four seasons resort maui unveils modern tropical lobby lounge

Four Seasons Resort Maui’s destination bar now offers guests an immersive local experience, starting with an innovative cocktail program that reinvents Hawaiian classics.

Helmed by star mixologist Ben Yabrow, the newly reimagined Lobby Lounge at Four Seasons Resort Maui is a celebration of the diverse and colourful flavours and flora of Maui. Featuring what he c­­alls a “modern tropical” craft cocktail program, Yabrow has curated a stunning collection of original creations and imaginative interpretations of classic tropical cocktails.

“I love creating,” says Yabrow. “Leading the Lobby Lounge at Four Seasons Maui through this spectacular re-imagination has been exhilarating. I’m very excited to bring the modern tropical concept, which is based on modernising the treatment of the island’s tropical ingredients, into focus.”

The modern tropical craft cocktail selection celebrates the fresh flavours of Maui, incorporating refined and delightfully surprising twists on classics. Starting with bright daytime drinks and finishing with moody late-night selections, the cocktail menu is organised to flow with the cadence of the day and is divided into five categories: Gold, Ember Glow, Deco Rose, Viola, and Moonlight. In addition to the 20 new spirited cocktails, each section of the menu also features an inspired “free-spirited” non-alcoholic selection that has been just as thoughtfully crafted by Yabrow.

Especially notable is Yabrow’s new signature cocktail, The Talisman. “One of the primary inspirations was colour – in the menu and in the drinks themselves,” Yabrow explains. “For The Talisman, we distilled the concept of ‘tiki’ down to its primary seven ingredients, to reflect the seven pigments in a rainbow.” The result is a fresh cocktail that expertly balances rum, coconut, pineapple, mango, almond, citrus, and mint. Garnished with a mint bouquet and orchid, The Talisman is presented in a beautiful porcelain tiki vessel designed by local artisan Curt Stevens.

The cocktail collection will be served alongside Executive Chef Craig Dryhurst’s new small-plate menu, featuring items inspired by the Hawaiian melting pot. Local dishes and flavours shine in the delicious items. Favourites include Kona kanpachi crudo, ahi poke flatbread, mochiko chicken banh mi, and for dessert, malasadas with vanilla coconut cream.

The sense of place carries into the setting, a 112-seat lounge. The contemporary beachfront space, which boasts a stunning view of the Pacific, West Maui Mountains and island of Lanai, is beautifully appointed with natural tones and textiles, rare ivory cane palms, and local art.
Wooden sculptures from Maui artisan Tim Garcia’s Shibusa series adorn the lounge. “The sculptures have cutouts that represent portals, linking the present and future,” explains Four Seasons Maui Art Director Rose Potter.

The Lobby Lounge is open nightly from 5 to 11pm. Guests will enjoy Hawaiian music, hula and a torch-lighting ceremony nightly at sunset. For the latter half of the evening, the island’s most notable contemporary musical artists take the stage. For more information please call 874-8000.

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