Virtuoso Life - July/August 2018 - 82
OUR FAVORITE PLACES
We'll meet you on the beach.
"Hawaii is worth visiting more than once because each island is incredibly diverse in topography, marine life, and activities,"
says Garden Grove, California-based Virtuoso advisor Dani Johnson. What they all have in common: Life revolves around the
water, so whether you're hiking on Kauai, whale-watching off the coast of Hawaii Island, or lazing the afternoon away on a
secluded Oahu beach (maybe the one on this issue's cover?), be ready for some sunshine.
Bliss out on Maui.
Pick one island to begin: Most require at least five
days for maximum enjoyment, Johnson notes.
Maui is a good choice for first-timers - it's a crowdpleaser with "a little bit of activity, gorgeous beaches,
consistent weather, and many wonderful restaurant
options," Johnson says. The 50 recently renovated
rooms at Montage Kapalua Bay on the northwest
coast have koa wood furniture, neutral color palettes,
and private lanais with daybeds. Doubles from $1,055,
including an upgrade (if available) at time of booking,
breakfast daily, and a $150 spa credit.
Get off the beaten path.
Laid-back getaways are already Hawaii's specialty,
but Lanai takes them to new levels. The 140-squaremile island's rugged landscape and sparse population
set it apart from its neighbors, as do its "phenomenal
beaches and secluded environment, along with some
of Hawaii's best snorkeling and diving," Johnson adds.
Make the 213-room Four Seasons Resort Lanai your
home base - it's currently the island's only five-star
property and fronts Hulopoe Bay, a designated marine reserve. Doubles from $725, including breakfast
daily and a $100 spa credit.
BRING IT HOME: Among Johnson's favorite island souvenirs are colorful plein air watercolors depicting Hawaii's classic landscapes by
local artist Pam Andelin. Find her work at Village Galleries Maui.
V I RT U O S O L I F E
(PAINTING) PAM ANDELIN
From top: Kapalua Bay Beach, a ten-minute walk from
Montage Kapalua Bay, and a snorkeling adventure off
the coast of the Four Seasons Resort Lanai.