Luxurious Lanai: The Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay
Happy Hawaii Week! This week, I’m focusing on a different Four Seasons Hawaii resort every day – welcome to the island of Lanai!
The tiny island of Lana’i is the perfect add-on to any other island in Hawaii. If you’re looking to pair relaxation with one of the larger, more touristy islands, it is easily reached via plane from Oahu. For a really special treat: pair it with Maui during December-April, when the humpback whales come down from Alaska to have their calves. When you catch the 45 minute ferry from Lahaina, Maui, there’s a good chance that your ferry ride will turn into a whale-watching tour!
The Four Seasons boasts two properties on the little island: Manele Bay and The Lodge at Koele, which are as different as night and day. While the island is small, there is plenty to do, from typical water sports (snorkeling, scuba, paddle boarding) to activities that one might expect to find in Montana (horseback riding, clay shooting, hiking).
The Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay
As the name suggests, this property is located on Manele Bay, a marine sanctuary that is off-limits to motorboats, allowing dolphins to swim within very close proximity to the shore. Standard resort amenities are offered here, along with the extra-special touches of service of a Four Seasons property. For example, while sitting by the pool, guests can expect the standard poolside amenities – fruit kabobs, spritzers, the like. However, to add an extra special service, a staff member nicknamed Dr. Shades comes around to tighten and clean sunglasses, free of charge, ande the property also provides a PDA service – a team member will give tired, texting hands a break with a complimentary hand massage and iPhone cleaning. There’s definitely something to be said of the level of service at Four Seasons properties!
Golf enthusiasts will also enjoy the signature Challenge at Manele golf course, one of two courses on the island owned by the Four Seasons.
Guests who would prefer not to rent a car, they can pay a one-time fee for a shuttle service that will take them everywhere around the island, like to the town square, known as “the way Hawaii used to be”.