Four Seasons Resort at Haulalai

Four Seasons Resort at Hualalai

Meticulously groomed grounds, and a throwback to Hawai’i of yesteryear, the Four Seasons Resort at Hualalai is a beautiful destination on the Big Island of Hawai’i. Next to the Kona Village Resort on the Kona-Kohala Coast, the Four Seasons was recently name the Best Large Resort of 2009 by Zagat surveys.

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Ten things to love about Kaua’i, courtesy of Colbie Caillat

When visiting Kaua’i, there’s an endless list of activities and great qualities about this green gem in the middle of the Pacific. Thanks to Colbie Caillat, and her film clip “The Little Things” (filmed entirely on the island of Kaua’i), here are ten things you must see and/or do when you visit the Garden Isle.

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Starting our landscaping

Outdoor room, with tropical landscaping

Back to the grind tomorrow. Three weeks off of work saw my family out from San Diego, California for the holiday season and the accompanying tourist activities that come with having visitors. Mixed in alongside all the standard tourist destinations was a bit of yard work. Okay, a lot of yard work.

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Kona Village Resort Sunset

Kona Village Resort Sunset

While any sunset in Hawai’i is hard to beat, the tranquility and throw back to a Hawai’i of yesteryear at the Kona Village Resort on the Big Island of Hawai’i adds to the already stunning views.

More than a century ago, before a volcano seared the land, a fishing village stood on the beach where Kona Village Resort is today. Now Kona Village Resort is about the most civilized outpost from civilization you can find, providing vacationers with a tropical experience in a plush yet authentic setting.

A world apart from high-rise hotels and tourist traps in other parts of Hawaii, this resort has managed to create a place that’s tranquil, beautiful, and in touch with the awesome nature surrounding it.

Uninterrupted by TV’s, phones, and much of what has kept of from truly losing ourselves on holiday, is not provided or even allowed at this wonderful resort.

Since 1965, those seeking a great escape have crossed the black-lava fields to find refuge at this exclusive, one-of-a-kind haven by the sea with its wonderful dark-sand beach. The resort resembles an eclectic Polynesian village, with historic sites and beaches, and the lack of TV’s and phones motivates you reconnect with yourself and fellow holidaymakers. If you have the wonderful opportunity to frequent this much loved resort, be sure to check out the Manta Rays at night, as they feed in the shallow waters of the illuminated lagoon. It’s not to be missed!

The Grand Hyatt, Kaua’i

Grand Hyatt, Kaua'i

The Grand Hyatt, Kaua’i is an impressive hotel – and at night, it becomes a glowing tiki torch haven with twisting walkways through a tropical oasis.

We got both engaged and married at this hotel, and it treated us well both times. From the moment we arrived, to when we said our goodbyes, the Hyatt staff was friendly and accommodating. They made you feel at home, and as part of their Ohana.

While it’s not cheap, keep an eye out for special rates and promotions that are held from time to time. Don’t forget to register for the Hyatt Gold Passport program as well. It’s a great way to get free access to the gym, earn credit towards free nights, and doesn’t hurt your chances in getting your room upgraded (we were upgraded from a mountain view to a partial ocean view).

While I love my Mai Tai’s, the drinks at the pool aren’t cheap. Try stopping at Costco on your way to the hotel and picking up some of your own alcohol to save a few bucks. $12 drinks add up fast!