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Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort

  • One Keomoku Highway, PO Box 631380, Lanai City, Hawaii, 96763, USA

    November 2019

    Alastair McAlpine
Property Overview

Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort is an elegant, relaxing oasis, located on a secluded Hawaiian island. Designed with award-winning architects, the property offers tranquility and luxury set amid rolling hills and tropical greenery.

Guests will find an inspiring destination where Sensei guides will use an evidence-led approach to well-being, help guests fuel their passions and connect with their intentions to become well by offering enriching classes, new adventures, relaxing treatments, private wellness consultations and nutritious foods.   Choose from Sensei Guided Experiences or a la carte options to create a completely customised experience.  Whether targeting a specific health goal or simply unwinding from the stresses of everyday life, unmatched hospitality, reputable experts and natural beauty combine to offer a journey in pursuit of movement, nourishment and rest.

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Physical Features

Total Number of Rooms: 96

  • Guest Rooms: 92
  • Suites: 4

Number of Stories: 2

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Interior Designer: Todd-Avery Lenahan, TAL Studio

Design Aesthetic:

  • Set amid a mountain location that inspires the senses to ascend and rise above the fray of life.
  • The Great Room has been re-sculpted, with a more than 80-foot (24 metre) long glass wall overlooking the verdant gardens bringing the landscape inside.
  • Extraordinary works of art are encountered for the first time, commissioned exclusively for the property and stimulating thought and reflection. 
  • Colours from nature are vibrant against a serene palette, offering a harmonious and balanced setting for a journey to well-being.


  • Island of Lanai is a former pineapple plantation that once produced up to 75% of the world's pineapple supply.
  • Opened 1991, managed by Four Seasons since 2005, transformed to a wellness retreat 2019.  


  • Located in the lush, rolling uplands of Lanai. Koele is said to be named for the moisture-laden clouds that came down from the mountain gulches.
  • 25-minute flight from Honolulu on Lanai Air, included in all programs.
  • Nearby, Lanai City is a charming plantation town with resident-owned shops, galleries and restaurants.
Spa & Wellness Facilities


Design Aesthetic:

  • A whole body retreat
  • Inspired by a distant place in the Far East, the focus is on the individual with facilities and spa hale set among beautifully landscaped gardens, providing an escape to nature along the journey
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Treatment Rooms:

  • 10 private spa hale, salon for facials and finishing touches
  • Private hale feature oversize spa tables, indoor and outdoor showers, infra-red sauna, steam, ofuro baths, private plunge pools and lounging areas
  • 2 hales feature watsu pools for unique treatments  

Signature Treatment:

  • Sensei Featured Experience – Move, Nourish or Rest with a 120-minute experience in a private spa hale; each experience centers around these three key practices  

Fitness Facilities

  • Two movement studios
  • Yoga pavilion and outdoor yoga space
  • 24-hour gym

Sample Fitness Activities:    

  • TRX suspension
  • Target activations
  • Peloton cycling
  • Core 3D

Yoga and Wellness Sample Classes:   

  • Morning meditation and yoga
  • Functional fascia
  • Advanced Vinyasa 75
  • Being peace walking meditation

Philosophy:  From locally grown produce to sustainable practices, Sensei is passionate about food and its impact on our bodies.

Menus have been designed by world-renowned Japanese Chef Nobu Matsuhisa and his team in close collaboration with Dr. Agus’s and Sensei’s nutritionist’s science-driven approach to diet within the context of full-body health. Enjoy dishes that incorporate Sensei’s nutritional (Nourish) philosophy as well as Nobu classics.

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Restaurant: Sensei by Nobu

  • Cuisine:  Enjoy delicious meals morning, noon and evening prepared in partnership with the Nobu culinary team and in consultation with Sensei co-founder Dr. Agus’ nutritional standards.
  • Signature Dishes:  
    • Spicy shrimp and quinoa salad with roasted baby beets, tomato vinaigrette, tropical fruits
    • A5 Japanese wagyu with Nobu sauce trio
    • Kohlrabi salad with parmigiano reggiano, EVOO uuzu, dry miso
    • Flaxseed pancakes with seasonal fruit sorbet and house made berry compote
  • Indoor Seating: 76
  • Outdoor Seating: 20

Bar: Koele Garden Bar

  • Indoor Seating: 34
  • Outdoor Seating: 26

Other Dining Locations:

  • Dining is also available at a variety of locations including poolside and 24-hour in-room dining 


  • Heated outdoor pool with two 25 metre (82 foot) lap lanes and three whirlpools
  • Pool service including dining
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  • 18-hole Putting green featuring Scotty Cameron putters
  • Jack Nicklaus Signature 18 hole Manele Golf Course located at Four Seasons Resort Lanai
    • Yardage: 7,039 
    • Par: 72
    • Special Holes: 12th – with tee off from a cliff 150 feet (45 metres) above the ocean
    • Golf instruction available, Driving range, Putting green, Clubs rental, Pro shop

Off-Site Activities

  • Horseback riding
  • Sailing, SCUBA, fishing and snorkel tours
  • Sporting clays and archery
  • Experiential ropes course and zip lines
  • Cultural excursions
  • Hiking
  • Biking
Additional Features
  • Outdoor sculpture garden
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