The harmonious rhythm of swaying hips to the hula, the distinct melody of the Ukulele, the pretty floral garlands (lei), grass skirts (pau), plus decorative whale bone (kupea) and symbolic conch shells, are just a fraction of the attraction. With incredible scenic beauty, near-perfect weather, a fiery heart, plus vibrant melting pot of culture — with a rich native history closely linked to the ocean — there is plenty of island spirit to captivate visitors.
With oceans and islands of appeal, we recommend looking beyond the iconic surfboard, sensational sunsets, swaying palms and rolling waves; to feel the tropical breeze, taste the salty water, hear the musical mele and inhale the island spirit. Whichever island you choose to visit — Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai or Big Island — and whichever luxury hotel you choose to stay in — from Four Seasons Maui, at Wailea, Four Seasons Lanai and Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, to Halekulani and The Kahala Hotel & Resort — you are certain to fall for the natural wonders, beauty and grace of Hawaii, and bound to find your version of nirvana, Shangri-La or ethereal promised land.
Should the power of the ocean and dynamic underwater marine-life fail to rock your boat, there are craters to climb, coastal roads to drive and hidden bays to discover. On the beautiful island of Maui — known as the Valley Isle and the second largest Hawaiian island — guests can admire scenic slopes and the rich vegetation surrounding Waianapanapa State Park, the soft-sands of Kaanapali, translucent waters of Wailea, and striking photogenic jet-black shores of Honokalani. An intriguing island of contrasts, it boasts sensational shades of vivid green land and shimmering blue hues, complemented by bright, warming sunshine — the perfect palette and artists’ dream. Equally beautiful, yet smaller in size, the private island of Lanai is just a few miles west of Maui. Having once boasted Hawaii’s largest pineapple plantation, it now draws visitors to its crystal-clear waters, pristine beaches and exceptional golf courses. Renowned for offering a taste of ‘old Hawaiian’ spirit, it also provides a marine sanctuary for Spinner Dolphins and Humpback Whales.
With flavoursome local cuisine to savour — from fish tacos and Polynesian Civiche, to pupus platters and Hawaiian-Californian fusion dishes — and the perfect climate to dine alfresco, there is plenty to digest across the bountiful islands. The balmy evenings and sublime sunsets lend themselves to dreamy cocktails, romantic gestures and exceptional star-gazing — all perfect complements to the endless sunny days and memorable day-time experiences. With so much, or so little to do if you prefer, it’s not difficult to understand why the destination is an enduring favourite with travellers, and a highly praised paradise.
Once exhausted by the plethora of luxury hotel facilities — world-class golf courses, gourmet restaurants, sublime spas, tennis coaching and art programmes — there are many in-land highlights to discover such as yoga, zip-wiring, hiking, horse-riding, visiting the lush Botanical Gardens, local music festivals, or perhaps the Hawaii International Jazz Festival. Of course, the off-shore, aquatic highlights are simply too numerous to mention – from snorkelling, scuba-diving, kayking, kiteboarding and SUP Surfing, to taking part in traditional Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe racing, going deep-sea fishing, whale-watching or learning the skill of free-diving. Whether in-land, crater-high, on the surface or deep below the rolling Pacific Ocean, Hawaii has is it all — in perfect, tropical harmony!
To create your dream escape and to learn more about Hawaii and her spectacular islands, please call our Travel Experts on 01244 897 221.