But, notes Naeole, clients looking for wellness or revitalization should also look into the resort’s Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment program, which allows guests to hike through the Hawaiian rainforest, snorkel among Maui’s beautiful coral reefs and participate in underwater photography sessions, always, the hotel points out, “…exploring the relevance of Hawaiian culture.” For those who want to connect with Hawaii and feel recharged, recommend the program’s Maunalei Magic itinerary, in which guests venture into the Maunalei Arboretum for a first-hand look at Maui’s forested uplands. Hike leaders share their knowledge of Hawaii’s natural and cultural history while interpreting the geological formation and biological speciation of the islands. Guests also experience a cultural perspective as they are told of life in old Hawaii and how the native people learned to thrive in harmony with nature. Recommend the Resort Reconnect, starting at $399 per night, which includes overnight accommodations, daily breakfast buffet for two people in the Terrace restaurant, and daily resort credit.
ladies who luxe A wellness retreat is all well and good, but sometimes a girl just has to have a sip from her martini and stuff her Tory Burch tote to the max. For that, we recommend the Four Seasons resorts on Lanai, so secluded from the everyday that a stroll on the beach might lead right up to Nirvana. In fact, the wellness factor here is all in the destination—the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau boasts that on Lanai, the “…most hurried thing is the breeze.” This is a place where clients have plenty of time to get in touch with their inner self. Home to a population of only 3,000, this private island offers two outstanding Four Seasons resorts—the palatial-like Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay, which cozies up to stunning white sand beaches, or the country manor-style Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele, tucked away on the island’s central highlands. Your clients can choose to stay at either when they book the Ladies Who Luxe package.
Created for two, this 5-night package includes roundtrip inter-island transportation from Oahu to Lanai on a private jet (or a private yacht from Maui); private island transportation upon arrival and departure; and a personal “It Girl” concierge to attend to your client’s every whim. There are also two “Getaway Survival Kits,” which include PINK vodka & martini set, guilty tabloid reads, sunscreen, $500 shopping pass to Lanai City’s retailers and Benefit’s BADGal Kit—all stashed into a Tory Burch tote; daily private cabana; private Ajne Rare and Precious scent analysis and demi-blending perfume session to create a custom signature fragrance; private surf or stand-up paddleboard lesson; private golf or tennis lesson; and private gourmet cooking class with the executive chef. And yes, of course, they’ve thrown some spa and spiritual treats into the mix, but they are far from ordinary. Ladies will love the private surfside yoga session and will go weak in the knees over the private Spa After Hours Experience, a 2-hour journey into decadence where the spa re-opens only for your clients. And oh yes, so the men back home won’t turn green with envy, the package also includes two certificates for a 2-night stay to re-discover Lanai with a special someone. The package starts at $56,000.