One of the things that has made the Lodge at Koele so special and unique, was the timeless ambiance that was the vision when this property was first created and built as a an " old English/Victorian" hunting lodge back in 1991. My husband and I thought of the Lodge as a true getaway because of this. We were shocked and disappointed when we entered the Great Hall a few days ago, after one year had passed since our last visit. What was once homey and inviting is now a mishmash of seating arrangements that do not entice one, as before, to curl up in front of the fireplace and read a book. The beautiful classic decor and antiquities have been replaced by an over abundance of potted palms and plants.
Sitting on the front lanai with a cocktail and listening to one of the paniolos/ cowboys serenade the guests and play guitar, is something of the past.
Aside from the friendly staff, who remain untouched, the rest of the experience actually does not seem like the Four Seasons experience any longer. Something is off, and it just isn't the interior design facelift. A bit of " freshening up" is always good and necessary, but like many famous stars we know, this facelift was botched and has changed the appearance for the worse..
- 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:
- 4 Seasons Resort Lana`i, The Lodge At Koele
- Four Seasons Resort Lana`i, The Lodge At Koele Hotel Lanai City
- Four Seasons Koele
- Four Seasons Lanai City
- Lanai City Four Seasons
- Four Seasons Resort Lana'i, The Lodge At Koele Lanai, Hawaii