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December 11, 2013updated Dec 16, 2013

Explore Best of Hawaii with Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay’s Suite Ride

By Chris Boyle

range rover_A new experience for those who thrive off-road but like to come home to luxury has been introduced at Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay.

Beginning January 10, 2014, the Suite Ride experience provides guests who book the Ali‘i Suite with daily access to a Range Rover HSE* and a host of other amenities to enjoy during their time at the resort.

With only 30 miles of paved road, the private island of Lanai is well suited to adventure off the beaten path.

With a diverse terrain spanning lush forests, rugged trails and secluded white-sand beaches, drivers can explore endless miles of roads in the comforts of an SUV vehicle offering refined luxury yet built for driving.

Start by exploring Lanai City and the upcountry highlands, once the center of ranching activity. Head over to the Kanepuu Preserve, encompassing 590 acres and home to 48 species of native plants, which contains the largest remnants of olopua/lama dry land forest in Hawaii. Park and take a short, self-guided tour using the maps at the forest entry.

Visit Keahiakawelo, a windswept landscape reminiscent of Mars, dotted with lava boulders and intriguing shadows and an important place in Hawaiian lore. Then, head north to Polihua Beach and try to catch sight of humpack whales.

Or drive over to Shipwreck Beach fronting the Kolohi Channel between Lanai and Molokai and hike to the Kukui Point petroglyphs or wander down to Federation Camp to watch sunning sea turtles in a local favorite ‘vacation spot’.

The Range Rover HSE comes equipped with island essentials for any occasion, including beach chairs, beach umbrella, snorkel gear, beach cooler, and a gourmet picnic basket.

Guests can rest their weary heads in the Ali’i Suite, which commands spectacular views of pristine Hulopo’e Bay, a marine preserve popular with local dolphins. The suite feature a spacious living and dining area as well as an outdoor balcony, or lanai, with daybeds, lounge chairs and a dining set.

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When not driving around the island, additional amenities for guests to enjoy at the resort include a VIP lounge location at the beach, complimentary breakfast for all guests in the suite, fresh flower arrangements, a pool cabana each day, two spa treatments per stay, VIP transfers to and from the airport and a special amenity prepared each day by the chef. Rates start at $13,539 per night.

Four Seasons Resorts Lanai, located on a pristine island a few miles west of Maui reflecting a simpler pace of life and the spirit of old Hawaii, features Manele Bay and The Lodge at Koele.

Guests can enjoy two exceptional experiences on one private island – a quintessential beach resort and a charming upcountry lodge offering unique cultural adventures, myriad water and land activities and world-class golf.

* Mercedes GL 450 may be substituted for Range Rover HSE.


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