If you’re looking for a resort in one of the most picturesque regions of Oahu that’s quiet, relaxing, luxurious and family-friendly, you have to check out Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina. In this blog post I’ll cover the accommodations, the pools, the beach, the spa, the gym, the kids club, the dining. And of course, I’ll cover the Covid-19 safety protocols at the resort as well. Many thanks to Four Seasons Oahu for hosting us!
Travel Requirements for Hawaii
Hawaii has some very specific requirements when it comes to Covid testing for travelers. If you want all the details on that, plus what the policies are for travelers who are fully vaccinated, I go over that in this video:
Four Seasons Resort Oahu is located in Ko’Olina, which is a beautiful oceanfront resort and residential community on the west side of Oahu. The first thing you’ll notice as you pull up to the entrance of the resort is the abundance of gorgeous koi fish. This is definitely one thing that kids are going to love about the resort. The bell staff is really great at interacting with kids. The girls were so excited when they gave them some food to feed to the fish!
In non-pandemic times, there are special lei greeters who adorn each guest upon their arrival with a lei. But right now the lei’s are self-serve. It’s not the traditional way of course, but it’s a temporary safety measure to maintain social distancing. The girls and I opted for the fresh orchid lei’s while Serge took one of the Kukui Nut leis.
Be sure to look up when you enter the lobby. Suspended from the skylight is a traditional Hawaiian outrigger canoe, and it’s a nod to the Polynesian people’s rich history of ocean exploration. And it’s just one of the ways in which this resort incorporates a cultural and historical element to the guest experience.
We stayed in rooms 612 and 613, both of which are Oceanfront Rooms. Though the rooms don’t have a walkthrough door, they can be considered adjoining rooms as the rooms are set in an alcove with a large, lockable door on the outside.
The rooms are very spacious, at over 600 square feet inside, plus an 80-plus square foot balcony. In addition to the king bed, there’s a pull-out couch. There’s a generous work area, lots of storage space, and a beautiful marble bathroom with a full tub and separate shower.
The Four Seasons always does such a great job with kids amenities. Not only do they have kid-sized bathrobes and slippers, but they also had these super cute kids toiletries from a brand called Surf’s Up!
There are three pools at Four Seasons Resort Oahu. The circular Serenity Pool is the main pool, and it’s the one closest to the building. There’s a gorgeous adults-only infinity pool. (Definitely try to spend some kid-free time here because it’s absolutely stunning!) And there’s the Family Pool, where we spent most of our time. We had a cabana here the first day and it was great to have a comfortable, shady place to relax while we watched the girls play.
The beach at Four Seasons Oahu is really great for kids who like to play in the water. The crescent-shaped beach is on a man-made lagoon, which means that the water is very calm and safe. You can borrow boogie boards and snorkeling gear from the activity center at no cost, and stand-up paddle-boarding is free too! If you’ve always wanted to try it, this is a great place to do it since you won’t have to worry about waves knocking you off balance.
One activity I highly recommend is taking a cruise on this traditional Hawaiian outrigger canoe. Hawaiian Ocean Adventures is a Hawaiian-owned and -operated company that offers Four Seasons guests a variety of sailing experiences. When conditions are good, you can do some snorkeling as part of this sailing cruise. It had just rained quite a bit in the days before our sail, so the waters weren’t clear enough for snorkeling, but we still got to see some amazing marine life, like manta rays and dolphins!
It’s not a real vacation unless you have at least one spa day! The Naupaka Spa at Four Seasons Oahu does an incredible job when it comes to incorporating nature and the outdoors into its design. Not only are there multiple outdoor areas to enjoy between treatments, like the open-air relaxation lounge and the zen garden; you even have the option of having your treatment itself outdoors!
Serge and I enjoyed the spa’s signature Naupaka Lomi Lomi massage. We chose from two scents: Mauka (which means mountain) and Makai (which means ocean) and began our massage with some deep inhalations to get centered. Lomi Lomi is a traditional Hawaiian massage that uses long, flowing strokes that symbolize the fluidity of ocean waves.
There were lots of Covid-19 safety protocols in place. Every guest has their temperature checked upon arrival, employees and guests wear masks at all times. The hot tub, steam room and sauna aren’t currently available for safety reasons. And couple’s massages are not offered right now, so Serge and I had our treatments in separate rooms.
The spa also has a variety of services for kids. The girls really enjoyed the Hawaiian Hula Princess makeover. They got manicures, some glitter in their braids, a flower crown, lei and a hula skirt!
To call this facility a gym would be a disservice. It’s more like an entire sports complex, with the most incredible views ever. There are 5 tennis courts, a basketball court, a soccer field, weights, and a cardio area stocked with Peloton bikes. You can even do your Peloton or treadmill workout outdoors if you want! And for you golf lovers out there, know that guests at Four Seasons Oahu also have access to the Ko Olina Golf Club.
The Kids Club
If you need a place for your kids to go while you’re at the spa, check out Camp Kohola, the kids club! It’s a really gorgeous space, with high ceiling and lots of natural light. The girls had a lot of fun here and they really liked the staff. It’s a bit hard to find though, so just ask someone at the front desk if they can direct you.
The culinary offerings at Four Seasons Resort Oahu are truly exceptional.
This is the indoor-outdoor eatery that overlooks the pool, and it’s where we had breakfast every morning. Pretty much everything on the menu is great, but if you want a serious “treat yo’self” moment, order the eggs Benedict topped with king crab. It’s to die for!
This is the poolside restaurant from which we ordered lunch just about everyday.
The poke bowl was fantastic, as were the fish sandwiches.
Dr. Mai Tai’s Swim-Up Bar
You also can’t miss Dr. Mai Tai’s Swim-Up Bar. Located at the adult infinity pool, this bar looks like a vintage Volkswagen van and it serves a fantastic variety of Mai Tais!
Mina’s Fish House
You’re probably familiar with the concept of farm-to-table, but at Mina’s Fish House, it’s all about line-to-table. They serve some of the freshest catch from the Pacific Ocean.
Plus, this may be the only restaurant in the world that has a fish sommelier! Serge loved the miso black cod. I loved the seared yellowfin, which was served with seared foie gras.
But we weren’t ready for how good the cocktails were. You have to try If Can, Can which is a play on the traditional Mai Tai, but served in a can of SPAM! This was seriously one of the best meal we’ve had in years, so definitely don’t miss out.
Noe is the Southern Italian restaurant. The indoor dining room is lovely, but if can, get a table on the absolutely gorgeous outdoor patio. The crowd favorite here is the truffle tagliatelle, but our favorite dish was actually one of the appetizers. Whipped ricotta, honeycomb and black truffle don’t sound like they would taste good together, but wow, what a magical combination! We were tempted to get a second order – it was that good!
If your kids are not very adventurous eaters, not to worry! Every restaurant has a kids menu, and they’re very good about customizing food orders if you have any special requests.
Covid-19 Safety Protocols
When it comes to Covid-19 safety, Four Seasons has been a real leader in the hospitality industry. They teamed up with researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine International to create a comprehensive Covid-19 safety plan called Lead With Care, that’s been implemented globally across all their properties. Masks are required in all public areas, indoors and outdoors. And it was good to see that guests were very respectful of this policy. Every room comes with a sanitation kit that includes masks, hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial wipes. Hand sanitizer is available at every restaurant, and you can opt to read the menu on your phone using a QR code. Servers will even offer you a little pouch to put your mask in while you dine. That’s something I’ve only seen at the Four Seasons so far, and it’s one of those little touches that makes the service so special.
A Great Choice for Families
Waikiki is a prime destination for travelers to Oahu. We loved our time there as well, but if you’d like to see a totally different side of Oahu, Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina is a fantastic choice for families seeking casual luxury.
About Carmen Sognonvi
Carmen Sognonvi is a luxury family travel content creator at Top Flight Family, named a top 10 family travel Instagram account by Time Out New York and Brit + Co. Her insights on travel have been featured in The Washington Post, INSIDER, Huffington Post, Wanderlust Travel Magazine, TravelPulse, HOTELS Magazine, and more. Carmen firmly believes that you can (and should) travel with your kids from a young age. She offers families practical solutions for travel, as well as tips on how to travel in luxury for less. She lives in New York City with her multiracial and multicultural family of four. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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