The Lanai Hotel is in an attractive well laid out open building and is positioned by a white attractive beach and a calm and friendly sea. The Hotel pool is excellent, but the pool bar does not operate and as their is no attendant it can get rowdy with children chucking balls around and 'bombing'.
The Hotel is mainly frequented by German and Danish guests and with the Germans predominating, if you want a decent spot by the swimming pool or the beach you had better get up before dawn breaks. On the first morning, of my stay I got up early to hear the birds calling. I heard no birds, but I did see the ghostly figures of Germans beach towels in hand, slipping through the Palm trees and commandeering beach chairs and Sun loungers with ruthless efficiency.. Like the dawn chorus it was very quickly over.
Breakfast at the Hotel is in rather a dingy room and is good - not great, but good enough. For dinner, they have a establishment on the beach, that is really an upgraded Hamburger joint. Most people therefore go out for dinner, but I found it perfectly adequate for a snacky type of dinner.
The establishment is well served by a cheerful staff, who are friendly but many of them have a shaky grasp of English, so make sure that your instructions are understood..
The Hotel does not change Travellers Cheques and to change them requires a 20 minute trip to town and can involve one in a major financial transaction. For some reason on presenting cheques a clerk had to be sent across the town to check the serial numbers!!!!. The transaction took 35/40 mintes. Better to change your money on arrival at the Airport.. Taxis are also freely available there..I can recommend an elderly Taxi driver who hangs around the hotel called 'Hussain' A nice man who I used regularly and he did not try to rip me off. His English is rudimentary however..
I can also recommend 'Devs Adventure Tours '- especially a visit to the Mangrove Swamps. We had a brilliant guide, who imparted lots of information and who is self taught.
A trip on the cable car can also be a highlight, but only if you have a head for heights.
Much more could be done by the Hotel for their guests. They could run a regular twice a day service to town for instance and possibly someone to carry ones bags when coming and leaving.
These are minor points. One gets excellent value for money at the Liana and I would certainly stay there again
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