If living it up in luxury is not your style, than do as the locals do, and spread a blanket out under the stars. The locals, however, have first choice on the sand. The only spots legitimately reserved for tourists is the grassy grounds on the opposite side of the parking lot. Of course, it doesn't hurt to try sprawling your stuff out in the sand. However, don't be surprised if you're woken up in the middle of the night by one of the park's regular rangers patrolling the grounds.
Six campsites. Swimming, snorkeling, dolphins sometimes seen offshore. There are restrooms, showers, bbq grills, picnic tables, and drinking water. Only tent camping allowed, and permits are required. (18 or older, at least 2 to 3 weeks in advance)
Rates: $5 per person per night plus one-time permit fee of $20.00. Max. stay 3 nights (4 days).
The islands answer for those in search of beachcomber Hawaii without the Waikiki crowds. This beach resort is twice the size of its sister property, the Lodge at Koele, but at just over 200 rooms, its still a small time operation. Located on the cliffs of Hulopoe Bay, and just a walk away from the golden sands of Hulopoe beach, this resort is nestled on prime soil, with a killer view to compete with anything else Hawaii has to offer. Watch out for the luxury prices, though, as they are sure to kill your budget as well.
The Lodge at Koele is a quiet resort tucked away at the base of Lana'ihale, the islands modest mountain range. Just a 10 minutes walk from the center of town, this is an ideal spot for honeymooners, anniversaries, or if you just want to get away from the crowds. Its connected to its sister resort, Manele Bay Hotel, by a 20 minute shuttle ride down the mountain side.
This is the most authentic hotel on Lana'i. It was built by James Dole to house guests to his plantation island. It is situated in the center of Lana'i City, a former platation town.
With only 11 guest rooms, you'll receive fine service. The rooms have been restored to their original condition. Expect a peaceful stay, as there are no televisions.
I stayed in a front room that shared a veranda with the adjacent room. I very much enjoyed relaxing on the front porch, watching the locals go about their business, and chatting with fellow hotel guests.
I would recommend this hotel to everyone. It may not be the best place for small children, but I would say the same for the island in general.
The on-site restaurant, Henry Clay's Rotisserie, was great. I had the Axis Deer stew, a local dish. Very tasty!
In the center of the island, in the heart of Lana'i City. No other accomodations are available in the town center. The historic elements--bringing the hotel back to its 1923 beginnings--are worth the stay.
Henry Clay's Rotisserie is a great restaurant. Worth a meal during your stay.
This estate is perfect for family vacations away from anything corporate. Considering the cost and the housing capabilities, this is a budget choice, although what you get is far more than any backpacker budget could hope for, at least by Hawaii standards.
I recently spoke to guests staying here, and they put it this way: "It's ideal for a family of six from Colorado. We love the outdoors. But it would be a disaster if we were honeymooners looking for a luxuriously romantic getaway."
Their reason? There seemed to be a lot of construction, cleaning, yardwork going on property, as well as at the neighbors.
Private Guest House, 7 Bedrooms + Sunroom - 6 Baths - (Sleeps 24-30)
Half house 3bed / 3bath
The first "hotel" on the island, although in reality, this is nothing more than a polished up plantation house. What it lacks in size, though, it more than makes up for in charm. In fact, it sells itself on the fact that none of its rooms have t.v., not yet at least, which is stone age quaint compared to its two corporate powerhouse competitors, the islands sister resorts of Four Seasons.
For a truly authentic plantation island experience, this guesthouse is a step back into the past, and just a block away from Dole Park.
10 rooms, 1 cottage
Another place we did not stay, but were urged by a fellow shutle passenger to get off the shuttle and check this place out.
The lobby, like nothing I had ever seen. Had a very 'southern' feel to it. And the GARDENS in the back, complete with a lke? Just mind boggeling.
You just have to see it to believe it.
To be honest, we did not stay here, but passed through on our way to the bay to snorkel.
If you think Maui is paradise (and I do) just imagine it without all the tourists
For a price you can stay at one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. The pool, the lobby, the bay, the staff, everything truly top notch.
Friends who have stayed have RAVED.
This is not a party town. This is where ya go if ya got some cash to burn or a serious need to unwind or both.
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