Four Seasons Hawaii: The Resorts, The Deals, And Maximizing Your Stay

Over the past year and a half, I’ve had a lot of inquiries from readers and clients about the Four Seasons properties in Hawaii. Of all the Four Seasons properties, I receive the most emails and make the most bookings at the Four Seasons resorts currently operating in the Hawaiian Islands: Four Seasons Hualalai (on The Big Island, Hawaii), Four Seasons Lanai, Four Seasons Maui at Wailea, and the Four Seasons Oahu at Ko Olina.

I’ve written in the past about the Four Seasons Preferred Partner program, which is a fantastic way to maximize value when staying at any Four Seasons hotel or resort. Four Seasons properties are largely expensive, especially their resorts in Hawaii, which is why it’s a no-brainer to book my clients through Four Seasons Preferred Partner, which offers perks like daily breakfast, room upgrades, and resort credits at no additional cost.

Four Seasons Preferred Partner also allows affiliated Travel Advisors (like me) to combines these perks with ongoing promotions like fourth or fifth night free, daily resort credits, and unlimited golf to help my clients get the most out of their stay. This makes Four Seasons Preferred Partner unique compared to similar programs from other hotel brands, which don’t allow you to combine these perks with promotions.

The Resorts & Promotions

The Four Seasons properties currently operating on Hawaii have dominated the luxury resort market, with one resort on four of the five most popular islands to visit — Oahu, Maui, Hawaii, and Lanai. A little more on each property can be found below, as well as some info about promotions that are currently running at each resort and can be combined with Preferred Partner perks. Keep in mind that promotions have blackout dates and are limited in availability, so you’ll have to check with an affiliated Travel Advisor to see what’s available for your dates. If you don’t have a Travel Advisor or have questions, feel free to email me at fordb@travelsociety.com.

I’d also note that Four Seasons properties in Hawaii don’t have resort fees. This is exceedingly rare among resorts in Hawaii, given that at many upscale hotels, that can add $50+ to your room rate per night. On principle it’s also nice to support hotels that doesn’t participate in this deceptive practice.

With that out of the way, here are the four Four Seasons properties in Hawaii, along with the basics of their perks:

Four Seasons Hualalai

  • The Island: Hawaii, The Big Island, which is home to 8 of the world’s 13 distinct climate zones
  • Opened in 1996, renovated in 2009
  • 192 rooms and 51 suites
  • The Four Seasons Hualalai is known for its Jack Nicklaus signature golf course
  • Promotions: “Experience More” nightly resort credit of $50-$200 USD, unlimited golf

Four Seasons Lanai

  • The Island: Lanai, by far the smallest of the 8 main islands in archipelago, now owned by Larry Ellison
  • Opened in 2005, renovated in 2016
  • 168 rooms, 39 suites, and 6 specialty suites
  • The Four Seasons Lanai offers the most “private” experience, as the island draws in only about 1% of the all visitor arrivals in Hawaii, remains happily rustic, and lacks a single traffic light
  • Promotions: 5th Night Free, “Discover More” nightly activity and spa credit of $200-$400 USD, “Love Lanai” unlimited activities including golf, horseback riding, archery, water sports and more

Four Seasons Maui at Wailea

  • The Island: Maui, perhaps the most famous and fabled of the Hawaiian Islands
  • Opened in 1990, renovated in 2015
  • 288 rooms, 63 suites, and 32 specialty suites
  • The Four Seasons Maui was the brand’s 1st property in Hawaii and 3rd resort. It remains one of the most iconic of the Four Seasons properties.
  • Promotions: “Experience More” nightly resort credit of $50-$200 USD, “Complete Suite Experience” with roundtrip transfers, complimentary massages, a private dinner experience and more

Four Seasons Oahu at Ko Olina

  • The Island: Oahu, home to the capital city Honolulu
  • Opened in 2016
  • 370 rooms, 51 suites, and 4 specialty suites
  • The Four Seasons Oahu is a particularly convenient resort for guests, as it is just 30 minutes from Honolulu airport, which has the most nonstop flights from the continental US
  • Promotions: 4th night free

Why I’m not going into more details on the promotions

While Four Seasons Preferred Partner is great for the ability to combine special promotions with perks like free breakfast, room upgrades, and hotel credits, do be aware that they are limited in availability. While there are date ranges and terms associated with each of the promotions, even then they won’t always be available, due to capacity controls. You’re best off reaching out to a Four Seasons Preferred Partner Travel Advisor to get all the details.

Here are links to the promotions pages for the four hotels, to give you a sense of what you can expect:

One of the other cool things about these promotional pages is that it shows you “value dates,” where you can expect to find among the best rates. These won’t consistently be the absolute lowest rates, but you can expect that more often than not you’ll get a better rate over these dates. For example, for the Maui property, the following dates are listed:

  • March 13, 2018, through March 24, 2018
  • May 12, 2018, through May 20, 2018
  • May 27, 2018, through June 3, 2018
  • June 12, 2018, through June 23, 2018

Bottom line

It goes without saying that there are better value resorts in the world than the Four Seasons properties in Hawaii. However, tons of people love to vacation in Hawaii year-after-year, and the Four Seasons properties are among the most popular luxury resorts on the islands. Four Seasons doesn’t have a points program, so your best bet for scoring a deal at a Four Seasons hotel is to book through a Four Seasons Preferred Partner.

At a minimum you’ll get free breakfast, a room upgrade subject to availability, and a hotel credit of some sort. Even better is when you can combine Preferred Partner perks with promotions being offered by the hotel.

While a Four Seasons resort in Hawaii will never be “cheap,” there are definitely opportunities to score good deals, and in many cases you won’t pay more than you’d pay a mid-range property, especially when you factor in the free breakfast, lack of a resort fee, and more.

Ben and I stayed at the Four Seasons Lanai a few months ago and had an incredible time. Being at one of the only resorts on such an untouched island was really special.

Comments

  1. Love Four Seasons properties but many can be extremely overpriced for what you get in comparison to other luxury hotels like St Regis. I think the best use of the money when staying at Four Season is to stay at resorts like the ones you mentioned in Hawaii. Don’t really see the value if staying on big cities.

  2. When I crunch the numbers, best value is combining with Citi Prestige 4NF, but then they can’t get FSPP or Virtuoso amenities.

  3. Might opt for a 4S on one of the neighbor islands, but when I’m on Oahu it’s definitely the Kahala. It’s not the best hotel in the world but the location is perfect, blending the quiet of Kahala with access to the city… unlike Ko’Olina which is in the middle of nowhere or the Halekulani which is in the nightmare that is Waikiki. The best beaches on Oahu are also on the windward side which are closest to the Kahala. The Kahala also has a unique classic elegance with 60s design cues that beats the other luxury properties on the island

  4. I’ve only stayed at a few Four Seasons because they’re so expensive. I’ve only been able to justify it for special occasions, and often for just a night or two of a larger trip, but they do provide a fantastic experience. I find it interesting that you say that Lanaʻi is the most private, when I found them to be very in-your-face and present while I was there. Not in a bad way at all, but there’s always an attendant already in any space you walk into. Contrasted to Bora Bora, where you really can walk large portions of the property and feel you’re alone on the island. On Lanaʻi you have to get pretty far from the resort to feel that way.

    A correction: Lanai isn’t the smallest of the main 8, it’s not even the second smallest. Both Niʻihau and Kahoʻolawe are smaller. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawaiian_Islands

    You could say it’s the smallest with any significant hotels or tourism industry.

  5. I’ve stayed at the Four Seasons Lanai. Definitely a completely different experience than the rest of Hawaii, and maybe the nicest overall resort I’ve ever stayed at. Definitely do the Love Lanai package if you go–it includes unlimited excursions like sailing, shooting, archery, ATV riding, horseback riding, etc.

  6. As a Hyatt Gobalist, the best bang for your buck (regardless of any BS promotion by the Four Seasons) is staying at the Andaz in Maui. For my family of 4, we all get a free breakfast, free resort fee and a suite upgrade. Four Seasons is a nicer property but for pure value, Andaz can’t be beat.

  7. How does this square with Citi Prestige Fourth Night Free? At the room rates you’re describing, getting a fourth night free (assuming you like to stay in 4-night increments) beats the pants off of a spa credit. No?

  8. This would have been better received if you didn’t direct readers to your own agency. I suggest you publicize the benefits you receive for each booking you send to the 4S as well.

  9. @CalanMan While Lanai is not the smallest of 8 main islands, it is the smallest one you can easily visit. Kahoʻolawe is not currently inhabited and Niʻihau is 100% privately owned and has no scheduled transportation or tourist facilities.

  10. If you are staying at basic rooms at Four Seasons, then the benefits using agencies such as Ford’s would probably equal to Citi Fourth Night Free. Obviously everyone needs to do their own math. If you are staying at suites, then typically Citi Fourth Night free often beat any benefits that virtuoso and /or fspp can provide.

    Four Seasons Lanai has the best service among the Hawaiian Four Seasons mentioned in this article. It also has the nicest room finishes hands down. IMHO, Maui Four Seasons provide the least value for the money.

  11. @Jacob Neal. I actually think it is fine. There are those would need a good and dependable travel advisor. Why not used Ford, then? This is a travel site, so it isn’t necessarily not kosher. Trip Advisor does something like this as well.

  12. Great article! Im actually a Four Seasons Preferred Partner agent and would be happy to help any of you who would like to book a Four Seasons property. Just send me an email to clarita@foresttravel.com and i’ll reply shortly.

  13. Years ago when we stayed at 4S Lanai 4 times, 4S didn’t have a program. “We offer an upscale experience, blah blah blah” when I asked about it. Interesting that they have changed their tune. They are now so completely over the top expensive $1300 for the least expensive room per night (parking lot view anyone?)–seriously? Ridiculous.
    Kahala is fine; we stayed there years ago, but they made too many unwanted changes so wouldn’t consider them in future. Actually, next to 4S Ko Olina (which was there many years before 2016–only been a 4S since 2016–used to be Marriott related) is Disney’s Aulani. OK, don’t get turned off by Disney. It’s Hawaii with cap H and disney with small d. It’s fun and gorgeous; they have a ton of activities for everyone. Lots of landscaping and mature trees unlike 4S. However, their prices have soared. We would only be able to get a room now for what we paid for a 1 bedroom villa only a few years ago. This is nuts.
    Not sure what Maui Ritz Kauai Hyatt are charging now but have stayed at both in past. Great hotels but not great beaches/ocean access unfortunately.

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