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 were in Hawaii for a conference on Oahu but started out on the island of Lanai at the Four Seasons. This resort, by far, is “heaven on earth” we were met by four seasons at Honolulu airport and escorted to a private plane for Lanai... flight was great and service was superb. Upon landing on Lanai we were escorted to resort. We were greeted and treated like royalty by the checkin staff. Our room was gorgeous.. service was absolutely impeccable by anyone we met.... upon having to leave to return to Oahu, we received the same service just like arrival.
The setting and accommodations are spectacular. But what we really enjoyed was the welcoming attitude of all who worked there. This resort had a cultural experience desk that offered various tours and activities that informed guests about the Hawaiian culture.we really appreciated that. The botanic garden plantings surrounding the resort were lovely. It is pretty spendy but I think you get an outstanding experience.
A little update to my previous review! My husband and I traveled to from NYC to Hawaii about 8 months ago for our Honeymoon. We had booked our itinerary with no intention of stopping in Lanai. To be honest, I had never really heard much about the island living on East Coast (Maui seems to steal the show) until I stumbled upon the Four Seasons Lanai here on TripAdvisor. After reading lots of reviews I started doing some Googling about the island’s history and evolution of the resort. The untouched, quiet nature of the island seemed so special. I was compelled enough to change our plans and book with the four seasons Lanai for the first part of our Honeymoon. From our arrival to departure the whole time was just magical. Service, food, the room etc. I even caught strep throat from family after the wedding and somehow managed to truck through this at Lanai like a trooper. The staff made sure I was able to get an appointment at the clinic quickly and even drove us to town. I haven’t forgotten that kind level of service. Since this visit we’ve stayed at multiple four seasons and while all lovely we keep just comparing our stay to the FS Lanai. My husband and I dream about those breakfast burritos at the buffet. I don’t even really like burritos. If you’re looking for a deal or a cheap trip this is not that, but if you’re looking for an experience then this might be your place. When we left, I vowed we’d somehow find an excuse to make it back soon. We’ve booked later this year and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be going back.
Without any hesitation, it is one of the best resort I stayed in. I went there for a 5 nights getaway, in a "Ocean Front Studio Suite" early November. The breathtaking view on the ocean, and the gardens (this type of suite is in the corner with a nice terrace, which is great to have a panoramic view), the quality of the room (very clean), the resort, the personnel and the service is outstanding. I have tried each restaurant, and we were not disappointed. I really enjoyed the "Dining under stars" concept - you have the chef preparing a menu with wine pairing only for you, and the dining table is set in front of the ocean. The beach and service on the beach is perfect.
Also, the (long) list of activities offered by the Concierge. We tried quite a few, and the helicopter tour, the sunset sail and the jeep tour of the island, were our preferred ones.
Really one of my best experience in a Four Seasons hotel.
Definitely one of the best hotel I've stayed in. We stayed at the garden view suite which was quite far away from the lobby, but nice and quiet room.
The staff are very polite and nice. All our travel arrangement were well-delivered.
Couldn't swim at the beach because of wavy sea.
We enjoyed breakfast in the terrace of our room, and guest what? When we were waiting for our room service breakfast, a bird came and crushed our window. But seems it's ok as it flew away immediately. Maybe the window was too big and too clean that the bird thinks it can fly though?