Forget luaus. 

Introducing…wait for it…high luxury, which can only be found at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, whose 21 high luxury Complete Suites and 26 Club Floor accommodations’ are raising the bar for what high-end vacation travelers are coming to expect—whether in Hawaii or anywhere else. 

As a Club Floor guest, you don’t have to check in through the lobby at the Four Seasons Resort in Maui. You’ll go up to the Club Floor and enjoy private check-in there. Then, you can go hang out at the Club Lounge or outdoor lanai overlooking the ocean. You can have cocktails, you can read a book or you can take your meals there. It’s hard to think of a Four Seasons as a place from which you would need refuge, but the reality is that even the most luxurious of hotels are busy places. Having a private space behind the proverbial velvet rope is always desirable, especially now that we’ve all been vaccinated and everyone’s back on the road. 

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A great vacation is sometimes so stimulating and exhausting that you come back depleted. Who among us hasn’t said, “After that last vacation, I need a vacation!” At the Four Seasons, you can certainly enjoy the extraordinary range of wine options (described below), and you can also improve your health while you are enjoying the peacefulness of the islands. The resort offers a “Health Optimization Program” in collaboration with Next|Health. In between your visits to the beach or that aforementioned private lanai, you can be getting customized IV therapy treatments, vitamin shots and biomarker testing from Next|Health, a health optimization and longevity center offering its members an abundance of vitality and not just the absence of disease. 

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The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Maui goes beyond the traditional massages and facials that you find at most resorts. Here, you can make appointments with holistic mediums, Reiki masters, acupuncturists, chiropractors and aestheticians. It’s all on property, so you’re not wasting precious travel time getting to any of these specialists. 

If you’re in search of unique experiences and are a fan of golf, how about swinging by Wailea Golf Course, located just minutes from the resort, to join a pro on a bird’s-eye-view helicopter tour of the course along with Maui’s lush scenery? Four Seasons Resort Maui will complete the experience by arranging tee times and providing a massage to ease those muscles that you might have strained on the par-5s. 

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Next, if you haven’t heard of Haiku House Maui, you’re hardly alone. One of the best kept secrets on the islands, the Haiku House is a nine-bedroom estate situated on 20 acres of Maui’s North Shore. The property once belonged to the Reverend Robert Schuller and then former U.S. Treasury Secretary Bill Simon. Today, Haiku House offers high-end accommodations and, experienced by few, an exclusive culinary adventure for Four Seasons Resort Maui guests: Fire & Wine. The Fire & Wine experience offers a window into the Hawaiian lifestyle of fishing, hunting and gathering the island’s unique seafood, game and produce, which is cooked over flame and paired with extraordinary fine wines. Led by Yeshua Goodman, open-fire chef and advanced sommelier, the experience promises a next-level tour of tastes and tales.

Like wine? Epicurean wine experiences await Elite Suite guests. These events are created in collaboration with Wally’s Wine & Spirits president and principal Christian Navarro. Wally’s started as a neighborhood liquor store in Los Angeles in 1968 and has transformed itself into the premier destination for lovers of wine, spirits, gourmet cheese and exceptional cuisine. 

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Interested in Hawaiian history? How about joining the Malama Hawaii volunteer experience, which allows the hotel’s guests to discover Maui’s storied past through hands-on processing of historical artifacts and documents at the Lahaina Restoration Foundation.  

Got kids? How about a specially arranged private movie night on the grounds of the hotel for you, your family and your friends, complete with s’mores stations. Sounds like a perfect way to end any evening of the vacation or the vacation itself. 

The short of it is that the world’s best known and most beloved resort brands must innovate constantly to keep ahead of the competition. The experiences available, on and off property, at Four Seasons Resort Maui, along with the staff, many of whom have been there for the 31 years since the hotel opened in 1990, will definitely present a serious challenge to any other entrant in the high-end luxury holiday-making world.