Luxury Travel Advisor recently sat down with a representative of Four Seasons Resorts Lanai, which includes the Four Seasons Resorts Lanai at Manele Bay andThe Lodge at Koele, and got the skinny on some new selling points for seasonedHawaii VIPs looking for an upscale trip to the Aloha State.
New Luxury Airport Lounge
Four Seasons Resorts Lanai recently announced the debut of the resorts’ first full service airport lounge located at Honolulu International Airport. The lounge, situated in the commuter terminal, will now welcome Four Seasons guests enroute to Lanai.
Four Seasons Resorts Lanai, a recognized leader in innovation and providing exceptional guest experiences, is the first to offer a luxury airport lounge in Hawaii, exclusively reserved for discerning resort guests at the airport. Redefining the arrival experience, guests of Four Seasons Resorts Lanai will begin their Lanai experience prior to arriving on the island in the comforts of Four Seasons’ sophisticated lounge.
The 1,000-square-foot luxury lounge offers a retreat-like setting for passengers prior to the flight to Lanai. Guests will benefit from complimentary amenities – including food, beverages, iPads, Wi-Fi access, charging stations, luggage holding areas, magazines, newspapers, and hi-def televisions. Additionally, Four Seasons will have a Lounge Concierge available to assist with check-in, activity and restaurant reservations.
Air access to and from Lanai has increased in recent months, allowing for a variety of flight options for the 25-minute flight to the island. Currently, flight service to Lanai from Honolulu is provided by Island Air and Mokulele Airlines. Ohana by Hawaiian Airlines is expected to launch flight service to Lanai sometime in 2014.
When booking their room reservations, Four Seasons Resorts Lanai guests arriving from the mainland and connecting via Honolulu to Lanai will also be offered “Concierge Transfer” service provided by Island Air. Depending on the distance of the Honolulu terminal at which the guests arrive, Island Air guest services staff will greet the passengers and walk them over to the commuter terminal or escort and transfer them via the Wiki-Wiki Intra-Terminal Bus or Island Air’s Mercedes Sprinter.
VIPS can now take advantage of enhancements in restaurants, public areas and guestrooms throughout the resort, ensuring a private island getaway is all that could be imagined.
The launch of NOBU Lanai last year heralded an exciting new dining option at Manele Bay, in the restaurant, by the pool or even via in-room dining. ONE Forty, an ocean-view American steak and Hawaiian seafood restaurant featuring local ingredients adds another new culinary destination while the Sports Bar is perfect for casual dining. Also, this January saw the debut of VIEWS, the new clubhouse restaurant at the Manele Bay golf course.
VIEWS Restaurant and Bar offers a prime vantage point to see Pu’u Pehe and Hulopo’e Beach. Long infinity edge tables made from Monkey Pod wood slabs found in Hawaii are perfect for watching Spinner dolphins, or during winter months, Humpback whales, while enjoying lunch or bite after a round. The décor showcases a modern Hawaii, with features such as marble mosaic flooring inspired by Tapa bark cloths found throughout the islands and intricate patterns interwoven into dining chairs and upholstery fabrics.
Also new to the property is ADORE, a luxury retail experience at the Hulopo'e Beach Luau Grounds. The unique lifestyle boutique, created by Seaside Luxe, features designer clothing from Frank & Eileen and Marie France Van Damme as well as shoes and accessories, fine jewelry by Jordan Alexander, Mattia Cielo, Federica Rettore, Kimberly McDonald and Jemma Sands as well as art & home décor.
Along with a refreshed lower lobby, thirteen new Penthouse Suites in the main building of the hotel and a newly designed spa demonstrate the resort’s commitment to continually improving the guest experience.
Fourth Night Free Promotion
Those wanting to explore this impresisve island can Stay Longer – with the Fourth Night Free promotion, which provides one complimentary night to clients who book three consecutive nights at Manele Bay, with rates starting at $459 per night. The complimentary fourth night must be used in conjunction with the initial stay, and cannot be combined with any other offer, package or promotion. A four night minimum stay is required, and room categories are subject to availability. Tax and service charge additional.
New Enhanced Golf Experience
Four Seasons Resorts Lanai announces additional improvements to its golf program providing for an enhanced experience both on and off its premier courses. The resort has hired a new director of golf, added a new clubhouse restaurant and reveals plans for the redesign of its Koele course.
Effective earlier this year, Four Seasons Resorts Lanai assumed the management of golf operations for the Manele Bay golf course, one of Jack Nicklaus’ crowning achievements in golf design, and the Koele course, which closed in early January for renovations. The resort recently appointed new Director of Golf Scott Ashworth, PGA, who joins Four Seasons from Kauai Lagoons where he served as PGA director of golf and grounds. Ashworth has more than 25 years of experience in the golf industry and has received many accolades while a member and president of the PGA Aloha Section, including Golf Professional of the Year for Hawaii, Bill Strausbaugh Award (2009, 2012), the Horton Smith Award, and most recently, Merchandiser of the Year.
In December 2014, the Koele course will reopen following a redesign by Jack Nicklaus, who also designed the Manele Bay golf course. In contrast to its sister course at Manele, Koele’s layout in the cooler uplands of Lanai offers impressive views of mountains and greens, with the ocean in the distance. Course enhancements will include improved turf conditions with wall-to-wall new turf, possibly paspalum, which aids in water conservation efforts by using effluent or reclaimed water. The renovation will also include new sand in the bunkers, new irrigation, and some improved routing for the course.