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Day in Lana’i

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Welcome to the Hawaiian Island of Lāna’i

Once widely known as “Hawai’i’s most enticing island,” Lāna’i has evolved into a world-class getaway spot with an ever-growing fan base that now, frequently refer to it as “The Private Island,” due to the recent acquisition of most of the island by Oracle Corporation CEO, Larry Ellison.


Beautifully Historic

Through Mr. Ellison’s ownership and investment, the island, formerly the home of pineapple entrepreneur James Drummond Dole and his 20,000-acre plantation has reemerged as a world-class vacation destination with two magnificent resorts: the Four Seasons Resort Lāna’i at Mānele Bay and Four Seasons Resort Lāna’i, The Lodge at Koele.

Expect tranquility, exquisite amenities and slightly drier weather than other Hawaiian Islands. Lāna’i invites shutting off the cell phone, taking a deep breath and down shifting to a sun splashed intermission from the outside world. There are no shopping malls or traffic lights, no big-box retailers or fast-food chains: only 47 miles of pristine coast line, warm, crystal-clear waters, white sandy beaches ringed by red lava cliffs and verdant pine forests beyond.

Even “downtown” Lāna’i City — isn’t a city in the traditional sense, but a petite, historic plantation town nestled among the pines at an elevation of 1,700 feet. At that altitude, it’s quite a bit cooler than down on the beach, so be sure to pack a sweater.

Lāna’i’s air is perfumed with the fragrances of native pineapple and citrus groves, and the views range from breathtaking sunrises and show-stopping sunsets to the sublime vistas of neighboring islands.

By: Greg Root


Four Seasons Resort of Lāna’i at Mānele Bay

While on Lāna’i experience the pleasure of the spectacular Four Seasons Resort Lāna’i at Mānele Bay. Voted one of Travel+Leisure readers’ Best Beach Hotels, the splendidly appointed resort provides endless opportunities for fun in the sun, unbridled relaxation and four-star pampering.

Situated on majestic Hulopo‘e Bay, The Four Seasons Resort features waters that are exceptionally clear with beautiful undisturbed coral reefs for snorkeling, swimming and diving. Spinner dolphins and colorful reef fish are often seen close to the shoreline, and humpback whales are frequently sighted in winter months.

Just bring yourself and your sense of adventure. The resort will provide the rest…

Kick back and soak up the sun, surf, and sail or snorkel to explore the underwater world. The Four Seasons staff offers complete beach services including complimentary use of snorkeling equipment (including prescription masks), lounge chairs and towels.

Four Seasons Resort Lāna’i at Mānele Bay
One Mānele Bay Road, P.O. Box 631380
Lāna’i City, Hawai’i 96763
(808) 565-2000

By: Greg Root
Photos: Allen Carrasco and Courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Lāna’i at Mānele Bay


Relax. Lāna’i Style

Makala (loosen up) and sooth yourself after traveling to paradise. The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Lāna’i at Mānele Bay offers a delicious assortment of signature massages designed to blissfully relax tight muscles, increase circulation and sooth the aches and pains commonly associated with travel. Relax and rejuvenate in any one of the 11 treatment rooms that include red cedar dry heat saunas, eucalyptus steam rooms and rainforest showers.

By: Greg Root
Photos: Allen Carrasco and Courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Lāna’i at Manele Bay


Lāna’i’s Pu‘u Pehe (Sweetheart Rock)

Standing 80 feet tall, Pu‘u Pehe—also known as “Sweetheart Rock”—is one of Lāna’i’s most recognizable landmarks. A short walk from the Four Seasons Resort Lāna’i at Mānele Bay, Pu‘u Pehe is situated about 150 feet offshore between Mānele Bay and Hulopo‘e Bay along the island’s southern coastline. A sandy trail leads from the sparkling waters of Mānele Bay to a breathtaking overlook with views of Sweetheart Rock and neighboring islands.

The trail is accented with tide pools, a majestic sea arch and the beautifully secluded “Sharks Cove.” The path leads to a perfect vantage point to catch a spectacular sunset or to greet the Lāna’i dawn with a sunrise you’ll never forget.

Legend has it

Sweetheart Rock is the setting for one of Hawai’i’s most enduring legends; a tale about a beautiful Maui princess named Pu’u Pehe who was captured by a young warrior from Lāna’i. The warrior brought her back to Lāna’i, took her as his wife, and confined her in a sea cave near the rock.

While the warrior was away, the weather changed drastically, and the raging surf began to pound the island. The warrior rushed back to the sea cave, arriving too late, as his beloved Pu‘u Pehe had drowned.

Heartbroken, he retrieved her body and, with the help of the gods, climbed the steep rock island, where he buried her in a tomb and, overcome with grief, leapt to his death.

To this day, the native rocks on the summit of Pu’u Pehe resemble a tomb-like structure.

By: Greg Root
Photos: Allen Carrasco and Courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Lana’i at Manele Bay


Lāna’i Makes Scents Sweet Scents of Perfume Making

In search of the perfect gift for that special someone who has it all, look no further than The Spa at the Four Seasons Resort Lāna’i at Mānele Bay. Join Jaana Roth, one of Hawai’i’s rare melangeurs, an aromatherapy and blending expert, to create your very own custom scent. In addition to growing up in a holistic and homeopathic household, Jaana was personally trained by Jane Hendler, founder of Ajne, a boutique perfume house.

With over 200 scents that are sophisticated, intoxicating and indigenous to Hawai’i, the fragrance blends will meld with the body’s chemistry. This treatment includes a scent analysis, prêt-à-porter fragrance consultation and olfactory sampling to awaken the senses and pinpoint your signature scent. The fragrances are 100 percent natural (not like the synthetic perfumes) and are designed to interact with your body chemistry. The fragrances also have a holistic component, which are known to have a healing and balancing effect on the mind and the human body. What better way to remember the poignant fragrances of Hawai’i, or each other, than by a custom blended fragrance.

By: Greg Root
Photos: Allen Carrasco and Courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Lāna’i at Mānele Bay


Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele’s, elegant Great Hall Fireplace Room is an ideal place for couples. Four Seasons Resort Lāna’i, The Lodge at Koele

For those who appreciate lush, spectacular gardens, a world-ranked golf course, and stunning countryside views – all hidden away on Hawai’i’s most private island, The Lodge at Koele delivers.

Enjoy the outdoors from the comfort of your room with your own private balcony. Retreat to any one of the Resort’s 102 luxurious rooms and suites to enjoy paintings by local artists and colorful, tropical-inspired décor complemented by Koele’s natural surroundings and stunning views of the Resort’s surrounding tropical vistas.

There is no shortage of activities available to guests of Four Seasons Resort Lāna’i, The Lodge at Koele, though many seem content to lounge lazily on the porch or poolside. For the more adventurous, everything from championship golf to biking, hiking, 4 x 4 adventure, croquet and lawn bowling are offered.

Family Getaway

Whether your family is just beginning or fully-grown, The Lodge at Koele is a wonderful home base. Here, it’s the small things that count, and they give a special aloha to younger guests. Their Concierge is always close at hand – to make reservations for a family dinner, offer suggestions for tomorrow’s outing or help arrange a babysitter.

Fine Dining

For those who appreciate fine dining, don’t miss this opportunity to discover the culinary secrets of this island hideaway.

Four Seasons Resort Lāna’i, The Lodge at Koele
One Keomoku Highway
Lāna’i City, Hawai’i 96763
(808) 565-4000

By: Greg Root
Photos: Allen Carrasco and Courtesy of Four Seasons Resorts

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