Locals like to say that while other Hawaiian islands are slow-paced, quaint and laid-back Lanai is “no-paced.” But that doesn’t mean that the island lacks things to do. The ideal day exploring the island together involves plenty of relaxation and romance, but with a dose of adventure, culture and culinary exploration. For the most romantic, only-on-Lanai day, consider this itinerary.
Morning, 8:00 am
Make coffee in your room, and then take it with you as you wander together through the Resort’s winding outdoor paths. Bright, native Hawaiian plants surround the slate walkways as well as peaceful koi ponds and waterfalls. Make the short walk to Hulopoe Bay, and watch for pods of spinner dolphins and colourful reef fish, or even humpback whales in the winter months.
Late morning, 10:30 am
Rent a Jeep and head out for a scenic drive together. Catch views of the turquoise ocean, the red desert rocks of Keahiakawelo (or Garden of the Gods), and the rows of Cook pine trees. Then park and walk around the quaint town of Lanai City, home to most of the island’s 3,100 residents and dotted with colourful cottages built in the 1920s and ’30s. As a souvenir, pick up a piece of art from the Lanai Art Center or the Mike Carroll Gallery; each offers local works inspired by the island and greater Hawaii.
Afternoon, 12:30 pm
Photography Leigh Anne Meeks
Break for lunch at Richard's Market, where you can indulge together in local specialties including poke – raw tuna that’s cubed and marinated. Take your lunch to Dole Park, the heart of Lanai City’s town square.
Late afternoon, 2:00 pm
Take a dip in one of the Resort’s pools, designed with complete relaxation in mind. A free-form, lagoon-style pool with a cascading waterfall is the centrepiece, but for a kid-free escape, head to the adults-only pool, The Retreat.
Evening, 5:00 pm
Charter a private sailboat for an exclusive sunset sail with Champagne and gorgeous views. While taking in the multicoloured sunset sky, keep an eye out for wildlife, such as spinner dolphins playing in the surf. Kiss your sweetheart as you cruise in front of Puupehe, or Sweetheart Rock.
If you're travelling to Lanai in the winter months, you can opt for a boat tour that lets you experience the majestic North Pacific humpback whales, who are visiting Hawaii's waters. You can even hear them sing through a hydrophone.
Late evening, 9:00 pm
Feel the cool evening breeze as you and your partner enjoy a nightcap at NOBU, the Resort’s innovative Japanese fusion restaurant that infuses local Hawaiian ingredients. Visit the sushi bar and sip cocktails before retreating to your guest room or suite.