HBO's 'White Lotus' filmed at real Hawaii resort

HBO's White Lotus is a satirical social commentary on the depths of white privilege, following a tumultuous week in the lives of several wealthy individuals at a luxury Hawaiian resort. This dark comedy stars Jennifer Coolidge, Connie Britton, Alexandra Daddario, Natasha Rothwell, Steve Zahn, Jack Lacy and Sidney · Starring Sweeney, it begins with a seemingly relaxing vacation. But as the six-episode miniseries progresses, viewers get a glimpse into the complexities of each character's backstory, whether they're mourning a loved one, battling substance abuse, greedily seeking the perfect honeymoon, or waiting to unnervingly medical results. While the show's storyline can be stressful at times, it all takes place in the picturesque eponymous hotel, leaving fans wondering: Where was The White Lotus filmed?

The show's creator, Mike White, revealed in an interview with Vulture that "White Lotus" was conceived after HBO asked him to create a show that was coronavirus-friendly and could be shot under quarantine guidelines. Deadline reported on October 19 that the series has been greenlit by the network and will be filmed in Hawaii, with production beginning that same month. "I'm so grateful to everyone who made it possible for us to bring our little bubble to Hawaii, which I'm proud to consider a second home," White told the publication.

On November 21, "The Maui News" reported that "The White Lotus" has been filming for eight weeks at the Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea (also known as the fictional White Lotus Hotel in the show) and is currently in its third phase. All around, about 200 residents appeared as extras and another actor. A crew of 100 was employed. Laura Fox, the show's production designer, noted in an interview with Variety that she took the resort's tasteful décor and exaggerated it, adding more patterns, tropical colors and dated accessories. She slightly modified each kit so that they would better suit each character. "It was a real challenge because we couldn't paint the room," she said. “But we did have real views and real architecture, which ultimately helped.”

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If you want to visit the real hotel, you can - but it will cost money. Rooms at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea start at as much as $1,000 per night, according to its website. But once you arrive, you'll be able to enjoy all the amenities from "The White Lotus" and more, including the spa where Coolidge's character Tanya spent ample time; three swimming pools; 81 cabanas; Art Show; Water Sports; Tennis Kayaking Tour; Surfing; Mark decided to try snorkeling with his son Quinn. It also has three restaurants, including Wolfgang Puck's Spago, which "offers many local flavors as well as Wolfgang's classics," according to its website. Of course, booking an actual Four Seasons hotel doesn't guarantee a stay as mysterious as its White Lotus neighbor, but some might consider that a bonus.