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Destination Hot Spot: Four Seasons Lanai

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Affectionately known as the “private isle,” the pristine Hawaiian island of Lanai is an ideal honeymoon and the romantic destination that offers visitors the rare experience of untouched Hawaii. With no stoplights, fast-food, chain stores, or malls—luxury tourism reigns on this secluded island. Acres of unspoiled beauty and little to no crowds make it feel like a world away, yet it’s only nine miles and a short ferry or helicopter ride away from Maui. Our Editor-in-Chief recently spent a few nights at the opulent-yet-relaxed Four Seasons Resort Lanai and says it’s “honeymoon-approved.”

Authentic Aloha

A visit to the AAA Five Diamond Four Seasons Resort Lanai is all about discovering true Hawaiian spirit from the moment you arrive. Before you even check-in, you’re presented with a fresh lei and a refreshing and regionally-inspired welcome drink. Your first sip of paradise is made with pineapple, lime, and kiwi juices, a slice of jalapeno and rimmed with Ling Hing Mui powder derived from dried salty plums, which Chinese immigrants brought to Hawaii. Once you DO check-in, you’ll discover your suite (whatever the room category!) is an incredibly well-appointed, ample, uber-luxurious, and contemporary Zen-inspired space.

To help you get a true sense of why we think this property is the ULTIMATE choice for a honeymoon (or proposal or destination wedding!), we’re put together a TOP TEN LIST of our favorite experiences offered by the hotel that are designed just for two.

1. Let the Sparks Fly

For the ultimate unforgettable evening, take to the open Pacific Ocean and dramatic seaside cliffs of Lanai. Charter a private luxury yacht for an evening's adventure and enjoy stunning fireworks in a display designed to truly dazzle. Custom-choreograph the light show to your first-dance song, and then enjoy an intimate five-course dinner à deux at sea complete with wine pairings. Note, this incredible adventure requires 45 days's notice!

2. Love Is In the Air

No trip to this island (or anywhere in Hawaii!) is complete without a private helicopter ride to soar above the mountains, rain forests, and lava cliffs of Lanai. Circle the nearby Hawaiian islands of Maui and Molokai, where you'll soar past breathtaking waterfalls.

 

3. Sunset Nine

Head up to the signature 12th hole at the jaw-dropping and scenic Manele Golf Course (which we think is one of the most scenic courses in the world!) at sunset to see sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean setting the scene. The hotel will even deliver champagne via a golf cart for a totally Insta-worthy selfie to commemorate the moment.

4. Legendary Hiking

A hike to Puu Pehe (Sweetheart Rock)—one of the many secluded romantic spots on the island—is also a must when visiting Lanai. Overlooking Hulopoe Bay, within walking distance of the Resort, Sweetheart Rock is the site of an enduring legend about a young warrior and his true love, making it one of the perfect places to propose to your sweetheart.

5. Road Trip Romance

Jump in a 4×4 Jeep rented from the Lanai Adventure Center to explore the island. Pack a picnic lunch and head to the Halepalaoa Beach (Club Lanai) on the eastern side of the island. Named for the whales that frequent the area, this golden sandy beach is a quiet place, often with nary another beachcomber in sight.

6. Gallop Away

The Stables at Koele, in Lanai's lush upcountry, provide a rustic and wild backdrop complete with pine trees, horses, rolling hills, and breathtaking sunsets.

7. Stargazing Picnic

Explore the twinkling stars in the night sky with high-performance binoculars ideal for astronomical viewing, desserts from the Four Seasons Resort Lanai's bubbly prosecco, and a comfy blanket. With bae by your side and a bevy of amenities, this is an evening to remember.

8. Secluded Dinner À Deux

If you're seeking the ultimate in privacy, book a table for two under the stars. This unique and romantic dining expereince at Four Seasons Resort Lanai begins as you're escorted to a secluded oceanfront location, complete with dazzling and picturesque sunset views overlooking Hulopoe Bay, deemed one of the most beautiful beaches in Hawaii. Enjoy a personalized five-course menu and wine pairing created following a consultation with the resort's Chef the day prior. Watch the evening stars over dessert and coffee. Best part? there's no rush, the table is yours for the entire evening.

9. Capture the Moment

In canvas that is, and commission a sketch or painting by local artist Mike Carroll. Mike moved from Chicago to Lanai to pursue his life-long passion for art and nature. His original oil paintings and prints celebrate Hawaii and invite the viewer to explore her enchanting beauty. Couples can share a favorite romantic spot or send in a photo to commemorate their visit and take home a unique remembrance of a special time together.

10. Sensational Sunset Sail

Set sail together along the scenic Lanai coastline. As the sunset paints the sky, enjoy and exclusive sunset sail with delicious pupus (appetizers) and cocktails while watching schools of spinner dolphins frolicking in the surf.

Do Not Disturb

Enjoy the ultimate day of relaxation courtesy of the honeymoon-approved adults-only section of the hotel’s pool area where waterfalls and lava rock grottos echo Lanai’s dramatic cliffs. We LOVE the handy Do Not Disturb markers. Simply flip the stones over when you are ready to order light refreshments or book dinner later that evening. From 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, pool attendants regularly stop by to offer treats such as agave lemonade, frozen grapes or pineapple, fruit or coffee smoothies, magazines, complimentary personal-size sunscreen, and water coolers to enhance your day in paradise. Be sure to look out for the legendary Dr. Shades who provides the utmost in poolside service. The in-house sunglass doctor will clean, repair, and heal any sunglass wounds. From Ray-Ban to Chanel, the doctor has seen it all and has a remedy. While Dr. Shades may not have a medical license per se, he has the expertise to keep those baby blues protected from the glistening Hawaii sun. The doctor’s urgent sunglass care allows guests to not miss a Lanai moment, such as dolphin dancing in the bay, due to a smudge or scratch.

Visit fourseasons.com/lanai to book your stay today!

 

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