HAWAII'S ONLY MOBIL FIVE-STAR RESORT; ASK FOR THE OCEAN-VIEW PRIME ROOMS
The piano player
in the lobby lounge at the Four Seasons Maui sounded awfully good, though it
was hard to devote full attention to him. There were rum drinks with fresh
fruit, tasty snacks from the pupu menu, a pleasant midnight breeze off the
Pacific and a review of that day's 18 holes at the resort's exquisite Emerald
Course. A few minutes later, at the end of a song, a burst of wild applause
interrupted our conversation.
figured out why he sounded so good," I said to my companions. "That was
Piano Man himself, a guest at the hotel, had been coaxed into hitting the 88s
for a few minutes, a performance that a few days hence, during his gig in Maui,
would cost a nice chunk of change to enjoy. The next day Joel wandered over to
the waterfall pool, where that day's swimsuit shot was being held, and invited
everyone to the concert. He is, after all, a swimsuit vet, having once been
married to three-time SI cover girl Christie Brinkley.
here," said Joel, of the Four Seasons Maui.
The Piano Man
nailed it. Set on 15 oceanfront acres in Wailea, the open-air, 380-room resort
affords the opportunity to do nothing except stare at the Pacific from a
poolside cabana or work up a sweat in any of the varied hotel-coordinated
activities, from Pilates classes to rowing in the outrigger canoe program, as
my wife and I arose at seven one morning to do. After learning Hawaiian
commands (Ho'omaukaukau signals the start of a race) from our outrigger expert,
we got the canoe going at a good clip and cruised right by a huge ocean turtle.
Some of the lucky canoeists following spotted a few migrating whales.
Most of the
extras, including the outrigger row, the exercise classes and the freeze pops
(try the kiwi) passed around at the pool, are complementary. "Our
philosophy is to charge a little more on the room rate but not to
nickel-and-dime the customer when he's here," says Mark Simon, the resort's
director of marketing. The nightly music in the lounge is free too, though, as
Simon says, "we can't guarantee Billy Joel every night."