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
Admittedly we got off to a rocky start. We arrived early the 9:30am flight. Since we're AmEx members we usually get the early check-in. (noon) We're aware that this is not always possible and in this case we were fine as we had rented a jeep to tour the island. We dined at the restaurant "View" came down around 1:30 still no room and our suitcases were still outside on the sidewalk. Fine, more touring around. We were told we'd get a text message when the room was ready. At 4:30pm we returned to see our luggage still sitting on the sidewalk! Our room was ready, but no one bothered to move our luggage or notify us. Not a great start. My husband was so mad he carried our luggage down ourselves.
That being said, our room was amazing. It is slightly dark, but we found it very comfortable. The 75" TV did not look large in the room. Dyson hair dryers in the bathroom and I never thought I would fall in love with a toilet! The landscaping is lush and well maintained. The staff work very hard on it and you can tell. The walk to your room can be quite the journey. I knew if my parents had been with us, they'd be lost most of the time. The signage could be better as you don't even notice it until broad daylight.
Over the course of our stay you could tell they were short staffed in some places. Finding good help is a problem everywhere and on a small island I'm sure it's more difficult. But the staff they did have was courteous and friendly. You just have to remember you're on Island time. This will definitely be our special occasion place for the perfect quiet getaway.
My wife and I spent onr 47th anniversary at the Four Season Lana’i after spending a week on Maui with 3 close couples. Our stay on Lana’i was excellent. The property was truly amazing as was our service by the staff. It will likely become our go to place for special occasions.
This hotel is pricey but worth every penny. Kudos to Larry Ellison and team for creating such a magnificent beauty. It is clear that a tremendous amount of thought went into the design of this property. Foremost is the siting of the hotel and spectacular landscaping which afford glorious views as well as privacy even when the resort is at capacity. The guest rooms are large with luxurious bathrooms, comfortable beds and other amenities. The food at the restaurants is quite good and the elaborate breakfasts are particularly noteworthy. This is a place that you come to relax even though there is golf and some other recreational offerings The spa is very nice and the massage I received was excellent. The service providers in the restaurants and around the pool and lounge areas deserve special recognition because they go above and beyond. We only spent a few days here after our stay on Maui and look forward to returning for a longer visit.
Room was in Bldg 4, top floor. So quiet with an ocean view. Long walk from lobby, but each time we noticed different art or talked to exotic birds along the way. Staff routinely goes above and beyond. One in particular is Paola Tavella in food/beverage, even though she is more akin to a hotel ceo/ambassador in the way she handles guests ensuring their comfort.
Snorkeling is as good as anywhere. Water a beautiful blue, and warm. Dolphins were resting and playing in the bay during our stay. There are many activities, but we only partook in the sunset cruise one evening, enjoyed yoga (Will and Raj) either on the beach or up high in the Pavillion overlooking the Pacific, and golf with stunning views and a practice facility available to resort guests even when not playing.
Food was amazing, and it was the most simple dishes we enjoyed most. For instance an arugula salad with papaya, burrato cheese and macadamia nuts with olive oil and sea salt. The aforementioned Paolo served a great burger from the sports bar sitting by a firepit one evening that was out of this world.
We loved this place and will return. If money is a concern, just save and go regardless. It is pricey but worth it....and understandable as this is remote. Only 3000 or so inhabitants, so few that babies are born in Maui or Honolulu and not Lanai. Larry Ellison (Oracle) owns all but 1% or so of the entire place and his vision and attention to detail, along with the world class attitude and training of the Four Seasons, makes this a premier destination.
The hotel is over the top! The rooms are spectacular w a combination of modern meets Hawaiian The grounds are meticulously maintained w a rainforest theme. The golf course is beyond special. Whatever your score is for the day you are sure to remember it as one of the best rounds you ever played. Splurge a little w Lana’i Air and make your vacation start early