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Four nights at the Four Seasons Lodge at Koele
03-26-2014, 10:05 PM (This post was last modified: 05-12-2017 01:15 PM by eleakai.)
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Four nights at the Four Seasons Lodge at Koele
I stayed for four nights at the Koele Lodge on Lanai in September. The time there was the highlight of my Maui-Lanai vacation. In this review I will try to briefly review the pros and cons of the resort.

Location Pros
  • Located on beautiful green grounds in the middle of the island of Lanai, overlooking Lanai mountains
  • Because of its higher elevation, the air here is cooler than on the island’s beaches and it can get quite chilly at night. This is definitely a pro for a person who lives in tropical and humid Hawaii (or other hot location) year-round.
  • Mixture of tropical gardens, pine trees, palm trees and other vegetation
  • Very quiet resort, away from everything
Location Cons
  • Not many airlines fly to Lanai. The airport is very small and only propeller planes fly here. Due to occasional bad weather conditions, such as fog, airplanes sometimes cannot land because the clouds are too low. Another way to get to Lanai is with the Expeditions Lanai ferry from Lahaina on Maui. The ride takes about 40 minutes. Sometimes it can get a little bumpy depending on the weather and ocean conditions. At the Manele Harbor on Lanai you will get picked up by a hotel shuttle for a 30-minutes ride to the Lodge at Koele.
Koele Lodge Pros
  • Beautiful resort set in upcountry Lanai
  • Two world-class golf courses in the area – in Koele and Manele
  • Plenty of resort amenities – pools, game room, library, garden activities, mini golf, etc.
  • Guests at the Four Seasons Lodge at Koele can also enjoy resort amenities, such as the pool, at the sister resort, the Four Seasons at Manele Bay. The resort at Manele is a typical Hawaiian tropical resort set among palm trees overlooking Hulopoe Bay. So no matter if you like tropical or mountain style, if you stay at one of the Four Seasons resorts on Lanai, you can have it both.
  • Large clean rooms with private lanai
  • Room service until 11 pm
  • Fine dining restaurants
  • Lobby entertainment and bar
Koele Lodge Cons
  • You will get spoiled and pampered at the Koele Lodge, but you got to pay for that. Service rates are very expensive. For two noodle entrees and a couple of wine glasses, be prepared to pay over $100. Laundry service is also very expensive. If you have a few T-shirts that need to be washed, your bill can also top $100. If you prefer to save this money, you can go to downtown Lanai City and use the public Laundromat there (it’s a small building that has a few coin-operated washers and dryers).
  • No facilities to prepare your own food in the room. You only have a small fridge and a coffee machine.
  • No supermarket at the Koele Lodge. The closest one is in Lanai City. It takes about 20 minutes to walk to downtown Lanai City or you can take the hotel shuttle that runs every 30 to 60 minutes depending on the time of day.
  • Tip is automatically included in the bill, and in some cases you may need to tip extra, such as for in-room service, maid, etc.

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