A Sojourn on Hawaii’s Last Unspoiled Island / LUXURY TRAVEL MAG / By Tony Bar / New Orleans /
TRAVEL EXCLUSIVE NEWS / New York
By Richard Bunting
In search of a well-earned break, Richard Bunting finds the perfect balance of family and downtime in the idyllic surroundings of Hawaii’s Lanai Island
LANAI ISLAND, A PATCH OF HAWAIIAN PARADISE, IS FAVOURED by A-listers from Jessica Alba and Cindy Crawford to Bill and Melinda Gates. Without a lick of remorse, we were about to take the celebrity factor down a notch.
It had been 15 months – 15 beautiful, challenging months – since my wife and I made our parenting debut and we were thrilled to be taking our new-found and ever-developing parenting skills on the road.
It was our first adventure as a family of three, and Lanai Island, located off the west coast of Maui, seemed a fitting reward. The journey began with some trepidation when we realised our 45-minute flight from Honolulu to Maui would be courtesy of a Cessna Grand Caravan.
The single-engine turboprop, which seats 14 at capacity but carried just four passengers on this occasion, didn’t promise the sturdiest of rides. But our concerns were soon forgotten as the spectacular views of Honolulu, Waikiki and Molokai unfolded as we cruised at around 4500 metres.
Excitement officially building, we met our transfer at Maui’s Kahului Airport for the 50-minute drive to Lahaina, the former capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii, for our ferry to Lanai Island. The ferry ride, across beautiful blue waters to Lanai Harbour, was over in a heartbeat and in only a few more minutes we had arrived at the Four Seasons Resort Lanai.
Someone at the resort sure knows what life with a toddler is like. As we entered our Ocean Front King Room, we spotted a bed big enough for five – or, in our case, one ‘Emma’ who likes to sleep diagonally.
We were also quick to notice the stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, not surprisingly, and the perfectly sized balcony to enjoy a morning coffee or afternoon drink. The highlight for me, however, was in the bathroom.
The automated toilet may be commonplace in Japan but for me, it had the wow-factor.