Big Dreams: Hawaii’s Largest Island is an Oasis for Relaxation, Rejuvenation and Recreation

It’s called the Big Island for good reason.

The island of Hawaii is not only the largest in the Hawaiian Islands – it offers a huge array of experiences ranging from basking on the beach at a luxury resort to hiking to an active volcano, stargazing atop one of the world’s tallest mountains or angling for Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi or Marlin. The island also offers extraordinary diving and snorkeling, tropical rainforests to explore and a long list of other activities just too big to list.

STAY:
Four Seasons Resort At Hualalai

If you looked up the word “paradise” in the dictionary and the listing included a photo, it could easily have come from this luxurious resort on the Big Island’s sunny Kohala Coast. Elegantly-appointed suites and villas take guests back to the time of Hawaii’s Golden Age through the ambience of island-style décor and works of art produced by local artisans.

Golfers will enjoy the challenges of the Jack Nicklaus Signature Hulalai Golf Course with its dramatic contrast of stark, black lava fields and bright green fairways. And for dining, it’s hard to beat savoring a private dinner on the beach, prepared by your very own chef.

FourSeaons.com/Hualalai

PLAY:
Kila-Kila Sportfishing

Some of the world’s top offshore fishing for species like Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna and Mahi Mahi can be found just off the Big Island’s Kona Coast. Thanks to deep underwater currents that push up against the island’s shoreline shelf, the action is close to shore and there may be no better way to pursue it than to arrange a private charter of the Kila Kila, a beautiful 53′ Merritt that is one of the largest, most comfortable and luxurious boats in the Kona fleet.

Captain Gabe Heflin has over 20 years of commercial and sportfishing experience and is ready to offer anglers the experience of a lifetime.

KilaKilaSportFishing.com

RELAX:
Spa Without Walls

You’re in Hawaii, after all. So why would you want to have your spa treatment indoors?

The Big Island’s Fairmont Orchid’s Spa Without Walls offers eight private outdoor waterfall hale (huts) and six oceanfront hale where you can enjoy the spa treatment of your choice amid cooling ocean breezes and the intoxicating scents of tropical flowers. Treatments combine local ingredients such as Hawaiian cane sugar, papaya, passion fruit and coconut with ancient healing arts to rejuvenate your inner mana (power) from head to toe. Don’t miss one of Hawaii’s signature treatments, the rhythmic bliss of a traditional Lomilomi massage.

About The Author

Karen Brost

Karen Brost is a Scottsdale, Arizona-based writer who has been covering travel, lifestyle and business topics for over 15 years. A former Midwesterner, she traded her snow shovel for sun screen and never looked back. Like most writers, she has an inquisitive mind and her work has taken her on such diverse adventures as hiking to an active volcano in Hawaii, exploring the wonders of Petra in Jordan, hot air ballooning over the Rio Grande, sailing on an America's Cup yacht and donning a chef's coat to flip eggs in the kitchen of a five-diamond resort. Karen is always on the lookout for interesting story ideas and one of the things she enjoys most as a writer is interviewing people who are passionate about what they do. Among her assignments as a contributing writer for Jetset Magazine, Karen covers luxury travel destinations and develops profiles of top level executives. For editorial consideration please contact [email protected](dot)com.

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