Today is part one of our two part look at the Lana’i Four Seasons sister properties. For those of you unfamiliar with Lana’i, it’s a tiny island of Hawaii with little on it but a small village and two absolutely breathtaking resorts by Four Seasons. Once a private pineapple plantation island, it’s now one of nature’s wonders with everything from sand dunes and rustic mountain tops to horse trails and beautiful beaches and coves. One of the two Four Seasons properties on the island is located on the beach at Manele Bay and the other, high above in the mountains, Koele Lodge. And I had the insane privilege of visiting both hotels last year. I must say, they are equally special and equally unique.
The Four Seasons Manele Bay has an Asian influence mixed seamlessly with the rest of the Hawaiian culture. Perched just above its beach on a cliff overlooking two bays, you often see dolphins swimming outside your windows. But that’s not the best part. While they discourage it (I must admit, I encourage it), a swim with the dolphins in the morning hours when they come practically up to shore is an unforgettable experience. Something all honeymooners should get to experience, given the chance. And what a story for your wedding guests to come home to tell their kids.
But it’s not just what nature has to offer that makes this a must visit destination. Whether honeymooning, hosting a destination wedding, or both, this property has it all. Fantastic pool deck, luxurious spa (complete with custom blended perfume consultations – a great bridesmaid gift – hint, hint), fantastic food and restaurants, and a secret garden-like atmosphere as you wind around paths through a gazebo to get to your beautifully appointed room (outfitted with a wonderful tub for two). And when the time comes to say “I do,” do so in style on the 12th hole of the world famous course, The Challenge at Manele Bay (the spot where Bill Gates wed). Then cart over to the beautiful Lu’ua Gardens for a private outdoor reception on the grass, or if you came to Hawaii for the beach, wed right on the sand of Manele Bay. For couples or wedding parties that want the perfect mix of golf and spa, sun and sand, and total relaxation away from it all, Four Seasons Lana’i Manele Bay is for you. Just a forty-five minute ferry ride from Maui, it’s easy to get to, but worlds away from everything and everyone else.
If you’re looking for a blend of activity and privacy, and perhaps your wedding is on Maui, then I recommend a quick jet over to this island to get away from it all when the “I do’s” are done (and say good bye to the in-laws before you do). Traveler Tip: Book nights at both Four Seasons properties on Lana’i and get a completely different experience at each (with guest rights at both). It will feel like two honeymoons in one!
Check back tomorrow for part two when we go north to the Four Seasons Lodge at Koele.