But where would we choose to Babymoon? The answer was clear the moment we booked our plane tickets for my dear friend Meg‘s wedding on Hawaii’s Big Island: We would Babymoon-ize before the wedding at the #1 HOTEL IN THE WORLD, which, according to TripAdvisor’s 2013 Traveler’s Choice Awards, is the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu (click to see availability and rates)!
We drooped off the long plane flight ragged and confused, but upon stepping foot onto the Hualalai property, fatigue melted like sea foam. A world class resort means impeccable service, and my five-and-a-half-month pregnant self so appreciated the genuine friendliness of the staff… and the immediate luggage help. Once in our luxurious room, we found not one but FOUR Babymoon welcome gifts!
The Babymoon gifts were as follows: First, the delightful beach display above, crafted of gummy sharks, chocolate stones, and raw sugar. (All were promptly scarfed.) Second, the fabulous stuffed animal and bib, pictured below. (Assuredly we will fight our baby for custody of this cutie.)
Third and fourth: a local-ingredient bread and cheese plate, and a fresh fruit bowl with local shortbread. You really can’t go wrong making a pregnant woman feel special and giving her good food. Well done, Hualalai!
Throwing open the doors to our room’s porch, I almost choked on my mouthful of gummy shark. The ocean was right there applauding our arrival! Next to it was one of Hualalai’s FIVE pools: the most special.
What makes this pool most special, you ask? Well, it is salt water, and is stocked with 3,000 fish. Colin spent many happy hours snorkeling around that pool, (respectfully) following around the fattest fish… and the EAGLE RAYS!
At this point, our baby-to-be started pummeling the walls of his confinement, indicating, “I must have food now, parents! Feed me immediately so I can continue the development of my lungs and brain circuits!”
We bopped down to eat lunch overlooking the ocean in the following spot. (Be prepared to gasp)…
Whoa momma! It was there that we ate the best item I have consumed all year: a mango gazpacho soup so light and complex, angels must have sewn it together from clouds and rainbows.
It is at this point that I must unleash my fury. You see, when you stay at a place as awesome as Hualalai, it makes it hard to return to anything that ISN’T the #1 Hotel in the World. I mean, how can any other lunch spot beat this outer view of where we dined?
And how can you find a sweeter sight to gaze at during dinner than the one pictured below? (See this in action by clicking this 3 minute video of our luxury feast at Hualalai.)
And could any breakfast be as colorful, nutritious, and delicious as this one, pictured next? With both dragonfruit and passionfruit present, this plate made our baby kick like a passionate dragon… a very happy passionate dragon.
But despite our sighs at swimming in paradise then having to leave, the joy of the experience was worth the pain of departing. Thank you, Hualalai, for helping create the best Babymoon ever!
We were guests of the beautiful Four Seasons Hualalai, but all opinions, gummy shark eating, and eagle ray chasing are my own. If you enjoyed this article, please consider doing your Hawaii hotel search by clicking this link, or your Hawaii vacation rental investigating here, as it will provide great discounts to you and a small commission to support this blog at no extra cost for you. Thanks, and happy travels!
The author, Lillie Marshall, is 6-foot-tall National Board Certified Teacher of English, fitness fan, and mother of two who has been a public school educator since 2003. She launched Around the World “L” Travel and Life Blog in 2009, and over 3.7 million readers have now visited this site. Lillie also runs TeachingTraveling.com and DrawingsOf.com. Subscribe to her monthly newsletter, and follow @WorldLillie on social media!