Four Seasons Resort Lana'i, The Lodge at Koele
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... the winds increased in velocity to the point that the sand was whipping around. A local resident mentioned to us that this is often typical for the wind to increase like it did in the afternoon and then it quiets down.
On the drive back to the condo we stopped at a fruit stand. We were offered to taste mangos, papaya and pineapple. All were good but we selected to purchase a pineapple. They were also selling starfruits ...
... wheel arch. As she turned the corner to see Nick's face, there was a quick realisation that something was very wrong. The key to the ute had snapped in the lock of the driver's door. Kiki was on all fours looking for a hidden spare in any part of the under carriage. Not to be outdone, there is posturing and gesturing from the boys on all matters about how to fix it and twenty minutes later there is no solution. Dan and Kiki head home to find the spare and ...
Sean and I have been trying to figure out how to properly pronounce Hawaiian words the last few days. True, we've been here twice before, but we never really took the time to figure it out or even care that we were slaughtering the pronunciation of every road name and town on the island. See, the second grade teacher in me feels that words should follow the game of phonics - even if it is a game tormented by a crazy long list of exceptions or as we said in second ...
... and runners left on the road. Bandit got cranky and bit Sam while we were getting coffee. He later snapped at him again and me. We gave him his space from then on. Usually that dog loves us but apparently camping isn't his thing either. Oh and unless you are on a quad, we don't recommend King Kamehameha's old fishing spot. Kaunolu is not a road for the fait of heart.
Shara and I snorkeled and saw some huge fish at Hulopo'e Bay while the guys ...
... kids both had the Mickey Mouse pancakes. It was all tasty, but definitely NOT worth a wait. The Kihei Caffe was quite a bit better, cheaper, and had no wait. The scenery was nicer, but let's be honest, we're on Maui. The scenery is pretty much awesome anywhere. My understanding is that this place ALWAYS has a line, so my advice to you is "Don't Believe the Hype".
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Historical Traveler Reviews Four Seasons Resort Lana'i, The Lodge at Koele Lanai City
The best place I have ever stayed
I loved everything about The Lodge. The lobby and rooms were beautfiul and comfortable. We enjoyed the cool weather. The pool is heated to a very warm temperature, so my children could swim even though it was not very hot outside. We usually had the pool to ourselves. When we asked to use the equipment for croquet, they sent someone out to teach us the rules. My children loved the pancakes at breakfast. The grounds are unbelieveable. Bring a jacket or sweater!
We spent our honeymoon here and thought it was delightful. It's luxurious but also remarkably comfortable and homey, and while it's relaxing, there are plenty of activities to engage in if you choose to. Yes, it IS expensive, though!
I had visited this hotel when I was in high school with my family (we
My wife and I stayed at the Lodge for a five night stay in February. We not only fell in love with the Lodge, but most absolutely with Lanai as well. The Lodge is the perfect base of operations to explore and experience magnificent Lanai. Where do I start? The shuttle to Manele Bay makes it easy to partake in any activities on the water - we went sea kayaking, SCUBA diving, snorkeling, etc - those activities were through Trilogy - whose staff was very polite and efficient. The shuttle ride between the two hotels is about 20 minutes. We also golfed at the lodge, played mini golf on the "executive putting course" and went horse back riding - all excellent. Reading reviews on this site had me greatly intimidated about food costs - luckily I did not book a meal plan at the lodge. I would strongly reccomend that you get out into Lanai city and enjoy some of the local restaurants. It is a nice walk into town, or you can catch the hotel shuttle into town. We ate at Pele's Other Garden, the Blue Ginger Cafe and Henry Clay's. All were excellent. The Blue Ginger was the least informal and also the cheapest. Our dinner for two at Pele's was $70 to give you an idea of prices. At the Lodge our informal dining room dinner tab was $90.
My husband and I spent 3 days at The Lodge at Koele after a week on the north shore of Kauai. We have been to the other large Hawaiian islands, and decided to try Lanai for something different. Unlike the other Hawaiian resorts we have stayed at, this one was not on the beach and was not "glitzy." Instead, it is warm and sophisticated, something like an English country estate. We were greeted with leis, warm washcloths, and fresh pineapple juice. Our room was lovely and quiet. "Quiet" seems to describe The Lodge best; lots of wicker chairs on long porches for relaxing reading, tea in the "great room" every afternoon, and a quiet swimming pool. The grounds are large and beautifully landscaped; bring lots of film! We had not rented a car because we planned on using the free shuttle between Manele Bay, Lanai, and The Lodge. The shuttle was fine for this, but we decided we'd like a car for one day to see more of the island. (At $140/day for a Jeep, one day was enough!) However, there were none available, so I'd recommend reserving one for a day before you go. We also had trouble with our luggage. No problem getting to Lanai from Kauai, but our luggage didn't show up at home until 24 hours after we did. The airline said it had never been put on the plane in Lanai. Friends looking at my pictures ask if we were the only ones staying at The Lodge, because there aren't any other people in the pictures! We did take most of them early in the morning, but even so, don't expect crowds; this is a place for solitude and relaxation. But it's nice that you can also golf, snorkel, play putt-putt golf, lawn bowl, hike, or mingle with the natives in Lanai. But if you want to eat, bring your charge cards, because food at The Lodge, Manele Bay, and the Hotel Lanai is expensive. The only other choices are small local spots in Lanai. I would definitely return to The Lodge, but would stay 4-5 days and bring lots of good books! I wish I'd had more time to sit on the porch or by the pool!
My husband and I will definitely go back to the Lodge at Koele. The hotel is completely different then anything else you will experience in Hawaii. The room was clean and large and the staff was excellent. No coffee makers in the rooms but the hotel provides better coffee down in a centrally located area. The hotel is so quiet that oftentimes you feel you are the only one there so it is no big deal to throw on a robe in the morning, get your coffee and enjoy it back on your private patio while listening to the birds in the morning. The property at Koele is lush and the hotel has many activities that customers can take part in. My husband and I are golfers and we think Koele is one of the best courses we have ever played. They have an executive 18-hole putting course that is fun to use even if you don't play golf. Koele is even better because they are affiliated with The Manele Bay Hotel so if you need some beach action there is a free shuttle that takes you back and forth between the two hotels. The Spa at Manele Bay will let you use one of their lockers in the spa if you need to store clothes there for the day but be aware they charge you for it. Be careful when you leave the airport. You travel on a small airplane and even though our two golf bags and two large suitcases made it over, when we were departing we were told we had too much luggage and we had to leave our clubs. It took 24 hours for our clubs to reach us in Kona which kind of messed up the tee times we had there. Bring plenty of money because meals are pricey! You can eat dinner one night in Lanai City but do not expect much, this is a very small island. I highly recommend the Lodge at Koele to anyone who wants privacy, 5-star service and accomendations.
I had the chance to stay at the Lodge for my sister's wedding. The Lodge is completely different from its sister hotel, Manele Bay. When you enter the hotel, you immediately step into the Great Hall complete with big comfortable sofas, dark wood, 2 huge fire places (it does get chilly at night because of the altitude), and little places where one can read and fall asleep. The bellboys and front desk were very courteous and exactly what you would expect of a 5 star hotel. The rooms are spacious and ours had a good size balcony with some outside furniture for lounging. The atmosphere is very serene and relaxing, however there are quite a lot of activities to do if one gets bored. We took advantage of the archery facilities, clay shooting, croquet, and miniature put-put golf. One of us even won the crystal pineapple for archery.
Lodge at Koele - Heaven on Earth
Lanai! - What an absolutely incredible place With two resorts, one small hotel, delightful restaurants, friendly people, beautiful beaches, snorkeling, hiking, 4x4ing, and two world-class golf courses we deem it to be possibly as close as well get to heaven on earth.
If you want a quiet, peaceful place ... with the most beautiful lobby we've ever seen ... so comfortable that twice we fell asleep while sitting by the fire ... the Lodge at Koele is the place for you. This is not traditional Hawaii, but rather "up country" Hawaii, at the foot of the hills where the temperatures are cool and the mist rolls down from the mountain each morning. The rooms are comfy, service is awesome, and the facilities are oh so civilized (high tea in the afternoon, broad covered porches for sitting, bocci ball and putting greens, gardens, a pond, an orchid house, and wild turkeys parading around with their feathers displayed). The lobby is grand but feels incredibly cozy, with loads of overstuffed furniture, gorgeous artifacts and two huge stone fireplaces. Lanai City is a short walk down the road (small town, a couple of good no-frills cafes), and if you miss the beach, you can shuttle to the Lodge's sister property at Manele Bay. If you're like us and enjoy a really quiet time at a place full of beauty, you'll love the Lodge at Koele.
I stayed at the Lodge a few months ago, and it was fabulous. As many readers may already know, Lanai used to be primarily agricultural; the hotels sprouted up fairly recently. The island has two hotels, both of which are owned by the same company. When you get off the plane, a shuttle servcie takes you to whichever hotel you are staying at. There are no taxi service or rental car facilities on Lanai. The lodge is about a 10-15 minute walk from Lanai City. Now don't be fooled--this is hardly a city, more like a small collection of buildings.