5.24.2018

Thursday's postcard from Four Seasons Hawaii

complimentary suntan lotion at FS Lanai (c) 2018 by David Ourisman

Four Seasons Hawaii resorts are quite guest friendly. Unlike some resorts that charge resort fees, you'll never feel nickeled-and-dimed to death at Four Seasons. I've posted this picture of a small but significant amenity at every Four Seasons in Hawaii — complimentary organic sunscreen!

Anyone who's traveled to the tropics and forgotten to pack sunscreen has learned about island price gouging. Because you can't pack enough sunscreen in your hand luggage due to TSA regulations on transporting liquids, this perk is quite valuable ... and just the beginning of the great values you can expect at the Four Seasons in Maui, Hualalai, Lanai, and Oahu (and many other destinations worldwide): complimentary sunscreen, complimentary Kids for All Seasons, and Preferred Partner amenities that offer hundreds of dollars of additional value throughout your stay.

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5.23.2018

Wednesday's postcard from Lanai

view of Manele Bay (c) 2018 by David Ourisman, all rights reserved

We are in the most beautiful oceanfront suite at Four Seasons Lanai. Sitting on our second floor balcony, we enjoyed this incredible view of Manele Bay at 7 a.m. Just sharing the postcard.

Day five of our eight day trip to Hawaii...

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5.22.2018

travel photography | stimulate your wanderlust



I recently created this slide show containing a few of my favorite photographs, all taken while traveling the world. I put it together for our recent Ourisman Travel team meeting in Baltimore and am posting here to stimulate your wanderlust. Enjoy!
wan·der·lust  ˈwändərˌləst/   
noun — a strong desire to travel
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5.21.2018

Monday's postcard from Hualalai

sunset ceremony at FS Hualalai (c) 2018 by David Ourisman, all rights reserved

It happens every sunset. A native Hawaiian member of the staff at Four Seasons Hualalai runs through the resort at sunset. He lights torches throughout the resort and blows a conch shell (the Pu) — an ancient Hawaiian ceremonial practice to say goodbye and Mahalo for the day just ended.

A modern-day Pied Piper, a group of children ran with him as he lit the torches. This endearing scene unfolded right by our seaside table as we were seated for dinner at Ulu Ocean Grill.

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5.20.2018

Sunday's postcard from Maui

beach tree on Maui (c) 2018 by David Ourisman, all rights reserved

There is a path along the beach in the Wailea area of Maui. It begins at the Fairmont Kea Lani at its most southern point, passes the Four Seasons Maui and Grand Wailea, and ends at the Andaz Maui at its northernmost point. Walking this path is a great thing to do in the early morning while it's relatively cool — either before or after breakfast.

There are so many excellent places to eat and drink (we had dinner last night at Duo at the Four Seasons), so this is a good way to get some needed exercise and burn off those calories. Lots of couples were jogging the trail ... good for them! The trail is about 2 miles in length.

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5.19.2018

postcard from Maui

view from room 604 (c) 2018 by David Ourisman, all rights reserved

Words aren't necessary. This is the view of west Maui from my balcony in room 604 at Four Seasons Maui, an Oceanfront Suite. You just have to be awake at 6 a.m., but such are the rewards for being an early bird!

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5.17.2018

should you travel to the Big Island?



I'm going to Hawaii's Big Island, in three days, and I'm not worried.

Why not? The erupting Kilauea Volcano has been all over the news in recent days. Some travelers have been asking whether to cancel their vacation to Hawaii. My point-of-view is consistent with my own decision: don't cancel that trip. Here's why...




This google map shows the location of the volcano, as well as the locations of our Virtuoso hotels on the Big Island — Four Seasons Hualalai, Mauna Lani, Fairmont Orchid, and Mauna Kea. I'll be spending two nights at Four Seasons Hualalai, located 55 miles to the northwest of the area of volcanic activity. There is zero chance that lava flows from the volcano could reach the Kohala Coast. While fumes could conceivably reach the area, the trade winds blow from northwest to southeast, away from the beach resorts.

I'm looking forward to my trip to Hawaii tomorrow, and I'll send air quality reports to Team Ourisman while on the Big Island, 20MAY-22MAY.

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