Denise Larson Visits all 4 Hawaiian Four Seasons Resorts

I recently had the pleasure of staying at all of the Four Seasons Resorts in Hawaii. Each with its own personality and distinct feel.

The Four Seasons Maui is gorgeous and chic. The oceanfront location is one of the best on the island. There’s a world class spa and an adults only serenity pool that even has its own signature drink (the Serenity Blueberry Mojito). This is the only Four Seasons Resort in Hawaii that has a club level (8th floor). Your every need is anticipated, and roving pool attendants stop by every 20 minutes or so to offer complimentary items such as fruit kabobs, sun glass cleaning and Evian water spritzes.

The Four Seasons Lodge at Koele on the island of Lanai is like a Northwestern dream resort that’s landed in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. With the cooler mountain weather and abundant Norfolk Pines surrounding the hotel and adjacent ranch, this is the prefect location to bring out your inner Paniolo (Hawaiian Cowboy). There are many activities, from golf, horseback riding and clay shooting to hiking and croquet. The main lodge design and décor is a mix of Northwest mountain lodge and Hawaiian luxury with Asian artwork throughout. The rooms are large and done in Cape Cod style, each with a large private lanai. The resort’s wide porch and veranda lined with Adirondack chairs invite rest & relaxation while watching the sun set through the Banyan Tree. It’s The Place for peace and quiet in a luxury setting, and this is my favorite Four Seasons Resort in Hawaii.

The Four Seasons Lanai at Manele Bay couldn’t be more different from her sister resort on the same island. This beachfront resort is all about dining, spa treatments and the spinner dolphins who visit most every morning & afternoon. The resort boasts some of the most dramatic scenery from the oceanfront rooms. High rocky cliffs and crashing waves, though the swimming bay is protected and calm enough for snorkeling with the wild dolphins. The resort is low-rise (3 stories) and covers a large area. The grounds are Japanese tea gardens with meandering streams, waterfalls, koi fish and pagodas. The resort’s signature, oceanfront restaurant, DUO, has just released an entirely new menu focused on island grown fruits and vegetables, locally raised beef and fresh caught seafood from local fishermen. Every dish was a delight for the senses!

The Four Seasons Hualalai on the Big Island of Hawaii is the most Hawaiian feeling of all of the Four Seasons Resorts. The resort grounds are all built on ancient lava fields and the lava rocks have been used to build the walls of the buildings, line pathways and enclose King’s Pond, the fish pond where Hawaiian Royalty used to keep their fish until they needed to be caught for meals. This pond is now one of the main attractions at the resort. Guests can snorkel among small sharks, manta rays and tropical fish. This is one of the best resorts in Hawaii for families as there are many activities to choose from. Golf, spa, hiking, visiting the active volcano (Kilauea), snorkeling, deep-sea fishing and Hawaiian cultural activities are just a few of the many attractions of this island and resort.

Each Four Seasons Resort in Hawaii (except the Lodge at Koele), has a complimentary “Kids for all Seasons” children’s program. Children can learn about the Hawaiian culture, make a lei or learn how to hula dance and have supervised nature hikes and swims. The 3 oceanfront restaurants and 7 oceanfront pools make this a must-stay resort when visiting the Big Island. (King’s Pond at sunset).


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