Welcome to the beautiful island of Lanai, an unspoiled tropical paradise that feels like a well-kept secret. With just 3,100 residents and 88,000 acres of untouched beauty, this island is 98% owned by billionaire Larry Ellison. Here, you won’t find traffic lights or busy streets; instead, you’ll step into a world of serenity and natural splendor that’s waiting to be explored. What’s even better? Two of our favorite resorts in the world are here: Four Seasons Resort Lanai and Sensei Lāna’i, a Four Seasons Resort. As a Top 30 advisor globally for Four Seasons, Angela from Team O recently stayed here for part of her honeymoon and can vouch for these incredible properties firsthand!
Four Seasons Lanai: A Game Changer in Luxury Hotels
Four Seasons Lanai is more than just a hotel; it’s a game-changer in the world of luxury travel. It’s hard to pinpoint one thing that makes this resort special because it’s the complete package. Your luxury escape begins the moment you land at HNL. From baggage claim at HNL, you are escorted to a Cadillac Escalade and then transferred to the private aviation wing of HNL to the Lanai Air private lounge before you embark on the last leg of your journey to Four Seasons Lana’i. Upon our arrival at LNY, the aircraft taxied to a Tesla Model X positioned on the tarmac, ready and waiting for us. In a matter of minutes, we were en route to the resort.
The rooms at Lanai are spacious, comfortable, and very well-appointed (the bathrooms alone could sell this hotel). There are 213 rooms and 26 room types, catering to a variety of preferences. We particularly love the Ohana Prime Oceanfront Suite; it is spacious and perfect for families with children. The completely rebuilt pool complex offers perfect separation between the main family-friendly pool and the serene adults-only grotto complete with relaxing waterfalls.
Amenities in Paradise
Four Seasons Lanai offers an array of dining options, from authentic Hawaiian flavors to international influences. Hawanawana Spa at the resort provides tailored treatments inspired by the healing powers of the sea, using locally sourced ingredients and techniques. Plus, when was the last occasion you dined at Nobu without the need for a reservation? Four Seasons Lanai is among the few resorts we’ve visited where dining reservations are never a concern. Simply arrive when you’re ready to dine, and you’ll relish exceptional cuisine, top-notch service, and breathtaking views.
Don’t miss the opportunity to play at the Jack Nicklaus Signature Manele Golf Course, where every hole offers majestic ocean views. Complimentary golf club rentals are available for resort guests playing 9- and 18-hole rounds after 12:00 noon.
Every activity provided is under the direct ownership and operation of the resort, ensuring a consistently exceptional five-star experience across the board. The resort boasts an impressive fleet of boats, ready to take guests on snorkeling, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, and enchanting sunset sails. In addition to these aquatic adventures, the resort offers an array of other popular activities, including horseback riding, UTV tours, archery, shooting range, tennis, and access to a comprehensive spa. The diverse and high-quality selection of activities at Four Seasons Lanai is unparalleled, making it a truly unique destination.
Lanai is Perfect For…
We recommend Four Seasons Lana’i for the outdoor adventurer and families. Even though this is a relatively small island compared to the others, it boasts some of the most diverse and unique landscapes. You’ll want to carve out time to explore the island’s famous shipwrecks, take a whale and dolphin watching excursion, hike to Sweetheart Rock, try your hand at archery, play a round of golf, go horseback riding, tuck into a big plate of the freshest sushi, visit the island’s history museum, and relax poolside after a spa treatment. Parents can take advantage of Four Seasons complimentary Kids For All Seasons, one of Four Seasons’ best offers in our opinion. If you are traveling without kids, we advocate pairing your stay with Sensei.
Sensei Lāna’i, a Four Seasons Resort: Ultimate R&R
The adults-only luxury wellness enclave is located on the secluded island of Lanai. Guests experience a personalized wellness escape ’The Sensei Way’; an evidence-led approach to well-being.
Indulge in the ultimate wellness retreat at Sensei, where you can enjoy custom wellness consultations, experience world-renowned spa treatments in a private hale, participate in a blend of fitness and well-being classes, savor exquisite dining by Nobu, or relax in light-filled, indoor-outdoor spacious rooms with views of the lush grounds. Sensei guests also have full access and signing privileges to all of the Four Seasons Lanai beach resort amenities, except for the use of the pool and lounge chairs.
Throughout the property, visitors can discover incredible artworks that encompass pieces by acclaimed contemporary artists and art specifically commissioned for the site. These art installations are thoughtfully curated to inspire contemplation and introspection.
With only 96 rooms, you won’t have to worry about bumping into other guests. The spacious accommodations are categorized into guest rooms and suites. We recommend the Kaiholena Suite, where you can cozy up and read a captivating book next to your indoor fireplace.
Wellness From the Inside Out
At Sensei, guests are empowered to nurture their passions and align with their intentions for personal growth and well-being. The offerings at Sensei include a range of enriching classes, opportunities for new adventures, rejuvenating treatments, private wellness consultations, and wholesome cuisine. The philosophy, guided by co-founder and author Dr. David Agus, centers on three fundamental practices – move, nourish, and rest – all designed to facilitate a profound connection with the body and mind. Movement facilitates interaction with the environment, nourishment provides essential fuel, and rest serves as the essential foundation for recovery and growth. Choose from guided lakeside yoga, onsen soaking tubs, an 18-hole putting green, and plenty of complimentary wellness classes to keep you busy yet mindful throughout your stay.
With a deep commitment to locally sourced ingredients and sustainable methods, Sensei demonstrates its dedication to nourishing the body. Guests on their journey can savor delectable cuisine crafted in collaboration with the Nobu culinary team and adhering to the nutritional standards of Sensei co-founder, Dr. Agus. Additionally, guests have the convenience of signing privileges at Four Seasons Resort Lanai dining venues.
Sensei is Perfect For…
We recommend Sensei for adults seeking a true immersion in Hawaii’s beautiful landscape. You will instantly feel more relaxed the second you enter the property grounds and it is obvious that wellness was top of mind every step of the design process. Of the two resorts in Lanai, Sensei is much quieter and more centered around promoting health and well-being. We suggest pairing your stay with Four Seasons Lana’i for the perfect balance between beach and relaxation.
Current Promotion for Lanai and Sensei: Lanai Air round-trip flights between Honolulu and Lanai are included with stays booked by December 31, 2023, and stay by July 31, 2024. Contact us to learn more.
Additional Promotion for Four Seasons Lanai: Spend more time experiencing the very best of Lanai. Enjoy a complimentary fifth night on Hawaii’s last unspoiled island. Valid for Selected Dates Between Sep 6, 2023 –Dec 22, 2023 and Jan 2, 2024 –Dec 18, 2024. Contact us to learn more.
As a Preferred Partner at Four Seasons, we are able to offer our clients exclusive benefits when they book their stay through our complimentary Virtuoso booking tool for Lanai or Sensei, or directly through a team member:
- Daily full American breakfast for two in the hotel restaurant or in-room dining
- Hotel/Resort Credit (based on room category booked):
• Guest Rooms: USD 100 credit per stay
• Suites and Specialty Suites: USD 200 credit per stay
• Private Retreats: USD 200 credit per bedroom per stay
- Upgrade of one category, based on availability at the time of check-in
Four Seasons Preferred Partner can generally be combined with any rates you’ll find directly with Four Seasons. The upgrades through Preferred Partner are also prioritized over upgrades through other programs, so you’ll want to use Preferred Partner over a program like Virtuoso or Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts. As a Preferred Partner agency, we can make Preferred Partner bookings on your behalf.
Additionally, for $200, you can work with our Hotel Plus team to assist with any reservations, activity scheduling, concierge assistance, and more.
While Lanai pairs perfectly with a stay on Maui, there’s so much to do on this island. We love that the island is small and easy to navigate, less densely populated than the other islands, and offers an extremely diverse environment. In one day, you can hike the mountains surrounded by evergreens and then snorkel in the ocean surrounded by beautiful coral; the vast array of activity options can’t be beaten! For a beachfront family-friendly resort setting, Four Seasons Lanai is one of the best options in Hawaii and for adults seeking a tranquil escape from busy lives, Sensei is carefully designed to promote relaxation and wellness for the ultimate R&R vacation.
We understand that there are a plethora of luxury resorts to choose from in Hawaii. For a full list of our expert recommendations, you can visit our Preferred Hotels Map. If you are loyal to Four Seasons (and we understand why), we also have a blog recapping every Four Seasons resort in Hawaii to help you decide which hotel best meets your travel needs. For a deeper dive, check out our individual reviews of Four Seasons Maui, Four Seasons Oahu, and Four Seasons Hualalai. You can also read our destination spotlight on Hawaii to narrow down which activities are on your bucket list.