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.
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
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
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.
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.