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
- 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
We stayed for our family vacation and it was amazing because of the wonderful staff coupled with a beautiful hotel. The activities were on both water (fishing, snorkeling, diving, sunset cruise) and land (golf, off-roading, skeet shooting), and they made our trip more exciting than spending every day only at the wonderful beach.
Beautiful resort, delightful hiking and swimming (plus other activities), historically interesting island, and outstanding staff. This former Dole pineapple plantation has undergone a transition to a most delightful holiday destination.
Living in America's Finest City - San Diego, CA it is hard to beat our beaches and friendly culture. The Four Seasons at Lanai is a world class resort with plenty to do - or nothing to do. The staff is very courteous and attentive. Eggs and ahi benedict was one of the best breakfasts I've had. The beach and water is pristine. The rooms are spacious and the amenities are first class. Can you say heated toilet seat....
Of you'd expect the Four Seasons to be the best. We'll, it was. But reading the reviews is one thing; living it is another. I relax just thinking of this place. The grounds were so peaceful. The restaurants were inviting and service-oriented and just sublime. The rooms were large and comfortable and modern.
I'd left my sweater in one of they restaurants. Security returned it to me in a cute 4 Seasons bag with a bow. Just those kinds of nice touches. Pool guys/girls were unobtrusive but exactly there when you needed. The surf was a little rough when we were there, but we still got in. Be sure to walk around the point past the beach. I won't spoil the surprise you will encounter.
This is a place we will definitely return to.
Four Seasons Lanai is an unforgettable experience. The staff are attentive, the vibe serene, the rooms exquisite, the landscaping is some of the most impeccable and well planned (what an improvement) and the ability to relax, sublime.
There is no luxury overlooked. The Food and Beverage options are diverse and unique. And the sense of place cannot be beat.
We were hosted to a private dinner that was an experience of a life time. If you like a recipe just ask, they will do they best to accommodate.
Would visit again if hosted. The one thing Four Seasons Lanai is not, is a value...even by Four Seasons standards.