We have been to the Four Seasons Maui in Wailea, we have been to the Four Seasons Ko’Olina Resort on Oahu, but if you are looking for true escapism on the Hawaiian Islands – Look no further than the Four Seasons Lanai.
This Four Seasons hotel is also the most difficult Four Seasons to get to on the Hawaiian Islands. The Maui and Oahu hotels can be reached by one flight direct from the mainland and then a short transfer. International flights do not fly into the tiny airport in Lanai. Instead, you must brave a (sometimes rocky) inter-island flight or hop across on a ferry from Maui.
If you fly into the airport, the Four Seasons has it’s own airport lounge, and as you arrive you will be presented with a Lei (girls orchids, boys wooden beads) that I love..
As you would expect, this is a Four Seasons hotel so decoration is in tasteful creams and browns, and all the communal areas look out upon the views of Hulopoe Bay. The main lounge, bar, fitness area, eateries and pool, all overlook this beautiful swathe of picture perfect bay.
The newly renovated rooms are lovely and offer an Asian fusion feel with hardwood floors, a mix of browns with creams, and a wonderful and large balcony. The main difference between the rooms is where they are located and therefore their view. Ocean front rooms are on the front edge of the resort, and some are so close to the sea that you can hear the waves crashing below (request the plumeria 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 which comes in slightly less expensive.
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 the 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.
Food & Drink
Much has changed since our last visit. There are a now number of dining options here. Ailani for Italian inspired fish; One forty for breakfast in the morning and steak by night and Nobu which is excellent.
Don’t expect a great deal of nightlife here. In fact, when we stayed, the alfresco restaurant by the pool, closed quite early. Having said that, things have changed since Four Seasons took over and there is now a beautiful alfresco bar on a large Lanai with sweeping views, connected to the Nobu restaurant which serves a light menu and drinks through to 10.30. After this, you can always wander, barefooted, down to the beach, where you will almost undoubtedly be alone, and you can enjoy a paddle under a milky way of stars.
I always think that if a luxury traveller returns to a hotel over and over again, then you know its good. Really good. We will be returning to this romantic hotel.. soon. I can’t wait!
You can also find out more about the new Four Seasons Guest Reward Loyalty program.