The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai took advantage of the COVID-19 shutdown to make an array of spectacular renovations to the resort in April 2020. All of the guest rooms have been revamped with new and modern decor and furnishings. Three of the resort’s most luxurious villas, Hawaii Loa Presidential Villa, Makaloa Villa, and Ho’onanea Villa, have also been remodeled. Each villa has been updated with local artwork, glass pocket doors, natural hardwood trims, slate floors, a private plunge pool, indoor and outdoor living spaces, and expanded to accommodate a second floor. These villas are the largest and most luxurious in Hawaii and are a part of the resort’s Speciality Suite Program.
The resort created a Kumu Kai Marine Center staffed with marine biologists focused on marine life and ocean preservation. The Marine Center is equipped with digital displays and a touch tank; there are private eagle ray feedings and tidal pool tours offered as well. The Marine Center is located at the newly renovated Kings Pond, a 1.8 million gallon swimmable aquarium, which now has an elevated infinity pool and lounge deck. The resort has incorporated a new gourmet poolside menu created by Executive Chef Richard Polhemus. New interactive activities and excursions have also been added, such as picnic lunches, cooking classes, and the Iliahi Spa and Farm experience where guests can learn about the iliahi plants’ uses and medical properties as well as tour a local iliahi farm.
The Hualalai Golf Course was also renovated with Platinum Paspalum turf, reshaped greens and bunkers. A 3,000 square foot Hualalai Golf Hale instruction and practice facility was also added, which can double as an entertainment venue for families and groups. The cost for the resort’s renovations came in at $100 million, and reopened in early 2021.