My wife and I arrived on an evening Island Air flight from Honolulu for an exceptional 3-night stay at The Lodge.
We were met at the Lana'i City Airport baggage claim by our shuttle bus driver, who tagged our bags and loaded them onto the bus. We arrived at The Lodge just after sunset and were immediately offered sparking juice and hot towels while the front desk went through the paperwork for check-in.
We booked through American Express's Platinum Travel Service, so we received an upgrade to a garden deluxe room, free breakfast each morning, a free lunch, and a guaranteed 4:00 checkout on our last day. We also took advantage of the resort's 3rd night free offer. Between the PTS amenities and the free night, we feel like we received a good value (especially for a Four Seasons property).
Our room was spacious and tastefully decorated. The bathroom was large and well appointed. Everything was spotless.
The service was very attentive and staff members went out of their way to address us by name. Everyone was exceptionally friendly and clearly the service issues noted in the previous reviews have been resolved.
As you might guess, food is expensive. Breakfast at The Terrace (in The Lodge) will easily cost $25-$30 per person. Our free breakfast amenity turned out to be a very good deal! Dinner in the Lodge's dining room (or at the more casual Terrace for that matter) will be about $75-100 per person.
The grounds of The Lodge are stunning. As noted in other reviews, it doesn't feel like a traditional Hawaiian resort, but as long as you aren't expecting beachfront rooms, I can't see how you'll be disappointed. Towering pines frame the property, which contains an 18-hole executive putting course (no additional charge), a nice pool area with a separate fitness building, walking and hiking trails, multiple streams and water features, and lawns reserved for croquet and lawn bowling (no additional charge).
You can (and should) spend some time in Lana'i City. There are several casual restaurants for lunch or dinner as well as two grocery stores for stocking up on some essentials for your room. (Our room had a mini-fridge, which was useful for storing cheese, beer, and other treats purchased in town.) Lunch at Pele's and comparable locations will run about $10-$15 per person.
Shuttle service to the Manele Bay property and Lana'i City runs every hour or 1/2 hour depending on hotel occupancy levels. Lana'i City is an easy 15 minute walk from the hotel.
We booked a beginner's sporting clays lesson through the hotel. It was well worth the cost and was one of the highlights of our time on the island. The 14-station course is immaculately maintained and the instructors are excellent. No experience is required.
We had full use of the amenities at the Manele Bay property (oceanfront) about a 25-minute shuttle ride. The beach at Hulopoe Bay (fronting the hotel) is gorgeous. Attendants will set up your chairs and umbrellas and offer water and cold towels throughout the day. It's a public beach, so alcohol is prohibited. Rest assured the bar service at the pool is attentive and the drinks, while expensive, are delicious (beer is $7-8, cocktails are $12+). The pool bar hosts a happy hour everyday from 4-5 pm -- 1/2 price drinks and appetizers.
The front desk will call the day before your departure to confirm your itinerary and to arrange shuttle transportation to the airport.
We returned to Honolulu to round out our vacation, and we immediately wanted to go back to Lana'i!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Four Seasons Resort Lana'i, The Lodge at Koele is the essence of unexpected Hawaii. Set in the verdant upcountry, The Lodge is reminiscent of a country manor, surrounded by towering pines and offering estate activities such as championship golf, horseback riding and clay shooting. Residential style accommodations are surrounded by manicured gardens. The wrap-around verandah is ideal for relaxing, while inside, guests can sit fireside for afternoon tea or delight in live nightly entertainment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- 4 Seasons Resort Lana`i, The Lodge At Koele
- Four Seasons Resort Lana`i, The Lodge At Koele Hotel Lanai City
- Four Seasons Koele
- Four Seasons Lanai City
- Lanai City Four Seasons
- Four Seasons Resort Lana'i, The Lodge At Koele Lanai/Lanai City