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World's Most Romantic Islands: Lanai


No. 12 Lanai, Hawaii

Lanai made headlines in 2012 when billionaire Larry Ellison bought 98 percent of this smallest Hawaiian island, a 45-minute ferry ride from Maui. With no stoplights or fast-food joints and a population of roughly 3,000, Lanai offers a glimpse of what other Hawaiian islands were once like. Explore Lanai City, a former pineapple plantation settlement, and get lost among cloud forests and lava cliffs. If it sounds a bit too rough, remember that two of the three hotels are Four Seasons (the other is Hotel Lanai), and the location at Manele Bay is a short hike to the windswept Sweetheart Rock. —Christine Ciarmello


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