We have already investigated the best Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts in the world, and now we look exclusively at the best Four Seasons hotels and resorts in North America which includes USA and Canada as well as Mexico. Our opinions and expert reviews are based on our own experiences at these wonderful hotels.
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts are one of the world’s leading luxury hotel brands, with over 100 properties in more than 40 countries. In my opinion, the best Four Seasons hotel in the world is the Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, a Four Seasons hotel. We return every year and visited just a few weeks ago to review their superb Veranda restaurant.
Wherever you are in the world, Four Seasons hotels are consistently one of the best hotels in that city or resort. Because they don’t have a Four Seasons loyalty program, you will never be able to book a free stay by racking up and redeeming points, or by collecting points on your credit card and spending them on a Four Seasons hotel stay. It can’t be done. But you can get discounts at Four Seasons hotels and benefit from special rewards at Four Seasons hotels for no extra cost by booking your next stay via our luxury travel concierge.
Stay In Four Seasons In America
We have written a detailed article on how to get an upgrade & free breakfast at any Four Seasons hotel. Simply book through our Luxury Travel Concierge to get brilliant benefits at the same price as the hotel website. If you want to get the best possible rates, you should also travel out of the main season (avoid Christmas and school holidays). You can then often take advantage of their discounted fourth or fifth-night free offers, extra resort credits, and complimentary golf across all the four resorts.
Best Four Seasons In North America
I am unashamedly picking all the Four Seasons hotels on the Hawaiian Islands as the very best Four Seasons hotels in North America. Hawaii offers one of the world’s most westernized and sanitized tropical resort locations. Staying on these islands is comparatively free from worry. Unlike other tropical destinations around the world where diseases and mosquitos are rife, Hawaii avoids almost all of these problems, making it the perfect sunshine destination whenever you want to visit.
1. Four Seasons Hualalai
In second place is Four Seasons Hualalai pictured above, which offers a tropical beach complete with magical sea turtles, a pool you can snorkel in which is full of fish, a stunning array of pools, bars, and restaurants and a world-class golf course. I particularly like the open-air bathrooms at this hotel (tip: you need to book a ground-floor room to experience these).
The hotel itself is perched on dramatic blackened lava from the Volcano. The entire low-rise complex is dotted with palm trees and it has a long, private beach. The mix of warm sand, deep blue Pacific waters, lush green tropical foliage, and flowers means that the setting can only be described as breathtaking.
The design of this low-rise hotel means that it never feels full, even though this glorious hotel often enjoys 100% occupancy (it’s that good!). The two-story buildings are spread out, so you never feel like the hotel is particularly busy.
The Golf Ocean View room is undoubtedly the best deal as you can enjoy all the benefits of the resort at the cheapest possible price. These are on the Golf Ocean-View Crescent on both the lower and upper levels. As you would expect, these rooms look out onto the golf course.
My favorite thing at the resort is King’s Pond. Four Seasons brings the ocean into the resort for you with this pool: a quarry-like pond with a sandy bottom carved free form out of the black lava, and teeming with fish. It is right next to the beach and is one of the most unique resort features I have seen. It’s filled with seawater and is home to thousands of fish, including a couple of spotted eagle rays.
There are five other swimming pools, some with sloping and sand bottoms, some with hot tubs/ You can look forward to complimentary frozen grapes poolside, which is a lovely touch.
2. Four Seasons Lanai
Four Seasons Lanai Hawaii is probably my favorite Four Seasons in North America. It offers a true escape on a billionaire’s private island, Larry Ellison’s to be exact. This Four Seasons on Lanai features in our best Four Seasons hotels in Hawaii. You will not find more beautiful or more remote, empty beaches anywhere in the world than the Four Seasons Lanai.
Overlooking beautiful Hulopo’e Bay, Lana’i by Four Seasons offers an innovative vision of a Hawaiian resort, a perfect base to explore your own 90,000 acre island. Experience modern luxury at its most sophisticated, discover a remarkable variety of dining and drinks venues, and explore an astonishing range of landscapes with activities to match.
Upon arrival, you’ll find elegant yet innovative guestrooms, a variety of restaurants, including NOBU LANAI, a spa and wellness program, high-end retail stores, and a gorgeously landscaped pool oasis. Activities range from horseback riding, off-roading tours, sporting clays, and archery to snorkel and sailing adventures, as well as tennis, championship golf, and more.
Don’t expect a great deal of nightlife here but for quiet romantic nights there’s 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 pm. After this, you can always wander barefoot down to the beach, where you will almost undoubtedly be alone, and you can enjoy a paddle under a milky way of stars.
3. Four Seasons Maui
In third place is Four Seasons Maui. I’m biased as I got married (Mauid) and honeymooned here! This hotel feels more vibrant but less exclusive than those mentioned above but this is all taken account in the slightly cheaper room rate.
It sits in the center of the most exclusive resort on Maui, Wailea. Over and above the usual sitting by the pool and eating and drinking in the bars, you can walk for miles along a beachside promenade that stretches from one end of this stunning resort to the other, you can shop in a cute mall a short walk away, and you can enjoy the facilities of the other beachfront resorts along this patch of marvelous beach and coastline. You will also find the Andaz, the Fairmont, a Marriott, and Grand Wailea a Waldorf Astoria Resort steps away.
4. Four Seasons Oahu
This hotel is the most recent addition to Four Seasons’ Hawaiian portfolio and sits some distance from the main resort of Waikiki on Oahu. This resort is the most high-rise of the four Hawaiian Four Seasons hotels but still offers a beautiful resort with all the facilities you would expect from a five star Four Seasons resort.
5. Four Seasons Whistler
In at number five is the Four Seasons Whistler in Canada. If you want to ski at a Four Seasons, you will find this ski in ski out four Seasons hard to beat! Actually, I tell a slight lie, the Four Seasons Megeve is also pretty mindblowing and depending on which side of the pond you are based, this is another fabulous choice. Both hotels feature in our best for seasons for skiing.
I love this Whistler hotel because it is easy to get to, around a two-hour scenic drive from Vancouver airport. I used to fly out to Whistler from London every year because it is such an easy transfer (and also because the exchange rate used to be very good for me compared to the cost of skiing in the Alps.
The structure of this Four Seasons feels like a massive chalet with wooden beams and roaring fires in every corner, including wonderful gas fireplaces in most rooms! If you have the choice, request a room looking towards the mountain and the snow rather than the road leading up to the hotel. These rooms are so very quiet and the winter wonderland view is spectacular. The rooms facing the loading bay of this hotel are easily the worst. They are all equally beautiful inside but the beeping of lorries backing into the hotel loading bay can be noisy first thing in the morning! Be warned!
My most special moment at this hotel was swimming in the superb and warm outdoor pool whilst snowflakes were falling out of the sky and onto my wet hair. A magical moment at a gorgeous hotel.
6. Four Seasons New York Downtown
This amazing Four Seasons hotel sits in the center of the big apple. Located in downtown Manhatten in New York, this luxurious hotel offers an excellent alternative to staying in Midtown Manhattan. It sits between Tribeca and the financial district, a stone’s throw from the Brooklyn Bridge, One World Trade Cente, and is surrounded by the hottest restaurants.
The restaurant CUT by Wolfgang Puck is a highlight and is Wolfgang’s first in Manhattan, serving Wagyu beef and inventive seafood dishes. I particularly love the large, stylish indoor lap pool, relaxing spa, and the Gotham suite with its massive private terrace.
7. Four Seasons Hotel New York
Made famous by “Mr Big” the Four Seasons New York sits in one of the most exclusive spots in the city, moments from Central Park. Located between Park Avenue and Madison Avenue, you are also close to Times Square and within easy reach of Fifth Avenue for shopping. Incredible views and a luxurious spa will tempt you out of your stylish room but it lacks a pool which is why it sits in position six.
8. Four Seasons Los Cabos At Costa Palmas
Four Seasons Los Cabos At Costa Palmas is just down the beach from the new Amanvari Los Cabos, in the most exclusive resort area in Los Cabos. The calm shores of the Sea of Cortez and this Four Seasons hotel are surprisingly easy to reach, less than an hour from the airport and they have a huge advantage over many other luxury hotels around Los Cabos. Hotels which face the rough Pacific, are disadvantaged as you are often confined to using the hotel pool rather than swimming in the sea. The Sea of Cortez offers calm waters and great snorkeling, everything you need from paradise!
9. Four Seasons Napa Valley
Another relatively new Four Seasons, ideal for Californians and wine lovers is Four Seasons Napa Valley. With one of Napa Valley’s most coveted locations, Four Seasons is nestled in the valley’s north, in the historic town of Calistoga. The hotel and residences are surrounded by hundreds of acres of vineyards, framed by picturesque forests and majestic mountains. It’s a natural hideaway for relaxation and indulgence.
10. Four Seasons The Surf Club Miami
This beachside property, Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club, is a luxurious oceanfront destination bringing a new era of glamour elevated with chic Italian dining and a world-class spa. Located by the northern Miami Beaches on Collins Avenue, the design and ambiance hark back to Miami’s classic Jazz Age glamour in the 1920s and ’30s.
Of course, this is not an exclusive list, many incredible Four Seasons hotels have not made it into my top ten. Four Seasons Anguilla is an elegant beachfront Four Seasons resort in the Caribbean. Not far away, Four Seasons Nevis offers secluded luxury away from the crowds. If you prefer cities, Four Seasons Baltimore is located on the historic waterfront and Four Seasons One Dalton Street is an unbeatable choice right in the heart of Boston.
In Florida, Four Seasons Fort Lauderdale offers the ultimate hotel to spend a night before or after a cruise and the Four Seasons Orlando is a must-do with kids. It has waterslides and a shuttle to the Walt Disney World Resort.
Back in California, Four Seasons Los Angeles is one of the best hotels in the area with panoramic views of Beverly Hills and the iconic downtown skyline. Back up in Canada, Four Seasons Montreal is a cultural and gastronomic mecca in this vibrant city.
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