Four Seasons Maui – Save the Date!

Hawaii reopens October 15 – and the Four Seasons Maui is accepting reservations from Nov. 20 onward. Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea has implemented extraordinary guidelines to ensure the safety of guests. Additional details are at end of post.

Overlooking the golden crescent of Wailea Beach, Four Seasons Resort Maui is a 5-minute drive from the Gold Course, Emerald Course and Blue Course – three of the island’s finest golf courses – and is less than a mile from the luxury boutiques and restaurants of the Shops at Wailea.

Unforgettable Experiences. Four Seasons Resort Maui invites you to expand your dreams with their unique collection of over-the-top experiences. Let them help you personalize a bucket-list adventure with exclusive access to people and places only available to Four Seasons Maui guests. After months of lock down, I’m certain almost everyone is ready for multiple experiences using a hotel as a safe home base.

Besides the usual excellent Four Seasons service, lovely rooms and an amazing beach right in front of the property – we thought we should share some amazing experiences – not only are we missing travel, but don’t you miss the thrill of planning experiences on the ground?

Maui’s central location within the Hawaiian island chain offers you unique access to customized day trips by helicopter, boat, jet or ferry. Use Maui as a luxurious base camp and enjoy a few days of off island expeditions.

  • On the Big Island, visit a Kona coffee farm or fly over the dormant volcano
  • Explore the breathtaking waterfalls and cliffs of Molokai by charter yacht
  • Go shipwreck diving on Lanai, after a trip to the island by charter helicopter or private yacht
  • Take a luxury yacht to Molokini and scuba dive off the back of a submerged volcano rim
  • Discover Oahu’s attractions, including Pearl Harbor and The Mighty Mo, or boost your adrenaline with a dive in a shark cage

Mileage distance – who knew the islands were so close? Maui – Molokai 7.5 Miles Maui – Lanai 8 miles. Maui – Kaho’olawi 6 miles. Maui – Big Island 26 miles. Maui – Oahu 116 miles, 25 min flight.

GO ON A PRIMAL YET SOPHISTICATED CULINARY ADVENTURE WITH AN OPEN-FIRE CHEF WHO HAPPENS TO BE ONE OF THE ISLAND’S TOP SOMMELIERS Join Yeshua Goodman, owner of Kiawe Outdoor and an advanced sommelier at Spago Maui, on a next-level Maui tour of tastes and tales. Goodman has partnered exclusively with Four Seasons Maui to create a Fire & Wine experience set on an estate that dates back to the rule of King Kamehameha III.

Your journey begins with a helicopter flight that departs from Wailea Golf Club and follows the dramatic topography of Maui – waterfalls, rainforests, Mount Haleakala and the rugged North Shore coastline – to the village of Haiku, off the beaten path on the island’s North Shore. Your destination: the enchanting grounds of Haiku House, a former sugar cane plantation that’s now a 20-acre expanse of botanical history where you can stroll. Here, an expert from the Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum will lead you on a private tour, offered only to Four Seasons guests, regaling you with stories passed down through the estate’s line of locally renowned and influential owners.

Step back into the here and now with a personalized multi-course meal that connects you to the elements. Goodman – a Maui local, fisherman, spear diver and hunter – locally sources the ingredients for your dinner, which he cooks over an open flame. Participate in the cooking yourself, if you like, before the fare comes out of the fire. You will already have chosen wine pairings in an interactive blind tasting led by Goodman.

End the evening with an exciting dessert demo by beloved Four Seasons Executive Pastry Chef Riccardo Menicucci and return to the Resort by private car service.

GET TO KNOW THE ENCHANTED TOWN OF HANA ON THIS EXCLUSIVE CULINARY ADVENTURE Getting there is half the fun on this exclusive culinary adventure that takes place on the untouched, wild eastern corner of Maui. Guests of Four Seasons Maui soar by helicopter above towering waterfalls and rainforest peaks – and peer into Haleakala, the dormant volcano that composes 75 percent of the island – before touching down at ONO Organic Farms in Kipahulu for a private tour and exotic fruit tasting beside the farm’s longtime owners. After foraging their favorites with Four Seasons Executive Chef Craig Dryhurst, it’s off to explore the quaint and famed town of Hana. Guests are led by a cultural expert on a customizable adventure, such as a swim in the lava caves at Waianapanapa Black Sand Beach or a hike to a waterfall deep in the bamboo forest.

After working up an appetite, guests will helicopter back to the iconic resort for the main event: a multi-course Ultimate Dinner prepared by Chef Dryhurst. This thoughtful meal incorporates the fruit harvested at ONO Organic Farms into dishes using Maui’s incredible farm and ranch offerings. The personalized feast is accompanied by wine pairings hand-selected by a Four Seasons sommelier to complement Maui’s freshest flavors, as the day comes to the close overlooking gorgeous Wailea Beach.

KONA COFFEE HELICOPTER TOUR Discover specialty coffee on neighboring Hawaii Island via a private helicopter charter. Enjoy a customized private tour and tasting at Bolton Estate, home of award-winning Kona Coffee & Tea Company, before taking in spectacular sights on your aerial tour back to Maui.

WHALE WATCH PHOTO EXCURSION: SEASONAL, DECEMBER TO MAY Embark on a one-of-a-kind whale watch with two of Maui’s most knowledgeable whale experts and top underwater photographers, Dan and John Cesere. Take above-or below-water photographs of marine life, or simply enjoy the show while learning about these majestic creatures. Tours do not include underwater photography of humpback whales but focus on Maui’s other vibrant marine life.

Inside the hotel, stay in the Complete Suites – The oceanfront suites at Four Seasons Resort Maui are a hotel-within-a-hotel, with a dedicated staff led by your own hotel Personal Assistant and a heightened level of amenities, security and services. Overlook prestigious Wailea Beach and the Hawaiian Islands beyond from the comfort of your private suite.

Within the Complete Suites program is a new LAX amenity: Four Seasons Maui is pleased to collaborate with PS LAX to reimagine the LAX airport experience. Located in a private terminal across the tarmac, PS LAX offers a back door to your aircraft, along with seamless security and TSA, and luxury amenities in your private suite before your flight. Four Seasons offers this service one-way, (valued at USD 3,150), to guests flying through LAX who have purchased our Complete Suites package. Right now, this service is only at LAX for commercial flights.

Onsite Exclusive Guest Care Now that you have arrived, we want your peace of mind to continue. Four Seasons Maui has added a team of onsite medical professionals, available to guests 24/7. From illness to wellness to injuries and more, the medical team prioritizes guests of Four Seasons Maui first and foremost.

The state of Hawaii has instated additional safeguards for residents and guests, including requiring travelers present proof of a negative Covid-19 test result taken within 72 hours of arrival to Hawaii in order to avoid quarantine. To guarantee accessible pre-travel tests, Four Seasons Resort Maui has identified labs with testing options that are convenient and rapid, nationwide. For the current Hawaii state guidelines and requirements.

COVID testing resources links: Next/Health – Greater Los Angeles area. MicrogenDX– All of mainland USA.  Please note that Four Seasons Maui has identified these options for guest’ convenience, but they are not involved in any way beyond providing the resource contact information. The Resort never sees the private medical records of any guest, nor do we assume liability in any way.

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Popped into the Four Seasons Resort Maui for a few days of needed R&R. Following a wedding party in Maui, I was happy to arrive mid afternoon and despite my room not quite ready, I was thrilled to plop at the Fountain Pool cabana. No fees for poolside cabana, a lovely surprise in these days of hotels billing for every service. My years of growing up on a Southern California beach has resulted in bi-yearly sun spot evaluations and biopsies – I was always too fair to be in the sun, but who knew we shouldn’t have slathered ourselves with coco butter or baby oil to bake all day in the searing sun?

I digress…within a minute, several pool staff hovered, Ms. Books, this is a better plug for your laptop, let me help you.

Ms. Books please see the pool spa menu; do you need a foot massage with your cocktail? I need a detox cocktail after a wedding week; do you have an instantaneous cure? Yes, a smoothie will begin the process.

Oh, I think my book is in my bags with the bellman…no worries; guest services will retrieve your book and deliver to your cabana.

Later, as I schlepped my carry-on through the lobby to my room, a bellman stopped me and inquired, do you need assistance to your room? Obviously, the detox process hadn’t quite resuscitated me yet.

Next morning, after my beach walk, I found my cute little reading glasses sitting on a lens polishing cloth on my nightstand, smudge free. A new day with clear vision of the world.

Short list of attention to detail and amazing service practiced at Four Seasons Resorts.

Pools, Beach, Sun, View and No Crowds.

There are three beautiful salt-water pools, palm trees, lush gardens, sea views, and the closest to the lapping waves private lounge areas nearly on the sand.

Serenity Pool for adults offers A List Cabanas for a fee, however these are virtually poolside suites, a cozy private space with sofas, flat screen televisions, and a refrigerator…slide the louvered doors shut and you could snooze all day and not be noticed! Dive into the Serenity Pool and swim to soothing underwater music, swim up to the in pool bar for a tropical Mai Tai served within a pineapple – certainly the fruit zeros out the rum if you are on a detox program! Did I mention the roving attendant passing Popsicle’s?

Prefer sand in your toes to piscine? Mosey lower on the property to the carved out lounger grotto’s practically on the beach, service of course is instant. In need of a private beach massage, look no further than the Massage palapas stationed at the end of the lounge area.

Loungers Steps from the Sea and Sand

At some point you need to depart to you suite. Enjoy the fabulous art collection, contemporary Hawaiian artwork including murals of vintage Hawaiian quilt patterns. Concierge can supply a walking guide, talk a tour and explore.

Various room and suite locations in the wings to choose from, if you need absolute quiet, we will reserve center garden/sea view suites. My massive suite with two luxurious lanai’s, yes, two, lanai’s was splendid. Obviously one lanai for breakfast surf views and the other to enjoy afternoon sunset views with cocktails, that pesky detox.

Refurbishing the suites is in process on all floors. One positive improvement I have noticed is hotels are placing attractive plug blocks near beds, so you don’t have to shove furniture away from walls to charge a phone or work on your laptop in bed. You think I am on vacation all the time while staying at these five star resorts? My little standard coffee maker was equipped with pouches of Kona coffee – honestly, I abhor those pod coffee machines- one dribbly cup at a time, and until I have enjoyed my coffee, I can barely find the hidden button to power it up, let alone the right combination of buttons for a LARGE cup – and then the large cups don’t fit under the spigot…

Bathrooms – oh, acres of marble and as a member of the Tribe of the Tub girl, if I can almost drown in the tub, it is the perfect depth and length! Easily a tub for two if one is inclined.

Proper lighting, a separate large shower and my favorite Molton Brown amenities.

As mentioned in my Four Seasons Lanai post, the abundance of locations to sit and ponder, read a paper, public spaces with sofas and a view are many and in all corners of the resort. I realize not everyone can spring for a suite with several lanais and you may want to escape your travel companion, the resort has abundant locations to do just that- escape!

Dragging the kiddos to the resort? Video room, video games, billiards, kiddie club will give them a day away from the parents with the well known Four Seasons Kids Clubs.

Dining options, hard to resist Spago right on property. If you desire a  romantic celebration or a special family dinner reserve the Ultimate Dining experience – a truly memorable evening. Your exclusive server will escort you to a breathtaking ocean-front location overlooking Wailea Beach, where you’ll savor a leisurely paced multi-course dinner customized for you by award-winning chefs, accompanied with wines, craft cocktails or specialty beers paired by the sommelier or expert mixologist.

As mentioned many private areas to read a paper, there are also several locations to stop for refreshment besides the pool bars and restaurants. Lobby Lounge with panoramic ocean views and evening hula dancers welcome the sunset to the sounds of local Hawaiian music.

Find sun-soaked tranquility at an enchanted enclave nestled on the magnificent golden-sand crescent of Maui’s southwest coast. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens and the dramatic peak of Haleakala as your backdrop, relax in Maui’s largest resort suites and guest rooms, which also boast the island’s largest hotel bathrooms.

My detox plan may have been jettisoned, however I found the Four Seasons Maui to be the perfect oasis to recover from a long wedding week. Can’t wait to return! R&R or drop in for a week or two of sailing, SUP, golf, hiking and surfing.

Four Seasons Resort Maui – The Perfect Oasis.