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Four Seasons Resort Lana'i at Manele Bay

Ocean and Highland Landscapes

An evening view from the Four Seasons Resort Lana'i at Manele BayAn evening view from the Four Seasons Resort Lana'i at Manele Bay

A mere 45-minute ferry ride from Maui's Lahaina Harbor, the island of Lana'i is the perfect secluded getaway, complete with forests, sandy beaches and red lava cliffs. The picturesque area was once home to the largest pineapple plantation in the world, thanks to Dole Pineapple. The plant was shut down in the early 1990s, but not before the island was purchased by Dole CEO David Murdock. Today, Murdock has turned the island into an upscale resort, with most of the residents staffing theisland's two luxury resorts: the Four Seasons Resort Lana'i at Manele Bay and the Four Seasons Resort Lana'i, The Lodge at Koele.

The sunlit pool at the Four Seasons Resort Lana'i at Manele Bay Hulopo'e Court at the Four Seasons Resort Lana'i at Manele Bay
The sunlit pool at Manele Bay
Hulopo'e Court at Manele Bay

Both resorts are equally desirable places to spend your holiday; it simply depends what your goals are. If you're looking for an ocean-style retreat, Manele Bay fits the bill, situated on a cliff overlooking Manele Bay beaches. Here, you can indulge in water sports, including great snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities. It's also an excellent lure for a company retreat, offering a fully-fledged conference center. And if it's true laid-back bliss that you seek, pick Manele Bay with its 20,000-square-foot spa offering everything from ti-leaf wraps to Pohaku wela (hot stone) massages.








Four Seasons Resort Lana'i, The Lodge at Koele

A view of the garden and The Lodge at Koele at the Four Seasons Resort in Lana'i Views of the garden and The Lodge at Koele

Four Seasons Resort Lana'i, The Lodge at Koele, on the other hand, is located at the uppermost peak of the island, providing a cooler, balmier retreat, often surrounded by clouds and fog. Set in the highlands, the Lodge at Koele provides an atmosphere reminiscent of an African lodge, a refreshing change from your typical sun, surf and sand Hawaiian beach resort.

The good news, though, is that no matter which resort you choose to call home, you'll have full access to all the amenities of both. Services at both hotels are interchangeable: in fact, a shuttle will take its guests between the two hotels every 30 minutes. So while the Lodge at Koele does not have a spa, you can still indulge in a seaweed body mask at Manele Bay. Both resorts offer fantastic golfing opportunities. The Lodge at Koele boasts The Experience golf course, while Manele Bay offers The Challenge course. There is also a myriad of island attractions beyond both resorts. Try your hand at skeet shooting, one of the island's most popular attractions, explore the area by renting a four-wheel drive or embark on snorkeling and scuba excursions.

The putting green of The Experience golf course at the Four Seasons Resort Lana'i at The Lodge at Koele A traditional sitting area at the Four Seasons Resort Lana'i at the Lodge at Koele
The putting green at the Lodge at Koele
A traditional sitting area at the Lodge at Koele

Both of the tropical retreats are designed to keep diners content, featuring delicious dishes and beautiful surroundings. The elegant, exclusive The Lodge at Koele Dining Room focuses on classic cuisine and comes complete with an estate-style living room and a wood-burning fireplace.

With very little nightlife and shopping on the island, Lana'i is a vacation destination for those who are looking to wind down, disconnect (however briefly) from the rest of the world, and experience a true island retreat.





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