The Absolutely Stunning Four Seasons Resort Lanai
I’ve really hate how often the words “stunning” and “jaw-dropping” get thrown around the interwebs because whatever content that adjective-laced click-bait title introduces is usually far from either stunning or jaw-dropping. But in regards to the newly overhauled Four Seasons Resort Lanai, those adjectives might actually be an understatement.
Formerly known as the Four Seasons at Manele Bay, the resort closed its doors for eight months in 2015 (It just reopened Feb 1, 2016) to pour millions upon millions of dollars (I read anywhere from $74 million to $450-freakin’-million!) into a massive renovation that built the entire property back up from its stripped-down original shell. Every single floor and walkway was resurfaced in rich woods, slate or stone, multiple grotto-style pools with waterfalls and hot tubs were built, and all the gardens were replanted with lush tropical and Hawaiian plants. The lobby was redesigned with a mix a midcentury modern pieces, traditional Hawaiian materials, and Polynesian artwork, such as a priceless 19th century Koa Hawaiian outrigger canoe that points south towards the ancient Hawaiian homeland of Tahiti. The guest rooms have been elegantly reappointed with mahogany floors adorned with hand-woven rugs, 75-inch TVs hang discreetly on teak and zebra wood walls, and electronic room keys are integrated into water-proof wristbands instead of standard key cards.
“The result is arguably the best Four Seasons resort in the world—a sentiment the head of Four Seasons hotels, Isadore Sharp, shared with Tom Roelens [General Manager] at the resort’s reopening in February. “He told us that this is best room product we have in our company today.” (Bloomberg)
Perched on a bluff above the white-sand beach of Hulopoe Beach and Hulopoe Bay, a marine sanctuary that’s a playground to spinner dolphins and humpback whales, the entire refreshed Four Seasons Resort Lanai is the epitome of a luxurious tropical paradise.
And the coolest toilets EVER….