The below review is based on my personal experience and opinions.
Time of visit was in July, 2017! [minor super minor rain, and the weather was excellent!)
Getting to Hawaii
My trip was starting in Maui, Hawaii, so in my case I flew from San Francisco to Maui (there were also flights from Los Angeles).
Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on Oahu is Hawaii’s major airport, serving as the entry point for most of Hawaii’s visitors. All major domestic carriers and many international carriers serve Oahu, so you can get here from just about anywhere.
There are also direct flights from the U.S. to Kauai, and Hawaii Island, but for the most part, you may need to connect through Oahu to get to the neighbor islands including Lanai and Molokai. There are daily ferry services from Lahaina Harbor in Maui to both Manele Bay in Lanai and Kaunakakai Harbor in Molokai.
Accommodation: Four Seasons Maui at Wailea
The location of the Four Seasons Maui was just excellent. Overlooking Wailea Beach, this luxurious Maui hotel offers 3 swimming pools and 3 restaurants on-site. It features spacious rooms with ocean or garden views. Kahului Airport is 17 miles away. The 3 restaurants in the hotel serve a variety of cuisine. Chef Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant Spago features a fusion of Hawaiian and California cuisine with ocean views. Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante offers rustic Italian cuisine with a Hawaiian flare. DUO Steak and Seafood restaurant offers poolside dining. If guests prefer a cocktail, Lobby Lounge offers drinks, sushi and ocean views.
I personally liked the Adults pool, and the beach area. Make sure to check their activities as well; I’ve tried the SUP Yoga (Paddle Board Yoga) and loved it.
Nickname: The Valley Isle
Capital City: Wailuku (“Water of the destruction”)
Island Flower: Lokelani (“Heavenly Rose”)
Highest Peak: Haleakala, 10,023 feet
Things to do in Maui
Hula dance & dinner
Stand Up Paddle Board
Sunrise Hike: Top of Haleakala
Drive the Road to Hana
Black Sand Beach (30 mins)
Lava Tubes (30 mins)
Red Sand Beach (30 mins)
Coconut Glen’s ice cream (15 mins)
Haleakala National Park (2 hours – if you do the long hike)
Checkout Lahaina: Tons of shops and restaurants all along front street. We park in the outlet parking lot and walk down, just get something at the ABC Store in the mall and get your ticket validated.
Kaanapali Zip Line Adventure
Small Hike to see Twin Falls
Biking Downhill from Haleakala
Accommodation: Four Seasons Lanai
Hello luxury! This by far, is one of the top experiences I’ve had across the Four Seaosns resorts that i’ve experienced previously. Very luxurious rooms, amazing dining options, great views and landscaping across the resort. Absolutely loved it!
Malibu Farm for lunch was one of my favorites hands down. Do not miss out on their burger. I’ve also loved so much Nobu (As usual, very delicious), my least favorite was the steak house which wasn’t bad either but still my least favorite.
Important Tip: Beware of the mosquitos! They’re literally EVERYWHERE. I did not survive even with repellent and long pants, so take precautions and necessary measures.
If you’re going to visit Lanai, then you need to know that Lanai is a super tiny little island, there’s nothing much to do outside of the resort so keep this fact in mind and plan your trip accordingly.
Lanai is an hour away by ferry from Maui, you could also reach it by air (30 minutes flight) from Honolulu. The main airport on Lanai is Lanai Airport (LNY). There is no direct service to Lanai from the continental US. Instead, fly to Honolulu International Airport (HNL).
Lanai is The smallest inhabited island in Hawaii, It is a special place where you’re sure to find serenity, adventure and intimacy. If you want to get away from it all, get away to Lanai.
Lanai has only two world-class resorts, the Four Seasons Resort Lanai, and the Four Seasons Resort Lanai, Lodge at Koele (which is not open yet as of July 2017). The historic Hotel Lanai can be found in Lanai City.
Things to do in Lanai
Massages & Spa
Snorkel Sail Tour
Hike to Sweetheart Rock for sunrise
Other activity can be done and found at your hotel such as Yoga
Accommodation: Grand Hyatt
7 different restaurants including upscale seafood cuisine at Tidepools, Italian specialties at Dondero’s, and sushi creations at Stevenson’s! I was blown away with the resort’s amenities, facilities and dining options the minute I walked in. The rooms though, not blown away at all. I would say average in comparison to my other stays around Hawaii. Will I consider staying here again? Yes, but not for the rooms; for everything ELSE!
The pool, the seasalt lake, the beach, and the views – absolutely worth it.
Nickname: The Garden Isle
Capital City: Lihue (“Cold Chill”
Resort Areas: Princeville, Kapa’a, Poipu
Island Flower: Mokihana (berry)
Highest Peak: Kawaikini, 5,243 feet
Things to do in Kauai
Na Pali Coast Sailing/Kayaking/Helicopter
Helicopter Ride over Waimea Canyon
See Waimea Canyon with the look out points or Hike it! (The hike takes around 2-3 hours)
Checkout the shopping villages and the shopping area, there re plenty of shopping villages/town, just check with your concierge the closest one to you, or the one that suits your likings the most.
We stayed at Poipu area, checkout Poipu Beach Park if you’re around!
There are plenty of water falls to see, some are: Wailua Falls, Opaekaa Falls, and the Secret Falls Uluwehi.
I only spent 24 hours in Kauai, and unfortunately wasn’t able to experience much! I do recommend you to ask your concierge for more recommendations and things to do if you’re spending plenty of time in Kauai!
If you feel like you need to see more pictures and more of my trip, please check my instagram account the hashtag is: #hello965hawaii