Go to Hawaii, Four Seasons–Style
The reasons to visit Hawaii are endless. Here's a sampling of the rich and varied experience that awaits you there.
It is no coincidence that Hawaii is a dream destination for everyone from triathletes to honeymooners to golf junkies. Unparalleled variety makes Hawaii one of the world’s great escapes, and each island has a distinct allure. With its national park and erupting volcanoes, the Big Island boasts nature on a massive scale. Maui’s tropical cosmopolitan flair mixes world-class beaches with shopping, dining and arts. Lana‘i is pure escapism, the closest thing in the United States to renting a private island.
The Ultimate Pool Experience: Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka‘upulehu boasts seven pools, including a lap pool at the gym. Each pool is uniquely oriented toward families, adults, children or athletes, and most also feature zero entry, sandy bottoms, hot tubs, lagoons and poolside service. The freeform King’s Pond, carved from black lava and up to 4.6 metres (15 feet) deep, is home to more than 3,500 fish. It’s like swimming in an aquarium, with complimentary snorkel gear.
Be a Waterman (or woman): No mere lifeguards, Hawaii’s revered watermen were historically protectors and teachers. At Four Seasons Hualalai, the Alaka‘i Nalu, or “Leaders of the Wave,” carry on this tradition. Take lessons in outrigger canoe paddling, ocean swimming, surfing and shoreline fishing. Kids ages 10 to 17 can enroll in a three-day Junior Alaka‘i Nalu program, learning these sports and other waterman skills.
Land a Big One: The deep blue sea between the Big Island’s Kona coast and Polynesia is prime feeding ground for massive tuna and the mighty Pacific blue marlin. Deep water is just minutes from shore, with dozens of quality charter boats.
Defy Gravity: Four Seasons Hualalai offers a challenging and fun on-site climbing program. Tackle the challenge on the Resort’s 24-foot-high outdoor climbing wall. Expert staffers offer private climbs, two-person climbs and family climbs.
Explore Hawaiian Arts: Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea assembled the first comprehensive, curated collection of contemporary Hawaiian art. More than 280 original post-1959 pieces, including paintings, sculptures, ceramics, textiles and artefacts, adorn guest rooms, corridors, gardens and lobbies.
A New Way to Fly: Experience the excitement of a zip line, where you glide along wires, experiencing “flights” over breathtaking scenery while safely in your harness. Skyline Eco-Adventures’ main zip-line course is at Haleakala Crater, with five sections and an Indiana Jones–style swinging bridge.
Pamper and Progress: At Hawaii’s only Mobil Five-Star Hotel, Four Seasons Maui, The Spa offers an unrivalled range of nurturing and challenging offerings. Expert staff provide a huge slate of Hawaiian, Thai and Ayurvedic treatments, in Spa rooms, outdoor hales or your guest room. The Spa also has a state-of-the-art fitness centre with a line-up of complimentary classes.
Winter with Whales: From November to May, there is no better place to watch humpback whales than in the Maui–Lana‘i channel. The nonprofit Pacific Whale Foundation offers educational whale-watching cruises—sightings guaranteed.
Try Scuba: Four Seasons Resort Lana‘i at Manele Bay has a huge sandy crescent on Hulopo‘e Beach, the Resort’s protected marine preserve. With colourful reef fish, this is the perfect spot to learn to dive, and one-tank introductory dives are offered. Certified divers can visit more than 30 Lana‘i dive sites on the Resort’s two-tank dives.
Give It a Shot: Often called “golf with a gun,” sporting clays is a unique form of target shooting featuring many different settings and moving targets. Lana‘i Pine at the Four Seasons Resort Lana‘i, The Lodge at Koele, has 14 stations carved from lush jungle, with top-quality shotguns and expert instruction.
Golf Sea to Sky: Perched on stunning cliffs, The Challenge at Manele has the most oceanfront exposure of any course in Hawaii. Just a few miles away, The Experience at Koele is Hawaii’s best inland course, with amazing elevation changes through thick forest and jungle. Both Four Seasons courses are available to guests of either
Off-Road Escape: Rent a jeep and explore the nearly undeveloped island of Lana‘i, following rugged trails to sites like Garden of the Gods and remote Shipwreck and Polihua beaches, where you are likely to be alone. Either Four Seasons Resort chef will pack you a picnic.