Overlooking Hulopoe Bay, this relaxing retreat offers the emptiest hotel beach on the Hawaiian islands. The hotel design is all about views. The main lounge, bar, fitness area, eateries and pool, all overlook this beautiful swathe of picture perfect bay.
Once you have gone through the hassle of flying into the local airport, and have been whisked down to the hotel, life could not be more relaxing. After being welcomed by staff member playing a conch shell you will be given a Lei (girls orchids, boys wooden beads) and delicious juice before being taken to your room.
The newly renovated rooms are lovely and offer an Asian fusion feel with hard wood floors, a mix of browns with creams, and a wonderful and large balcony. The main difference between the rooms is whether they are renovated and where they are located. Ocean front rooms are on the front edge of the resort, some are so close to the sea that you can hear the waves crashing below (request the plumaria wing for this to the left of the resort when facing the sea). If you prefer more panoramic ocean views, then chose the other side of the resort.
There are a number of dining options here. Ailani for Italian inspired fish; One fourty for breakfast in the morning and steakhouse by night, Nobu Lanai, good but pricy plus a large Bar with those sweeping views.
It’s easy to laze your days away by the pool or on the near empty beach which is a 5 minute walk down a slope from the hotel. Golf is also the other way to while time away here and there are some great inclusive packages. The free Four Seasons shuttle connecting the beach hotel to the mountain lodge (about a 15 minute ride) is also worth making use of as it enables you to take advantage of another golf course, horse riding and more hiking.
Reader, don’t expect any night life beyond around 9pm. In fact when we stayed, their alfresco restaurant by the pool where you can literally eat out under a milky way of stars, was closed for much of our stay. Gutted. When it was open it was fully booked so we were left with room service (seemed to be the same food) on our balcony. Then it is literally lights out at 9pm, everyone slowly disappears back to their room and the place becomes a ghost town.
The wonderful empty beach with its numerous tide pools (watch out though, we spotted a sea snake) and super snorkelling are exactly that. Super. The hikes are superb and you can get to many by walking out of the Manele Bay or the Lodge so dont even need a car. The golf is outstanding and this Four Seasons is stunning and (even after the cost of the flights) a bargain when compared to the Four Seasons Maui.
You have all the ingredients for the perfect holiday.