The island of Lanai feels a world apart from the other more developed Hawaiian Islands. It is the ideal destination for visitors wanting a relaxing and romantic vacation but also wanting many activities available! A visit to Lanai is a unique experience. It is the smallest of Hawaii’s inhabited islands, covering 140 square miles. It was once known as the Pineapple Island because over 20,000 acres were covered with plantations. Today, Lana`i is considered Hawaii’s most secluded island and the place to go if you want to get away from it all. It has a very unique and unusual beauty and is the ideal destination for couples that want remote luxury. Lanai also offers a range of activities and excursions to keep you busy including: amazing hiking trails, biking, world-class golf courses, horseback riding, snorkeling, off-road adventuring and five-star dining. You can even rent a jeep for the day and drive to beaches that are completely empty and entirely yours to explore! Lanai is a special destination where you’ll find adventure, tranquility, romance and breathtakingly beautiful surroundings.
When visiting Lanai be sure to stay at the Four Seasons Lanai. The resort is perched on top of red lava cliffs and overlooks white-sand beaches, the Pacific Ocean and Hulopo’e Bay, a marine sanctuary that’s a playground to spinner dolphins and humpback whales.
The Four Seasons Lanai features a main building and nine separate two-story buildings housing 213 guest rooms, including 45 suites. There is a wide range of luxury suites with panoramic views of the Pacific or the stunning hillside. Enhancing the grounds are five lush botanical gardens, featuring cascading waterfalls and serene koi ponds.
The resort has gorgeous swimming pools overlooking Hulopoe Bay. There is an adults-only pool that offers a peaceful, lagoon-style setting, complete with whirlpools. The central pool allows children of all ages. You will be well taken care of while relaxing at the pool, as the staff regularly come around with Evian spritzes, chilled towels, frosty Popsicles, sunglass cleaning, a selection of magazines, complimentary sunscreen and flavored ice water.
There are countless activities to keep you busy on the property. I recommend seeing the island with a UTV tour. Make sure to also carve out some time for a visit to their spa, Hawanawana. The spa focuses on ocean-based products and their treatments are inspired by the healing powers of the sea and are uniquely tailored to each individual guest.
Finally, there is an amazing selection of restaurants located on the property offering everything from steak to seafood to sushi. My favorite is their Japanese restaurant Nobu, which offers an extensive selection of sakes and traditional Japanese dishes as well as sushi.
Luxe Tip: Get a bird’s-eye view of the island’s beauty during a private helicopter ride or personal flight lesson. Spend a full day flying over coffee estates, remote beaches, and active volcanoes. Land for a gourmet picnic lunch, hiking tour or a visit to a local attraction. Or better yet, sit in the pilot’s seat during a private lesson, where you will learn to perform basic flight maneuvers such as takeoff, cruising and landing. If you really get the hang of it, you can do a full-day flying experience that includes a visit to 5 islands: Molokai, Honolulu, Lanai, the Big Island and Maui.
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