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
Wonderful hotel, small and nice. Beautiful build with gardens within the place.
Very friendly and polite staff, at the reception, by the pool or restaurants, everybody is very kind and very polite.
High quality hotel on a beautiful island. Very well organized department for activities with excellent service.
Ferried over to spend the night,and tour the island by rented jeep. Return trip after 5 years. Just so happened it was World Series last game day, and we were eager to go to the pool bar and watch the game and have some drinks and maybe a light lunch...Nothing open except the small bar early afternoon. Bar was empty when we arrived..only seats about 10 or 12 at best. NO TV..What?...so we ordered drinks from Patrick,and was shoved a small ramekin of bar nuts(size of a custard cup??...really)and soon the bar began to fill,all looking for the TV and curious of the scores.So I turned on my cell phone and kept everyone up to date. Patrick had the personality of a rock,was business only and I wondered if this was because he was trained this way,or he was just dull. My husband and I polished off the handful of bar nuts and the empty bowl sat there empty till we left(small thing,but not good for ambiance) We slid empty glasses to alert him we wanted more, and he complied....SO SAD....spend over 1000 bucks a night and have to ask for service...but he was sure quick with the bill for over 100 bucks...We won't be back.But I will say that dinner at the Lanai Hotel in the little city was fabulous,and the drinks spot on,and the server happy to converse and share laughter, and her tip showed our happiness dining away from the stuffy,uppity Four Seasons....Maybe Larry Ellison should stop by and order a drink and just sit back and watch the show.....and then go down to your Hotel Lanai and see the real aloha feeling. (FOUND OUT YOU OWN THE BOTH)...Maybe he should have his bartenders and Patrick go train there for a while....and please do not come back and tell me that everyone sometimes has a bad day....For what you charge,your staff should leave their bad days at home.....but we did have fun talking to the people at the bar and watching the game on my phone.....check out the rates on the Lanai Hotel before you book the Four Seasons for money well spent and a great Ohana feeling...Say hi to Sarah for us...
A beautiful property, located in a secluded and privileged part of a lovely island. Every aspect of the hotel is amazing - from the many and varied fish in the lakes to the gardens and the beach. Very obviously created with attention to detail and much loving care