Roam+Board :: Four Seasons Resort at Manele Bay

[trip style = luxury + beach + sun]

What If you're an avid Trip Styler reader, you know my stays trend toward indie and petite versus branded and grand. Occasionally, though, I make exceptions for rare and iconic finds. This is one of those times when both descriptors apply, and then some.

The Four Seasons Resort at Manele Bay is decidedly different. It's removed, it's unique, and it's personalized. As a guest, your needs are anticipated beyond the Four Seasons standard---an industry benchmark---because staff treat you like you're a long-lost relative visiting town.

Yesterday I lounged poolside overlooking one of Lanai's loveliest sandy beaches. While there, every attendant learned my name, and then proceeded to take pool service to the next level. I thought I'd seen it all in the realm of poolside perks until Dr. Shades---bearing a bright orange shirt with that name---offered to clean my sunglasses and tighten one of the loose arms. Next, a gentleman armed with a holster of Evian mist and a tray of cold towels popped by, as did attendants with trays of treats ranging from beet-wrapped prosciutto to banana-orange smoothies. At that moment I decided two nights wasn't nearly enough.

Spread across the ocean-plunging landscape like a fan, oversized rooms are decorated in muted tropical tones. And, in a nod to the tropics, each features a lanai upon which to savor Lanai. Orchids, beach-chic furniture and botanical-esque gardens round out the rest of the 236-room property. Trip Styler approved.

Lanai is reachable by plane from most Hawaiian isles, or by 45-minute passenger ferry from Lahaina, Maui {$35 each way}.

Lanai boasts bathing suit and umbrella drink weather year-round, showing a mild increase in precipitation November - February. However, Manele Bay is on the southern, sun-drenched end of the island, so it stays pretty dry.

You like luxury, but forge a path beyond the oft-visited to get there. You're into removed resorts, the kind with natural nightlights glowing sky-high.

Rates start around $400 per night---though in low season you can probably find a multi-night deal for less---and include WiFi, in-room Nespresso and poolside perks like smoothies and Dr. Shades sunglasses service. Keiki programs are also complimentary for kiddos aged 5 - 12. And, so you stay healthy on the road, sunset yoga is also included in your room rate. Namaste.

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[photos taken by @tripstyler while as a guest of the resort]