The Latest Luxury News From the Aloha State

The Four Seasons Resort Maui will host the second Maui Photography Expedition as part of the resort’s "Unforgettable Events" program. // Photo courtesy of The Four Seasons Resort Maui

Travel Agent breaks down the latest luxury news out of Hawaii, from new Millennial offerings at The Four Seasons Resort Maui to new, swanky suites at Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort. Read more for the latest luxury offerings for affluent clients heading to the Aloha State this spring and beyond.

The Four Seasons Resort Maui just rolled out its latest "Unforgettable Events" and "Unforgettable Experiences" offerings that Travel Agent thinks are perfectly suited for Millennials, since both programs include the experiential touches that the Millennial market usually craves. 

"Unforgettable Events"

Four Seasons Resort Maui Photo Expedition

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From June 14-19, photography enthusiasts gain new perspective at Four Seasons Resort Maui’s second Maui Photography Expedition. Led by photographers Robert Caplin and Peter Lockley, participating guests will learn professional skills with Caplin and Lockley by their side on Maui’s diverse and picturesque landscapes.

Expedition partner Canon will bring roughly $200,000 worth of top-of-the-line equipment for participants’ use as they explore Maui’s bamboo forest, black sand beaches, Turtle Town and more. The Unforgettable Event culminates in a final-evening gallery photo exhibition. This experience is perfect for travelers ranging from hobbyists to those on the verge of turning professional. Price includes a five-night stay and starts at $6,990.

Wailea Tennis Fantasy Camp

Wailea Tennis Fantasy Camp participants will hone their skills with tennis pros such as Lindsay Davenport, Tracy Austin, Michael Chang, and more, at Wailea Tennis Club this November. 

From November 16-20, players will receive one-on-one time with each of the pros during the camp’s four-day program of world-class instruction, drills, video analysis, double match play, and social activities. Players of all levels are welcome. 

"Unforgettable Experiences"

Serenity Pool After Hours 

Four Seasons Resort Maui recently announced the private after hours use of the adults-only Serenity Pool from dusk ‘til dawn. From a personally prepared multi-course gourmet meal by the resort’s culinary team to a couples' massage in a private luxury cabana outfitted by Missoni, this "Unforgettable Experience" starts at $5,000 and is limited to six adults. 

Kona Coffee Tour 

Four Seasons Resort Maui presents an authentic farm-to-Kona-cup experience combined with a unique adventure. The 78-mile journey to Maui’s neighboring Hawaii Island, commonly referred to as "The Big Island," begins via private custom helicopter charter, which launches just minutes from the resort. 

The destination is Bolton Estate, home to the award-winning Kona Coffee & Tea Company, where guests will be led by the company’s owner on a customized tour of the farm and tasting of various beans and roasts. Then, the adventure continues as guests helicopter back to Maui, taking in highlights along the way—volcanic lava flows, the Hamakua coast and Waipio Valley, which offers 2,000-foot sea cliffs and 1,200-foot waterfalls—before returning home to Wailea. 

Whale Watch Photo Excursion 

Guests of Four Seasons Maui now have access to a unique whale watching adventure. Whale enthusiasts will join professional underwater fine art photography duo, the Cesere Brothers, on a customized excursion, allowing them to experience the whales with two knowledgeable whale experts and photographers, Dan and John Cesere.

The Cesere Brothers are part of the Keiki Kohola research team, an organization dedicated to preserving Maui waters as a nursery, where mother whales can safely raise their calves. They are also award-winning photographers and artists-in-residence at Four Seasons Maui. This tour is perfect for those who want to take above- or below-water shots of marine life, as well as those who just want to enjoy the show while the experts capture images for them to take home. 

Maui Photo Adventure 

This photography tour is hosted by nationally acclaimed fine art photographer Daniel Sullivan. Having recently trekked 220 miles around Maui’s stunning coastline with the mission of documenting the legacy of the ancient King’s Highway, Sullivan knows every nook and cranny of the island. Sullivan will guide guests on a private tour customized to cater to their unique desires and goals, teaching them priceless photography tips along the way. This exclusive photographic journey, in one of the most dramatic settings on Earth, guarantees guests will come away with images worthy of hanging on their wall. 

Other Millennial Programs

Four Seasons Resort Maui Introduces Grown-Up Spring Break

From April 13 through June 19, Four Seasons Resort Maui presents "Grown-Up Spring Break" as an escape for couples, friends, or single travelers offering the best rates of the year, with no resort fee, along with a busy schedule of activities, many of which are complimentary. Also, guests who book the “Experience More” package can receive up to $200 in resort credit per night, which can be applied toward the renowned spa, upscale boutiques, or award-winning restaurants. 

The adult spring break calendar will include complimentary extras, including local craft beer tastings, cooking classes, pool parties, snorkeling, outrigger canoe paddling, morning yoga classes and many other activities. The resort is offering its most popular fitness class, stand-up paddleboard yoga, on a complimentary basis exclusively for this time period. For those looking to discover more of the island, the concierge is standing by with recommendations from exhilarating helicopter tours to picturesque sunset sails. 

Four Seasons Resort Maui Announces Couples Season This Fall

From September through November, Four Seasons Resort Maui invites guests to experience "Couples Season." And because they realize that every couple’s dream vacation is unique, they are planning a full schedule of activities, many of them complimentary, for guests of all interests and ages. 

Couples can enjoy poolside amenities while lounging in one of the resort’s 58 complimentary cabanas or splurge on a the ultimate dining experience, the resort’s new "Serenity Pool After Hours" experience. 

Adventurous couples can join the Resort’s outrigger team for a morning of paddling and exploring Wailea’s vibrant reef. Guests who visit the resort in the months of September, October and November will also enjoy the resort’s lowest rates, with no resort fee, and specials throughout the restaurants, spa and boutiques. 

Visit www.fourseasons.com/maui

Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort Unveils Three Residential-Style Beachfront Villas

Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort recently introduced three new oceanfront residential-style villas, bringing its collection of partial and full ocean view villas up to 10.

The 3,234-square-foot villas at Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, with up to three bedrooms, include such modern touches as private lanais for admiring Maui sunsets, baths with ocean and garden views, showers and luxurious bath amenities.

Architectural elements inspired by the island’s natural beauty – Ambrato marble tile and white lava stone floors, wooden white-washed oak screens, and warm walnut finishes throughout – are blended with modern enhancements, such as luxury Miele appliances and custom Bianco Versace marble counters in each of the kitchens, oversized basket-like chairs and Cappellini teak chaises.

LEED construction and retractable low-E glass walls open up to 1,000-square-foot lanais.

Each villa at Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort has custom-made furniture, a private outdoor plunge pool or hot tub, Viking range barbecue grills, and lounge areas accented with ottomans and platform beds.

Villa reservations start at $1,750 per night and are inclusive of roundtrip airport transfers or valet parking for one vehicle for a guest’s duration of stay; daily breakfast in Ka’ana Kitchen; resort credit; and access to the activities and amenities available at Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort.

Villa guests are also connected with a personal VIP concierge prior to arrival who can arrange a custom itinerary including everything from coordinating a private Chef’s dinner or mixology class on the lanai to stocking the refrigerator upon check-in, arranging bespoke adventures around the island, and more.

Agents should e-mail [email protected] and visit www.maui.andaz.hyatt.com.

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel Announce 2016 Events

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Tell your clients to plan their next trip to Hawaii Island around a roster of special festivals and events at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. 

From a festival dedicated to chocolate to the island’s first-ever overnight road and trail running relay race, Travel Agent breaks down the events we think your clients will love.

3rd Annual Spring Doubles Tournament at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel: April 29 – May 1

Welcoming all tennis enthusiasts, from professionals to amateurs! Mauna Kea Resort presents the third annual Spring Doubles Tournament at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel’s Seaside Tennis Club. Special tournament rates for accommodations are being offered at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, starting at $249 a night, and Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, starting at $159 a night. Entries close on Monday, April 25. For more information, call 866-774-6236.

Big Island Chocolate Festival at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel: May 13-14

This year’s fifth annual Big Island Chocolate Festival celebrates the 100th anniversary of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, with culinary booths depicting this theme. The two-day event includes a cacao plantation tour at Original Chocolate Factory, a college culinary competition, and several seminars. General admission tickets are $75. Stay through the weekend at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel with special hotel rates starting at $396.20/night. Visit www.BigIslandChocolateFestival.com

Big Island Jazz & Blues Festival at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel: June 4

For the fifth year in a row, the Big Island Jazz & Blues Festival returns to Mauna Kea Beach Hotel to celebrate and honor jazz and blues music. Enjoy live entertainment by Grammy and Na Hoku Hanohano award-winning musicians from Hawaii and around the world. Mauna Kea’s intimate outdoor oceanside setting makes the evening all the more enjoyable. Special room rates are available.

Seaside Tennis Club Grand Prix Championship at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel: September 16-18

The 21st annual Grand Prix Open and Class Championship, held at the 11-court Seaside Tennis Club, offers three days of championship tennis, with special tournament rates for accommodations. There is no admission charge and spectators are welcome.

Festival of Aloha at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel: September 18

The fifth annual Festival of Aloha invites visitors to enjoy an all-day, free, family-friendly event featuring live Hawaiian music, hula performances, craft and clothing vendors, food booths, and more.

Ragnar Relay Hawaii: October 14-15

Ragnar Relay Hawaii is making its debut on Hawaii Island. The 200-mile race begins in Hilo and ends at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. 

Visit www.ragnarrelay.com/race/Hawaii

43rd Annual Mauna Kea Pro-Am: Dec. 7-11

Golf enthusiasts can experience a magical week of championship golf, luxury accommodations, Hawaiian cuisine, special events and prizes during the 43rd annual Mauna Kea Pro-Am. Golfers may contact Mauna Kea Resort’s director of golf to learn how to participate.

Visit www.maunakeabeachhotel.com/events and www.hapunabeachprincehotel.com/events

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