Pineapple trees once covered Lana’i. Most who have lived here in the last one hundred years have worked on the plantation. Still a small community, there is a sense of being very self-reliant. It is a pretty little island with an incredible heart, and a true getaway-from-it-all place to spend time with someone you love. A billionaire who has two luxury hotels, and continues to keep the island undeveloped, owns much of Lana’i.
Splurge on Lana’i: Private Island Ambience Pervades at the Four Seasons
The Four Seasons Resort Lana’i has completed an extensive renovation, and has recently reopened. What sets this hotel apart is the secluded beachfront location with nary another hotel in sight, the over-the-top luxurious renovations, and the one-of-a-kind experiences. It does not hurt that Chef Nobu has a restaurant here, or that one of the best spas in Hawai’i is here either. And who wants to bother with a room key in your swim shorts? Here, you wear a bracelet that provides access to your room. Prepare to be pampered every step of the way. FourSeasons.com/Lanai
Thrifty on Lana’i: Find Funky Fun Value At Hotel Lana’i
This little gem is not on the beach, nor does it have resort amenities. What is does have, however, is an ambience of old Hawai’i that is now sadly vanishing on most islands. Plantation owner James Dole, who wanted a hotel for his executives, built Hotel Lana’i in the 1920’s. Here you will find board and batten walls typical of the time, Hawaiian quilts on the beds, local art on the walls, and the great little restaurant called Lana’i City Grille here is simply a bonus. HotelLanai.com
Photography Courtesy The Four Seasons Resort Lana’i