Hawaii Mom Blog: My Visit to Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort




August 26, 2022

My Visit to Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort

My friends and I had an incredible time at Sensei Lanai, a Four Seasons Resort.  Sensei is a new luxury wellness resort for ages 16 and over and was the former Lodge at Koele.  When it first opened (pre-pandemic) it only offered all-inclusive packages with accommodations, but since their reopening, the resort also offers a room only rate.  The resort requires a 2 night minimum stay, but is currently running a promotion where round trip flights between Honolulu and Lanai are included with your stay.

And that brings me to Lanai Air.  We arrived 30 minutes before our flight time and were treated to complimentary drinks and snacks before we were driven to our semi-private plane.  After a few bumps and 20 minutes later, we arrived in Lanai and immediately took a shuttle to Sensei where we were each greeted with lei and a welcome drink.  

Since we only booked rooms and not a package, we had to make all our dining and spa reservations when we arrived, which luckily we were able to do.  We did miss out on some of the complimentary daily activities, but it didn't take away from our great time.

Sensei by Nobu is the resort's main restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  We dined there for all our meals except one and were pleasantly surprised that the menus are very different for each meal time and the portions are generous.  The restaurant itself is gorgeous with glass paneling overlooking the lake.        

Dining room

We spent most of our first day by the pool relaxing and chatting before having dinner.  The next morning, we went on the Koloiki Ridge hike.  The resort offers a guided hike, but you can also hike the 4 mile out and back trail on your own.  It's very well marked and took a little less than 2 hours.  

Gorgeous heated pool

At the Koloiki ridge summit!

Later in the day I headed to my massage appointment in my very own private spa hale.  Each spa hale is 1,000 square feet and features a massage room that opens into a garden.  The hale also houses a infrared sauna and steam shower room.  Two of the ten hale have an outdoor watsu pool that is used for aquatic treatments and mine was one of them! I had the best time and I would 100% recommend this unique spa experience!  

Entering the spa hale

Looking out onto the watsu pool.

Ofuro bath

Outdoor rain shower

Enjoying a dip in the watsu pool

My friends and I enjoyed our final day at Sensei with breakfast on our patios before lounging in our robes in the most comfortable beds you won't ever want to get out of...until you have to.  Sensei is definitely one of the most beautiful places I have stayed and is so unlike anything in Hawaii.  If you are in need of some serious relaxation, Sensei Lanai is for you.  

Our breakfast spread

The expansive grounds and lake view

A gift from Sensei - Yeti water bottles!


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