If you want a luxurious stay in one of the most beautiful locations in the world, then you can’t go wrong with booking a Four Seasons stay for your Hawaiian vacation! There are, aptly, 4 Four Seasons resorts in the Aloha State.
These are the Four Seasons Hualalai on the main island, Four Seasons Lanai, Four Seasons Maui at Wailea, and the Four Seasons Oahu at Ko Olina, which is the latest of the hotels from the iconic hotel chain.
All of these hotels are stunning and luxurious, and below you’ll find everything you need to know about them, as well as some essential info for vacationing in Hawaii. Let’s go!
Surrounded by impressive black-lava scenery and sugary sand beaches, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is placed in an ideal location for all your island adventures! This scenic retreat on the main island proudly showcases Hawaiian art and observes many Hawaiian traditions to give you the full Aloha experience.
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Located on the southeastern coast of the gorgeous Lanai island, Four Seasons Lanai is not just a five star, but a five-diamond resort that is a stone’s throw away from the island’s most scenic, iconic spots that you can walk to or hire a car to get you there. The scenery of Lanai is basically a Hawaiian postcard come to life!
There are so many opportunities to relax at Four Seasons Lanai! Whether you want to chill by their lagoon pools, take a stroll through their botanical gardens, unwind at their Hawanawana Spa, or enjoy delicious Japanese cuisine at NOBU LANAI.
If you want a little more adventure, you can explore the ocean and the rugged uplands of Hulopoe Bay. No matter what you want to get out of your Hawaiian vacation, Four Seasons Lanai has got you covered!
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Four Seasons’ open-air beachfront Resort at Wailea is a great place to experience what Maui has to offer, and get thoroughly pampered so you can get into the laidback, Hawaiian spirit!
As you relax in their adults-only infinity pool you can breathe in the gorgeous scent of plumeria, and when you want to do a little exploration of the island, the hotel will help you with every step of your journey, and be ready to greet you upon your return with world-class dining and delicious cocktails.
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Four Seasons’ beachfront island Resort is located on the rugged, and wild western coast of the island where you are treated to panoramic ocean views, and exciting lagoons and pools that set the scene for an adventure you’ll never forget.
Your family can take a dip in the turquoise waters of the private beach, take a ride on an outrigger canoe, or for a more relaxing day, you can play a round of gold on a course that takes you through stunning waterfalls at the Ko Olina Golf Club, or treat yourself with a visit to the Naupaka Spa & Wellness Centre.
Whatever you like to do on your ideal vacation, Four Seasons Oahu has got you covered!
When Should You Visit Hawaii?
In the off-season you can not only find the best prices, but the islands are not so packed with other tourists. The Hawaiian off-season is spring (April to June) and fall (September to November).
Although this is considered the off-season, ironically, this is the best time to be in Hawaii weather-wise, as it is consistently great throughout these months. In winter, (December to March) the weather is wet and cloudy.
Spring (April To June)
This season is the end of the high season and the beginning of the dry season. This is one of the best times to plan a Hawaiian vacation, as the weather is beautiful, dry and sunny, and the hotel and airfare costs are a lot lower than the winter period.
Summer (July To August)
This season is the hottest season in Hawaii, but there is still a cool, gentle breeze because of the trade winds. It’s also one of the busiest times in Hawaii due to school vacations, which means hotel prices and airfare is more expensive.
Although hurricanes are very rare in Hawaii, summer is also the beginning of the hurricane season which lasts from July to December. The most powerful hurricane ever recorded in Hawaii hit Kauai on September 1992, and was a category 3 hurricane.
Fall (September To November)
Fall is quite similar to spring and the days are mainly dry and sunny. The height of tourism in the summer is starting to wane, and another spike in tourists in winter is not yet here, which makes it one of the least expensive times to visit the islands.
However, fall is still hurricane season and also when the trade winds change direction, which sometimes can bring hot, humid, stormy weather to the islands. Locals refer to this as ‘kona weather,’ as ‘kona’ translates into south or leeward, which is the direction these weather systems come to the island.
Winter (December To March)
Winter signals the start of clouds and rain, but this often takes the form of short showers that fall overnight. It’s rare that a few days of consistent rain happens, although it is possible. This is also the busiest tourist season in Hawaii, where airfare and hotel prices are higher.
How To Get To Hawaii?
Hawaii has five main airports that welcome many domestic and international flights every day.
Honolulu International Airport (HNL)
Also called Daniel K. Inouye International Airport this is the main airport in Hawaii, as it is situated close to the state capital of Honolulu on Oahu. It is also the only Hawaiian airport that offers flights to and from other locations than the mainland USA and Canada.
Kahului Airport (OGG)
This is the second most popular airport in Hawaii, and is the main airport in Maui.
Lihue Airport (LIH)
Lihue Airport is found on the southeast coast of Kauai.
Kona International Airport (KOA)
Kona International Airport is the main airport of the main island, and is situated on the west coast close to the resorts of North Kona and South Kohala.
Hilo International Airport (ITO)
Hilo International Airport is the second-largest airport on the main island, situated on the east coast of the island.
What Do You Need To Travel To Hawaii?
Hawaii is a US state, and what you will require to enter the USA will differ depending on which country you are travelling from, and may change. Before your vacation, always consult with your government’s website and your closest US embassy to check what documents you will require in order to go to Hawaii.
You will need a machine-readable passport (MRP) that has a minimum of six months validity to travel to the USA. If your passport was issued or renewed following October 26, 2006, then you will require an e-passport with an integrated chip with biometric data and a digital photo.
Under the US Visa Waiver Program (VWP) visas are not needed for citizens of 38 countries for visits less than 90 days as long as they have a return ticket, or an onward ticket to another destination outside the USA.
All VWP travelers need to register online at least 3 days before they arrive in Hawaii with the Electronic System for Travel Authorization, which usually costs around $14. Once this is approved, it is valid for two years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first.
We hope our article has not only got you excited to book a luxury trip to Hawaii and a Four Seasons Hotel in particular, but also given you some insight into when to travel to Hawaii, and what you will need to get there.
The Hawaiian Four Seasons’ Resorts sound great, but how can you possibly choose between them? Well, if you like the beach we recommend Four Seasons Lanai, as they have a private beach with huge rock pools. It’s probably one of the most beautiful beaches you’ll ever see.
But if you’re a fan of golf, we recommend the Lanai or main island resorts. The main island resort in Hualalai is home to the Jack Nicklaus golf course, but both resorts have amazing golf courses. If you like taking a dip in the pool, then we recommend the Hualalai resort.
It has stunning pools, including pools that are full of fish you can swim with! This is a great resort for those who are fans of wildlife. If you just like to kick back and people watch, then the Wailea resort is the place to go, as it is located in busy Maui.
Lanai, meanwhile, is the most secluded as it’s a private island owned by the Four Seasons chain. The most convenient resort in terms of travel is the Ko Olina resort, as it’s just a 30-minute journey from Honolulu, and has all the amenities and shopping opportunities of Honolulu a stone’s throw away.
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