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Hawaii Travel Guide

Where to Eat, Sleep, and Explore in Hawaii


Beyond Honolulu’s sprawl, the island of Oahu is as distinctive and diverse as any of its neighbors. The difference: After filling up on miles-long white-sand beaches, epic surf, and awe-inspiring vistas, visitors still have access to some of the country’s finest shopping and dining. Charlene Davé of Virtuoso’s on-site tour operator in Hawaii says, “There’s every imaginable designer store in Waikiki, Ala Moana Center is comprehensive, and Kailua has cute boutiques – plus Oahu has some of the most picturesque beaches in Hawaii.”



Kauai is the oldest of Hawaii’s main islands, and you can see its ancientness in its stunningly eroded landscapes. With fluted emerald cliffs, taro fields aglow at sunset, and thread-thin waterfalls, the Garden Isle hews most closely to the postcard image of Polynesia. Devotees love its white-sand beaches fronting crystalline lagoons, deliberately downbeat tempo, and emphasis on taking it slow to breathe in the beauty.



There’s a reason the rich and famous (Oprah Winfrey, Clint Eastwood, and Willie Nelson, to name a few) buy homes on Maui. Some say it’s Oahu without the hassle: just cosmopolitan enough to support superior dining and shopping, but not so urbanized that you can’t find empty beaches and wilderness. Maui’s varied landscapes – Mount Haleakala’s alpine environment, Kaupo’s dry prairie, Hana’s jungles – share an island so small that you can experience all of them in just a few days.



It’s said there are two kinds of visitors to Hawaii: those who love Lanai and those who haven’t been there. There’s not much to do on the Pineapple Isle, and that’s the point: On this low-gear tropical sanctuary, time creeps and visitors can relax without the nagging feeling of missing out. “I really love Lanai,” advisor Kari Mollan says. “It’s so quiet, you just want to walk the orchid gardens at Koele or sit in a rocking chair and play chess. Stay for a week, bring a lot of books, and just enjoy it.”


Hawaii Island

A place of superlatives and extremes, Hawaii Island (locals are moving away from calling it the “Big Island”) is the United States’ largest island and southernmost point. Site of the world’s tallest mountain (Mauna Kea – 32,696 feet from its seafloor base to its summit) as well as the country’s newest real estate (Kilauea volcano has been adding new oceanfront daily since 1983). The state’s most ecologically diverse island, comprising ten climate zones, from wintry summits to blistering lava deserts. It even has the world’s longest lava tube and the only happy-face spider. Hawaii Island’s otherworldly landscapes and supernatural beauty emanate a tangible vibration, the mana of a new land forming.


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Luxury on Lana’i in Hawaii

The Pineapple Island
The romantic island of Lanai is a destination of untouched tranquility. Relax and rejuvenate in the peaceful seclusion of “Hawaii’s Most Enticing Island.” Two high-caliber courses at the luxurious Four Seasons Resorts make Lanai a mandatory stop for golfers. Enthralling sights like the lunar landscapes of the Garden of the Gods and the iconic Sweetheart Rock are distinctly unique to Lanai. Removed from the pressures of the outside world, Lanai is an island where relaxation is accompanied by the pleasures of the good life.

Resorts we Love

Four Seasons Lana’i, The Lodge at Koele

At the center of the Hawaiian archipelago, a few miles west of Maui, the tiny island of Lanai is an unspoiled paradise of spectacular sea coast and enchanting highland forest. The island is 98% privately owned, providing a sense of uncrowded, natural calm unique within the Hawaiian Islands. A place of deep cultural significance, Lanai features many historic sites, old fishing villages, and unique topographical attractions.

The central highlands of Lanai reveal a rare and exciting world defined by majestic mountains and forests of towering pines. Like a gracious country estate – warmed with the intimacy of a private guest house – Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele presides over 20 acres of manicured lawns and gardens with sculptures and a reflecting pond. Elevated highland vistas extend up to the central mountain peaks and down over rolling hills to the ocean in the distance. Indoors, under the high ceilings of the Great Hall, roaring fires and deep sofas encourage intimate conversation.

Four Seasons Resort Lana’i at Manele Bay

On the island’s southern shore, Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay offers dazzling views over the white crescent beach of Hulopoe Bay and the blue-green waters of its protected marine preserve. The resort presents a captivating blend of Hawaiian and Asian design, built around intimate courtyards, lush gardens, flowing waterfalls, and tranquil pools.

Evoking a relaxed island feel, the Resort’s 236 spacious guest rooms, including 21 suites, feature warm, golden tones enhanced by rich cherry and rustic wicker furnishings. Tropical accents and East Asian influences complete the scene for a truly inspiring atmosphere. All rooms open to a private lanai (Hawaiian for a terrace or balcony) furnished with an inviting daybed, small dining table, and two chairs. Views encompass lushly landscaped gardens or Hulopoe Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

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50th Anniversary 3 Night Room Package in Hawaii

The Kahala Hotel & Resort
Valid for Travel Now Through 17 Dec 2015
3 Nights in Honolulu, HI

The Kahala Hotel & Resort has welcomed guests from all over the world with Hawaiian hospitality and legendary service. Just minutes from Waikiki, guests enjoy serenity in the resort’s oceanfront setting, which features tropical gardens and a private lagoon. Sumptuous guestrooms and suites offer luxurious amenities and boast sweeping views of the Pacific from Diamond Head to Koko Head craters and the Ko’olau Mountain Range. There are five dining options, culled from a diverse blend of cultural influences, and a world-class spa, where each suite becomes your own private retreat. Families especially love to swim with the resident dolphins.

Celebrate our 50th Anniversary at The Kahala Hotel & Resort!  

Select room and pricing as follows:

  • Mountain View with balcony – $1364
  • Partial Ocean View with balcony – $1,664
  • Dophin Lagoon with balcony – $1,764
  • Ocean View with balcony – $1,964

Included in the rate:

  1. Daily Buffet Breakfast for two adults
  2. 50th Anniversary Commemorative gift – choice from a variety of items at Kahala Boutique
  3. $50 daily resort credit

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The Kahala Hotel & Resort… Your Fall Destination

The Kahala

Special Fall Pricing – Save up to 25% Off!
Includes Breakfast for 2 Daily

Experience neighbor island luxury… with Honolulu amenities without leaving Oahu!

If quality time in the most charming resort in Hawaii is what you seek, look no further than The Kahala Hotel & Resort with its spacious rooms and suites, expansive bathrooms, five-star amenities, five restaurants and lounges, 24-hour room service, six Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in our own private lagoon, award-winning spa and just 15 minutes away from the bustle of Waikiki and central to all of Oahu’s attractions. Island hopping not necessary.

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