Four Seasons Resort Maui

Popped into the Four Seasons Resort Maui for a few days of needed R&R. Following a wedding party in Maui, I was happy to arrive mid afternoon and despite my room not quite ready, I was thrilled to plop at the Fountain Pool cabana. No fees for poolside cabana, a lovely surprise in these days of hotels billing for every service. My years of growing up on a Southern California beach has resulted in bi-yearly sun spot evaluations and biopsies – I was always too fair to be in the sun, but who knew we shouldn’t have slathered ourselves with coco butter or baby oil to bake all day in the searing sun?

I digress…within a minute, several pool staff hovered, Ms. Books, this is a better plug for your laptop, let me help you.

Ms. Books please see the pool spa menu; do you need a foot massage with your cocktail? I need a detox cocktail after a wedding week; do you have an instantaneous cure? Yes, a smoothie will begin the process.

Oh, I think my book is in my bags with the bellman…no worries; guest services will retrieve your book and deliver to your cabana.

Later, as I schlepped my carry-on through the lobby to my room, a bellman stopped me and inquired, do you need assistance to your room? Obviously, the detox process hadn’t quite resuscitated me yet.

Next morning, after my beach walk, I found my cute little reading glasses sitting on a lens polishing cloth on my nightstand, smudge free. A new day with clear vision of the world.

Short list of attention to detail and amazing service practiced at Four Seasons Resorts.

Pools, Beach, Sun, View and No Crowds.

There are three beautiful salt-water pools, palm trees, lush gardens, sea views, and the closest to the lapping waves private lounge areas nearly on the sand.

Serenity Pool for adults offers A List Cabanas for a fee, however these are virtually poolside suites, a cozy private space with sofas, flat screen televisions, and a refrigerator…slide the louvered doors shut and you could snooze all day and not be noticed! Dive into the Serenity Pool and swim to soothing underwater music, swim up to the in pool bar for a tropical Mai Tai served within a pineapple – certainly the fruit zeros out the rum if you are on a detox program! Did I mention the roving attendant passing Popsicle’s?

Prefer sand in your toes to piscine? Mosey lower on the property to the carved out lounger grotto’s practically on the beach, service of course is instant. In need of a private beach massage, look no further than the Massage palapas stationed at the end of the lounge area.

Loungers Steps from the Sea and Sand

At some point you need to depart to you suite. Enjoy the fabulous art collection, contemporary Hawaiian artwork including murals of vintage Hawaiian quilt patterns. Concierge can supply a walking guide, talk a tour and explore.

Various room and suite locations in the wings to choose from, if you need absolute quiet, we will reserve center garden/sea view suites. My massive suite with two luxurious lanai’s, yes, two, lanai’s was splendid. Obviously one lanai for breakfast surf views and the other to enjoy afternoon sunset views with cocktails, that pesky detox.

Refurbishing the suites is in process on all floors. One positive improvement I have noticed is hotels are placing attractive plug blocks near beds, so you don’t have to shove furniture away from walls to charge a phone or work on your laptop in bed. You think I am on vacation all the time while staying at these five star resorts? My little standard coffee maker was equipped with pouches of Kona coffee – honestly, I abhor those pod coffee machines- one dribbly cup at a time, and until I have enjoyed my coffee, I can barely find the hidden button to power it up, let alone the right combination of buttons for a LARGE cup – and then the large cups don’t fit under the spigot…

Bathrooms – oh, acres of marble and as a member of the Tribe of the Tub girl, if I can almost drown in the tub, it is the perfect depth and length! Easily a tub for two if one is inclined.

Proper lighting, a separate large shower and my favorite Molton Brown amenities.

As mentioned in my Four Seasons Lanai post, the abundance of locations to sit and ponder, read a paper, public spaces with sofas and a view are many and in all corners of the resort. I realize not everyone can spring for a suite with several lanais and you may want to escape your travel companion, the resort has abundant locations to do just that- escape!

Dragging the kiddos to the resort? Video room, video games, billiards, kiddie club will give them a day away from the parents with the well known Four Seasons Kids Clubs.

Dining options, hard to resist Spago right on property. If you desire a  romantic celebration or a special family dinner reserve the Ultimate Dining experience – a truly memorable evening. Your exclusive server will escort you to a breathtaking ocean-front location overlooking Wailea Beach, where you’ll savor a leisurely paced multi-course dinner customized for you by award-winning chefs, accompanied with wines, craft cocktails or specialty beers paired by the sommelier or expert mixologist.

As mentioned many private areas to read a paper, there are also several locations to stop for refreshment besides the pool bars and restaurants. Lobby Lounge with panoramic ocean views and evening hula dancers welcome the sunset to the sounds of local Hawaiian music.

Find sun-soaked tranquility at an enchanted enclave nestled on the magnificent golden-sand crescent of Maui’s southwest coast. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens and the dramatic peak of Haleakala as your backdrop, relax in Maui’s largest resort suites and guest rooms, which also boast the island’s largest hotel bathrooms.

My detox plan may have been jettisoned, however I found the Four Seasons Maui to be the perfect oasis to recover from a long wedding week. Can’t wait to return! R&R or drop in for a week or two of sailing, SUP, golf, hiking and surfing.

Four Seasons Resort Maui – The Perfect Oasis.

 

 

Berlin Exclusives

Private collections. Visit the private homes and collections of Germany’s most prominent art collectors for cocktails or dinner, take in a garden tour with a German Countess or view the latest in cool urban design.

Architecture. Enjoy architect-led tours ranging from 17th Century castles to Bauhaus to developments since the ‘Fall of the Wall’, with projects by Renzo Piano, Rem Koolhaas and Lord Norman Foster, and visits that take you behind the facades into places ordinarily inaccessible to the general public.

Gastronomy. Sip champagne in the kitchen of a star chef while discussing the evening’s menu; experience the best of Germany’s Rieslings at a private sommelier wine tasting. Let a celebrated chocolate maker share his talents in an exclusive Konditorei.

Galleries. Enjoy drinks receptions at cutting-edge contemporary art galleries in such hot spots as Berlin or Leipzig, and visit internationally acclaimed artists in their studios.

Only a beginning of exclusive offerings…