The reigning queen of the Big Island’s Kona-Kohala coast, this sumptuous oceanfront resort, its low-rise bungalows shaded by tall swaying coconut trees, is a secluded haven with seven swimming pools and five oceanside restaurants and lounges. With its open-air living spaces and island-inspired décor, the resort captures the aloha spirit with its creature comforts, which include outdoor lava rock garden showers. Hualalai Spa treatments use a variety of indigenous ingredients, including black lava salt, hibiscus, and crushed macadamia nuts. These are mixed with scented oils and botanicals selected by guests. Spa too sedate? Join a lunchtime meeting with the resort’s spotted eagle rays. The Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, carved from fields of licorice-black a’a lava, starts in a lush kipuka (oasis) before delivering players to the roiling Pacific at the finish.
Big Island, Hawaii