Suite of the Week: The Ali’i Suite at Four Seasons Resort Lanai

March 30, 2016

Where: Lanai, Hawaii

What it costs: $21,200 per night

What’s inside: On the smallest of the Hawaiian islands that welcomes travelers, this is the largest, most luxurious suite. A three-bedroom spread that checks in at a palatial 5,137 square feet, it sits on the second floor of the oceanfront resort and features sweeping views of Hulopoe Bay marine sanctuary. A tropical color scheme and exotic design features add warmth to the space, which also includes a formal living room with an adjoining powder room; a separate dining with seating for eight; and a fully stocked kitchenette. The suite opens to a large private lanai, furnished with a dining table, lounge chairs and a daybed. Among the upscale amenities included with a booking are two 80-minute spa treatments, a private golf lesson, complimentary movies, daily in-suite breakfast for all guests, unlimited laundry, and the services of a dedicated personal ambassador.

What else you get: Like 97 percent of the island of Lanai, the Four Seasons belongs to the billionaire Larry Ellison, and it’s not hard to see why he took a liking to it. The resort sits atop a red-lava cliff, with postcard-worthy views spreading all around it. In addition to a luxury spa and a range of refined dining options, including Nobu Lanai, the property is home to the Manele Golf Course, a Jack Nicklaus design cut so hard along the ocean that three of its bluff-top holes use the Pacific as a water hazard. Hulopoe Bay, which fronts the resort, is a protected marine reserve and a habitat for colorful reef fish and spinner dolphins. Humpback whales migrate through in winter. The waters here are ideal for snorkeling, and the resort offers complimentary snorkel equipment. Snorkel and scuba classes can also be booked on a daily basis.

For other budgets: Though not as extravagant as the Ali’i suite, the Ohana Prime Ocean Front rooms aren’t too shabby either. At 1,200 square feet, they include a separate living room and bedroom flanked by two full bathrooms and a Japanese wooden soaking tub. $4,325 per night.