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May 09

Sweet Lana’i – Part 6

Visiting the Four Seasons Resorts

Having been a guest at both Four Seasons Resorts on Lana’i, I am torn as to which is my favorite. They are located on very different areas of the island. One is on the leeward side of the island and overlooks the Manele Bay and beach. It is much dryer on this side of the island, but the resort itself feels very tropical and lush. It seems many of the popular resorts throughout Hawai’i are found on the dry side of the islands. Rain is less likely to interrupt a visitor’s vacation on the dry side.

Four Seasons Resort Manele Bay

Four Seasons Resort Manele Bay

After our hearty breakfast at The Blue Ginger Café, (you can read that post here) we were able to visit the Four Seasons The Lodge at Koele for a short while. Because of the recent changes in ownership on Lana’i, we wanted to see what changes had been made at the resort. We also just wanted to sit and relax on the front porch.

Front Porch at The Lodge at Koele

Front Porch at The Lodge at Koele

Koele, the resident cat at The Lodge at Koele

Koele, the resident cat at The Lodge at Koele

Giant Ficus Fig Trees 3 Large Palm Trees are Hidden Inside

Giant Ficus Fig Trees
3 Large Palm Trees are Hidden Inside

The Lodge at Koele sits at an altitude of around 1600 feet. It rains here daily. Most of the time it is a very light rain that doesn’t ruin the plans for the day. It does get cool here in the evenings so a light sweater or sweatshirt is usually needed.

We headed inside the lobby area and only noticed subtle changes. We asked someone what changes had been made and once they were pointed out to us, seemed like very obvious changes. Large chandeliers had been removed and enormous paintings were taken down. It was beautiful and simplistic. The grounds are so gorgeous that the simplistic décor inside allows for the beauty of the grounds to be the star even while inside the building.

While in the lobby area, we met and visited with some of the local Aunties that were getting ready to have a lei making class. Visits are always so genuinely nice and end with those wonderful hugs and kisses on both cheeks.

We finally made it to the front porch to sit and relax for a few minutes. There is no beach here, and very few palm trees, but I find it to be the most relaxing place I have ever experienced. Considering I have had the desire to live “at the beach” and have been drawn “to the beach” since the age of 4, the fondness I have for this front porch surprises me too! Before leaving the porch to head back to meet up with our friend at the square, I told my SDH “this is the most beautiful place on Earth.”

The Grounds at The Lodge at Koele

The Grounds at The Lodge at Koele

After meeting up with our friend, we all headed out to the Four Seasons Manele Bay to see the changes at that resort and head back to the harbor for the ferry ride home. The changes at the resort at Manele Bay were just as subtle and beautiful as the changes we found at The Lodge at Koele. We found very simplistic décor to allow the beauty from the bay and out door plants to be the star of the show. My favorite addition to the landscaping was the beautiful orchids attached to all the palm trees that were visible through the breezeways.

We took care of a few business details and had a few minutes to sit in the lobby and look out at the gorgeous scenery. Before we got up to leave for the harbor, I told my SDH, “this is the most beautiful place on Earth.”

Four Seasons Resort Manele Bay

Four Seasons Resort Manele Bay

So, if you plan on asking me which resort I like best. I cannot answer that. I love them both. Luckily, they are both just a short ferry ride away now instead of 4600 miles away.

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Aloha and mahalo (thank you) for stopping by.

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