The birth of great ideas

At Four Seasons Lanai, we continuously challenge ourselves, as I know you all do, on how to enhance our guests’ stay with us. What service we can create, what amenity will excite our guests, how we can create memories — it’s all open for discussion. 

Sometimes the answer is right in front of you and you don’t even know it. I’m talking about working with your partners right at your hotel or resort. 

For us, Nobu is a great partner indeed. I’ve written about Nobu Lanai in a previous post, and the team at Nobu is every bit as committed to delivering exceptional hospitality as we are. It made sense to expand our brainstorming think tank to the well-renowned restaurant group, and a new idea was born — unique sake tastings featuring Hokusetsu, Nobu’s preferred sake brewery, an independent award-winning brewery run by the Hazu family. Established in 1871 on Sado Island in the Sea of Japan, the company is now the exclusive purveyor to Nobu restaurants worldwide.

It’s a great opportunity for our guests to taste sake they may not have had a chance to try before with the added luxury of time, as they are on vacation. The sake master at Nobu Lanai takes our guests from the driest Onigoroshis all the way to the dynamic Daiginjos, and guests learn how appearance, scent, flavor, texture and temperature influence this unique and versatile product.

The key takeaway for us was to leave no stone unturned — you never know where your next idea will come from!