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Four Seasons Resort Lana'i at Manele Bay
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   One Manele Bay Road, Lanai City, Lanai, HI 96763   |  
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“Relax, Relax, Relax”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

Everything about our 11 day stay was flawless. From the extra attention at the pool area, the graciousness & likeability of the staff, the special treats left in our room - what more does a person need!!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2012

Form now own "Four Seasons" the only hotel we staying in!!! Best service and everything that comes with it!!! Thank you so much "Four Seasons"!!!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2012 via mobile

If you want to escape from the real world....this is the place. Where else can you swim with hundreds of wild spinner dolphins on a daily basis? Don't forget the world class snorkeling only steps from your room. No crowds, just peace and quiet. The resort restaurants are pricey, but there are other options in Lanai City. This is one of my favorites. Highly recommended. A bucket list destination!

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2012

You have a baby now, but still like to travel in style, this is the spot. My husband, 9-month old daughter and I stayed here for 10 nights and it was wonderful. It was an easy and relaxing stay for all of us. First off, the property is very nice with a great pool area. We spent many days hanging out by the pool. Even though it was spring break for some of the time we were there, it never felt that crowded. The food was very good, but expensive. What you would expect from a resort. There are some good places to eat in town, which are not as pricey. Also if you like poke, go to the Poke Shop and get a plate lunch. So yummy! The staff at the resort are super nice and very welcoming with the baby. There were lots of people with babies and children, but it never felt like they were overwhelming. We like a low key kind of place and Lana'i is that. There is lots to do, but it is not huge place. If you want lots of nightlife, shopping, etc. stay on Maui. If you are looking for more of a old Hawaii feel, stay here.

My recommendations to make the most of your stay:
Use the nanny service the hotel recommends. We had two different babysitters, both wonderful. We did both day time and evening babysitting and both times worked out great. This is a vacation, take some time to recharge your relationship. During the day, we did the snorkel sail, which I highly recommend. We also did the spa together. Do an outside room, so nice to hear the surf breaking while being massaged. For night, we had some nice, relaxing dinners.

Get to the pool early at least a few times and get a cabana. It is so nice with the baby to have the extra space and privacy. You can hang out all day and they even offered to bring us a pack & play to set up for us. So nice. The water at the beach was too rough to go in with the baby, so we stayed by pool. But it is a great beach and lots of kids were playing in the water. We went down at sunset and let her play in the sand, which was fun.

Take a guided tour of the island. It was fun to see the island and learn the history. There are some cool sites, such as the garden of the gods and shipwreck beach.

Eat in. We bought some beers, rum and champagne and stocked up the mini fridge. Ordered room service and hung out on the lanai. It was great to put the baby down and just hang out.

Make sure to bring any medicine & baby food you might need. It is very slim pickings at the store. I forgot to bring allergy medicine & you could not get it for babies. There is a clinic on the island, but no hospital.

Overall I don't think you can go wrong staying here.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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FSLanai, Manager at Four Seasons Resort Lana'i at Manele Bay, responded to this review, April 5, 2012
Dear Corrie G,

Mahalo for taking the time to share your families experience with us. It's wonderful to hear that your entire family, including your baby daughter, enjoyed the island and offerings. We pride ourselves on the warm service and generous offerings for families, so it's wonderful to read your recommendations for other readers traveling with young children. Glad you enjoyed the Ocean Hale spa experience too, as all mothers deserve some R&R and an outdoor treatment is just the respite.

We hope to see you again soon!

Warmest aloha,

George Tanzman
Resort Manager
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River Falls, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2012

Ice water, cool spritzes, chilled washcloths, sunglasses polished, free smoothie samples, umbrella arranged to your liking -- ahh, welcome to the lovely pool at the Four Seasons Manele Bay. My husband and I generally prefer simpler, less opulent places to stay, so this was new for me. Service was great; felt very relaxed and well pampered at all times. All the staff greeted us with an "Aloha" or "good morning" and were very professional. Room, lobby, restaurants were all lovely. Amazing to watch a couple dozen dolphins in the bay every morning while we ate breakfast. Took a beach yoga class that was awesome (it's a lot more fun to do your warrior pose while you watch the dolphins!). Favorite drink was the Basil Limoncello Tom Collins served poolside -- still dreaming about them. Enjoyed early morning hike down to beach and around the rocks up to the point each day. Limited restaurants, spa was definitely nothing special (see separate review I wrote), and not much else on Lana'i except the two Four Seasons resorts. One thing to note that may be helpful for those not traveling as part of a conference group: My husband and I were part of a corporate group staying at the hotel. Our group events were up at the conference center or in a separate dining room. They had minimal impact on other guests at the hotel -- we never took over the pool or the beach, for example. The Four Seasons seems to nicely balance the needs of conference guests and individual guests. I've been on the other end of things and absolutely hate when a group monopolizes an entire hotel, so wanted to let people know that didn't seem to happen here, rest assured. Wouldn't stay at Four Seasons hotels all the time, but for a few days it was great to relax, kick back, watch the dolphins and be treated like royalty. Great place for a mellow vacation in a magical setting!

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Elburn, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2012

My husband and I just came from the Four Season's Wailea so it was hard to not compare the two. The service here was good but service in Wailea was exceptional. Breakfast here was OK but not as much selection as in Wailea. Beach in Wailea is right in front of hotel but beach in Lanai is about 2 block walk. Water calmer in Wailea than Lanai. However we had much better view from our room here in Lanai. We paid for cheapest view room and were upgrade all the way to Ocean Front - Plumeria 2311 is an excellent 1st floor room that is great to view the bay and the beach and perfect to see the dolphins! Lanai has spinner dolphins and you can see lots of whales if you sit and watch too. We also had a better lunch in Lanai at Fresco than in Wailea. I like the set up of the resort in Wailea better..... less walking to get to rooms, etc but not that big of a deal. Pool was nice but I really missed the adult only serenity pool that Wailea had. Lanai def. needs to add this! Happy hour was great plus bc Wailea didn't have that.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2012

We stayed at Manele Bay for four nights. Overall we had a really pleasant time. There are a few things I would change.

First, the good stuff.
-The hotel rooms and common areas are nice. They're more simple than most Four Seasons, but this is Lanai, not London.

-The beach is fantastic. It's a 5-10 minute walk from the hotel proper and when you get there an attendant will set up a spot for you on the beach with chaise lounges, a small table, towels, and a large umbrella. The sand is top notch and the ocean is very swimmable (no rocks, algae, etc). Since it's just the hotel there, the beach isn't very crowded, and there isn't much in the way of boats, jet skis, etc to ruin the experience since it's a protected area.

-There aren't many kids running around, I assume because of how hard it is to get to Lanai. Maybe that's a problem if you intend to bring small children, but for the rest of us, it's great.

Cons:

- The hotel bills itself as having a lot of restaurants, but that's somewhat of an exaggeration. Technically they have something like 5 places where you can eat, but that includes a sports bar and a clubhouse at the golf course. Realistically, for dinner you're limited to a surprisingly good (but expensive) Italian restaurant, and a more casual place near the lobby.

- We piled up a shocking amount of incidental expenses just in four days, And we weren't having lobster and expensive champagne every night. The hotel restaurants are all expensive and you have almost no choice but to eat there 3 meals a day. The hotel gift shop (which, again, is your only option unless you want to take the bus into town) is similarly pricey.

Overall, I would recommend the hotel for anyone wanting a lot of seclusion. I'm not sure I would ever want to back to Lanai just because it's so deserted, but that's not the hotel's fault.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: One Manele Bay Road, Lanai City, Lanai, HI 96763
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Lanai > Lanai City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 3 hotels in Lanai City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Four Seasons Resort Lana'i at Manele Bay 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Four Seasons Resort Lana'i at Manele Bay is the quintessential Hawaiian beach resort. Overlooking a protected marine preserve, Manele Bay is a romantic retreat with championship golf and some of the finest offerings of water sports in the world. Al fresco dining options abound, from Pacific Rim to Italian cuisine, while spinner dolphins and whale watching are sights to behold. Pampering spa treatments and pool and beach side amenities make for a perfect day under the sun. ... more   less 
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