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Peace on earth

A renovated golf resort in Lanai is the ultimate great escape for serenity

Peace on earth

The 17th hole at Manele shows the challenge and beauty associated with the layout in Lanai.
Courtesy Manele

Lanai is the perfect escape for solitude, which makes the renovated Four Seasons Resorts Lanai an ideal spot for relaxation infused with elegance.

The updated resort has 217 guestrooms, including 51 suites, as well as lobbies and seating areas for contemplation, multiple dining experiences, a spa and wellness program and retail boutiques. Inspired by Hawaii's diverse influences, room interiors showcase walls of teak, zebrawood edging and floors of mahogany covered by wool rugs. High-tech touches include intuitive lighting and temperature controls, a tablet for service and privacy desires and a bathroom that has to be experienced to be appreciated. (Trust me.)

It’s enough to make a person want to stay in all day, but don’t, especially if you golf, because one of the prettier courses in Hawaii or on the mainland – Manele – is only a few hundred yards away.

“The course and resort now complement each other beautifully,” Manele director of golf Scott Ashworth said about the renovations. “This place is tough to beat.”

Built on lava outcroppings, the Jack Nicklaus Signature Design course that opened in 1993 is a cool mixture of holes with two of the best sharing tee space. The course’s money shot is from the box at the par-3 12th hole that requires a tee shot to carry a 150-foot deep chasm over the ocean to a green on a lava rock-buttressed cliff. Golfers return to the area a bit later to play No. 17, a par-4 in the opposite direction that also requires a tee shot to clear a chasm to a fairway that bends to the right before sloping downhill to a cliff-side green.

The resort’s renovation also includes botanical gardens and waterways serving as hideaways or paths to the ocean while doubling as a backdrop for outdoor art and sculpture. A lagoon-style central pool features a waterfall and two spas, and the adults-only Retreat, with views of Hulopo‘e Bay and lava rock grottos, are two of the relaxation and swimming options available.

Off property, Lanai’s topography creates contrasts where visitors can choose activities from hiking and horseback riding to off-roading and snorkeling in a marine sanctuary teeming with colorful fish.

“We are delighted to share a unique destination experience,” said resort general manager Tom Roelens. “There are limitless options for relaxation and adventure here on Lanai.”

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