Four Seasons Oahu
Hawaii is one of those places that makes it on to everyone’s bucket list at some point or another; the same is true for me. I remember visiting Honolulu when I was around 7 years old with my parents and loving every last minute of the beautiful islands. So it was only natural that more than 20 years later Hawaii had shot back up to the top of my travel destinations, as I wanted to see the beaches and experience the culture, this time really being able to appreciate it. Enter Four Seasons Oahu at Ko Olina.
I had the wonderful opportunity of heading to the newly renovated Four Seasons Oahu this past November and I can truly say that it’s spectacular place to visit. Situated about 15 minutes drive from the airport, you arrive and walk into the hotel, not really knowing what to expect. While it does have a nice entrance, you don’t get a true feel for the property until you walk down the stairs of the lobby to where the restaurants are located and the stunning bay in front of you.
Upon my arrival, I was given a tour of the hotel and what I saw was breath-taking. Everything from the bay, to three pools, presidential suite, penthouse suite, restaurants that overlook the water, and more, I knew I’d be really excited to be staying for the next few days.
Now, with most hotels that I’ve visited, they are all beautiful in their own way or another. Being a wellness expert and all, what interests me more is how these types of properties are helping people achieve health while they are staying. There is a huge trend that is emerging and that is the Luxury Traveller (something that I consider myself). The Lux Traveller is someone who enjoys high-class destinations, while still staying true to the fact that they want to feel good while traveling. Money becomes less of an issue when you know that you are going to get an incredible vacation, both in terms of the beauty of the hotel you choose, but also the wellness programming that will leave you feeling rejuvenated.
Four Seasons Oahu is this and so much more. I started my mornings with yoga at 7.30am on the grass overlooking the water, before the sun got too hot. The teacher was a local and guided everyone to feeling blissed out so early in the morning. Next, I would head over to breakfast with a table overlooking the pool while taking in the fresh morning air. They have options to order a set meal as well as the buffet, which I tended to do, mainly because I loved all the options. (I will note though: this hotel is not a solely ‘wellness only’ place so you will be tempted by a lot of the pastries and such, that I give you permission to eat in moderation!)
My time during my few days at the resort was filled with lounging by my personal pool in my suite (the only room to have it’s own!), walking around the property, eating at the three different restaurants, and paddle boarding in the bay. I learned how to make the Hawaiin headdress out of flowers- I wish L.A. had the sorts of flowers that Hawaii does! I also got to experience the spa, which is based on ancient Hawaiian traditions, where I tried a Rose Quartz healing facial, a body scrub and massage (Liliko`i Lomilomi, and halo therapy. The halo therapy is in a salt room, meaning floor to ceiling is all salt rocks, where you lie back in a very comfortable chair, listen to a meditation, and have your feet scrubbed and massaged, while breathing in salt vapor that clears the lungs and forces out toxins from the body. This is one of the most unique and relaxing treatments I’ve tried.
Food that I absolutely recommend to try:
- The vegan Poke by Chef Ray. Most of you know that I eat plant based and so it was an absolute surprise to learn how to make vegan poke; definitely one of my new favorite meals! (Watch me learning how to make it here).
- Avocado Quinoa Salad. I am OBSESSED with this. It is the most creamy avocado, paired with crunchy hazelnut quinoa, apple cider vinegar, and lightly salted.
- Whipped Ricotta (at Noe) and the Mushroom Salad. Their pasta is also freshly made an absolutely delicious.
One incredibly fun thing that I got to do while here was film for the TV show CNBC’s ‘Secret Lives of the Super Rich.’ They happened to be there the same time as me, so I had the incredible opportunity of taking a private helicopter to the top of a mountain and eating chocolate covered strawberries and drinking champagne (albeit, at 9am! LOL). Later in the day we had sunset cocktails on a yacht while watching the sunset, another absolutely epic experience.
Overall, I highly recommend checking out the hotel if you are wanting to experience what a Luxury Traveller (like myself) does! This property has so much to do. Below are some more photos from my trip! It’s definitely one of those places that you will be wanting to take as many as you possibly can!
Tons of love & happy travels,