Four Seasons Resort Lanai
What We Love
- The resort is just steps from Hulopoe Bay, an internationally-renowned snorkeling spot
- Complimentary hula dance and ukulele classes
- Each room is equipped with an iPad Air
- Rice-wine tasting, led by a sake master at the world-class Japanese restaurant, Nobu Lanai
What To Know
- Nearly a quarter of the rooms here are suites
- Instead of card keys, guests are given RFID wristbands
- The property shelters over six exotic birds, among them a cockatoo with over 100 words in his vocabulary
- The 18-hole Manele Golf Course, previously accessible to visitors, is now restricted to hotel guests only
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
You won’t find any overcrowded luaus or wilted leis here. Perched on Lanai, the smallest publicly inhabited island on the Hawaiian archipelago, this spectacular resort and most of the 90,000-acre isle are owned by tech billionaire Larry Ellison—and it’s anything but a Hawaiian cliché. A lobby-to-roof revamp in February 2016 unveiled a striking makeover in the form of rich mahogany floors and zebra-wood walls in all 213 rooms, an adults-only grotto pool, and the replanted gardens, which replaced all existing greenery with a kaleidoscopic variety of strictly local plants. If more than a few parts of the retreat feel imported from the Far East, it’s no coincidence. Ellison, an unabashed Japanophile, introduced many accents from his favorite country, from the ofuro bathtubs in all the suites to a dainty sashimi breakfast spread. Complete with a couple of swanky tech twists (flat-panel controlled mood lighting in every room), the resulting feel is that of a modern-day Eden.
In the Area
Lanai is just a 45-minute ferry ride from Maui’s Lahaina Harbor—and once you’re here, you’ll feel blissfully detached. It’s partly thanks to the placid waters of Huluope Bay, a marine sanctuary that’s irresistible to dolphins and humpback whales. The resort borders the bay’s eponymous beach, so you’ll likely spend many a morning sinking your toes into its talcum-soft sands. For a taste of local culture, grab a to-go breakfast, board one of the resort’s Polaris utility terrain vehicles and make your way to a mountaintop temple, or heiau, where you’ll witness a glorious sunrise that can only be described as heaven-sent.
How to Get There
Talk about a fabulous experience! This hotel is out to impress! With your first glimpse of the stunning ocean views from the lobby when you first arrive to the the beautiful wooden outrigger canoe on display in the lower lobby—it’s beautiful. I loved the decor of the rooms including the top of the line automatic Toto toilets, the digital TV inside of the bathroom mirror, beautiful woodwork furniture, etc. The pools and restaurants were great, too. The staff treats you like royalty—very friendly & hospitable! An added plus was being able to walk to the beach where there was great snorkeling. We really enjoyed walking through the hotel admiring the decor, art work and murals and even the parrot who says “aloha” as you’d walk past him! They even provide a shuttle to town for patrons to shop/eat/go to the movies which is a very nice service. We’d heard what Larry Ellison had done with this place so we were excited to actually stay here and see it for ourselves!
The Four Seasons is simply the best hotel I have ever stayed at in all my years of travel for business or pleasure. If you want seclusion, quiet, romance and fun in a unique setting there is no place better.
Take the Lanai'i Air flight from Honolulu, well worth it. Great staff, great food, great atmosphere.
Ah, what more can be said about the Four Seasons Lana'i! The property is beyond stunning and the views are to die for. We splurged on a Prime Oceanfront room for six nights and could not have been happier with our decision. Our jaws legitimately dropped when we were escorted to our room and saw our view. The bed is beyond comfortable and the bathroom is both functional and beautiful. I hated to leave our room, I loved it just that much.
Food at the resort is also top notch. We enjoyed the breakfast buffet via AMEX FHR and loved the daily pressed juices. We had daily lunch near the pools and were thrilled with all of the delicious, but healthy options. Dinner options included Nobu and One Forty. While both are fantastic, I will say that after being there for 6 days, I did wish for other, lighter options. The yellowtail at Nobu is everything people talk about and more.
We also enjoyed a couples massage (so good!) as well as the Sunset Sail. If you can do the sail, you definitely should. It offers beautiful views of Lanai, Molokai, Maui and, of course, the ocean! It's very romantic.
One slight criticism I will add - the ferry was canceled the day we were supposed to journey to the island from Maui. We were able to secure a room at the Westin, only to find out that the ferry was also canceled the next morning. FS secured a private plane for us and another couple that got us there in about 30 mintues (airport to airport). If you're staying at the FS, you can probably afford the flight, but I will note that for a couple, it runs about the price of a garden view room for the night. Not the end of the world, but did want to mention that.
Overall, loved the FS Lana'i and could not be happier with our first trip to Hawaii!
Gorgeous property. Truly 5 star. Look forward to going back.
Only negative comment is that we were over July 4th and there was zero acknowledgement, disappointing. Don’t need fireworks, but nothing???
The resort is around 30 minutes from Lanaii airport. Most parts of it are newly renovated and the rest is in good condition.
There is one breakfast place where there is a choice of buffet and a la carte with many different options so it does not get boring at all.
For lunch Malibu farm is a great option with plenty of organic and vegan options. For dinner there are two options, either a steak house or Nobu. Nobu was excellent but the menu is not as large as other Nobu's.
The beach is amazing as there is plenty of wildlife. I saw turtles and dolphins on multiple occasions. The pool is quite hectic and a little small for the size of the hotel so its better to go to the beach as it is much quieter.
Other than the resort the island is pretty boring with not much to do as it pretty barren but the isolation is amazing. The hotel rents cars so you can explore the island and you can easily spend an afternoon without seeing another person.