KONA, Hawai'i, Aug. 11, 2009 - Four Seasons Resort Hualalai unveiled
the results of its 15-month, $40-million enhancement today, showcasing
20 new suites, a sweeping spa transformation, a renovated beachfront bar,
lounge and restaurant and stylish new retail boutiques. Gloriously revitalized,
the AAA Five Diamond award-winning resort reestablishes its reputation
as an unparalleled destination that honors the essence of Hawaiian design,
culture and tradition.
New Ocean-View Suites
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai's 20 new one- and two-bedroom suites offer
between 1,150 and 1,950 square feet of indoor-outdoor living space characterized
by expansive living rooms, spacious balconies and commanding ocean views.
Designed by San Francisco designers Babey Moulton Jue & Booth in collaboration
with Philpotts & Associates, Hawaii's preeminent design firm, the suites
feature comfortable custom furnishings and the textures of Hawaii. Exotic
woods, stone and natural textiles complement clean-lined furniture that
is accented with traditional Hawaiian fabrics. Traditional and contemporary
Hawaiian art graces the walls. Extra touches include slate bathrooms with
steam showers and lanais off both the master bedroom and living rooms,
maximizing the ocean views.
Hualalai Spa and New Apothecary
The completely transformed 28,000-square-foot Hualalai Spa integrates
tropical gardens with cool interior spaces and feels distinctly Hawaiian.
Guests are welcomed into a tranquil interior space rich with dark tropical
woods, high-pitched woven ceilings and dappled sunlight falling through
bamboo screens. The open-air Waiea or "Water of Life" garden invites guests
to enjoy complimentary pre-treatment rituals by a quiet stream. Guests
can choose one of four new outdoor hales in which to enjoy their spa experience,
which may include a new signature Apothecary treatment. Kupuna (island
elders) shared their healing traditions and knowledge of native plants
and minerals to help in the creation of Hualalai's spa Apothecary. With
the guidance of their spa therapist, guests can choose from more than 20
local natural ingredients, from Hawaiian sea salt to crushed macadamia
nuts, which are custom-blended to create unique personalized spa treatments.
Beach Tree, the pulse of the resort, has newly transformed interior
and exterior spaces and a style of "barefoot elegance." Sixteen foot-high
vaulted ceilings and expansive water views lend the oceanfront restaurant
a Hawaiian beach-house feel. New trellised seating provides for al fresco
dining, and expanded outdoor lounge spaces set the stage for the perfect
beachfront cocktail. New Chef de Cuisine Nick Mastrascusa, who joins Four
Seasons Resort Hualalai from 57 Restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel New York,
oversees a menu featuring the best of California with Italian influences.
Two new resort boutiques offer expertly chosen merchandise that even
the most sophisticated shopper will appreciate. At the spa, Seaside features
designers such as Tory Burch, James Perse, Diane von Furstenberg and more.
Seaside Luxe offers a fusion of high-fashion lines such as Pucci, Missoni
and Zac Posen and jewelry from Irene Neuwirth, along with children's beachwear,
in a bungalow setting.