Situated above magnificent Hulop'e Beach, the Four Seasons Resort Lana'i at Manele Bay features exotic plants and wildlife, championship golf, archeological sites and award-winning restaurants. The exquisite guest rooms (featuring wicker or rattan furnishing, king or D ueen beds, and first-class amenities) all face either the manicured gardens or have waterfront views, and each room features a private lanai, or balcony. If the stress of travel has gotten under your skin, indulge in one of the resort's decadent spa treatments, like the hot-stone massage or the pineapple citrus body polish.
The Grand Wailea
The Grand Wailea offers Hawaiian opulence at its best with something for everyone, from hardto-please children to the most discerning traveler. The 2,000-foot multilevel canyon river pool has slides galore, waterfalls, a lazy river and the only "water elevator" around, and the more elegant hibiscus pool welcomes weary adults for an undisturbed poolside snooze. The Grande Spa features a variety of spa treatments, including baths and scrubs drawn from local ingredients like Hawaiian macadamia nuts, coconut milk and cream, and pineapple. From the smallest details, like the 5 0 million dollars' worth of art found in the gallery to the gardens, to the collection of gourmet restaurants, the Grand Wailea is a grand utopia.
The Ritz Carlton
Kapalua's most exclusive resort sits in splendid isolation at the top of a cliff with commanding views of Molokai Island. The resort is shaped like a horseshoe wrapped around manicured grounds and a tiered swimming pool connected by waterfalls. Sweeping walkways lead to D.T. Fleming Beach Park, 10 beach front tennis courts and a casual beach bar that serves umbrella drinks. Dining options range from fine cuisine to poolside snacks. A children's program, fullservice spa and putting green are all on site, and the resort is surrounded by world-class golf courses.
The fountains and greenery of the Halekulani resort provide an oasis away from the urban clamor of Waikiki. The guest rooms are the hotel's best feature, many with a fabulous ocean view. Other amenities include a glass-walled shower and separate soaking tub, top-of-the-line bath products, comfy robes and wireless Internet. The hotel houses La Mer, a beloved AAA Five Diamond Restaurant that is one of Hawaii's finest oceanfront restaurants for elegant dining. Enjoy breakfast or sip Mai Tais later in the day at the House Without a Key, an informal spot that serves light meals and cocktails and provides live Hawaiian music in the evenings.