Four Seasons Resort Lana‘i at Manele Bay
(800) 819-5053 or (808) 565-2000
One Manele Bay Rd., Lana‘i
236 rooms, pool, 2 spas, 4 tennis courts, free fitness room, valet parking, 24-hour room service, 3 restaurants, shops, day spa, free hi-speed Internet access in rooms and Wi-Fi in some common areas, children’s program, 9 conference rooms, free 24-hour business center, coffee maker with free coffee daily, valet-only laundry. This resort is actually on harder-to-pronounce Hulopo‘e Bay, has a more Hawaiian feel than sister property “the Lodge” does. At check-in, your credit card is momentarily whisked away to be run through their special NASA-designed hydraulic credit card press, capable of pumping more money out of your credit card than you ever imagined. The resort is very pretty and tropical and the restaurants are good, though pricey. The atmosphere is “relaxed elegance.” This resort doesn’t feel stuffy or pretentious. The Asian art exhibited is from the owner’s private collection, and some of the art is outstanding.
Though not directly on a beach, it is a short walk from their property on their beach path. The pool and its 2 spas are open 24 hours, and during the day you can enjoy an Evian spritz, chilled towels and even get your sunglasses cleaned.
Many amenities at this property are included in your room rate, such as room safes, valet parking, fitness classes, snorkel gear, and personalized mini bar selections. Local calls are a buck.
It is clear that families are welcome here. They have a free kids’ program during the day and a teen center with video games, pool table and large HDTV. They will child-proof your room and leave out a welcome snack of milk and cookies on arrival. Cribs are free along with some other gear for your keiki. Adults will be happy here, too, with romantic dinners for two (or up to 6 people) in the ocean hale on the lawn where they also do couple’s spa treatments.
There is a shuttle ($51 per person per stay) that will bring you back and forth around town or to the Lodge to enjoy what they have to offer up there. Rooms (576–814 sq. ft.) are $395–$995, suites (900–2,700 sq., ft.) are $1,050–$6,500.