My wife and I stayed at this Four Seasons for a week in mid October for our honeymoon, and it was an amazing trip that surpassed our expectations by a mile.
We originally had planned to stay at the Four Seasons Maui, but when our travel agent informed us that they were undergoing construction and that the main pool might be closed, we chose this property instead, and we could not have been happier.
The resort is one of two on the entire island, the other being closed for renovations and upgrades to another Four Seasons (The Lodge at Keole)
We arrived in the early afternoon and were taken to an upgraded one bedroom suite (we originally booked an Oceanfront room). While the room was great, and very large with a separate bedroom, I felt that it was a bit too far from the main building/pool area. I politely asked to be shown any rooms that were closer, and the woman who was helping us brought us back to the reception area and showed us a map of the property and said “where would you like to be?” I pointed out a few room choices, which she looked up on the computer and we were shown to an Oceanfront room that couldn’t have been more perfect. It was a corner room, ground floor, with a direct view of the ocean and close to the pool. It was smaller than the suite, but had a perfect location, just steps from the pool but far enough away that you couldn’t hear any pool noise at all (not that there was any, we only saw about 3 kids the whole time). For reference, it was room #2308, and it would be tough to get me to stay in another room when we go back. (Have them show you this room if you go, if it is available, and if you are already paying for Oceanfront)
The rooms are very nice, typical FS standards with large bathrooms, double sinks, separate shower and tub, and private water closet. Flat screen TV, empty fridge (which you can fill on your own, a nice alternative to 12 dollar Heinekens) and all the usual amenities.
We had a great package of free buffet breakfast (not including tax, gratuity, but which saved us about $60 a day) one round of golf or one 80 minute massage per person, per day, which was amazing. I am a golf nut, and my wife is a spa nut.
I played both courses, the Challenge at Manele, and the Experience at Koele, both of which were great (although the Challenge has the back nine closed for renovation, which was a bummer because those are the holes that are right on the coast, so you play the front nine twice for 18) The courses were empty when we were there, and I could get 18 done in 2 hours, maybe being waved through 1 foursome the entire round. The Experience is the nicer of the two, and I just loved it.
My wife loved the spa and all the different treatments they offered, she was in there everyday.
Aside from spa and golf, we lounged by the pool reading and playing backgammon, went swimming in the ocean, and basically did whatever we felt like. Even though this is the only resort on the island, we never once felt bored or trapped. If you have young kids I might see that being a bit of a problem.
The restaurants are very good, although a bit pricey. You have only one alternative from the FS, Henry Clay’s at the Hotel Lanai, which we heard was very good. The Italian restaurant was my least favorite, but not bad by any stretch. Although once the other FS opens, your choices will double.
One day we took a 3 hour island tour that the front desk booked for us, and we both found it to be very interesting and well worth the effort. Bruce, our tour guide, was the nicest guy and we learned a ton about the island and the people who live there. You don’t need a rental car when you are there (there is a shuttle that goes into “town” and up to the other golf course) but you would definitely miss out on some history if you don’t take the tour. Say hi to Bruce from the newlyweds from San Francisco if you go.
We felt that overall the service was great. They have a very friendly, sincere, and genuine staff that never once dropped the ball.
We went over to the 4S Maui for a night, just for a change of pace, and liked it, but we were both very glad to get back to Lanai. It just has a different feel to it, and once all the renovations are done at the other property, we’ll be back for sure.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- 4 Seasons Resort Lana`i At Manele Bay
- Four Seasons Resort Lana`i At Manele Bay Hotel Lanai City
- Four Seasons Manele Bay
- Four Seasons Lanai City
- Lanai City Four Seasons
- Four Seasons Resort Lana'i At Manele Bay Lanai, Hawaii