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Review: Four Seasons Resort Lanai

Review: Four Seasons Resort Lanai

Located on Lanai's southern coast, the Four Seasons Lanai sits on Hulopoe Bay and greets you with a stunning expanse of pearl-white sand and crystal blue waters.

Best described as unspoiled, easy-going and endlessly beautiful, the Four Seasons Lanai is the epitome of Hawaiian modern luxury and hospitality, yet the vibe is still the old Hawaii captured in vintage postcards - part adventure and part romance, with opportunities to experience local culture at every turn.

On our recent trip to Maui, I had an opportunity to visit this amazing resort on the island of Lanai and was blown away!  Full review, a look at Virtuoso amenities, and more down below!

Interested in receiving extra benefits for your stay at the Four Seasons Lanai, including potential room upgrades, complimentary breakfast, hotel credit, and more?  Send me an email at [email protected] for more details!

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Resort Overview:
Getting to the island of Lanai is an experience of and in itself - You arrive on a small private island that seems a world away from the crowds.

For my trip to Lanai, I took the ferry from the Lahaina harbor on Maui, approximately an hour ride away, and then was transported by minibus to the luxurious Four Season Lanai.

Note that transfers from the boat harbor or airport are complimentary for guests.

The 10-minute drive along the windy cliffside road will have you arrive to the entry porte cochere where you'll be greeted by staff members with cold towels and welcome drinks, ready to greet you by name.

The two-story lobby of the resort is impressive and has that wow-factor that features a blend of old Hawaii along with and a contemporary ambiance with rich wood floors and paneled walls, massive murals depicting Lanai’s early history, and sleek furniture that feels both island-inspired and upscale.

Resort amenities include:
  • Jack Nicklaus Signature Manele Golf Course
    • Available exclusively to Four Seasons guests, this 18-hole, par-72 course offers a uniquely private experience with a quiet, leisurely atmosphere.  Every hole features an ocean-view and three holes are located on cliffs, using the Pacific as a water hazard.
  • Two lagoon-style pools
    • One for adults and one for families
  • Hulopoe Beach
    • Guests have access to the stunning Hulopoe Bay, an approximate 5 minute walk down to the beach from the resort.  
    • Like all beaches in Hawaii, Hulopoe Beach is open to the public, so guests will be sharing the beach with with locals and day-trippers from Maui.  
    • Even though Hulopoe Bay is a public beach, the Four Seasons is permitted to set up lounge chairs and umbrellas for guests and also has a small kiosk beachside. 

  • Nine Bars and Restaurants:
    • Nobu Lanai: Innovative Japanese cuisine of world-renowned Chef Nobu Matsuhisa with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean.
    • Malibu Farm: Perched above Hulopoe Bay, this poolside restaurant specializes in fresh, organic and flavourful, locally sourced food, with most of the fruits and vegetables coming directly from the resorts own Malibu Farm Harvest Garden
    • One Forty: Featuring premium cuts of prime and Wagyu beef, as well as seasonal Hawaiian fish grilled to perfection, all complemented by traditional side dishes and an extensive wine list.
    • Views: The perfect spot for a post-golf lunch offers picture-perfect views and features a delicious selection of salads, appetizers and wraps.
    • Sports Bar & Grill: Open-air bar featuring pool and the perfect spot to watch your favorite team.
    • Malibu Farm Bar: Casual poolside bar featuring classic Hawaiian pupus, handcrafted tropical cocktails, local beers and an extensive wine list.
    • Kope: Grab and go spot featuring Hawaiian-pressed coffee, freshly squeezed juice and other items.
    • Lobby Bar: Order a glass of sparkling wine, a glass of red or a locally inspired cocktail to toast the sunset as you look onto the glittering waters of the Pacific Ocean from the intimate Lobby Bar.
    • Nobu Bar: Features a wide selection of sakes, international wines, seasonal handcrafted cocktails and a light menu of Japanese bites that is a perfect meeting place for pre-dinner drinks.
    • In-Room Dining
  • Kids for All Seasons Kids Club 
    • Even though the Four Seasons Lanai seemed to be mainly occupied by couples, it is still a very family-friendly hotel with children of all ages welcome. 
    • The Kids for All Seasons program is free for resort guests and there’s a daily schedule of fun activities for kids 5 to 12 years old. 
    • Kids' club activities include tidal pool exploration around Hulpoe Bay, build-your-own volcano workshops, lei-making, and hula lessons.
  • Hawanawana Spa
    • You'll feel transported to another place when visiting the spa - from its decor and smell, a variety of of ocean-inspired facials, massages, and beauty treatments that emphasize restoration and rejuvenation are available here.

  • Fitness Center & Classes
    • The 24-hour fitness center features state-of-the-art cardio and weight-training equipment and tons of natural light. 
    • The gym’s massive arch-shaped windows offer views of the ocean and the grounds’ plentiful palm trees. 
    • There are also on-site fitness instructors that offer a variety of classes for individuals and groups.
  • Lanai Island Activities
    • Island tours, jeep rentals and more can all be planned through the resort concierge
  • Tennis Courts
    • The hotel’s tennis courts consist of two Plexipave courts and one Har-Tru green clay court. 
    • An on-site tennis pro offers weekly clinics for players of all ages.

The resort features 213 guestrooms, including 45 suites, that are all located in a series of low-rise buildings spread along the Pacific coastline and immersed in botanical gardens - you truly feel like you are walking through a garden as you walk around the resort grounds.

There are a variety of rooms and suite types here ranging from entry-level Garden View Rooms (663 square feet) to Speciality Suites (1,200 to 4,000 square feet).

All rooms have large outdoor lanais, with a table and chair sets and cushioned loungers that feature balconies overlooking gardens, the Pacific ocean or the Hulopoe Bay marine sanctuary.

The decor is stunning throughout and features top-notch amenities, such as Nespresso machines, advanced technology controls and more!

Exclusive Virtuoso Amenities:
The resort is a part of the Virtuoso Hotel Collection and Virtuoso amenities for 2019 and 2020 include the following when booking your stay here through The Family Travel Guy:

For 2019:
  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability (applicable to standard room categories only)
  • Daily Continental breakfast for up to two in-room guests served in the restaurant (Daily $55.00 USD breakfast credit for two)
  • $100 USD Spa Services Credit once per stay
  • Welcome Amenity
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
For 2020:
  • Upgrade (one category only) on arrival, subject to availability (applicable to standard room categories only, excludes specialty suites)
  • Daily Continental breakfast for up to two guests served in the restaurant (Daily $55.00 USD breakfast credit for two, per bedroom)
  • $100 USD Spa Services Credit once per stay (excludes retail products)
  • Welcome Amenity
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

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