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10 best babymoon destinations to fit in some last-minute relaxation

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March 19, 2024
By Sarah Bruning

Whether you’re craving some pre-kid adventure or just want to lay on the beach and do nothing, these parent-approved options have you covered.

Experts say: “The Alila is one of the only hotels on the water in the area, with a short hike down to the beach. The pool is on the smaller side, but the hotel has an adults-only vibe even though they do welcome children. I love that the spa at this hotel uses all local skincare products, and everything is organic. The property loans out bikes, so you can take your cruiser through Leucadia, Encinitas and even down to Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach to visit local shops and restaurants. For travelers on a budget, I love sister properties the Sea Bird and Mission Pacific. They’re both Hyatt Prive properties in Oceanside, located on the beach right next to the pier. The small house where Top Gun was filmed is situated right between the two hotels. They both have fantastic dining and pools, but Mission Pacific has a slightly more adults-only vibe and a more modern aesthetic. I also love nearby downtown Carlsbad for exploring beyond Oceanside.” – Maria Diego

Experts say: “My favorite hotel for a Miami babymoon is Four Seasons at the Surf Club, located just south of Bal Harbour in North Miami Beach. This historical landmark underwent a massive renovation with new additions to the original Surf Club, and offers a quiet reprieve to the buzz of South Beach. The spa is phenomenal, the service is arguably the best in Miami Beach (I lived there for 20 years and tried them all), and the aesthetic is old-world chic Floridian.”– Maria Diego

Experts say: “Charleston can be experienced in so many ways, so for a babymoon, I really like the location of Hotel Bennett, which is slightly outside of the central tourist district in downtown Charleston but still walking distance to everything. They also have a rooftop pool, which is a nice place to relax after a day of shopping and dining in Charleston’s fantastic restaurants. I also love Zero George, which is a small boutique hotel that has been beautifully restored in a historical building.” – Maria Diego

Experts say: “For upstate New York, I love Wildflower Farms, a new wellness-oriented Auberge Resorts Collection property. It offers 65 free-standing cottages – perfect for privacy and romance – and it’s also easy to get to from New York City. Troutbeck is another Hudson River Valley favorite, which recently debuted The Barns, a wellness center that offers mamas-to-be both massages and an acupuncture-style facial.” – Maria Diego

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Hotel Review: Four Seasons Hualalai

Diego Travel Hotel Review

Four Seasons Hualalai

A Big Island, Hawaii Luxury Resort
MARIA DIEGO

Located on a half-mile stretch of beach along the Kona Coast of Hawaii’s Big Island, Four Seasons Hualalai happens to be the driest part of the island. The resort features 252 newly renovated rooms and suites, a Jack Nicklaus championship golf course, a world-class spa and fitness center, a marine biology center, tennis, on-site ocean activities, retail shops, eight pools including Kings Pond, cultural experiences, and many restaurant options. Of all the Hawaiian resorts, Four Seasons Hualalai offers the most variety of things to do and see.

Perfect For: Families | Weddings | Multi-Generational Families | Groups | Couples | Golfers | Honeymoons

Four Seasons Hualalai

Four Seasons Hualalai Pool

Location:
  • 19.8278417,-155.991648

    Four Seasons Hualalai Pool

    Four Seasons Hualalai

  • 19.743906,-156.0422959812206

    Kona International Airport

Only a 13-minute drive (or 7 miles) from Kona International Airport (KOA), Four Seasons Hualalai is easily accessible as a non-stop option from many major hubs in the continental Unites States. We recommend renting a car if you plan to explore, or we can set up airport transfers for you, if you’re just looking to relax and stay on property.

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Vibe:

Four Seasons Hualalai Vibe

The most luxurious resort option on the Big Island, and arguably all of Hawaii, the Four Seasons Resorts have long been a Hawaii-fan favorite of the luxury travel jetsetters. With four crescents and another set of rooms and villas along the 18-hole golf course, the Four Seasons Hualalai feels like four boutique hotels within a resort. There is truly an area for everyone, whether you are traveling alone, with your loved one and want peace and quiet, or with kids and need multiple rooms. At this resort, it’s important to select the right area of the resort that fits your needs, and we are here to do just that.

After a renovation in 2019, the Four Seasons Hualalai is an exclusive enclave for golf, sunbath on one of the many sandy beaches, bike along the black volcanic rock, or dine at one of the five restaurants around the property. While the resort is large, it is spread out, so you will have ultimate privacy and every amenity for the most selective luxury traveler.

ACCOMMODATIONS:

Four Seasons Hualalai Bedroom

There are rooms, suites, specialty suites and up to 5-bedroom villas. The main differences in room view categories – poolside are the ground floor rooms, ocean view will be set back, but still have ocean views, prime ocean view rooms are set on the upper floors of the two-story bungalows, while the oceanfront views will be front and center to the ocean. Rooms are all 635 square feet, so massive by Hawaii standards.

Four Seasons Hualalai Bathroom

We recommend staying in a specialty suite, where you’ll be taken care of by your own concierge team with customized inclusions, and each suite has its own Peloton bike and fitness equipment. My favorite was the 3-bedroom Hawaii Loa Presidential Suite, where you can walk straight out to the beach, or watch passing humpback whales from bed. Perfect for entertaining or for privacy, you’ll receive daily breakfast and a $200 hotel credit with your Four Seasons Preferred Partner amenities when you book your stay with Diego Travel.

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FOOD & BEVERAGE:

  • There are five options for dining at Four Seasons Hualalai, which is more than most properties on the Big Island. With an emphasis on local ingredients, more than 75% off what is served comes from a combined 160 local farms. In addition, you have the Hualalai Trading Company, a casual grab-and-go for snacks, morning coffees or afternoon ice cream, and they sell cute apparel and beach items as well.

  • Restaurants La Reserve Paris

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  • ‘ULU Ocean Grill (and sushi bar) is their award winning fine dining, where you can eat under the stars on dishes infusing fresh, local ingredients with flavors found around the Pacific Rim. We loved our poke bowl at Beach Tree, a casual beachside restaurant where you can dine on the sand or at one of the open-air tables on the patio. Finally, Miller & Lux is an intimate seafood and raw bar experience on the golf course, led by Chef Tyler Florence.

ACTIVITIES:

  • One of my family’s favorite things about Four Seasons Resorts is the Four Seasons Kids for All Seasons programming they offer, which incorporates engaging, fun and educational activities included with your stay! For kids ages 5 to 12, they’ll be entertained with arts and crafts, outdoor activities and sports, swimming and meeting kids from around the world. At the Kumu Kai Marine Center, they’ll learn about ocean health and marine life and the team really sparks a passion in your kids’ curiosity. While most resorts forget about the older kids, Four Seasons Hualalai offers ages 9 to 17 time at Camp Manitou, an exclusive partnership with one of the nation’s foremost summer camps, offered during peak family vacation times. Campers will explore beyond the resort to visit secret beaches, exploring lava tubes and waterfalls, and making friends, so they get off their phones and enjoy new experiences.

  • Four Seasons Hualalai Pond

  • Paris Seine River

  • While the kids are playing and entertained, the adults can play pickleball and tennis, golf, bike, hike or enjoy water sports like canoeing, surfing or stand up paddleboarding. The property literally has it all, and if they don’t you’ll find helicopter tours just off property, which can jet you to anywhere on the island in no time for advanced hiking, seeing volcanos, waterfalls or farms.
  • A private boat charter is always one of the highlights of any trip to Hawaii. Four Seasons Hualalai offers both a zodiac for shorter snorkeling trips and an outrigger boat for exploring a bit further to go whale watching, or find private beaches for a picnic lunch.

  • Paris Seine River

  • Hawaii Whales

  • Off property, there is so much more to explore beyond on the Big Island of Hawaii, such as night time manta ray diving, private helicopter tours, or snorkeling in the Kealakekua Bay. You also won’t want to miss the Lu’au that happens every two weeks and is exclusive to Four Seasons guests, so be sure to reserve your dining in advance so you don’t miss out on this cultural experience.

  • Services & Fees

    Services & Fees

WELLNESS:

Perhaps my favorite part of Four Seasons Hualalai is the 28,000-square-foot Spa and Apothecary, which feels decidedly Hawaiian. They offer whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms and cold plunges, along with a lap pool, which has become in high demand when the Big Island hosts the annual Ironman competition.

Four Seasons Hualalai Spa
Four Seasons Hualalai Spa

Entering into the spa, you’ll walk through winding paths tucked between lava rock walls and trickling waterfalls, where you’ll be invited into a freestanding open-air cabana. I recommend the signature Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage, a sacred healing art handed down from generations. I love that they use local ingredients and fragrance-infused oils in all their treatments. You’ll feel like you’re melting into the earth and never want to leave.

What  Sets  It  Apart:

Four Seasons Hualalai Lagoon

As I already mentioned, King’s Pond is a unique attribute that doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world. Four Seasons Hualalai recently added an elevated, infinity-edge pool that overlooks the pond, where you can marvel over its thousands of fish and resident eagle ray, swimming around the pond. The marine activity center allows you and your kids to become little marine biologists in the making, which is truly a unique experience to Four Seasons Hualalai.

In addition to King’s Pond, Four Seasons Hualalai offers exclusive experiences, such as visiting a local coffee farm with a Hawaiian blacksmith to create a unique, personalized knife, or snorkeling along the Kona Kohala coastline with a champion freediver.

Four Seasons Hualalai Suites

Diego Travel Loves…

In addition to everything already mentioned in this article about Hawaii’s most exclusive hotel, Four Seasons Hualalai, we want to share with you the hotel’s newest bungalows, Kekaha and Kahawai, which has walk-out access to the beach.  These bungalows can be combined to create a 6-bedroom villa, perfect for families traveling together. 

For the ultimate romantic getaway, book a couples nest, which runs you $350/day but includes a dedicated server and cocktails and can include a massage for an additional cost.  Book the Palm Grove Crescent, which is the adults-only area of the hotel.  We can also arrange a special beach dinner for you, which comes with a personalized menu, tiki torches, a blessing from an ‘uncle,’ ukulele player, and hula dancers.

Four Seasons Hualalai Suites

How Much Does it Cost?

Rates start at $1200/night for the poolside room, but as a Four Seasons Preferred Partner client, you’ll have access to exclusive promos like upgrade at time of booking (going on now) or 3rd night free. Before booking, you should always contact me to ask about our promos, which you won’t find direct on the Four Seasons website.

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Extras You’ll Get with Diego Travel:
  • Daily full breakfast for two people per bedroom, served in a hotel restaurant or through In-Room Dining
  • Hotel/Resort Credit* (based on room category booked):
  • Guest Rooms: USD 100 credit per stay
  • Suites and Specialty Suites: USD 200 credit per stay
  • Private Retreats: USD 200 credit per bedroom per stay
  • Upgrade of one category, based on availability at time of check-in**
  • Welcome box for new Diego Travel clients with custom trip planning

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    Diego Travel Insider Tips:

    Average length of stay is 4-5 nights, but we say 7 is just perfect in order to allow you to completely disconnect and fall into the rhythm of island life.

    When booking your spa appointment, ask for an outdoor treatment room; they can be closed off from the elements, and the open ocean air is divine during a treatment!

    Reef-friendly complimentary sunscreen is offered throughout the resort, so if you forgot your sun protection at home or back in your room, they have you covered.

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