Simply put, The Lodge at Koele is exceptional.
My wife and I return to Four Seasons resorts because we love the intimate scale of the properties, which offer a combination of privacy, comfort and luxury. We stayed for four nights at the start of May and it was wonderful. This hotel's unique character (an English country lodge), upland setting (in the cool hills of Lanai City) and immaculately-kept grounds immediately strike you as something different. The grounds of this hotel are quite large but the number of rooms is relatively small, so you feel like you are all alone. On those occasions we went to the pool, we'd be the only ones there. We took strolls along the paths through the gardens and woods, played croquet, and took advantage of the 18-hole putting green.
The room was nicely decorated and spacious, with a window seat, access to the garden level lanai, and a well-appointed bathroom. We dined in the hotel at Terrace one evening (they brought a special order dessert that my wife had seen on the Four Seasons web site that was not listed on the menu – major brownie points for them!) and also enjoyed afternoon tea with champagne in the lounge. We ordered drinks and lite fare one evening in the main lobby, and the other nights enjoyed very affordable dinners in downtown Lanai City, which is a short ride on the shuttle that runs between The Lodge, town, and the Four Seasons Manele Bay. This shuttle also allowed us to spend some days by the pool at Manele Bay, where Lodge guests enjoy full reciprocal privileges. We got an outdoor couples massage at Manele Bay and did some snorkeling with equipment the hotel provides at the beach.
Back at The Lodge, the bellman knew my name after one day and would greet us by name. Kemo, the entertainer in the lounge, played some great piano standards as well as Hawaiian songs and even played our wedding song for my wife and I to enjoy a romantic dance. Experiences like this, coupled with the beautiful decor and ambiance, really made our stay memorable.
Here’s a short list of pros/cons:
- Beautiful grounds, secluded setting
- Spacious rooms
- Infinity pool and two infinity whirlpools in the pool area
-No spa at The Lodge (but you can use Manele Bay)
-This sounds stupid – but the alarm clocks in both The Lodge and Manele Bay cast a lot of light at night, making the room brighter than I find comfortable
This was our second trip to Lanai - we previously stayed at Manele Bay shortly after Four Seasons began managing that property. We plan to return to these properties because of the beautiful settings, the Four Seasons service, and the relaxed, private atmosphere.
- 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:
- Four Seasons Resort Lana`i, The Lodge At Koele Hotel Lanai City
- 4 Seasons Resort Lana`i, The Lodge At Koele
- Four Seasons Koele
- Four Seasons Lanai City
- Lanai City Four Seasons
- Four Seasons Resort Lana'i, The Lodge At Koele Lanai, Hawaii