What’s Hot in Hawaii?
From new Spa facilities to island-inspired menus to romantic options for the perfect getaway, the Four Seasons Resorts in Hawaii have prepared numerous new experiences that are sure to please.
Seen from the air, the Hawaiian Islands are a curious mixture of lush greenery and volcanic rock rising out of the alluring blue waters. Whether you are arriving for the first time or making a return trip to the Aloha state, the sight never fails to thrill. It’s not at all hyperbole to call this place paradise.
And when you arrive, you’ll find that Four Seasons has been hard at work preparing some delightful surprises to welcome you to its four Hawaiian island resorts. These surprises range from indulgent new Spa facilities to eclectic Pacific menus to experiences sure to provide an extra dash of romance to your holiday.
Starting on the Big Island, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu recently unveiled its $40 million enhancement, which significantly adds to the Resort. The enhancement includes a variety of exciting new developments:
• Twenty new suites offer spacious living areas that flow easily out to extensive lanais and some of the most spectacular ocean views on the property.
• An expanded Spa, more than double its original size, ushers you into a mellow and calming experience, with natural woods and the relaxing sound of a trickling stream in a tranquil garden.
• Two new designer boutiques provide convenient on-site shopping.
• Beach Tree restaurant, bar and lounge has refurbished interiors that connect diners with the ocean and sky. A redesigned menu is fresh and local—Italian and California cuisine with a tropical flair.
“We wanted to create a sense of nostalgia by referencing Hawaii’s Golden Age,” says Michael Booth, designer of the Hotel’s new look. “The design communicates tradition through island motifs and warm, natural finishes. It’s comfortable and luxurious, simple and soulful.”
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea welcomes guests with its exclusive adults-only Serenity Pool, which offers panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, as well as four bubble loungers to melt away cares in frothy warmth and specialty cocktails and cuisine at the swim-up/walk-up bar.
In addition, six new de luxe cabanas that you can reserve for the day have every convenience you could ask for—and a few you never thought of! Technology takes a bow with flat-screen HDTVs with wireless headsets and wireless and wired Internet access. Or if you want to turn off the world, you can relax on oversized chaise lounges and read magazines of your choice, or simply lie back and watch the waves while you enjoy fresh fruit and Evian spritz from the stocked mini-refrigerator.
Lana’i’s two Resorts are offering new Spa and dining experiences and turning the romance up a notch for the autumn. At Four Seasons Resort Lana’i at Manele Bay, guests will savour Executive Chef Fabrice Huet’s new Hawaiian Heritage Cuisine at Hulopo’e Court restaurant. A fusion of Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Portuguese and Polynesian traditions, the new menu reflects the unique flavour of the islands. Try the shrimp with spicy piri-piri sauce, Peking duck with Chinese pancakes and scallions, or broiled miso-glazed cod and Hawaiian-style short ribs.
Also in Manele Bay, new Oceanfront hales overlooking Hulopo’e Bay provide the perfect spot for outdoor Spa treatments, or book in for the Oceanside Hale Twilight Experience, served in candlelit privacy with Champagne, a five-course tasting menu and fragrant flowers to create the perfect ambience.
At Four Seasons Resort Lana’i, The Lodge at Koele, enjoy a romantic ride through the lush countryside in a horse-drawn carriage for two, complete with a tour guide who will fill you in on the history and legends of this tranquil little island. Afterward, retire to the new Banyan Spa Suite, where you can escape in total privacy for a Koele custom massage—which draws on ancient island traditions to melt your tension away—and indulge in the warmth of a rain shower before you retire to the lanai and allow nature to calm your spirit.