Four Seasons Lanai
Lanai City, Hawaii
What it is
A tourist-free hideaway on lush Lanai, stocked with flourishing gardens and lagoon-like pools.
What it isn't
Your granddad’s Hawaii. Adventures on offer include helicoptering over red lava cliffs, off-roading in UTVs, and snorkeling with reef sharks. (It’s enough to make producers from ABC’s “The Bachelor” salivate…)
What we think
Ok, we’ll say it: Hawaii’s overrun. Not so on Lanai, which is 97% owned by Larry Ellison, co-founder of tech firm Oracle. The exclusivity of this atoll is part of what makes it a favorite reprieve of celebrities and boldfaced names, who flock here for needed R&R in hush-hush environs. Rooms here are as enormous as the sky (starting at 663-square-feet), and adorned with indigenous art pieces, high-tech bathrooms and floor-to-ceiling views of the turquoise ocean beyond. You can’t leave without playing at least one round at their Jack Nicklaus-designed waterfront golf course, where lava—yes, lava—is among the many only-in-Hawaii hazards.
You're here because
You’re frankly tired of planning your vacays, and the resort has taken the “what should we do today?” guesswork out of the equation, leaving you free to chillax—and just enjoy. Among your many options: deep-sea fishing for mahi-mahi and Pacific blue marlin, swimming with green sea turtles and dolphins off Hulopoe Beach, and shooting clays meant to mimic quail, pheasant and even rabbits in the lush highlands.
Nobu has long been your go-to source for perfectionist’s sushi, whether you’re in New York or La-la-land. But this location is now your favorite—it’s as fresh as fish come. Tonight, you’re going for the 15-course Teppanyaki Experience, complete with Lanai Venison and King Crab kaisen, each bite more tantalizing than the last.
Seemingly in the blissful middle of nowhere, yet a zippy 45-minute ferry or plane ride (on Lanai Air) from Honolulu.
- NOBU Lanai
- Malibu Farm
- One Forty American Steak, Hawaiian Seafood
- Malibu Farm Bar
- NOBU Bar