Friday, July 19, 2013

Four Seasons Hawaii Reviews

The state of Hawaii is one of America’s most visited destinations for leisure, and within the state are eight major islands (and over 130 “minor” islands), each with its own distinct environment and lifestyle. Three of these islands are Oahu, Lana’i, and Maui, and each is home to luxurious five-star resorts.

Halekulani on Oahu
Oahu is the island on which lies the capital of Hawaii, Honolulu, which is home to The University of Hawaii. Also on Oahu is Waikiki Beach, a beach that attracts thousands of tourists every year for its soft sand, surf-height waves, and magnificent vista of the peak of Diamond Head Mountain. Throughout Oahu you can see a very active city life, with many chain restaurants as well as locally-owned ventures. Oahu is best known by many for Pearl Harbor, especially the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial, the final place of rest for the 1,102 soldiers killed during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor in World War II. Tickets are sold at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center to take boat launches to the memorial, but there are many other sights to visit on the premises while you wait for your boat launch (which runs every 15 minutes). I personally was very impressed by the organization of it all, let alone the magnitude of all the events that occurred. The experience definitely made me realize truly what a sacrifice the men and women who so valiantly gave their lives performed. Of course, when you vacation to Oahu, you will want a luxury resort to return to after your sightseeing. The Halekulani, U.S. News’ #1 luxury resort in Oahu and a favorite of numerous visitors, offers rooms and suites with breathtaking views of the ocean and Diamond Head. The spacious accommodations were recently renovated and now feature seven different shades of white throughout the room, which allows the majestic Hawaiian sunrise to brighten your day. If you reserve your room with WhatAHotel!, our Exclusive Complimentary Perks will help make your vacation one of your best ever.

Four Seasons Resort Lana’i, The Lodge at Koele
Four Seasons Resort Lana’i at Manele Bay
The island of Lana’i, otherwise known as the Pineapple Isle, is the former site of the majority of pineapple harvesting done in Hawaii, as the island has produced about all the fruit it possibly can. However, the lack of pineapple plants does not detract from the island’s beauty at all; however, driving through the island invites breathtaking scenes of either of the island’s main components: its coastline or its mountains. With very few residents (population 3,102 as of 2010) Lana’i is truly the island getaway, with all the isolation that can be desired in a vacation. The island consists of three main tourist attractions: Lana’i City, a quaint area of shops and local restaurants which sits in the center of the island; the Four Seasons Resort Lana’i, The Lodge at Koele, which ranked 2nd place in U.S. News’ 2013 list of the Best Hotels in the USA; and the Four Seasons Resort Lana’i at Manele Bay. The Lodge at Koele presents a true wilderness setting tucked in the mountains, while the Resort at Manele Bay gives visitors majestic sights of the ocean. Both properties feature state of the art accommodations as well as professionally-designed golf courses. From personal experience, I can attest that both courses - the Greg Norman and Ted Robinson-designed Experience at Koele, and the Jack Nicklaus-designed Challenge at Manele Bay, truly live up to their names. The Experience provides a mountainous setting that makes its players forget they are playing in Hawaii, with fog, wind, and occasional rain showers, capped off by a temperature 20 degrees cooler than Lana’i City or Manele Bay. If you forget while playing at Koele that you’re in Hawaii, a 20-minute drive to the Challenge at Manele Bay will snap you back to your senses faster than you can say “Manele”. Either way, you will thoroughly enjoy your round at whichever course you decide to play. By booking these hotels with, you will be able to receive our Exclusive Complimentary Perks to further enhance your stay.

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
Maui is widely regarded as the top honeymoon destination in America, and it is a perfect fusion of the two islands I discussed previously. Maui combines Oahu’s city life and activity with Lana’i’s isolation, thus creating the perfect vacation spot for all. If you stay for multiple nights on Maui, then the Road to Hana should be a must-do on your agenda. The Road to Hana is a thrilling ride around the northern coast of Maui, featuring waterfalls, cliffs, and various other stops along the way. The destination (Hana) is nice, and there are some things to see at and around Hana, but the journey definitely is worth it. I’m a huge fan of the ocean, so I enjoyed stopping at the waterfalls and coasts where the water came and crashed against the rocks along the beach (There were a lot of these kinds of stops). This is a drive in which you are encouraged to stop along the way and see nature work its magic, but it is recommended to leave around 8:00 AM from your hotel so you can see it all and make it back before dark. There are 52 one-lane bridges along the way, so it is best to do those during the daytime hours. But what is a honeymoon destination good for if there is a lack of luxury hotels? That’s nothing to worry about on Maui, as the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea is the ultimate in 5-star resorts. Whether you crave the beach, the pool, the activities for all members of the family, or all of the above, the resort will leave you speechless from the sights and sounds of the island to the concierge’s assistance in helping you plan your itinerary to the unmatched service exemplified by Four Seasons. However, by making your reservation with WhatAHotel! you will receive our Exclusive Complimentary Perks. One of these, and my personal favorite, is the buffet included in your breakfast. From the banana-macadamia nut-chocolate chip pancakes to the made-to-order omelets, everything is fresh, delicious, and for the most part, locally grown. But above all, booking with WhatAHotel! will leave you checking your calendar to plan your next visit as soon as you return.

Hawaii is undoubtedly one of America’s top vacation destinations, and many of its visitors are return guests who are enjoying everything it has to offer. To see firsthand everything tourists rave about when they mention Hawaii, book the trip of a lifetime here.

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