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Hawaii: A plush Four Seasons opens on Larry Ellison's private island -- and you can visit

Hawaii: A plush Four Seasons opens on Larry Ellison's private island -- and you can visit
This is Hawaii? Visitors to Lanai can enjoythe island's red dirt interior from a four-wheel drive vehicle. Billionaire Larry Ellison bought the entire island in 2012. (Don Riddle)

Luxury lodging has returned to Lanai -- the little-visited island owned by billionaire Larry Ellison -- with this month's reopening of the Four Seasons Resort Lanai.

Formerly known as Four Seasons at Manele Bay, the upscale resort was shuttered eight months ago for a reported $75-million renovation that includes a new pool complex (Four Seasons won't confirm that figure).

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The 217 rooms have been upgraded with 75-inch LED televisions, iPad Air tablets and electronic room keys integrated into wristbands.

The Four Seasons Lanai reopened last week following a major face-lift funded by its billionaire owner.
The Four Seasons Lanai reopened last week following a major face-lift funded by its billionaire owner. (Barbara Kraft)

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For the Record
Feb. 12, 11:30 a.m.: An earlier version of this post misspelled photographer Barbara Kraft's last name as Krart.
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The interior makeover includes the installation of teak and zebra wood walls, and mahogany floors boasting hand-woven rugs. Outside, lush gardens flourish beside streams and pools.

There's also an ocean-hugging, 18-hole golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus.

The property is owned by Ellison, the head of Oracle who bought the entire island of Lanai in 2012. One of Hawaii's less-visited islands, Lanai's interior is notable for its red dirt and  desert-like landscape, which provides various adventure pursuits.

Island owner Larry Ellison (second from left) and Isadore Sharp (fourth from left), founder and chairman of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts,attended the opening ceremony for the Four Seasons Resort Lanai on Feb. 1.
Island owner Larry Ellison (second from left) and Isadore Sharp (fourth from left), founder and chairman of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts,attended the opening ceremony for the Four Seasons Resort Lanai on Feb. 1. (Four Seasons)

The Four Seasons Resort Lanai opened Feb. 1 following a traditional Hawaiian blessing attended by Ellison, Four Seasons executives and local government leaders.

The property is currently offering an introductory Stay Longer–Fourth Night Free promotion. Using the offer, I found four-night stays available in early March starting at $3,827, including taxes.

Ellison's second Four Seasons property on Lanai, the Lodge at Koele, is expected to undergo renovations in the coming months. A spokeswoman said a reopening is anticipated later this year.

Info: Four Seasons Resort Lanai, (808) 565-2000

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