Four Seasons Maui, the island's only five-star, five-diamond resort, has unveiled a full calendar of events during this fall's Couples Season. From September 1 through December 15, 2018, the Resort's 5th annual Couples Season will highlight its talented craftsmen and culinary stars.
Set against the stunning backdrop of Maui's southern coastline, these events join the long list of activities from on-property to Unforgettable Experiences throughout the year:
Inspired island craftsmen fill an open-air poolside market in this under-the-stars weekly pop-up event. This unique glimpse into the island's eclectic art scene offers guests the opportunity to find take-home treasures, as they enjoy cocktails by the resort's master mixologist, Ben Yabrow, and the sounds of local musicians.
The Resort dedicates a whole day to the art of lei making in celebration of the ancient craft. Taught by the island's master weavers, guests are encouraged to let their creativity shine as they transform gorgeous blooms into stunning lei po'o (head lei). Lei will also be on display throughout the day, and guests will be able to order customized lei.
The Mobile Feast
This adventure will particularly appeal to diners who crave more than the predictable sit-down dinner. The Resort's talented culinary team and expert mixologists and sommeliers will lead diners through an interactive culinary journey across the resort's award-winning restaurants, including Wolfgang Puck's Spago, Ferraro's Bar e Ristorante, DUO Steak and Seafood, and the Lobby Lounge.
Hawaiian Star Stories
Guests are invited to talk story under the stars with one of Hawaii's most promising navigators, Kala Baybayan Tanaka. She recounts the brave history of her Polynesian wayfinding ancestors, who used only the stars, wind and currents to find their way to the Hawaiian Islands—and her own recent journey navigating the Pacific on a sailing canoe.
Watch a video about Kala here.
Believed to have been first prepared by native Polynesians, Hawaii's most popular food trend, poke, continues to sweep the nation. The Resort's expert chefs will demonstrate how to make the different variations of poke that are now found across the islands. Guests are invited to sample the delicious dish, which is paired with Maui Brewing Co.'s handcrafted local beer, at the weekly Poke Pop-Up party.
Makena Mornings and Fotog Fridays
Professional adventure photographer Daniel Sullivan has spent his life behind a lens and the last several years capturing every inch of Maui's dramatic coastline. Now, he shares the secrets behind his artistry with guests in twice-weekly two-hour interactive sunset photography tours of the island's scenic southern shore. Early birds will love "Makena Mornings," while sunset seekers will be awed by "Fotog Fridays."
Champagne & Oysters
Dramatic Maui sunsets are accompanied by a champagne sabering ceremony at the Resort's beachfront pop-up champagne and oyster bar. Guests can indulge in oysters hand-shucked-to-order as they meet the Resort's up-and-coming sommeliers.
Arriving on the islands in the late 1800s, Japanese immigrants brought with them many cultural traditions, which are still celebrated in Hawaii today. Chef Kela Lau Hee shares authentic Japanese techniques with guests during her weekly hands-on sushi and sake class. After working with the island's freshest produce, guests will dine on a delicious lunch.
To make reservations for Couples Season, contact your travel advisor, call toll free (US/Canada) 1 800 334 MAUI (6284), or email the resort: email@example.com.
Maui's first and only Forbes Five-Star resort is nestled on 15 acres of the breathtaking Wailea Coast. The 380-room oceanfront property is renowned for impeccable service, luxurious amenities and harmony with its environment and community. A TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Famer, the resort in Mauiis also home to one of the nation's top-rated spas committed to wellness and three of Hawaii's most acclaimed restaurants—Ferraro's Bar e Ristorante, Spago Maui and DUO Steak and Seafood.
Sofitel Hotels & Resorts has been named the official luxury hotel partner for Le Dîner en Blanc in North America. As the legendary event marks its 30th anniversary in Paris, Sofitel Hotels & Resorts is bringing a new level of luxury to this iconic occasion with the launch of "Sofitel en Blanc."
For the first time ever, guests in 6 North American cities will be able to claim a highly coveted ticket to Le Dîner en Blanc and skip the carting of white tables, chairs and dinnerware to seek out the extraordinary – Sofitel en Blanc – an exclusive, all-inclusive dining experience fashioned by Sofitel and inspired by the elegance and sophistication of French culture, right in the heart of Le Dîner en Blanc.
Le Dîner en Blanc has become a cultural icon since its inception three decades ago in Paris when Frenchman François Pasquier invited a group of friends to an elegant picnic at Bois de Boulogne, asking them to dress in white in order to make it easier to find one another. Since that first dinner, the event has grown to more than 80 cities worldwide, with over 130,000 guests.
Le Dîner en Blanc participation is either by personal referrals or by the waitlists. The event location changes annually, and is a closely guarded secret, to be revealed (even to attendees) only as thousands of revellers in white descend for the world's most chic and magical popup picnic.
Available to a very limited number of attendees, the Sofitel en Blanc All-Inclusive Luxury Package includes a welcome champagne toast at Sofitel; luxury transport to a preferred departure point; an elegant tablescape (pre-set; no carrying required); a gourmet menu and selection of fine wines; an evening of revelry & dancing; and a few special surprises. Available in Chicago (August 23, 2018), Los Angeles (September 29, 2018), Montreal (August 16, 2018), New York City (tbc), Philadelphia (August 16, 2018) and Washington D.C. (August 25, 2018), tickets are sold in pairs and pricing varies from city to city.
For attendees who want to stay at Sofitel following Le Dîner en Blanc, Sofitel is offering a special event-exclusive rate at 20% off and complimentary breakfast.
Also coming soon, Sofitel and Dîner en Blanc International will launch the #SofitelenBlanc Sweepstakes, which will be open until December 31, 2018. Participants will have the chance to win a trip for two to Paris or a trip for two to any Sofitel destination in North America.
For more information or to book any of Sofitel's Le Dîner en Blanc offerings, visit www.sofitelenblanc.com.
On June 3, Le Dîner en Blanc de Paris marked its 30th anniversary! A record 17,000 guests from Paris and around the world gathered at the Esplanade des Invalides to celebrate this historic moment. Launched in Paris in 1988 by François Pasquier and a handful of friends, Le Dîner en Blanc has become a worldwide epicurean phenomenon. Le Dîner en Blanc - Paris now attracts over 10,000 people each year. What was a "friends and word-of-mouth only" event has grown into an international sensation celebrated on six continents. While the technology behind the event may have changed over the years, the principles fueling this fantastic event have not: guests continue to gather at a secret location for the sole purpose of sharing a gourmet meal with good friends in one of their city's most beautiful public spaces. Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Dîner en Blanc International is responsible for developing this secret posh picnic in close to 80 cities in 30 countries around the world. Each event is headed by passionate local organizers who fell in love with the concept and wanted to bring it to their city, giving this rendezvous a local flair.