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
This property is unbelievable in every respect. The views are amazing and the grounds are an exquisitely manicured jungle. Fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, and beach are all world class. The pool layout is as good as I’ve ever seen. The number and quality of quiet and secluded areas around the pool is unparalleled. The golf course is very deserving of its spot on the top 100 list.
Excellent spa, excursion activities and every meal was excellent. We ate at every restaurant on the property and the best lunch meal with a view was at the golf course Views restaurant and the best dinner was at One Forty American steakhouse. In Lanai City we enjoyed the local atmosphere and casual meal at Blue Ginger.
After 5 days on the Big Island we caught a Lanai Air flight from Kona to Lanai. We were the only two people on the plane, for a cost of $700 total. (It was only $500 on our way to Honolulu to fly home - and again, private plane experience!) That experience set the tone for 4 nights in paradise. The island is beautiful. The resort is beautiful. This is the only resort on the entire island (the mountain one is down for renovations), so it's not crowded. It feels exclusive. Truly special. The staff makes you feel that way throughout the stay. The 30+ dolphins swimming in the bay one morning...the entire experience was unparalleled. Everything was first rate. If you're looking for a honeymoon spot or quiet vacation away from it all, I can't imagine it gets much better.