Magazine article Sunset

Spring Flings

Magazine article Sunset

Spring Flings

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Lanai

Alan Phinney, managing editor: Known more for hikes and horseback riding than surfing, Lanai is a Hawaiian island that takes you by surprise. Its lowlands are all red cliffs, ocher hills, and green coves; upcountry is cool and pine shaded. Tech mogul Larry Ellison, who bought 98 percent of the island in 2012, must have fallen for Lanai's assets: warm water, sugary beaches, and starry night skies (there's no light pollution).

STAY: Ellison also owns the gracious Four Seasons Resort Lanai, reopened this winter beachside. The 217-room resort, with four restaurants, including Nobu, takes its design cues from the landscape of lava rocks and sparkling waters. From $1,07S; four seasons.com/lami.

PHOTO OP: Hike to Pu'upehe Rock for flaming sunrises and views of iridescent Shark Cove.

SNORKEL: Hulopo'e Bay, a state marine preserve, teems with rainbow-colored parrot fish and yellow tangs. Don a mask and float. Just float. Let the tide set your pace, truly Lanai-style.

The Adriatic

Sara Schneider, wine editor: A new port upon sunrise, sampling wines in ancient cities-that's the allure of Oceania's cruise ship Riviera, sailing the Adriatic with Greece, Croatia, and Venice on the itinerary. …

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