OK; a REALLY rich owner is able to do more for a community than a really rich owner, no matter the first’s intention. This has proven itself again on the Island of Lanai.
One’s treatment of a wholly owned totally unique resort property is possibly a different story. I have been fortunate to visit the Lodge at Koele since its creation. The premise of its presentation, that of an exclusive lodge in the Mountains with an early 20th Century décor with a noticeable Oriental Flair, greeted the uninitiated visitor with both surprise and aw. Whether passing from either the bright Hawaiian sun or an infrequent torrential rain, the transition across the broad veranda to the portico and finally into the sparsely populated Great Hall gave the traveler a feeling of having reached home, less the hustle and bustle of everyday life. One could sink into comfortable older style couches in front of either fireplace and reflect upon having arrived at a truly unique location. One which left a visitor with the continuous question of what delight is around the next corner.
The long term staff continues their superb service seen under both Starwood and now Four Seasons. However; if the scuttling of the unique decorating objects and presence of large screen TV’s in the “Music Room” and the “Recreation Room”, both just off the Great Hall, did not enough in making the hotel “Hawaiian” for whoever is now in charge, the breaking of the serenity of the Great Hall with yet another to TV to add to the new “Hawaiian” theme, makes one think about saving money and staying on Oahu at the Royal Hawaiian, (Stay in the Old Wings;).
That said; the Island itself offers what is now the seldom experienced pleasure of enjoying Hawaii with no crowds. Those who have had the opportunity of enjoying the life of a town square will relish experiencing that, well almost, it’s a rectangle, Lanai style. Quality food is available on the square, and for those who like veggie omelets, the Blue Ginger’s “Vegi-Ugly” is the best I have found on three continents and several islands :) The Golf is great and Lanai Western Adventures continues a heritage left by David Murdock of world class Sporting Clays, and a great stable.
I hope what was special is not turned into just another bland expensive resort with plenty TV’s, glitz, and rowdy vacationers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Resort is currently closed and is undergoing an exciting renovation program. We look forward to sharing details on our project and opening date in the future. 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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- Four Seasons Lanai City
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- Four Seasons Resort Lana'i, The Lodge At Koele Lanai, Hawaii