When I say Speed is the #besthusbandever, I don't say that lightly. One of my favorite things about him is that he'll try anything with me. It was his idea to go to Vino + Vinyasa at the Four Seasons Resort O'ahu in Ko'Olina, and he doesn't even do yoga!
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What is Vino + Vinyasa?
Although the Four Seasons already had two established resorts on the islands Maui and Lanai, the Four Seasons Resort O’ahu is relatively new. It opened in 2016 in Ko’Olina on the west side of O’ahu, in the same area as the Disney Aulani Resort and the Marriott Ko’Olina Beach Club. If you’re looking to relax away from the business of Waikiki, then Ko’Olina is where you want to be. TIP: When we’re on that side, we usually end up eating at Monkey Pod. My favorites include the Monkeypod Mai Tai, Lobster Deviled Eggs, and anything from the Makai section of their menu. Their specials of the day are really good too.
The resorts on the island often have activities that are open to non-guests, as a way to attract new guests. Pretty smart since these activities tend to appeal to the local population, which end up becoming repeat customers. Vino + Vinyasa is one of those activities offered by the Four Seasons O’ahu. It’s one-hour vinyasa yoga class followed by one hour of socializing, and includes two glasses of wine. Cost per person is $35.
Since Speed booked me a spa day at the hotel’s Napaka Spa for Mother’s Day followed by a family dinner at Mina’s Fish House (one of our favorite meals on O’ahu ever), we already had familiarity with the resort. So when Speed found Vino + Vinyasa on Eventbrite, we decided to try it. I mean, come ON! It’s exercise AND wine!? One of the extremely rare times I’ll be excited to work out!
We called the hotel to reserve two spots and learned that the fee also comes with 4-hours free validated valet parking. No need to bring water, towels or yoga mats either – they’re also provided by the hotel. Can this get any better!? Why, yes. Yes, it can.
Check-In at the Four Seasons O’ahu
Valet parking is always my favorite. It’s so easy! We usually tip $10 or $20 at each point of drop-off or pick-up, depending on our length of stay. Why so much? Because they really take care of our car. We’ve often had valets waive our fee completely when we tip them $40 total, so it’s always worth it. For Vino + Vinyasa, we decided on $10 at drop-off and $8 at pick-up…it was all we had.
We then headed to the Hokulea Cafe for Vino + Vinyasa check-in. First, I have to say the the lobby of the Four Seasons is gorgeous! You can see the ocean, feel the breezes, and then there’s the beautiful canoe right smack in the middle. It’s a pretty special canoe, too (read the photo caption). The entire space feels casually luxurious. I was a little distracted on the way to the Cafe…everything was so pretty!
When we got there, Molly, one of the awesome employees that would be with us during the event, greeted us at the cash register and told us that the fee included a 10% discount off dinner at the Waterman Bar & Grill, one of their poolside bars. At this point, that $35 felt like a good value!
After paying, we hung out on the lanai to enjoy the view until everyone arrived, then were led to the courts behind the hotel spa for the yoga session. Usually, the Vino + Vinyasa yoga session is held on a lanai in front of the lagoon but there was a wedding going on, so they had to relocate the class. Bummer! I was hoping for ocean views. Next time, we’ll ask when we call to reserve our spots.
The class itself was great! It was led by Hillary Norrell (808-754-7551, [email protected]). Since she wasn’t familiar with some of us, she did a basic, relaxing class – just my style! At savasana, I was glued to the floor. It’s my favorite part of yoga, and I know it’s been a good class when I want to stay in savasana forever. So far, Vino + Vinyasa was a good move.
As great as the yoga class was, the vino was even better! One, the wine glasses were huge and the pours were very generous. I had a glass of pinot noir, then a glass cabernet sauvignon…but it felt like I had four! Two, they included a veggie tray with fresh house-made guacamole, hummus and ranch dressing…delicious! Three, the company was awesome! We sat and talked the hour away, connecting with our table mate over travel and how lucky we are to live in Hawaii. It was a fantastic time! So much so, I forgot to take photos! We didn’t go to the Waterman Bar & Grill because we ended going to a friend’s house afterwards, but will likely hit it up next time.
Was It Worth It?
So to recap our Vino + Vinyasa experience, for $35, we got a steal of a deal:
- 1 hr of yoga
- 1 hour of socializing
- 2 large servings of wine
- 4 hours free of valet parking
- Free water & food
- Mats & towels provided
- 10% off dinner at one of the hotel restaurants
I highly recommend checking out Vino + Vinyasa if you’re on O’ahu. It’s held every Saturday from 4:30-6:30pm. If not, explore the options in your local Four Seasons. You never know what new, fun experience you can have for such a great price! And at such a luxurious venue, you’ll feel like you’re on vacation even if you’re not. We plan on going back with friends, and will likely make Vino + Vinyasa a regular thing on our social schedule.
I’d like to end with thanking the staff: Molly, Angelo & Hillary. They were so attentive, kind and welcoming! They’re a big reason why we plan on definitely going back. I love superb service, and they didn’t disappoint.
To get more info, check out the Vino + Vinyasa EventBrite link here. Enjoy!
“Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.”
– Benjamin Franklin