The Four Seasons Resort Lanai has two pools – a main pool and a retreat (21+), plus of course a totally fabulous beach! They were my favorite hang out spots and I abused them – daily!
The thing that I loved the most? Whether your beach or pool-side you get the same great services and amenities – fresh, cold water, comfy made-up chairs & umbrellas, mid-day treats & snacks, little things like sunglass cleaning, and food & beverage service.
Scattered throughout the grounds are paths leading to small grassy areas with lounge chairs and umbrellas. Some are off in quiet corners, while others are mere steps from the pool. 99% of them have a stunning view.
When I hear “main pool,” I automatically think kids, loudness, etc, but that’s not the case here. While there were kids around, it was never obtrusive or unrelaxing. If it ever gets too bad (which it never did for us), adults can head to the 21+ retreat area, which is… oh so serene. We definitely tended to favor that area just because it’s off the beaten path, but the main pool is also a great place to unwind!
We spent most of our time at the “adult” pool, the 21+ area named The Retreat. It has THE MOST amazing beach vista I’ve ever seen! The view never looks the same either! It all depends on the time of day and where the sun is shining!
One of the newer poolside offerings is a relaxing poolside massage. It’s on the food and beverage menu you get when they bring you water, and once I saw it I knew it was something I had to have! It was just as wonderful as you would think. My therapist met me by the pool, at my relaxing spot that overlooked the beach was so gorgeous I didn’t even want to close my eyes. Josh swam while I was in heaven. Poolside definitely took the experience to the next level (vs. being in a dark massage room). I honest didn’t want it to end and debated asking if I could just keep going and have her charge me for a second service LOL.
I am so obsessed with the beach here! The water is so amazing and being there is so relaxing! We went every single day. There are a few things you should know!
– It’s a very short walk to the beach, down a paved and dirt walkway, over a small bridge, past Luau cove, and all on the Four Seasons grounds. If you’re pregnant and it’s SO HOT, you’ll dream of golf cart service because the walk seems longer than it really is LOL, but trust me, it’s not long at all. Three minutes, tops.
– The beach is PUBLIC, but not in the way you may think. It’s SO unbelievably clean I didn’t believe it at first. There aren’t pesky vendors trolling about like at some beaches. The Four Seasons has it’s own small area – with a shack where you can rent snorkeling equipment (complimentary). They set up comfy chairs and umbrellas, and you’re SO pampered.
– The locals hang out further down, and honestly, you forget that they are even there. It’s so peaceful and relaxing. We had a blast walking down along the beach though, and once further down we noticed people were BBQing by the water, and had tents set up! I can’t even imagine camping out at this gorgeous beach! Too cool! Twice a day there’s also a snorkeling excursion that comes from Maui, and it’s so fun to watch them! Again, none of this is by the Four Seasons area, but it doesn’t mean you can’t venture down to explore!
– You are going to WANT to venture down, especially if you’re going to hike to Sweetheart Rock (and you totally should)! The path starts on the OTHER SIDE of the beach, which I’ll get to in my next post.
– Tip: The best snorkeling area is close to the tide pools. Another tip: The tide pools are AWESOME.
I realize a lot of these photos are of pretty much the same thing – the water – but can you believe the number is significantly edited down? I was showing my parents all 200 and something photos from this trip the other day, and they were like, it’s of the same thing! I just couldn’t help it – the water is a too gorgeous shade of blue!
I was so obsessed with this beach! I never wanted to leave!