The luxury hotel developments by billionaire Larry Ellison are already drawing major interest in Lanai from affluent travelers. The island, which is owned by Ellison, closed all of its resorts in 2015, except the 11-room Hotel Lanai. Today the island is home to two Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts properties.
Following a multimillion-dollar transformation, the former Four Seasons at Manele Bay re-opened last year as the Four Seasons Resort Lanai and has been drawing major attention. It offers guests an escape on their own 90,000-acre secluded Hawaiian island nine miles across the Pacific from Maui. The Four Seasons Resort Lanai got even swankier in October with its new Specialty Suites, a collection of one-, two- and three-bedroom accommodations that include exclusive services and amenities.
Occupying the second floor, the lavish three-bedroom Alii (Royal) Suite has views of Hulopoe Bay — a marine sanctuary that is home to spinner dolphins, beautiful coral reefs and a wide variety of colorful fish. The large suite (5,000 square feet with three bedrooms; 3,984 square feet with two bedrooms) has a formal living room with adjoining powder room, media room with 85-inch platinum bezel LED TV as well as a separate dining room seating six.
Sleek, contemporary decor crafted with exotic materials is present in all rooms, including artisan-produced Nepalese lokta wallpapers and Honduran mahogany floors laid with hand-woven wool area rugs complemented by rich furnishings and customized artwork to create an elegant, serene ambiance.
Lanai, The Lodge at Koele, which was housing the construction workers for the island’s renovation projects, is expected to open later this year.