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The seven varied pools at the Four Seasons on the Kona-Kohala coast provide ample opportunity for R&R, as well as fun and games for the kids. The adults-only pool faces the ocean and has a swim-up bar with bench seating. The lagoon-shaped family pool has an infinity edge that seems to bleed into the ocean and is dotted with cabanas big enough for the whole gang. (Next to this is a smaller, freshwater kiddie pool with a sand bottom. And for kids ages 5 to 12 who might enjoy more organized activities, the Four Seasons offers a camp-like program at their Cultural Center—shell necklace making, star navigation, Ukelele lessons, Hawaiian classes are all on offer.) There’s also “King’s Pond,” a 1.8-million gallon pool that combines fresh and ocean water and is home to 4,000 tropical fish for those who feel too timid to snorkel in the open ocean. Plus, a lap pool, an incredible spa, and a fitness complex where they even stage occasional Iron Man workshops. The rooms here, needless to say, are well-appointed, but the private two- and three-bedroom villas are on another level: set in secluded bungalows, they’ve got gorgeous oceanside views, generously sized lanais, private hot tubs, and are tastefully outfitted with local Hawaiian artwork. There are several on-site restaurants, like Beach Tree and Ulu’s Sushi lounge, which are only available to guests, though they occasionally take outside reservations during the off-season. While you don’t really need to leave, there are several on-site concierges to make adventure reservations, whether you want to do an all-island helicopter tour, zip-lining, or swimming with the dolphins—you can also snag a car from the on-site Hertz to go and explore the island yourself.

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