With just 90,000 acres, the island of Lanai offers an experience of untouched Hawaii. Four Seasons Resort Lanai is located on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Hulopoe Bay, a marine sanctuary that’s a playground to spinner dolphins and humpback whales. Our luxury Resort features 213 guestrooms in a series of low-rise buildings spread along the Pacific coastline and immersed in Hawaiian botanical gardens, providing a private residential experience. Additional facilities include the signature ONE FORTY restaurant, The Break, Malibu Farm, NOBU LANAʿI, a spa and wellness program, variety of complimentary activities, luxury retail boutiques, tennis and an 18-hole ocean-view Jack Nicklaus Signature Manele Golf Course where guests can enjoy a complimentary set of Titleist or PXG clubs while playing*. An array of land, ocean and air activities provide adventure for all from off-roading cultural tours to horseback rides in the green uplands of the island, from sporting clays and archery to sailing and whale watching expeditions across the blue waters of Lanai. We have explorations for the nature lover, experiences designed for couples and families, discoveries for foodies, spa and wellness enthusiasts to ensure a truly unique, exclusive Hawaiian island adventure.
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This is understated luxury at its finest. Every single detail that went into the resort is five diamond ! From the moment you arrive you feel like you’ve stepped into a different world. The rooms are some of the nicest I’ve stayed at I. The world. We had a wonderful dinner at the 140 restaurant and I e joyed the chefs tasting menu. It was the highlight meal of our trip. The staff their was very attentive and friendly. I was able to snorkel in the bay and even saw some dolphins early in the morning. We didn’t want to leave. Kudos to manager Chloe for making sure we had everything we needed and more for us and our children.
If you are thinking of travelling to lanai four seasons , don’t think too hard. It’s for sure one of the best places that exists on the planet. The food the property the staff and most importantly the management. The GM at this property is amazing , he goes above and beyond and the staff cares so much about making your Four seasons experience so amazing you wouldn’t think of staying anywhere else. Thank you so much four seasons management team in Lanai. You make me feel special
The Perfection, totally. All has been unforgettable, one of the best experience of My life. Hotel was amazing, quite a magic Place surrounded by nature. The professionality of the staff, the attention They give to us is something i Never find/try before. It’s not real,it’s Magic!!!! Thank you All!
In Season 4 Episode 7 of The Simpsons, Waylon Smithers sings a spirited song about his boss that ends with the coda, “To his friends he’s known as Monte but to you he’s Mr. Burns!” One of the first thing one learns upon touching down in Lanai is that to his friends and the greater public he’s known as Larry but here, in keeping with his 98% ownership of the island including the Four Seasons Resort Lanai, he’s referred to without exception with the honorific, Mr. Ellison. And for good reason. Mr. Ellison’s largess has bestowed inestimable benefits on residents, employees and guests visiting Lanai ranging from the lowest petrol prices in the state of Hawaii (despite having but a single gas station, again, owned by Mr. Ellison) to one of the most immaculately maintained, scenic and serene golf courses on the planet. To stay at the Four Seasons Resort Lanai is to enter a time machine and experience a place far away from regular life. This island outpost of only 3,300 residents in its 140 square miles in the middle of 6,000 miles of Pacific Ocean is a vestige of a different age, an opportunity to rewind to a pace of life more sustainable, contemplative and pleasing. A chance to unplug (if one so chooses although admittedly most don’t) and relax and renew at the pace of the waves, the sun and the stars. Yet visiting this remote outpost requires remarkably little effort thanks to a partnership between the resort and Lanai Air that delivers guests to and from HNL with less hassle than hailing an Uber into Waikiki. Along with the singular natural setting perched above placid Hulopo’e Bay, the resort itself boasts cascading koi ponds, sonorous aviaries, lush landscaping and 500+ rare botanic specimens including myriad types of orchids that sprout from the ground and cling to the limbs of trees. To anyone who has endeavored to cultivate an orchid at home, this seemingly effortless embarrassment of riches astounds. Yet it is not effortless at all. It requires the careful cultivation of a phalanx of talented gardeners who arise long before first light to maintain this latter day Eden. This attention to horticultural detail extends to the on property Jack Nicholas-designed Challenge at Manele golf course. I did not encounter an unrepaired divot, ball mark on a green or brown spot in the fairways. Even more amazing, I did not encounter a single other golfer out on the course – a round like John D Rockefeller himself might have enjoyed on Poncantico Hills, his own private golf course… only better. The rooms, as you might expect, are both richly appointed and spacious. I received a most welcome and generous upgrade thanks to booking through the Four Seasons Preferred Partner program. It appears that much of the investment in the rooms has been channeled into automated lighting and window shade systems along with the world's most advanced toilets outside of Japan that feature motion sensors that raise the toilet seat whenever someone approaches. Suffice it to say I was unable to plumb the depths of the full panoply of benefits these bathroom systems offer but note the commitment to toilet excellence extends to the public facilities the resort as well. One can only imagine the challenge of staffing a full service resort in such a remote setting and sometimes the strain shows, especially since the resort caters to corporate retreats as well as vacationers. When I arrived a massive group (maybe a buyout?) from OpenText was wrapping up a multi-day conference, departing in successive waves that led to a crunch of readying rooms for incoming guests and a pileup of luggage at the front of the hotel. Because of the scale at which this property operates with 213 rooms including 45 suites, the hard workers here are able to offer unfailingly polite and professional service but not an experience that is personalized at the individual guest level. For those looking for more personal attention I suggest reserving one of the suites which comes with perks such as being squired from the airport and about the facilities in gleaming private white Teslas X vs. boarding the common shuttles used by yours truly and the other hoi polloi. But the shuttles are equally -- if not more effective -- modes of transport, just not as private, with the added advantage of not being toked on the head by the Model X’s “quirky” falcon doors. Across the Malibu Farms, The Break, One Forty and Nobu outlets, the F & B is fresh and tasty. This is a good thing because there are not a lot of other options. Guests will probably end up visiting the same venues multiple times during a stay, but happily the menus offer extensive variety, including new Nobu items that are only available at this property and a sister restaurant at Nobu Four Seasons Sensei up the hill. I will pass on the strategy tip of my Nobu server Nathan who advised to sequence a meal to enjoy sushi rolls last lest one fill up on rice before being able to enjoy other dishes. There’s something here a bit odd going on with reservations and keeping “outsiders” out which doesn’t jibe with the overall spirit of Aloha pervasive throughout the property. The restaurants at Four Season’s Lanai are only open to resort guests which also seems strange given (1) that they never appeared close to capacity despite the resort being close to full and (2) there are so few people on the entire island! Of course it makes sense to prioritize dining access for guests in the hotel but I can’t imagine there are marauding hordes attempting to crash the gates to purchase $225 omakase tasting menus or $175 seafood towers, but who knows? And after all, even guests temporarily staying at the resort are of course outsiders too. Perhaps these dining restrictions are a vestige of pandemic social distancing requirements or inability to hire sufficient staff. I was also informed that reservations were strictly required to visit the sister Sensei property and that under no circumstances would I be “be allowed to wander around” without having a purpose for my visit. This seemed strange given that the resorts operate a joint shuttle that connects the two properties every hour throughout the day, departing from Four Seasons Lanai Resort at the top of the hour and Sensei on the half hour. Upon arrival at Sensei, however, I hopped off the shuttle… and proceeded to wander around without anyone giving me a second glance or demanding my reservation credentials (a security lapse?). I’m glad I did, and I would encourage other guests to do the same! Wandering seems to one of the absolute best activities at Sensei. There is a towering Ficus forest the likes of which I have never seen, an extensive sculpture garden and other upland features that are well worth the trip. Speaking of fellow guests, they are an archetypal Four Seasons crew. Some are characters straight out of White Lotus (season one filmed at the Four Seasons Maui). Others are grinning ear-to-ear elated by their tremendous good fortune to be away from the winter gloom of Seattle and the snows of Chicago. It’s a place where you’re equally likely to encounter a hedge fund Master of the Universe, outfit-swapping influencer, well-heeled baby-moon couples, or remarkably good-natured superstar professional athlete indulging in patient conversation with fellow diners while attempting to celebrate his wedding anniversary. If anyone should be awarded the Pineapple Suite, this celebrity couple deserves it. A few final tips. Take care to snorkel in the morning before the wind and waves pick up for greatest visibility. Hike the Fisherman’s trail either early or late to avoid the heat of the day. And raise a glass to Mr. Ellison for continuing to invest in preserving the past, building a vibrant present and ensuring a promising future for this beautiful, unique place.…
This place brings me back to "old Hawaii". A quieter, classy island paradise! Service was FANTASTIC! From Jay, who greeted us every morning after our hike, with water and a towel. To sweet Angela, a groundskeeper, who saw my interest in the beautiful landscaping, and took time with me to explain the different plumeria.. my favorite! Most importantly, Tracey and Shigeki, you took care of EVERY want or need and made us feel like family. Mahalo! The trip of a lifetime!
we stayed at the 4 Seasons for a week and it was really nice. Location is surreal, right next to a beautiful beach. Room was nice and large, with an incredible view out to the sea (and the currently active volcano). Even could see some dolphins from our room. Food in the restaurants was very good and tasty (could use some hawaiian flavour there). Staff is always very attentive and they are bending over backwards to sort out any issues. Beach close to the hotel was very nice, staff there give you towels and snorkeling gear. The only drawback is that there are only public toilets and these were in an abysmal state.
Great place to get away from all the noise to recharge. Golf Course was awesome, service at pool was great and pick up at Ferry and car service to Airport were perfect. Hiking trails provided amazing views and history lessons of the island.
Very beautiful resort. Our ground floor room was very spacious, clean and quiet with one exception…some type of machine was running all the time in a building nearby. It may have been an a/c system. It definitely made sitting out on the patio less relaxing. All of the staff we encountered were very friendly and helpful. Food at the various locations was good. The game room was a fun place to spend time in the evenings with our grandkids. The beach is a short walk away but has decent snorkeling and we saw the spinner dolphins quite a bit one day. We rented jeeps one day and enjoyed touring around part of the island. One of the best aspects of this resort is the Kids Place. Our 8 and 10 year olds really enjoyed spending a few hours each day there doing fun activities. The two women there (sorry I can’t remember names) were fantastic. They made the kids feel welcome and comfortable. We did the observatory one night. The viewing was so-so. The two staff were very nice but it was disappointing with what we could see. I would not waste the money or time with that activity. The resort was a special trip for us and we probably won’t get back there but it was lovely, relaxing and special. …
The staff, grounds, room, food and experience was amazing. Four Seasons has a unique ability to anticipate needs and beyond that consistently add small touches through a stay to enhance an experience and create a bond like no other. From the dialogue with the staff at The Break, to the breakfasts at 140 and an engineer (Mike) who was able to troubleshoot IT-related issues with the internet, the staff makes every attempt to go above and beyond. The concierge team is amazing - Lili'u and Jay spent time forwarding ideas and suggestions to enhance experiences. Great resort - even better people. Kudos to Four Seasons - they are not a resort - they are an experience.
My family and I had a wonderful family vacation in Lanai. The trip started with a seasonal complimentary Lana'i Air transfer from Honolulu airport. Besides the roller coaster plane ride due to really windy conditions, the airport transfer was very nice and everything was taken cared of from the luggage to boarding. We were the only passengers on the flight to Lana'i so it felt quite special. Upon landing in Lana'i, we were picked up and transported via a Tesla to the hotel which was a good 30 minutes ride through Lana'i City to the seaside resort at Four Seasons Manele Bay. The hotel is plain gorgeous with wood trimming all around. Upon entrance, the hotel just gives you a very relaxing and luxurious feel walking through the lobby and in walking between buildings. Everything from the hotel room to the restaurants including the excellent service all around was as expected from this hotel chain. The staff are always very friendly and very welcoming. The hotel room was elegantly decorated with wood trimmings everywhere. The bathroom was very nice as well with a good size tub and shower. The toilets are quite an experience here as it's an automatic bidet with controls and all (I really got spoiled). We experienced the same at the Four Seasons in Ko Olina, though this one had more bells and whistles. It literally lights up and opens up whenever it senses you're around. We had to close the toilet room door just so the bidet doesn't all of a sudden wake-up when you walk into the bathroom. The best feature of the bathroom is the in-mirror TV. I loved it so much I want one in my bathroom as well hahaha! The only thing that I would do differently next time we stay at his hotel again is to ask for a higher floor room for the same price range. Having a ground floor room was nice as you don't have to contend with walking up/down the stairs. However, the hotel grounds are kept very well which effectively meant there's hotel staff watering the plants just outside your room in the morning which puts a damper on your privacy and peace and quiet if you're outside relaxing in the lanai. The restaurants at the hotel were enough in number and variety of offerings that there was no need to leave the hotel for dining needs. Malibu Farm was always very fresh and offered very good options for poolside dining. Nobu was just excellent - the sushi is very fresh and the innovative dishes were craving-worthy. You cannot just go once to dine at this restaurant. One Forty happened to be the favorite choice for my family as it offered more meal options for my son who was only 11 years old. We dined here quite a bit for breakfast and dinner. We also ordered room service on some days as we just wanted some quiet time to ourselves without the hassle of dressing up for dinner :-) The grounds of the hotel all around is plain gorgeous and relaxing. The family pool area had a couple of jacuzzis nearby which was really nice. The hotel also houses several rescue birds on the property and my son had the pleasure of hosting a couple of them on his arms one day when they visited the pool area. It was such a treat! This hotel gave a couple of Yeti water bottles for guests to use and keep. They had water filling stations around the hotel which was convenient and useful for keeping hydrated around the premises. The pool area has enough shade around. The family pool area is big enough though not as big and vast like the pools in Hualala'i, but it did not feel crowded at all. There is an adults-only pool just nearby though we did not use this at all. We were happy lounging around by the family pool the whole time. There are hiking trails around the property. I went to the one going towards the cliffs which was beautiful, though I didn't climb high up the cliff area as I am acrophobic. There is a nice sandy beach area just a short 5 mins walk from the hotel grounds. There is apparently beach camping as well as I saw tents up during my short hike to take some photos around. We did a couple of island activities during our stay. The Sunset Cruise was really nice off the Lana'i port. It was a nice evening for a 2-hr catamaran ride along the cliffs of Lana'i. We even saw the tails of probably the last mother & calf Humpback whales during the cruise! We also did archery on the island which turned out to be the most fun activity for the three of us to the point that we did it twice! We've not had archery lessons anywhere in the other islands so this was definitely unique and such an enjoyable activity for us! And on the way to archery, we were pleasantly surprised by a herd of deer who ran across the highway right in front of our shuttle - what a treat to see! The spa here is not the greatest considering it's such a prestigious hotel, but the services were excellent regardless. I had a massage one day and a facial on another. Both times were very luxurious and I felt very pampered. I remember dozing off during the facial :-) The staff were very friendly, polite and respectful all around. The spa's After Sun lotion, which is also available as a bath amenity in the hotel room, is really good! My family and I had such a memorable family vacation at Four Seasons Lanai at Manele Bay that we want to come back again hopefully soon! Due to the pandemic, we had to cancel our June 2020 trip, but this trip more than compensated for that. Just maybe this time, we will take the ferry to experience a boat ride into the island for a change.…