An idyllic Hawaiian hideaway
213 Rooms / 45 Suites
Stepping out onto the pool deck of Four Seasons Resort Lana’i and soaking up the stunning view of Hulopo’e Beach, you’ll instantly realize that you’ve arrived in paradise. Perched on a red-lava cliff amid a marine reserve filled with colorful fish and migrating dolphins, this serene resort is an idyllic place for a honeymoon, family vacation or just a getaway. Your leisurely days will be filled with walks along on the beach, snorkeling, golfing or pampering in the luxurious spa.
With only 30 miles of paved roads, Lana'i feels like a remote destination, but the Hawaiian island is within easy reach — it’s a quick half-hour flight from Honolulu or a scenic 45-minute ferry ride from Maui.
Fresh off of a redesign helmed by top talent Todd-Avery Lenahan, the tucked-away guest rooms at Four Seasons Resort Lana’i reflect the destination’s unique landscape and culture. Teak and stone entryways, Nepalese Lokta wallpaper, sleek mahogany flooring, hand-woven rugs and ocean-inspired art lend a Polynesian feel; rosewood and linen furniture adorned with leather and iron detailing is both modern and classic in a creamy palette. Natural elements are everywhere, from island fronds to woven baskets, but don’t mistake these elegant rooms for rustic, as they are stocked to the gills with the latest state-of-the-art amenities.
The refreshment centers offer a selection of choice wines, local beers, non-alcoholic drinks such as KonaRed Energy, coconut water and mineral waters, artisanal Hawaiian chocolate from Manoa and a variety of gourmet snacks from Dean & Deluca. Recently introduced signature Four Seasons Beds allow you to customize your sleep experience with different levels of firmness in various mattress toppers and pillows. And easy controls for lighting, temperature and service put all of your room’s features at your fingertips, literally.
In the bathroom, stone-topped vanities, slate floors and teak paneled walls create a peaceful ambience for relaxing in the gigantic rain shower or deep soaking tub. Contemporary fixtures, fresh flowers and serene artwork also contribute to the zen-like feel of the space. The only thing that can interrupt your state of calm here? That smartly hidden in-mirror television.
Whether dining at Nobu Lana'i, perhaps on famed chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s signature yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño, or playing 18 holes at the Jack Nicklaus Signature Manele Golf Course with breathtaking views of the ocean, you will find your own piece of paradise. One of our favorite ways to find bliss is at the spa. Indulge in local treatments such as the Makai, which ends with a warm stone massage and a coconut smoothie.
We love that we can keep up with Four Seasons Resort Lana’i's list of daily activities via our in-room iPad Air or by downloading a mobile app. Join a group hike up the Sweetheart Rock to see the sunrise — make sure to have the staff explain the tragic love story behind the massive rock — enjoy beach yoga as the sun sets or enter a golf scramble with the pros; whatever you choose to do, planning your day is incredibly easy. Or simply plan to do nothing at all at the alluring beach.
As a guest of the resort, you’ll also have access to a complimentary shuttle to Lanai City, where you can explore the shops and art galleries that surround Dole Park, whose name evokes the island's history as a Dole pineapple plantation. On your excursion, visit Lanai City's Lanai Culture and Heritage Center to learn more about the area's natural and cultural history, including its years as the largest pineapple plantation in Hawaii.
The numerous restaurants at the Lanai hotel take advantage of the fresh seafood caught daily just off the shores of Hulopo’e Beach. In fact, if you happen to rise early enough for a hike to watch the breathtaking sunrise, you’ll see local fishermen returning with the just-caught fish that will be served on your plate that night.
One Forty, the hotel’s all-day dining venue, offers a magnificent breakfast buffet filled with Japanese and Korean delicacies, local fruit like papaya and pineapple, fresh juices and a make-your-own omelet station so that you can recoup after your morning hike. Or take in the views of the ocean from the patio, while you sip on your local, French-pressed coffee. At night, the menu serves both Hawaiian seafood and steak, featuring favorites like an ahi poke served with sesame, Hawaiian chili, scallions and taro chips, or seared snapper with braised baby bok choy, shishito pineapple chutney, Chinese parsley and mint purée.
The main attraction though is Nobu Lana'i, offering teppanyaki (where food is cooked tableside; reservations must be made 24 hours in advance) as well as a sushi bar and plush, outdoor seating with views of the pool. Get there at sunset and you’ll catch a glimpse of the lighting of the torches that happens nightly. Whether you dine in your room (available 24 hours with dishes from One Forty as well as Nobu), opt for a casual lunch or sunset pu pu platter at Malibu Farm located by the pool or venture up to Views by the golf course, aptly named for its unbelievable vistas, you’re guaranteed to enjoy the fresh, flavorful and distinctively Hawaiian cuisine served at this luxurious resort.