Staffers tend to Lanai travelers’ needs in Four Seasons Resort Lanai’s new lounge at Honolulu International Airport. // © 2017 Four Seasons Resort Lanai
Feature image (above): The new Hawanawana Spa at Four Seasons Resort Lanai features four elegant couples suites. // © 2017 Four Seasons Resort Lanai
The oceanfront Four Seasons Resort Lanai has been open for a full year since its major renovation. Now, travel agents might be wondering what else is happening on Hawaii’s smallest island destination.
Following is a roundup of news to help agents pitch their clients on first-time or repeat trips to Lanai.
Lodge at Koele
In 2015, Four Seasons’ 102-room upcountry getaway, The Lodge at Koele, closed in order to house construction workers during the renovation of its sister property by the sea.
According to Lori Holland, director of public relations for the resort, plans are now in motion to reopen the lodge.
“The exciting renovation program at Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele, is ongoing and continues to be refined,” Holland said. “The Lodge will embody a spa-and-wellness concept, with a projected opening date of mid- to late-2018.”
The number of guestrooms at the reimagined resort was not available.
“We look forward to sharing more details on our project in the future,” she said.
New Airport Lounge
Clients traveling to Lanai can spend their layovers in style at The Four Seasons Resort Airport Lounge at Honolulu International Airport. Located near Gate 24, the 1,000-square-foot new retreat provides free perks, such as food and beverages, luggage holding areas, magazines, newspapers and high-definition televisions.
While guests wait for their flight to Lanai, they can take advantage of the lounge’s complimentary Wi-Fi access, charging stations and iPads. Lounge staffers stand ready to help guests with resort check-in, activity bookings, restaurant reservations and Jeep rentals.
The lounge also welcomes Four Seasons Lanai guests on their return trip.
Four Seasons Resort Lanai recently opened Hawanawana Spa, which offers eight treatment rooms. Most notable are its four couples suites that feature rain showers, an intimate living/dining area and side-by-side treatment beds.
The spa’s indulgences and ingredients have been inspired by the sea. For instance, the Ocean Ritual combines a body polish, massage, cranial flow therapy and a hair conditioning treatment using wild seaweed and algae oil.
With many of the spa’s services, guests can choose a complimentary enhancement, such as an eye and lip treatment, foot mask or microcurrent lift.
Special Event Spaces
According to local reports, Larry Ellison — owner of 98 percent of the island — hopes to establish a pair of special event spaces for Lanai visitors. As of press time, Ellison was seeking approval for the project.
His plans call for the creation of two scenic spots for outdoor gatherings. One site, at the Manele Golf Course driving range, would hold as many as 300 people. The second site, an oceanview perch on the course’s 12th hole tee, would accommodate up to 100 guests.
Both spaces will appeal to groups staying at the Four Seasons.
Ziplines and Golf
Lanai already features a wealth of activities, but Ellison has plans for one more: a zipline. Local reports say the zipline will run across the back nine holes of the upcountry Koele Golf Course, which has been closed since 2015.
“Koele Golf Course will not reopen,” Holland said. “Lanai golf will be offered at the award-winning Manele course.”
No timetable was provided for the zipline. When completed, it will augment the existing roster of outings available from Four Seasons Resort Lanai’s Island Adventure Center, which was launched in May 2016. Guests can currently book such activities as off-road tours, horseback riding, clay shooting and archery.