Personal Space

Four Seasons Resort Lana‘i’s Ali‘i Royal Suite is pure bespoke luxury.


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Resort guests coming from O‘ahu can relax in the exclusive guest lounge at Honolulu International Airport;

If you’re curious to get a taste of what the four seasons resort on Lana‘i has to offer, the airport in honolulu can oblige. Near gate 24, you’ll come across the sign “Four Seasons Resort: guest lounge”—the speakeasy-like waiting lounge tucked away inside the overseas terminal. The tranquil space with its ivory-on-teak motif says spa, but amenities like charging stations, newspapers, magazines, hi-def tvs and of course, food and drinks via menu tell you this space has everything you need to stay in touch with the rest of the world. A Lana‘i airport lounge ambassador is there to assist you before your even touch ground on Lana‘i, whether it’s to check-in or make a dinner reservation or book a massage.

While the renovated Four Seasons Resort Lana‘i has been open for a year now, the resort continues to expand its one-of-a-kind amenities. The airport lounge just opened at the end of 2016, and on property, its Hawanawana spa just opened as well, touting tailor-made spa services according to each individual. True, most luxury hotels and resorts pride themselves on “unique” experiences, but the Four Seasons Resort Lana‘i truly does impart a feeling of “we did this just for you.” Combined with the beachside property being practically the only full-fledged resort on Larry Ellison’s semi-private playground, guests do, in fact, feel like they have the island to themselves. Take a 4×4 jeep around the island, and the only traffic you may encounter is waiting your turn on a one-way dirt road on the way to Polihua beach on the other side of the island.

Back on property, guest rooms and suites are equally impressive. From the well-appointed 663to 734-square-foot rooms to the mammoth, almost 4,000-square-foot ali‘i royal suite, lodgings are stocked with tech-savvy equipment (lighting, window treatments, etal.), high-end toiletries and more. However, the one-and-only Ali‘i royal suite takes your sumptuous stay to much greater heights.

“It’s very spacious. we have a large dining Room, a large media room—everything is separate and spaced out so families or couples Really have the opportunity to relax and enjoy All of the space,” says resort manager David Arraya, who recently joined the Four Seasons Resort Lana‘i team in February.

The Ali‘i royal suite also has a handful of exclusive amenities for its guests—a hand-curated library filled with a selection of Books pertaining to Hawaiian history, marine Life and other topics of interest for the island Traveler. All of the art inside the suite was also commissioned for the particular space and cannot be found anywhere else.

“One of my favorite features about the entire suite itself is the tv in the master Bedroom,” shares Arraya. “The tv actually drops down from the ceiling. That way it doesn’t interfere with your view of the ocean. [The suite is] prime oceanfront—you’re looking into the bay while you’re laying in bed, but When you’re ready to turn on that tv, it’ll Actually drop down from the ceiling.”

Drop-down flatscreen aside, the master Bathroom, too, is replete with tony touches. Think: in-mirror television and double Japanese soaking tub—the ideal place to relax after a long day of off-roading, golf or even clay shooting.

So who’s actually booking this suite of Suites? “it’s not one [culture] in particular,” says Arraya. “It’s Americans, it’s Chinese, Japanese— It’s anyone who’s looking for that large space. If They’re here for 10-12 days—which we’re starting to see become a more common length Of stay—people really enjoy having this kind of suite to get settled into, like it’s your home away from home here on Lana‘i.”

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