The Four Seasons Resort Lanai is what a Hawaiian beach resort should be. Reopened in February after an enthusiastic overhaul led by the hotel’s (and island’s) new owner, Larry Ellison, the secluded retreat on Manele Bay is a bright and breezy blend of sand and sea, pools and gardens, sushi and sunset cocktails. Best of all, the setting on Hawaii’s “Pineapple Island”—where the Four Seasons is the only resort—ensures that this tropical experience is free of the crowds common to other isles. The beach is a bit of a distance down a hill from the guest rooms, but the resort’s elevated perch and panoramas only serve to accentuate the sensation that this Hawaiian paradise is all yours.
Larry Ellison purchased Lanai in 2012 and has been tinkering with its beach resort ever since, finally closing it last summer to complete a multimillion-dollar renovation.
The resort reopened in February as a shining example of contemporary Hawaiian hospitality, with modern tropical decor in 217 guest rooms, vast lawns and gardens, and an all-new pool area with waterfalls and private cabanas.
The renovation included an updated pro shop at the resort’s Jack Nicklaus–designed golf course.
Hawaiian-raised beef and pork, local produce, and the bounty of the surrounding sea help make the resort’s Nobu restaurant a standout among the chain’s many outposts.
Four Seasons Resort Lanai, fourseasons.com ($1,075–$21,000)