Sure, there's nothing so alluring in our post-lockdown world as the thought of jetting off to some resort with swaying palm trees and unspoiled beach coves. That's part of the appeal of the new HBO dramedy, The White Lotus, in which a collection of entitled mostly white guests arrive at a resort staffed by a culturally diverse collection that includes an affectless bellman, a striving massage therapist, a secretly pregnant front desk trainee and a general manager that's white-knuckling his tenuous sobriety. The New Yorker called it "Upstairs, Downstairs, Aloha State edition." Yet it begs the question: Where is ‘White Lotus’ filmed?
Because the real trick of the show is how, while we're following the travails of, say, a patronizing Sheryl Sandberg-type business exec, her hapless husband and their teens (a hostile daughter and electronics-addicted son), we are not only riveted by the zingers scripted by show creator, master of cringe comedy Mike White. We're also lulled by the rolling waves off the beach, the crisp cool of a cabana-lined pool and the expanse of resort suites of the megabucks set. As a lucky alumni of the Hawaiian fliming location, the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, I'm here to tell you in real life it's quite different than in the show, and here's how.
*Mild Spoilers Ahead*