Unforgettable Beginnings at Four Seasons Resort Lanai


October 12, 2023
Words by Lauren Ertl
Photos courtesy of Four Seasons Lanai & Lauren Ertl

Nestled in the heart of the Pacific, where the azure waters of the ocean meet the lush landscapes of Hawaii, Four Seasons Resort Lanai emerges as a haven for couples seeking the perfect blend of luxury, romance, and natural beauty for their destination wedding and honeymoon. As a journalist fortunate enough to experience this tropical paradise firsthand, I can attest that Four Seasons Lanai is more than a resort—it’s a dream destination for the most special moments in life.

First Impressions

Upon arrival in Oahu, it was evident that Four Seasons Lanai spared no effort in curating an immersive and enchanting experience… beginning at the airport! The resort’s exclusive Lānaʻi airport lounge and partnership with Lānaʻi Air ensure a seamless transition to the island, setting the tone for the extraordinary journey that awaits.

From the comfort of a luxurious Pilatus PC-12 aircraft (a large single-engine turboprop airplane known for its performance and reliability), take a peak out the window and behold the unique ranch-like, red-dirt charm of the island from the air. The ranging landscapes and temperatures, small-town feel of Lānaʻi City, and authentic Hawaiian culture provide a backdrop that is truly unlike any other. Lānaʻi is often referred to as Hawaii’s “Private Island,” offering an intimate and exclusive setting for weddings and honeymoons.

Setting the Scene

What makes Four Seasons Lanai an especially ideal destination for weddings is its diverse array of venues, each offering a unique ambiance and breathtaking views. Imagine exchanging vows on the pristine Hulopoe Beach, with the sound of gentle waves and the golden glow of the sunset as witnesses. For a more intimate affair, the Manele Golf Course offers panoramic views of the Pacific, creating an elegant backdrop for a romantic celebration.

Personalized to Perfection: Weddings at FS

One of the standout features of Four Seasons Lanai is its commitment to personalized service. Wedding groups of 30 and fewer can plan directly with the resort’s dedicated wedding specialists who work tirelessly to turn every couple’s vision into reality, ensuring no detail is overlooked. More than 30 guests? Not a problem! Hire one of the many Four Seasons recommended planners local to Hawaii or one of the destination wedding planning experts from our vendor directory, and the resort will work with them to arrange everything to perfection.

Whether you envision exchanging vows at Hulopo‘e Beach, amidst the tranquility of Wailele Garden, or with the stunning backdrop of Manele Golf Course’s 12th Hole Back Tee, all venues cater to your dreams. From customized floral arrangements to exquisite culinary experiences, every element of a celebration can be tailored to reflect the unique love story of you as a couple.

Indulge the Taste Buds in Paradise

Indulging in the culinary delights at Four Seasons Lanai is a sensory journey that mirrors the paradise surrounding it. At Nobu Lanaʻi, guests are treated to a fusion of traditional Japanese flavors and Peruvian influences, resulting in a dining experience that transcends the ordinary. For those seeking an authentic Hawaiian feast, One Forty showcases locally sourced ingredients in a sophisticated steakhouse setting, where the panoramic views of Hulopoe Bay are as tantalizing as the menu itself. Malibu Farm brings a touch of California cool to the island, serving up farm-to-table dishes with a focus on fresh, organic, and sustainable ingredients. Finally, the beachside VIEWS at Manele Golf Course captures the essence of Lanai with its Pacific Rim-inspired cuisine, offering a perfect blend of exquisite flavors and breathtaking scenery.

Hawanawana Spa

For couples seeking relaxation and rejuvenation, Hawanawana Spa is a sanctuary of tranquility. Providing a range of holistic treatments inspired by traditional Hawaiian healing practices, this acts as the perfect pre-wedding pampering to post-nuptial relaxation. The spa’s skilled therapists create bespoke experiences tailored to individual needs.

Adventures for Two or Your Entire Wedding Group

For couples seeking adventure, Four Seasons Lanai offers a myriad of activities to explore the island’s natural wonders. From a guided hike to “Sweetheart Rock” (an 80-foot tall Pu‘upehe) and clay shooting at the ranch to snorkeling in pristine marine reserves, the resort ensures that every moment is filled with shared experiences and unforgettable memories for destination wedding groups and couples alone.

Additionally, couples can craft unforgettable moments aboard an exclusive catamaran charter. Sail the Pacific Ocean in style, choosing between the spacious vessels Lanai II or Lanai I, with a dedicated captain ensuring a personalized and enchanting experience amidst Hawaii’s pristine seas.

Sister Wellness Property: Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort

(painting above fireplace in far left photo from Damien Hirst‘s Cherry Blossoms series)

Embarking on the next chapter of marital bliss, couples can elevate their honeymoon experience to unparalleled heights at Four Season’s Lanai’s sister property, Sensei. With a focus on wellness and mindfulness, couples can immerse themselves in personalized spa treatments, mind-body fitness activities, and enriching cultural experiences. The lush gardens and serene atmosphere create a haven for relaxation and introspection, providing a harmonious contrast to the vibrant energy of a wedding celebration. Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort is a sanctuary where couples can embark on a journey of self-discovery together, fostering a deeper connection as they begin their married life.

As I bid farewell to Four Seasons Lanai, I couldn’t help but feel that this tropical paradise had woven a tapestry of love and luxury around every experience. Whether you’re exchanging vows on the sun-kissed beaches or savoring intimate moments in a private villa, Four Seasons Lanai emerges as a destination where dreams come true.

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