolphins and ziplining, resort staff will arrange it for you. The biggest obstacle you’ll face is admitting that, one day, you’ll have to leave. However, if you have a few (million) bucks to spare, you can always buy a house here. Residents of Hualalai Villas and Homes have access to the same amenities as resort guests (homes are even outfitted with Four Seasons linens); enjoy resort perks like housekeeping and room and concierge services; and have access to their private Tom Weiskopf-designed golf course. Oh, and each house comes with a golf cart. Maybe you don’t have to leave after all.

Rooms from $795, villas from $1,325; villas for purchase from $1,550,000 and houses from $4,795,000.

Hualalai Resort
100 Kaupulehu Drive
Kailua-Kona, HI
(808) 325-8400
www.hualalairesort.com