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
Went for my wife’s birthday. From booking to follow-up after checkout, the Four Seasons Manele really creates a world class experience. This is the perfect escape from all of life’s stresses. AMAZING!
Long drive from airport. Breakfast restaurant was not up to FS quality, more like a holiday inn. Nobu was fantastic. The beach is a 5 min walk and was very rough, not suitable for young children. The biggest disappointment was the pools. Both adult and family are dark and seem to be very old, also small with no view of the water, strange design.
Rooms were of decent quality.
Very much enjoyed our stay here. Wonderful, friendly service. Ocean View room was large and lovely. Enjoyed all our meals, including at the Sports Bar, 140, breakfast buffet, The Views, and Nobu (teppanyaki experience). UTV experience was very fun. Did the hikes to Sweetheart Rock and over to the golf course (the latter is quite rocky and should not be attempted without at least sneakers). The resort is sprawling and it can also be a hike to your room; take note if mobility is an issue for you. Waves at beach can be pretty rough, at least until you swim well out; not great for little ones. Kind of surprised a the number of families here -- doesn't seem really suited to entertaining children, though the resort clearly does make them feel welcome. Plenty enough for adults to do; would stay again.