Recently my husband and I had a romantic stay on the Island of Lanai in Hawaii. While he had been there before, it was my first time. I thought I would write a recap for you guys- Lanai is not on most people’s radar since it’s the lesser known of the Hawaiian islands. Until the early 1990’s, Lanai was a simple pineapple plantation and even now it remains privately owned. It’s current owner, Larry Ellison (of Oracle fame), has spent over $460 million refurbishing the Four Seasons Lanai, where we stayed.
There are no direct flights to the small Lanai airport, so you’ll need to fly into one of Hawaii’s larger hubs. From there, Lanai Air offers private jets to charter your party directly to Lanai’s airstrip. They even have their own lounge for top-notch, first class service! Alternatively, you can fly commercial in small commuter jet service as well. The hotel offers shuttle service continuously throughout the day from the airport to the hotel. The only other way to reach Lanai is by ferry boat from Maui, which is about a 45 minute trip and is weather permitting.
The hotel is reached through a winding road past beautiful scenery, lined with pine trees and passing deer and plains of wild grass. As you approach the hotel you descend down along the cliffside and glimpse the ocean, a truly majestic sight. Once you arrive, hotel staff greet you with a lei and a cocktail while you get checked in. There are 213 rooms, with 1/4 of them being suites, set around open courtyards landscaped with waterfalls, koi ponds, and abundant greenery. The entire hotel was renovated in 2016 and is state of the art. At check in you receive a wristband that acts as your hotel room key and access to everything on property. In your room you will find a 75 inch flat screen TV, a Toto “smart” toilet, a hidden TV inside the bathroom mirror, and an Ipad next to the bed that acts as a concierge, allowing you to do everything from check the weather to order room service and schedule activities. Yay technology!
The hotel offers several dining options, most that us here in Orange County are very familiar with: Nobu and Malibu Farm being the big names here. One Forty, their American Steakhouse serves a breakfast buffet daily as well as lunch and dinner. There is also a Sports Bar & Grill offering up games and light fare for lunch and dinner. We were able to try every restaurant during our stay and Malibu Farm was our favorite for lunch, while One Forty won for best dinner menu.
The hotel offers quite a lot to do for such a secluded island, we did a 4×4 off roading adventure one day which was a great way to see more of the island’s flora and fauna. We also took a sunset catamaran cruise which included cocktails and appetizers and was super romantic. The hotel has an award winning golf course and also offers horseback riding at their private stable. There is a tennis club, a well equipped fitness center, a yoga studio with aerial yoga, and a spa. Their kids club has a ton of fun activities to keep the kids busy and they offer cultural programs throughout the day. If you came on vacation (like me) primarily to chill out, they have several beautiful pools with lounge beds under floral decked canopies where attentive staff bring you frozen fruit kabobs and chilled washcloths all day along with poolside menu service from Malibu Farm.
The beach is just a short stroll down a lava rock lined path and offers complimentary snorkel equipment, kayaks and paddle boards. The path continues through a beach front park and along the cliff side to Sweetheart Rock which offers a great photo op of the hotel spread out behind you and the ocean waves crashing below. The hotel is renovating a sister property on the opposite end of the island that will be a wellness retreat and spa at the site of the former Lodge. I am sure it will be amazing when it is finished. The Four Seasons offers complimentary four wheel drive jeeps for guests who want to explore more of Lanai while they are visiting, there are many cultural sites on the island as well as lots of hiking trails and beaches off property to visit.
If you are looking for a peaceful, relaxing vacation in the lap of ultimate luxury, I could not recommend a visit to the Four Seasons on Lanai more highly. However if you’re into the nightlife scene and you want a lively, party vacation with action packed days and wild nights, then this spot is NOT for you. To each his own. For me, I will definitely be back to Lanai the next time I need to recharge my batteries. Much thanks to Philip at Lanai Photography for taking such amazing photos of us to commemorate our trip! If you’d like to check out the resort for yourself, their website can be found HERE.