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Lana’i

Last week, Foray took a group of girls to stay at the Four Seasons on Hawaii’s island of Lana’i in in collaboration withe The Venue Report. The Venue Report curates a roster of the best properties and resorts around the world, so you know you’re going somewhere cool when they’re involved. The majority of Lana’i is owned by Oracle founder Larry Ellison (including the Four Seasons), who is also a part-time resident of Malibu, so there were a lot of familiar touches to the resort, and it really felt for me like home in a tropical paradise.

If you’ve spent time in Malibu you may be familiar with some of the other properties Mr. Ellison owns – Nobu, Soho Beach House – in addition to several very similar looking residences along the beach. They’re all built of a warm teak and other natural materials, very modern and zen-feeling. The newly renovated Four Seasons Lana’i is exactly the same – with every little luxurious detail woven in. My balcony overlooked an incredibly lush garden and waterfall with large koi fish swimming in the bottom pond. Every morning and evening as I walked to my room, a white cockatoo would exclaim “HELLO!” or “HI!” before I got on the elevator. The same cockatoo (and a few others from around the resort) hung out by the pool all day talking to guests and climbing around.

Our first morning on Lana’i, we were up bright and early to sail a catamaran out to the other side of island for lunch and snorkeling. The next day we rode horses inland through a sea of pine trees with willow-like branches that blew all over in the wind, so I couldn’t see the horse just 15 feet ahead of me when we went around a bend. It was really magical! My vacation motto is quickly becoming “always go for the trail ride.” You always get such a unique perspective of a place by horseback.

Back at the resort, the girls and I feasted on lunches poolside by Malibu Farm and sushi dinners at Nobu. Pretty much a dream.

I’ve been to quite a few of the Hawaiian Islands at this point – Kauai, Oahu, The Big Island, Lana’i – and I would say Lana’i is by far the most remote-feeling and private. The Four Seasons is the only resort there and it’s secluded, set several miles from the small town center. The island itself isn’t lush and full of jungle and greenery like the Jurassic Park scenery of Oahu, and it doesn’t have the wide open lava fields like the Big Island, but the resort itself is so serene and the island so quaint, it’s become my favorite Hawaiian getaway.

Here are some photos from the trip:

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