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Four Seasons and Sensei to Open New Wellness Resort on Secluded Island of Lanai



A first-of-its-kind luxury resort concept is about to open on the secluded Hawaiian island of Lanai, courtesy of Four Seasons Hotels. Unique to the Hawaiian market, Four Seasons Hotel Lanai at Koele, A Sensei Retreat, is already taking reservations for its anticipated opening on November 1, 2019.

It’s the product of Four Seasons’ partnership with Sensei—a well-being company, founded by Larry Ellison and Dr. David Agus, whose sustainable farm on Lanai became its first product in 2018.

The adults-only, all-inclusive Four Seasons Lanai at Koele takes full advantage of the 90,000-acre island’s natural beauty and seclusion, providing an atmosphere that’s focused exclusively on offering wellness retreats with fully-customizable programs tailored to fit the needs of every individual.

A handpicked team of wellness experts, nutritionists, chefs, fitness coaches, spa therapists and hospitality professionals lead wellness-driven operations at the property. Upon booking, every guest will be assigned a personal Sensei Guide, who will help customize his or her itinerary in advance.

Pursuing an ideal balance of movement, nourishment and rest, the Sensei philosophy utilizes cutting-edge health tools and technology to help guests gain knowledge and insight about their bodies and their specific needs. Teams of wellness practitioners, on hand at the hotel, also make recommendations and help guests adapt their programs throughout their stays.

All-inclusive wellness journeys consist of a minimum three-nights’ stay (with additional days available) and wellness and spa programming; meals and refreshments; select island activities and excursions; and inter-island transfers between Honolulu and Lanai on Lanai Air.

Onsite amenities include a 24-hour fitness facility, two movement studios, a yoga pavilion featuring aerial hammocks, outdoor yoga spaces, salon, onsen baths, outdoor pool with lap lanes, eighteen-hole short golf course, an Adventure Park with ziplines and rope challenge courses, and a serene, outdoor sculpture garden.

Available activities range from one-on-one training sessions and group classes to lectures, philanthropic activities, immersive spa treatments in a private hale and island adventures. Guests will also have access to a full spread of Four Seasons-managed island activities, including hiking, biking, ocean sports, golf, horseback riding, archery and more.

An all-new dining concept—with optional dining in a private spa hale, poolside or in the privacy of one’s room or suite—Sensei by Nobu features menus crafted by world-renowned Japanese Chef, Nobu Matsuhisa, in collaboration with Dr. Agus and nutritionists to deliver a science-driven dietary approach that supports full-body health.

“Four Seasons’ partnership with Sensei signals our deep understanding of what today’s luxury traveler wants: an exclusive and differentiated wellness travel experience, perfectly pairing Sensei’s evidence-based approach to healthy living with Four Seasons renowned and legendary service,” says Christian Clerc, President, Global Operations, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “Set against the backdrop of the uniquely breathtaking Lanai landscape, this new offering combines unmatched hospitality, nutritious upscale dining and reputable experts to offer a luxury wellness experience found nowhere else in the world.”

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Marriott Waives Cancellation Fees in Response to Outbreak



Marriott International has released a statement today regarding its handling of the COVID-19 outbreak that has been affecting the travel industry worldwide.

“We are closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization’s statements regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and following guidelines from these agencies and the local health departments,” the statement reads.

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The brand emphasizes that the “wellbeing of our guests and associates is of paramount importance.” Marriott hotels and resorts have been waiving cancellation fees for bookings through March 15, 2020, for guests with reservations in mainland China, Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR and Taiwan.

In response to the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Asia and Europe, Marriott has begun to waive the cancellation fees for guests with reservations in South Korea, Japan and the Italian Lombardy and Veneto regions on Wednesday, February 26. Fees will be waived through March 15, 2020.

Marriott will also waive cancellation fees for guests in all aforementioned locations traveling outbound to other Marriott destinations globally for hotel stays through March 15, 2020.

There have been over 80,000 confirmed infections of the coronavirus worldwide. Over 70,000 cases have been confirmed in China, where the current strain is believed to have originated. Many cruises, flights and vacations to Asian countries have been canceled in response to the rapid spread of the virus.

Italy has recently become another focal point of the outbreak, with over 800 confirmed cases within a short timeframe.

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