Combine a pampered stay at a Four Seasons hotel with the fun, sand and sun of Hawaii and the result is a dream vacation in the making. Four of these decadent resorts on three equally impressive islands welcome mainland escapees who are looking for the perfect blend of customer service, top-notch accommodations and exotic beauty. Four Seasons Resorts are also known for their special programs for younger travelers.
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
Imagine you are poolside, stretched out on a padded lounge chair under a flowing white cabana. Just as you are starting to get a bit too warm, a pool hostess comes by and offers a cool drink and a spritz of misty water from a specially made Evian canister to make you more comfortable. This is only part of the service that the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea offers. Indulge in a Hawaiian massage-for-two in a thatch-roofed treatment room with views of the Pacific or some quiet time at the adults-only Serenity Pool and its swim-up bar. Golfers, you have your choice of three Wailea courses from which to tee off. Guest rooms and suites feature local artwork, marble bathrooms and large lanais overlooking the ocean or manicured grounds. Club Floor rooms and suites have access to the private Club Lounge.
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai -- Big Island
Fronting its own stretch of curved sand on the Kohala Coast, the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai sits on land once occupied by Hawaiian royalty. Visit the on-site Cultural Center and learn about Hawaiian arts, language and history. Take a 30-minute drive up the road to visit King Kamehameha the Great's temple, Pu'ukohola Heiau, built before the islands were united. Learn to paddle an outrigger canoe or go snorkeling right from the beach. Work on your tan at that same beach or at the oceanfront pool. Try your skill at the on-site rock wall or at the neighboring 18-hole Hualalai Golf Course designed by golf great Jack Nicklaus. All rooms and suites offer ocean views and some units on the lower levels open up to tropical gardens and have lava rock showers.
Four Seasons Resort Lana'i at Manele Bay
Long before humans found their way to Manele Bay, spinner dolphins were leaping about in their corkscrew fashion in what would become a protected marine sanctuary. The Four Seasons Resort Lana’i at Manele Bay takes full advantage of its pristine location. Rooms and suites all offer large, furnished lanais, and most have at least a partial ocean view. The curve of white beach fronts the Hulopo’e Bay marine preserve. Guests are offered complimentary snorkeling gear as part of the hotel service and can enter the preserve right from the beach. While staying at this resort you may tee off at the adjacent Challenge at Manele, where the greens follow the curve of the oceanfront cliff, and book a massage for two at the in-house spa or elect to enjoy your treatment in the privacy of your own room. Guests have use of a complimentary shuttle to the sister property, Lodge at Koele and have signing privileges for restaurants and lounges at both hotels.
Four Seasons Resort Lana'i The Lodge at Koele
If someone were to blindfold you and take you on a surprise trip to the Four Seasons Resort Lodge at Koele, chances are when that blindfold came off you’d think you were in the English countryside. Instead of palms there are stands of pine trees. You are at a higher elevation, so the temperature is not quite as warm. You walk in the two-story Great Hall with its floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace and wrought-iron chandeliers and find English high tea being served. But this spread-out manor home, with its manicured gardens, tranquil ponds and acres of lawn, is in the middle of Lana’i, one of the smallest of the Hawaiian Islands. Here you may go horseback riding at the on-site stables, learn to shoot at clay pigeons or relax by the pool. Play a round of golf at the Experience of Koele and take in the views of Molokai and Maui as you make your way from tee to tee. If you crave the sun and sand of the beach, catch the complimentary shuttle to the sister property, the Four Seasons Resort Lana’i at Manele Bay.
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