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Lodging Options on Lanai Island

Many visitors to Lanai stay in vacation home rentals, but there are also two luxurious hotels and one moderately priced hotel on the island.

While getting to Lanai evokes the joy of the journey, staying there is even better.On this island of perfect balance, the open spaces and rugged trails are as approachable as they are spectacular, inviting exploration at any pace you choose.Seclusion and intimacy go hand in hand on Lanai , and the comforts of home are never far away. With two luxury hotels - one in the uplands and the other at the beach - and an 11-room lodge between them, the island offers the full range of accommodations for the discerning and adventurous traveler.

The low-rise, 102-room Lodge at Ko'ele stands in the cool hills above Lanai City, 1,700 feet above sea level, with views of unending pastures and sunsets that linger in the golden upland light.Some of the tallest and oldest Cook pines on the island surround the Lodge, imbuing it with a stately elegance and the flavor of an English manor.Shaded by banyan and eucalyptus trees, and jacarandas that dust the lawns lavender each spring, the Lodge is a modern sanctuary on an island lost in time. You can play croquet along formal English gardens, sit in the Jacuzzi, lounge poolside, play miniature golf, or sink into the plush, velvety-soft leather chairs in the library and watch the mists roll in from the uplands.Water fountains and quiet paths lead to gazebos and a greenhouse of orchids.

Koele was the focal point of the island's paniolo (cowboy) life in the early 1900s, when Hawaiians rode horseback to the tops of hills and green ridgelines and steep gulches appeared to them like magic. Today you can sit on the veranda of the Lodge and watch horses graze behind split-rail fences, in pastures that sprawl to the sunset. While horse-drawn carriages lumbered along the rough roads of Koele 100 years ago, today fine dining, impeccable service, and luxury accommodations prevail.

The Great Hall, 35 feet in height, is flanked on each side by massive stone fireplaces. Sip afternoon tea or discover the Music Room with its grand piano and built-in audio equipment.Throughout the Lodge, chocolate eucalyptus floors, Oriental rugs, and walls stenciled with local flora impart a sense of place with a touch of the international.

The guest rooms at the Lodge have window seats, four poster beds, and terraces looking out over English gardens. The Formal Dining Room serves award winning rustic American fare, featuring seasonal specialties that highlight produce from Lanai gardens, Lanaivenison, and fish from nearby waters.Next to the Formal Dining Room, The Terrace serves American fare with a Hawai'i Regional twist for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

For fitness-minded guests, a Jacuzzi, pool and fitness room help melt away urban stress. Massage therapists offer the full range of ancient and modern massage techniques, from Shiatsu and Swedish to the Hawaiian lomi lomi.

Sporting clays, horseback riding, croquet, lawn bowling, and executive putting are among the activities offered. The Experience at Koele golf course designed by Greg Norman and Ted Robinson, is a world-renowned 18-hole, par-72 mountain course with dramatic views and drops in elevation.

Twenty minutes away, on Lanai 's south shore, the 250-room Manele Bay Hotel is the coastal counterpart to the Lodge, set on the slopes above Hulopo'e Bay.Guests are greeted with views of the bay, the island of Kaho'olawe, and the island's southern coast.The luxurious guest rooms take full advantage of the sculptured gardens and sweeping panoramas of the bay, where humpback whales cavort in the winter and dolphins are seen frequently.Hulopo'e is dotted with tide pools that invite exploration. A wide crescent of golden sand set between lava outcroppings, Hulopo'e is a marine preserve, and there are park, picnic and camping facilities.

A graceful melding of Mediterranean, Asian, Polynesian and European architecture, the hotel has soaring ceilings in its lobby and wide terraces that bring in the ocean views.The Hawaiian roofline and open verandas and terraces give it the feeling of a grand kama'aina estate. Asian, European and Mediterranean artifacts, and murals and paintings by artists from Lanai , are tastefully displayed throughout the hotel. Ponds, waterfalls and five ethnic gardens reflect the multicultural theme in a setting evocative of a gracious plantation home.

Breakfast and dinner are served in the Hulopo'e Court, where guests can dine al fresco and enjoy Hawai'i Regional Cuisine over sweeping ocean views.The formal dining room, Ihilani, features Island ingredients on an acclaimed French-Mediterranean menu, served in an atmosphere of restrained elegance.

A 5-minute shuttle ride from the hotel, the Manele Bay Clubhouse offers light lunch and dinner and some of the best views on the island.The island of Kaho'olawe seems a stone's throw away, and Maui's Haleakala towers in the distance.On a clear day, the peaks of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa greet the eyes from the Big Island, and dolphins may be leaping in Hulopo'e Bay below.

The Spa at Manele Bay offers the full complement of services and fitness equipment, with sauna and steam rooms, body and facial treatments, hairstyling, manicure and massage.Yoga, massage, hot rock therapy, reflexology, and Chinese acupuncture are among the services of the 6,000-square-foot spa.

Activities include tennis, watersports, and the 18-hole, par-72 Challenge at Manele Golf Course, designed by Jack Nicklaus.Among the ocean views and dry seaside terrain you'll find some of the most challenging golf in Hawai'i, such as the 444-yard 17th hole, across cliffs and a narrow fairway.

Although only 8 miles from each other and equally luxurious, The Lodge at Ko'ele and Manele Bay Hotel are worlds apart in ambience, providing the best of both worlds.A key feature of both hotels is the world-renowned Visiting Artist Program, now in its eleventh year of bringing celebrated artists to Lanai.Authors, musicians, chefs, movie stars and the most compelling talents in the world come to Lanaimonthly for this complimentary program at both hotels.

Located on a tree-shaded knoll in Lanai City between Manele and Koele, the island's oldest hotel, the 11-room Hotel Lanai, has welcomed guests since 1923.Its wooden veranda, looking out through stands of Cook pines, has been the town's gathering place for several generations.The modestly priced country inn is also the site of one of Lanai's most popular restaurants, Henry Clay's Rotisserie. The excellent, hearty New Orleans style menu is served in a rustic dining room with a fireplace, wooden floors, and tables outdoors in the cool Lanai air.

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