The first rule in real estate is location, location, location. The same is true in the hospitality business. Successful hotels utilize their distinct locations to define both the property and guest experience. And while not every hotel has a sophisticated night skyline or turquoise blue ocean as a backdrop, successful hoteliers know how to make their location — and views — work for them.
In keeping with this mindset, Four Seasons Resorts Lanai took a new view of one of the resort’s premier restaurant locations. Granted, the resort is located on a pristine tropical island; nevertheless, the setting only works utilized to its full potential. Case in point: Recently, the resort redefined the 19th hole at The Challenge at Manele Golf Clubhouse with the debut of Views Restaurant & Bar.
Set overlooking the magnificent one-of-a-kind golf course and the Pacific Ocean with panoramic vistas of neighboring islands, spinning dolphins and breaching whales, Views not only takes advantage of the view, but also broadens the guest profile to include more than golfers. In addition to offering a Hawaiian lunch menu during the day, Views continues into early evening with a pua hana (happy hour) and appetizer menu between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. when our golfers return from their rounds of fun.
The modern island-inspired décor creates an inviting atmosphere for both golf enthusiasts and travelers alike. As with its namesake, every seat offers an incredible view of the Pacific Ocean and was thoughtfully redesigned to take advantage of the prime real estate — the location. After all, what’s the advantage of being situated on a pristine, tropical island if you are not going to take advantage of the location, location, location?
Focusing on the location and what it offers our guests was the inspiration for Views. The resort then took it a step further by broadening the operating hours and providing free shuttle service from the Manele Bay Resort to once again take advantage of the location for sunset. The increased revenue and new guest experience has made Views the happiest happy hour — for both guests and the director of finance.
Whether set on a tropical island or in a metropolis, re-evaluate your real estate with a view. Maximize and take advantage of the location and views. Additional revenue, guest praise and innovative opportunities may just be on the horizon.