50 Most Popular Concierge Recommends Tips
To celebrate the 50th birthday of Four Seasons, we look at our most read travel tips from the Concierges at Four Seasons hotels, resorts and residence clubs around the world. Tell us your favourites, too.
1. Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Maui, Hawaii
Haleakala National Park is Maui‘s must-see attraction. You can drive to the volcano’s peak in just 90 minutes, hike the summit in half a day or even drive up and ride bikes down. You will pass through as many different ecological zones as you would driving from Canada to Mexico. Haleakala is also home to more endangered species than any other U.S. National Park.
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2. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu
Hiking is a great way to get off-the-beaten track. Families visiting Hualalai should try the Kohala Waterfalls Adventure offered by Hawaii Forest and Trail. After a scenic drive through the plantation towns of North Kohala, there’s a 1.5-mile loop trail that features a relaxed walk, dramatic views of Pololu Valley, charming footbridges, historic taro terraces and intimate waterfalls.
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3. Four Seasons Hotel Prague
The Veletrzní Palác once was considered the best gallery in Prague. But it now has a rival in Lobkowicz Palace, which houses one of the world’s most extraordinary private art collections: works by Bruegel, Canaletto, Cranach and Velasquez, whose portrait of the Infanta Margarita Teresa is its jewel. In addition to its collection of paintings, the museum has decorative arts, books, musical instruments and autograph manuscripts by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven.
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4. Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco
Don’t miss San Francisco‘s largest farmers market, at the Ferry Building, with its luscious local produce. Located at the foot of Market Street along the Embarcadero, the market offers delicacies such as fresh fish, artisan cheeses, fresh bread, wines and chocolates. The exterior of the building and the main public hall of the building, which first opened in 1898, have both been restored to their original condition.
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5. Four Seasons Resort Seychelles
One of the best ways to experience the beauty of the Seychelles is to charter a boat for fishing, island-hopping, snorkelling or diving. There are 115 islands to choose from, but some of the top destinations include Cousine Island, home to giant tortoises and a bird sanctuary, and Praslin which boasts spectacular secluded beaches. Don’t miss the unusual rock formations off the coast of La Digue.
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6. Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach
Cafe L’Europe has been appealing to discerning palates for 30 years. This continental Palm Beach restaurant has three unique dining spaces. The bistro area with its French glass doors, mirrored surfaces and a piano bar is lively and entertaining. The main room is the perfect spot for an intimate dinner for two, and the stunning wine room can accommodate a party of 40.
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7. Four Seasons Hotel Firenze
Given what great patrons of the arts the Medici family members were, it’s hardly surprising that Florence hosts one of Europe’s great music festivals, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, which runs April 1 through June 30. Featuring concerts, opera and ballet, it attracts world-class soloists and orchestras. Zubin Mehta is music director of its resident orchestra. Concerts take place mainly in the Teatro Comunale, the town’s principal theatre, but are also held in some of the smaller auditoriums, such as the Teatro Goldoni.
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8. Four Seasons Hotel Beirut
Beirut‘s cafés, pubs and restaurants can satisfy a galaxy of tastes. For an innovative experience in every respect, try Babel, which may look like a Babylonian castle but gives the Lebanese delicacies it serves a thoroughly modern flavour.
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9. Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
Scottsdale offers tremendous choice when it comes to family activities—from tubing down the Salt River to riding an old-fashioned train at the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. Kids also love the old American West at the Arizona Museum of Natural History, where they can pan for gold, see what it’s like inside a “real” territorial jail and explore the twists and turns of the legendary Lost Dutchman Mine.
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10. Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Malaysia
Langkawi offers duty-free shopping. The most memorable souvenirs are local handicrafts such as batik, Royal Selangor pewter and Langkawi crystal. Speciality boutiques include Ethnic Colours, Atma Alam Batik Art Village, Silk Route Gallery Antiques and Sunday Home Décor.
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