The first Four Seasons Resort on the island — a metamorphosis of the once-iconic JW Marriott Ihilani — lives up to the brand’s reputation for sumptuous high living, from the generous rooms, designed in modern Hawaiiana style (banana leaf headboards, kiawe-wood walls) to the house ride, a black Mercedes Maybach.
The wheels remain on standby in the porte-cochere to whisk you to the nearby marina, where you can board either a private yacht for a Champagne-fueled sunset cruise or a helicopter for a bird’s-eye view of the island. From either vessel, dolphins, turtles and, come winter, migratory whales are easily spotted in the waters off the leeward coast.
While the 35,000-square-foot Naupaka Spa offers Hawaiian-inspired massages and body wraps with scrubs of wild-crafted lilikoi and cane sugar or coconut-aloe hydration milks, don’t pass up its unique Turkish hamam experience. Enter the chamber, built with Himalayan salt blocks, inhale the dry aerosolized salt for 25 minutes and emerge with clearer breathing and brighter skin.
At Fish House, the property’s signature line-to-table restaurant, start with the seafood tower, which showcases the best of the daily ocean bounty (throw in some poke for good measure — a spicy version with sambal and ginger is a must-try). Next, try the steamed lau lau, a native Hawaiian dish that wraps three types of fish with a succulent and smoky piece of kalua pork, in a convenient taro-leaf bundle. Save the chilled avocado with quinoa and hazelnut crumble for a light penultimate course — that way, you’ll be able to fully indulge in the chocolate-banana cream pie, made Hawaiian by virtue of its tangy-sweet apple bananas.
Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina
92-1001 Olani St., Kapolei.