INDULGE IN LANA'I
The pace is relaxed. The ocean vistas are mesmerizing. The tropical breezes caress you. With its very nature, this quiet Hawaiian island, just 45 minutes by ferry from Maui, invites you to ease into the atmosphere of romance and rejuvenation at the Four Seasons Resort Lana’i. This spectacular beachside resort seduces with luxe accommodations and amenities that release you from the stresses of contemporary life.
Why not luxuriate with a spa ritual infused with Hawaiian traditions in a private suite or couple’s room? The Makai treatment—meaning “toward the ocean”—incorporates steam, essential oils, and sea salts as well as limu and sea clay into a full-body exfoliation and massage. The Mauka ritual—“toward the mountains”—relies on inland ingredients like pineapple, citrus, pine, and eucalyptus for its body polish, massage, and customized facial.
Nestled among the lush pool gardens are well-appointed private Sanctuaries, where you can settle onto the oversize lounges and sip a Hawaiian-inspired libation of rum, toasted-coconut-infused agave, and fresh pineapple juice.
Or, for an international cocktail experience, the sake master at the elegant Nobu Lana’i restaurant will show you how to assess that rice wine’s appearance, scent, flavor, and more as he leads you to an appreciation of three superb Hokusetsu sakes from an award-winning brewery in Japan.
When the afternoon shadows lengthen, thoughts of a romantic sunset invariably follow. A short path leads past the beach and its tide pools, along oceanside cliffs, to a gorgeous vista of Pu’upehe—Sweetheart Rock. A legend connected with this iconic sea stack tells of a Hawaiian warrior who hid his beautiful lover in a sea cave nearby. When a storm took the young woman’s life, he took his own by plunging from a cliff into the roiling waves.
Your own day should end more delectably, however, with a private dinner by candlelight—perhaps Hawaiian seafood like mahimahi, onaga (snapper), or hand-cut steaks and chops—in a romantic Sanctuary on a point overlooking starlit Hulopo’e Bay.