Paradise Reopens

Four Seasons Resort Lana‘i will soon be up and running, with new surprises in store.

Not that one could ever drape a sheet over an entire island, but for the most part, the general populace has been shielded from the deluge of transformation projects currently underway over on Lana‘i, making its nickname, “The Private Isle,” incredibly apropos.

But the wait is almost over, at least for those yearning to check back into the sumptuous getaway that is Four Seasons Resort Lana‘i. Having closed its reservations desk last summer, the Hulopo‘e Bay property (as it turns out, the original “Four Seasons Resort Lana‘i at Manele Bay” name wasn’t completely accurate, regarding the resort’s actual location) is now gearing up for its big reveal in 2016. However, the lodge portion of Four Seasons will still remain closed.

Las Vegas-based TAL Studio was responsible for redesigning the 217 guestrooms, which include 51 suites, in addition to refreshing communal areas, such as the lobby and seating areas peppered throughout the resort. Earthy tones are infused into the modern trappings of the renovated space, along with thoughtfully selected artwork from Polynesia, Hawai‘i and Micronesia.


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It should come as no surprise that Four Seasons Lana‘i has several techsavvy upgrades as well, considering its owner (Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison owns the resort and around 98 percent of the island itself). From fully integrated and intuitive lighting, to temperature, service and privacy controls, guests can custom-create ideal room environs as they see fit. Even more impressive, ultra-modern amenities: a 75-inch, platinum bezel LED television panel, wearable microchip key wristbands (never lose your hotel room keycard again!), in-room iPad Airs, plus a mobile app connecting guests to pertinent information and free access to more than 3,000 newspapers.

On-property restaurant Nobu Lanai also has a few new additions worth noting—an open-air lounge dedicated to restaurant diners, teppanyaki stations and sushi bar. Executive chef Sean Mell—who was at Nobu in Tribeca prior to his latest post—gets more than half of the restaurant’s produce straight from its own half-acre garden in upcountry Lanai.

Other areas around the resort have also been revamped with upgrades, such as an adults-only pool area and cascading pools, and chic retail boutiques that carry more than just slippers and wide-brimmed hats. Company Seaside Luxe has developed several stores at the Lana‘i resort, including the upscale Makamae boutique, which carries thoughtfully selected goods from luxury brands like Missoni, Pucci and Jimmy Choo. Contemporary shop Pilina carries more casual apparel and accessories from the likes of Tory Burch, Letarte, Diane Von Furstenberg, Vilebrequin and Oliver Peoples.

“I know that when we launch the Four Seasons Lana‘i,” Tom Roelens, general manager, says, “we will offer not only a luxurious resort experience for guests, but an opportunity to enjoy an island like no other: one that provides a rich understanding of Lana‘i’s culture, natural beauty and serenity.”

All photos courtesy Four Seasons Resort Lana‘i / By Barbara Kraft

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