Four Seasons Lana’i, Manele Bay

Let’s rewind and pretend we are still in Hawai’i, on the island of Lana’i.

It’s a bright 80F with tradewinds and NYC feels forever and far away.

We checked out of the

…and checked into the Four Seasons Manele Bay. FS runs a shuttle that takes you from one hotel to another, a 20-minute drive. There are no traffic lights in Lana’i and there is just ONE policeman, hehe.

What to do? Well nothing…but relax! By the pool…

…and by the beach. Cocoon living.

Come early in the mornings you can see a ton of dolphins swimming around the bay. Paddleboard out and the dolphins will be close enough so that you can touch them (But I wouldn’t do that, there’s a $25K fine ;)

If you stay by the pool, good things happen. They call it “special amenities.” I made friends with the pool boy and he gave me the schedule:

10am – tropical fruit skewers
12pm – savory (think hot crab wontons and brie with caramelized pineapple crostini)
2pm – smoothies (mango, banana, pineapple)
3pm – dark chocolate cookies

I timed my pool visits accordingly, of course.

In addition to the “special amenities” they also come by each hour to spritz you with Evian (no kidding) and clean your sunglasses.

Nobu’s just opened a new restaurant in the hotel (they seem to open wherever Larry Ellison owns land)…and you can have sushi delivered poolside.

We tried most of the restaurants at the resort and they were just alright…

…though the view at the golf course Clubhouse was amazing. I preferred eating at the local restaurants in Lana’i City, will do a post on that next.

It got a little chilly at night…

…but the days were beautiful.

The 9th Hawaiian Island

5pm Saturday at Four Seasons Lana’i Manele Bay

If I had three wishes, one of them would be to move the island of Manhattan closer to Hawai’i. In fact, we could put it left of Ni’ihau and call it the 9th* Hawaiian Island!

*Las Vegas is currently considered Hawaii’s 9th island.

Four Seasons Lana’i, The Lodge at Koele

Aloha from Lana’i!

For Christmas, Pierre and I gifted each other a vacation on Lana’i. There are three hotels on the island: Hotel Lana’i, Four Seasons at Koele Lodge, and Four Seasons at Manele Bay. We decided to split our stay between the two FS properties.

Dad drove us to the airport early this morning. It’s only 40-minutes from Honolulu to Lana’i on Mokulele Airlines. It was my first time flying on a tiny prop plane…

…the plane only fits nine people, and there were four passengers (us included). Can you believe the pilot was my high school classmate from Punahou? Small island ^_^

Here we are leaving Oahu…

…and arriving on Lana’i.

The weather has been windy/rainy/dark the last few days, so fingers crossed things clear up before we move to Manale Bay. Pierre’s itching for some beach time.

Hooray for early check-in. We immediately unpacked and got on the resort shuttle to Lana’i City. It’s only a mile away and you could easily walk on a nicer day.

First stop, Poke Market. I had furikake-tobiko poke and spicy ahi poke. The owners cleaned a bench on the side of the shop so we could eat out of the rain, thank you!

We had coffee at Coffee Works and went back to the lodge for a nap…

…and then afternoon tea at the lodge. I’ll do a detailed post on this soon ^_^