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By Elite Traveler | January 13 2020
Visiting the island of Lanai feels like taking a step back in time to an undiscovered Hawaii, albeit one with a Four Seasons Resort (soon to be two). There is very little development, and much of the island remains ready for exploration, whether that’s on horseback, a 4×4 or from a 50-ft catamaran. The ultra-luxurious resort has a prime oceanfront location next to Hulopoe Bay, a marine sanctuary frequented by pods of spinner dolphins. Tropical flora practically explodes throughout the hotel’s many courtyards, making the property feel intimate despite its size. For the best view of it all, book the 3,984-sq-ft Alii Royal Suite. Warm, earthy tones fill the contemporary space, which is highlighted by marine-inspired art — we love Bronze Fish by sculptor Yorgos Kypris. The bathroom is particularly extravagant with a double Japanese soaking tub and a double steam shower. Outside, relax on one of the three private lanais and keep an eye out for dolphins through tripod binoculars.