Four Seasons Resort Lanai
Lanai, a sleepy, 140-square-mile former pineapple plantation, is suddenly in the spotlight. Following the island's purchase by tech billionaire Larry Ellison in 2012, the bay-facing Four Seasons Resort Lanai underwent a multimillion-dollar overhaul that reduced the number of guest rooms from 286 to 213. The rooms shook off their dated look with mahogany floors and walls clad in slate and teak. Guests can dine at outposts of Nobu and Los Angeles-based Malibu Farm, take private flight lessons and horseback riding excursions, or book one of the resort's new wellness-focused retreats.
A Tee Shot With A View
It's hard to focus on a technically-sound tee shot when the wide open Pacific stretches out to the horizon. Like an uninterrupted blanket of blue, the waters are home to dolphins and whales which can occasionally be spotted in the waters below. It's a perch which feels like the end of the Earth, and it's a hard place to stand there and focus on your putt. So just how spectacular is the setting of this golf course? Out of all the places across the globe that Bill Gates could have chosen to be married, he opted for this outpost gazing out to the sea as the ideal location to swap his vows. Today, golfers on Lana'i can find their own slice of heaven when they tackle the back nine of The Challenge at Manele golf course. Or, if golf isn't your game and you're just up for a nice coastal stroll, the Kapiha'a Fisherman's Trail weaves its way from Hulopo'e Beach towards the vantage points which you see above.
By Kyle Ellison, AFAR Local Expert
Nobu Lanai a Great Place for a Cocktail on Lanai
The Four Seasons Resort Lanai Manele Bay has the perfect perch for you to enjoy the expansive view and an expertly mixed tropical cocktail. From the open space it feelsl like you are on the edge of the blue world looking out to the views of the Pacific Ocean.
By Michelle M. Winner, AFAR Local Expert
1, Keomoku Highway, Lanai City, HI 96763, USA