Get your adrenaline rush at the Four Seasons Resort Lanai
Dotted with Norfolk and Cook Island pines, Hawaii’s tiny central island has always been understated. In 2012, Silicon Valley mogul Larry Ellison bought Lanai outright and made a multimillion-dollar investment in refurbishing the resident Four Seasons Resort Lanai. Unveiled in 2016, the diamond in the rough was polished into an ultraluxe, ecologically responsible resort outfitted for high-flying travelers. Flanked by secluded beaches and natural wonders, the refreshed property embodies the island’s unplugged vibe and wraps it in upscale creature comforts like cliffside dining at Nobu Lanai and airy, 700-square-foot rooms decked in natural materials.
Still, the thing to do at this hilltop hideaway is to embark on a rugged adventure. Take to the water by scuba diving through ocean caves, deep-sea fishing for mahi-mahi, or mastering waves at surfing hotspots. Soar high through the resort’s exclusive Air Experience, which can set up a flight lesson with Maui Flight Academy or a helicopter tour of an active volcano. Or stay grounded as you ride up the mountain to the Puu Makani heiau temple on a guided Polaris UTV. Spend perfect days hiking in tropical idylls such Keahiakawelo, Puu Pehe and the Palawai Basin; then grab lunch among surfers at Malibu Farm, where later you can cap off your experience with sunsets, pupus and inspired cocktails at the bar. fourseasons.com/lanai.
Written by MARTINE BURY.
Photography courtesy of FOUR SEASONS RESORT LANAI.