In the HBO Max dramedy “The White Lotus,” it’s clear someone is going to die. But every character has some sort of dysfunction in their life, so the viewer is constantly guessing and second-guessing who the victim will be for the entire length of the season (Season 1 spoilers ahead). It’s part of the appeal of “The White Lotus,” which has built a large following of fans who are now flocking to the real-life resorts seen in the series.
I recently stopped by the Four Seasons Resort Maui, where Season 1 was filmed in Hawaii. It was the show’s set in 2020, when the world started to shut down.
“During the pandemic, they really had to stay here, so 99% of that show was filmed right here,” says Crissa Hiranaga, senior director of public relations and communications for the Four Seasons Resort Maui.
“There were a couple permits they got for like the opening scene where they take the boat to the property. That was actually over by Olowalu, but most of it was filmed right here,” says Hiranaga. “It’s almost like the resort itself kind of became a character.”