You don't have to break the bank to experience the laid-back vibe, fresh local fare, and breathtaking beaches of Hawaii, but if you want to take your Hawaiian vacation to the next extravagant level, here's one awesome way to do it. I was invited to experience the ultimate food-lover's adventure at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, and it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. With a cost of $16,500 (for up to six people), that's no joke! If it fits in your budget (especially for a special event like an anniversary or wedding), A Taste of Island Life is a part of the Four Seasons global culinary series Taste of Place and involves a helicopter ride, a farm tour, a choose-your-own-adventure activity option in Hana, and a personalized multicourse meal prepared by the resort's executive chef. Look through to see whether you'd make the splurge on this unique travel opportunity!
Update: Since my visit the experience has been slightly modified. Guests now take a behind-the-scenes tour of a neighboring private organic farm instead of picking produce from the Hana Ranch farm.