The Island of Lanai

 

 

 

The Pineapple Island is not the easiest to get to, but once you are there, it is pure heaven!!!  From Kauai, you must fly through either Honolulu or Maui, or take a 40-50 min. ferry from Maui.  One thing to be aware of is that Hawaiian flies the only jet to Lanai – although it really is a short flight and the views are amazing, so don't be concerned if you take Aloha.  Aloha's luggage weight limits are more strict.  Take your golf bags with you, your clothes and toiletries will make it on a later Aloha flight if there is no room on yours.

The shuttle between the Manele Bay Hotel & Lodge at Koele runs every 20-30 min., and makes it easy to try the food and golf at the resort you don't stay at.

Manele Bay Hotel

We loved our stay at Manele Bay, even with a day of downpour!  Before that, we got to take on the Challenge at Manele, a beautiful golf course with ocean bluff views.  Although we didn't bring any with us, we noted the resort has a great children's program.

Our room was in the "Orchid" section of the resort (each building is named by flowers), and we recommend requesting this wing.   It is close enough to the pool and main building, but had unending ocean views and faces away from the pool and other noisy areas – also it is close to the gym. The buildings surround theme gardens, and we don't refer to the Epcot variety.  Each garden has a floral theme, with streams, benches, fish, etc.

The food and service uniformly were excellent.  In addition to the Spa which was booked solid due to the rain, but looked wonderful, there is a lounge area where they serve pupus and have a game room, which was nice when it rained -- lot of Scrabble and fruity boat drinks.  The resort also offers art classes which would have been fun to try out if only we'd had more time there.

Lodge at Koele

The Lodge usually is voted in Conde Nast Traveler's Gold List top 5 hotels in the world (Manele Bay is not far behind).   The Lodge has a very different feel than Manele Bay, and is great for outdoorsy people.  The forests and greenery are overwhelming.  The grounds are spectacularly landscaped, with formal gardens, a lake, and an orchid gazebo.

The Lodge has an amazing (jackets req'd) restaurant, where we had the best meal on the island.  The resort also has its own putting grounds in addition to the famous Experience at Koele golf course, which often rates in the world's top 5 as well!

The Lodge offers horseback ridding, clay shooting, archery, and innumerable other activities.