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Lanai, Hawaii

Feb 10, 2014

Lanai is an intimate and quiet island several miles west of Maui. Here, crystal-clear waters and white sand beaches ring the coast, which is set off by rugged red lava cliffs and misty highland forests. To help plan your next trip, we asked Annalyn Alcantara, Lanai Ambassador at Four Seasons Resort Lanai, to share her tips for experiencing the best of island’s adventure, culture and romance.

Lanai City, past and present

Charming Lanai City is more like a very small town, a clear reminder of how the spirit of old Hawaii has been preserved on this unspoiled island. Just a handful of mom-and-pop shops and restaurants surround Dole Park, where you can shop for fashionable island apparel, souvenirs and art. Don’t miss the Mike Carroll Gallery, where the work of the island’s finest artists is displayed in a traditional bungalow. For lunch, join locals at Lanai ‘Ohana Poke Market, which serves the classic Hawaiian hors d’oeuvre, poke – bite-size pieces of fresh raw fish mixed with seaweed, relish, nuts, tofu, vegetables and more. Then discover the rich history of “the Pineapple Island,” once Hawaii’s largest pineapple plantation, at the Lanai Culture and Heritage Center.

Family fun

Hawaii is a paradise for children, and its resorts are no exception. The complimentary Kids For All Seasons programme at Lana’i features authentic and unique daily activities such as gecko hunts, building volcano models and lei making.

Off-road odyssey

In most of the state, the ultimate Hawaiian fantasy of a private beach is just that: a fantasy. But on Lanai, with only 30 miles (48 kilometres) of paved roads, there are still many wonderful places to enjoy alone. The island is one of the best places in the world to rent a 4×4 for off-roading, a must-try activity. Explore miles of rugged terrain on old roads that will lead you to breathtaking scenery like the Munro Trail, Keahiakawelo (Garden of the Gods), Polihua Beach and Kaiolohia Beach (Shipwreck Beach). Ask the Resort to pack a gourmet picnic for a private, unforgettable experience. For those who prefer, guided tours are offered.

Great golf

Jack Nicklaus has designed courses throughout Hawaii, but he considers Manele Golf Course one of his finest, providing a strong challenge for pros while still being ideal for a round with friends. Overlooking the Pacific from a cliff-top setting, the Nicklaus Signature course has the most ocean exposure of any in the state, with views that stretch across to Maui and as far as the Big Island. The unforgettable par-3 12th hole plays from one cliff to another, 200 yards (183 metres) of ocean abyss.

Ah, Spa!

The Spa offers more than just authentic Hawaiian treatments, expert therapists and a luxuriously tranquil setting. For a unique experience, observe the traditional ritual that precedes the ki pola ho’olu, or cooling ti-leaf wrap. Twenty-four hours before your treatment, your therapist will carefully select six fresh ti leaves from the Resort’s extensive botanical gardens, and then ask the land for permission to pick them. After a period of meditation, the leaves are washed and cleaned by hand. Enjoy this calming, aromatic wrap, which begins with lavender-infused aloe vera gel, followed by an overlay of the fresh ti leaves. Your body is wrapped to improve hydration while pressure points are stimulated on your face and scalp.

Extraordinary restaurants

Under the watchful eye of excellent chefs, the restaurants showcase local ingredients whenever possible, and the finest imported ingredients when it’s not. Produce is bought from local farmers to guarantee the freshest quality. And at Nobu Lanai, the first restaurant by famed chef Nobu Matsuhisa at Four Seasons, vegetables come from the Nobu Lanai farm in the up-country. Daily catches, which typically include opakapaka and Pacific snapper, are purchased from local fisherman.

Swimming and snorkelling

Named one of the world’s 10 best snorkelling spots, Hulopoe Bay is located just steps from the Resort. A crescent beach of soft white sand surrounds this protected marine reserve. Begin or end your day with a dip and discover Lanai’s magical underwater world, including a healthy and colorful coral reef and equally vibrant tropical fish, along with playful spinner dolphins and green turtles. To make the most of your time, take advantage of the Resort’s complimentary snorkelling equipment, which even includes prescription masks.

New sports

Vacations are the perfect time to try something new, and Lanai offers plenty of options. Experience Lanai by bicycle with a guided tour or self-guided voyage of discovery. Then take off on a 4×4 safari adventure to a secluded surf spot, with a stop at historic Keomoku Village. Renting a Jeep is a great way to take in all of the island’s beauty while getting your adrenaline pumping. Or set off on horseback, the sea breeze in your hair as you explore the beautiful oceanside scenery.



14 Comments about Lanai, Hawaii

  1. Momi Sheehan says:

    I have a special couple staying at the resort and she is celebrating a birthday. Do you have leis/flowers or any other recommendations for a birthday ho’okupu (gift). Please advise.

    • Lauren Phillips says:

      Hi Momi,

      Thanks so much for your comment. I’ve forwarded your request on to Four Seasons Resort Lanai so that someone can be in contact with you directly.

      Thanks for reading!

  2. Paula says:

    We are planning a Hawaiian Island trip for May. I like to surf. Is there surfing on Lana’i?

    • Lauren Phillips says:

      Dear Paula,

      Thanks so much for your comment. I’ve forwarded your request on to Four Seasons Resort Lanai so that someone can be in contact with you directly.

      Thanks for reading!

    • Lori Holland says:

      Hello Paula,
      And thank you for your interest in Lanai. Currently we partner with the Maui Surf School to offer surfing and standup paddleboarding lessons in Lahaina, Maui, a short ferry ride from Lanai where there are smooth waves for an enjoyable lesson.

      Other ocean activities on Lanai include incredible snorkeling, snorkel sails, beach scuba and snuba dives as well as range of land activities including horseback riding, Polaris UTV cultural tours, championship golf, hiking, off-roading in a 4×4 vehicle or guests can take to the skies with a selection of helicopter rides and flying lessons. Please let us know if you’d like to speak with one of our team members to learn more about a visit to Lanai.

  3. Jennifer Pooley says:

    Hello. We are an older couple with a 17 year old daughter and are visiting Lanai in late November/ early December for 7 nights, 4 at The Lodge and 3 at Manele Bay. What would your recommendations be for our stay?

    • Jordan Carmichael says:

      Dear Jennifer,

      Thanks so much for your comment! I’ve forwarded your request onto the Resort so that someone can be in contact with you directly.

      Thanks for reading,

    • Adam Lieberman says:

      Aloha Mrs. Pooley –
      We are eagerly anticipating your families arrival with us at the end of November. Despite being such a small island, Lana’i offers a wide range of activities to enjoy including golf, horseback riding, spa services, hiking, 4×4 rentals and surfing; just to name a few. Or you could choose what I love best and just relax on the beach listening to the waves crash. We have sent you an email detailing more amazing adventures awaiting your family. It would be our pleasure to assist with making your stay a memorable one. We look forward to hearing from you. Mahalo!
      Adam Lieberman – Chef Concierge

  4. De Mello says:

    My family plans to visit Hawai’i from Oregon during the Spring break 2015. I would love to send them to Lana’i as an over night package or possible 2 nights. Horse back riding ( if you have) and other activities…. Can you recommend idea’s to enlighten the ambience of Lana’i in making this trip a memorable one for them….

    • Kelly Neubeiser says:

      Hi there,

      Thank you so much for your comment! I’ve forwarded your request onto the Resort so that someone can be in contact with you directly.

      Thank you!

  5. Dr William Kidd says:

    My wife and I would like to visit Lana’i in early November this year. Could you give me some insight as to what the weather is like at that time of the year? We prefer snorkeling and water activities. Is this a good time to visit and stay at the Four Seasons in Manele Bay?

    • Emily Littlepage says:

      Aloha Dr. Kidd! We hope you are able to join us at our Island Paradise this fall. We are lucky enough to enjoy a year round tropical climate, so everyday is a great day on Lana’i! I will have our concierge team email you activity information and they would be more than happy to assist you with all bookings. We look forward to working with you. Mahalo.
      Emily Littlepage- Director of Guest Experience

  6. Annie Tsang says:

    We are planning to visit Four Seasons Manele Bay late July to early August this year. Is this a good seasons for diving and snorkelling? Are you able to recommend a good dive operator preferably able to pick up from the hotel or only a short drive away?

    Many thanks.

  7. howoon park says:

    I have a plan to visit four seasons resort in Lanai and I ‘ll bring two kids(2 and 4 years old) and my beautiful wife. Could you recommand something to do in Lanai for me.

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