As my parents were in town visiting us, my husband and I booked this vacation for just the two of us. We really missed the kids, but the alone time we got after oh so many years was the best we ever had. We booked Hawaiian Airlines for the roundtrip and experienced delays both ways (2 hour delay going to Hawaii and an hour delay when coming back). I don’t know if its just bad timing/luck, we’ll try a different airline next time.
Four Seasons is located right next to Disney’s Aulani Resort and on the south west side of the island. It’s around an hour drive from the airport depending on the traffic situation. Staying at this resort was the best decision we ever made. Here are our pros and cons
First the pros:
- Four seasons resort has a beautiful lagoon and beach (shared with Disney’s Aulani resort). There’s also a rocky beach on the other end which you can easily walk to.
- There are three pools (a serenity pool, kids pool and an adult’s only pool). We spent quite a bit of time in the adult only pool and loved it. Poolside service was great as well. We ordered salads and drinks and the quantity was enough to keep us going through the day.
- This resort is away from Waikiki and for good reasons. The Waikiki beach is beautiful (we were there to visit). But it is so overcrowded. We walked through ‘The Royal Hawaiian‘ and that resort is simply a mess. It’s not well maintained both inside and out. So you get way you pay for and that is mostly just the beach. Can’t speak for the rooms of the Royal Hawaiian, but the hotel itself seemed very outdated (even the carpets needed replacing). I know there maybe other hotels in Waikiki that are much better, but if you are looking for an escape and relaxation, I would highly suggest the Four Seasons.
- Excellent room service, housekeeping, valet and even front desk (everyone was very respectful and courteous during our stay).
- We absolutely loved that they had a ‘privacy‘ and ‘make up room‘ button which you could press to notify if you wanted cleaning. Also, an ipad where you could order your own snacks for the room customized to your taste, chat with concierge for anything, place orders for inroom dining and make other reservations (spa, photographer etc).
- A short walk to nearby stores and restaurants if you want to do some light shopping.
- Didn’t use the fitness center, the grounds are so beautiful ,we took a walk everyday instead.
Cons: (Not many really)
- The lagoon is shared with Disney’s resort and as such can get crowded. If you want more privacy you can walk a little to the next lagoon. We actually enjoyed spending time in the more crowded lagoon. There are no lifeguards on duty in any of the lagoons.
- Breakfast at the resort is very expensive (if you want to try the buffet, its $45 per person) and certainly not worth it. The food itself is very tasty and we ate coconut cream baked oatmeal daily as part of in room dining.
- A 45min drive to Waikiki and Honolulu but its worth it.
- The spa seems really very expensive (didn’t give it a try though so can’t review it)
Now off to the pics 🙂