In this second edition of a three part series (first edition found here), I will talk about the two amazing hotels that call Lanai home. If you visit Lanai, you absolutely must visit both resorts to see what 5-star accommodations on an island that houses 3,000 inhabitants looks like.
The Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele is a hotel estate that looks as if it were taken straight from the pages of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous novel The Great Gatsby. Set inland and secluded from any neighboring buildings, the hotel grounds are breathtaking. As you walk through the lobby, greeters pour you fresh pineapple juice and your eyes begin to drift to the polished wood that seems to cover every square foot of the immaculate maintained common areas.
Once through the lobby, nature bursts to the forefront of mind as a huge grass lawn spreads out in all directions. The lawn is accented by a reflection pond (stocked with coi), a giant pagoda, stone walking path, and greenhouse which provides shelter to a collection of rare orchids a rainbow would be jealous of. The huge “backyard” (I can’t think of any other way to describe it) also has croquet courts, an 18-hole grass putting course, and countless benches for you to plop down and simply take in your surroundings.
For those who are looking for a beach getaway on Lanai, the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay has you covered. Manele Bay itself is a stunning beach that I believe has won accolades such as best beach in all of Hawaii. Besides the sprawling white sand and great snorkeling, a large group of spinner dolphins like to play just off shore. If you wake up early enough, you should have the opportunity to swim out to a group of hundreds of wild dolphins.
This Four Seasons resort sits upon a cliff overlooking Manele Bay. Rent a poolside cabana and you could have one eye on the kids and the other on the Pacific Ocean 50 feet below you. The service is equally impressive (this time I was handed an ice cold water bottle after stepping into the lobby).
So, in summary, sometimes a day trip to Lanai can best be enjoyed simply lounging at one of the Four Seasons Resorts the entire day and spending the night at the other.
It’s no surprise to me that Bill Gates closed down the entire island of Lanai and bought every hotel room at both resorts for his wedding. The two resorts are that amazing!