NOW OPEN: Four Seasons Hotel Lanai at Koele, a Sensei Retreat

Four Seasons Hotel Lanai at Koele, A Sensei Retreat, the first all-inclusive wellness experience offered by Four Seasons, has officially opened this month in the Hawaiian Islands.

An evidence-led approach to wellbeing focuses on three practices – movement, nourishment, and rest – which are connected and enriched by one another, helping guests get familiar and maintain a conversation with body and mind. These three practices are the basis for programming, and integrating elements from all categories lead to a balance that is at the heart of the Sensei philosophy, as well as helping guests discover new patterns and experiences they can implement in their everyday lives on a consistent and ongoing basis.

From private spa hale to world-class cuisine, guest will enjoy a luxury of choices including body treatments; personal training; group classes and lectures in yoga, meditation, fitness, nutrition, mindfulness, Hawaiian culture, art and enrichment, meditation and cultural immersion; and enriching activities on land and sea, all while experiencing the beauty of the secluded island of Lanai.

Customised Programming by a Sensei Guide

Each customised itinerary is prepared in advance in consultation with a dedicated Sensei Guide. Throughout, the experience is optimised with technology – such as thermal body mapping and sleep analysis – along with coordinated input from the Sensei Guide and team of on-site wellness practitioners to uncover opportunities for growth and enjoyment and adapt the program to individual guest needs.

At departure, guests leave with a review of learnings and suggestions to continue on a path of wellness once at home, including the option to check in with one’s Sensei Guide.

Don’t Miss Experiences

Two essential experiences at the Koele retreat are private guided sessions and Sensei Featured Experiences at the Spa.

Guests have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with Sensei Guides, many of whom have Masters degrees in their fields of practice, for guided sessions in topics such as nutrition, fitness, mindfulness, stress management and yoga. Every session is fully personalised according to each guest’s intentions, with offerings ranging from a private cooking lesson to a personal Vinyasa class focused on building core strength or refining a challenging pose. The sessions complement the 10 to 16 daily scheduled classes and lectures led by trained wellness staff and visiting experts.

Three Sensei Featured Experiences showcase the key components of the philosophy, offered in the three-square-metre private hale. Private spa hale are designed as individual sanctuaries, with treatment areas, indoor/outdoor showers, infrared saunas, Japanese ofuro bathtubs, private plunge pools and lounge areas; two hale also include watsu pools.

‘Move’ is a two-hour treatment focused on the importance of mobility and movement, and features a segment on land or in a private pool where water shiatsu includes floating, rocking, cradling and stretching with the help of a trained therapist. ‘Rest’ takes the art of unwinding to a new level, beginning with a soothing, skin-nourishing bath and continuing through breathwork, face and scalp stimulation, and finally, a transformative full body massage. ‘Nourish’ takes advantage of the Koele Retreat’s tropical location outdoors among bamboo and banyan, with massage oils and body wrap using local oils and extracts.

Dining at Sensei by Nobu

Chef Nobu Matsuhisa has long been at the forefront of innovative cuisine grounded in Japanese sensibilities and clean ingredients. Guests of Four Seasons will enjoy a wellness menu created by Chef Nobu and his team in close collaboration with Sensei’s nutritionists. On the Sensei by Nobu menu are such Nobu favourites as the world-renowned black cod with miso, as well as a new selection inspired by the bounty of the steps-away Sensei Farm Lanai, and the neighbouring islands and waters of Hawaii.

Additional options also include the Koele Garden Bar, and private hale, poolside or 24/7 in-room dining is also available.

An Island’s Worth of Recreational Opportunities

With 36,000 hectares of nearly-untouched wilderness ranging from pristine beaches to mountains, red lava cliffs and lush rainforests, Lanai is a playground for lovers of all things outdoors.

At the hotel’s sister property, the beachfront Four Seasons Resort Lanai, guests can enjoy a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course as well as diving, snorkelling, fishing, sailing and other ocean-based water sports.

Sensei Guides can also arrange excursions further afield on foot or in an off-road vehicle, with tips on where to find the prettiest views, the secret beaches and the best spots for a picnic.

Packages

Retreat packages at the adults-only Four Seasons Hotel Lanai at Koele include accommodations in 96 rooms and suites opening onto private balconies or lanai, newly decorated by Todd-Avery Lenahan of TAL-Studio, who also conceived the overall design of the hotel.

Also included are flights from and to Honolulu aboard Lanai Air, and ground transportation to the hotel as well as shuttles to Four Seasons Resort Lanai and Lanai City. The minimum stay is three nights, while seven-night vacations are highly recommended to maximise the experience.

More details at fourseasons.com/koele/

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