If you want to know how much it costs to stay at a luxury resort in Hawaii, here is the formula. Take what sounds like a somewhat reasonable expenditure and triple it. For example, if you would be willing to pay $5.00 for a can of Coke to quench your thirst, then you should be willing to spend $15 for it at a resort.
A resort is all about the details. The experience. Would you like a bottle of Tabasco sauce delivered with your eggs, Sir? Madam, will you be seated at the right or left of your breakfast table? How would you like your toast toasted?
There are times you simply do not want to be fussed over. Just throw it on the table and get out of my room.
This resort also features 4 pools. My favorite is the pool without the kids. My husband snorkeled in the Kings Pond with the fish. Unlike other popular resorts on the Big Island, the Four Seasons assigns cabanas free-of-charge, so if you can't find a place to sleep in or out of the sun, the pool attendants are wired to speak to each other and find you a spot. Well, except for the $300 beds on the beach. There is no spur-of-the-moment dining, either, unless you want room service. Everything is reserved in advance. You know what? This is way too much work.
Photo: Elizabeth Weintraub, breakfast at the Four Seasons