More about Four Seasons Resort Lana'i at Manele Bay
The Manele Bay Hotel
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.
Luxury and nothing but
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.
Manele Bay is wonderful
The baked onaga at the main restaurant at the Manele Bay Hotel alone is worth the trip. The rooms are beautiful and large, the grounds wonderful. After three days here, the following three three days I spent at the Westin Maui seemed like a prison sentence.
Manele Bay was fantastic
Stayed at Manele Bay Hotel November 11-16 with my wife and had a wonderful time. The hotel is showing its age a bit, but the grounds are wonderful and the staff was great. We had an oceanfront suite which had a spectacular view. Had a very mediocre meal at Henry Clay's at the Hotel Lanai, but meals at Manele Bay and the Lodge at Koele were very good (but expensive). If you go to Ihilani at Manele Bay, try the baked onaga -- it was quite possibly the best piece of fish I have ever tasted. The beach at the hotel is alright, but the snorkeling is great and the dolphins came into the bay two of the days we were there.
Perfect honeymoon, loved Manele Bay!!!
We stayed at the Manele Bay Hotel for our honeymoon in December 2004 and absolutely loved it! We got married in Maui and spent 10 days there, after all the activities in Maui we were ready to relax and totally unwind in Lanai.
The ferry ride from Lahaina, Maui to Lanai was approximately 45 minutes. As soon as we got off the ferry in Lanai we were greeted by friendly representatives from the Manele Bay Hotel. They immediately took our luggage and directed us to the air-conditioned shuttle. The ride from the harbor to the hotel was about 5 minutes. Upon arriving at the hotel we were given beautiful yellow flower leis to welcome us. A hotel employee had our room information and paperwork ready to go. The lobby was very comfortable with large couches, and it overlooked a sunken great room with views of the pool and ocean. The great room had extra large couches, easy chairs with ottomans facing out to the pool/ocean and floor to ceiling windows/doors to take advantage of the spectacular view. The hotel is beautifully decorated with Asian artwork, furniture, elaborate wall paintings, statues and rugs. We sat in the lobby with the hotel employee for a few minutes to make sure the room we requested was correct. As we were being taken to our room we walked through several gardens with waterfalls and flowers everywhere. A few minutes after we arrived in our corner ocean suite our luggage arrived. We were on our balcony enjoying the view when we noticed a group of dolphins! It was amazing not to mention a great way to be greeted! We saw the dolphins a few times during our stay and some guests even swam out to the dolphins since they were fairly close to shore.
The hotel room was very spacious and decorated in Asian décor in line with the rest of the hotel. It had a king size bed, living room area, small desk and mini bar. Since it was a corner suite, it had sliding glass doors on two sides of the room to maximize your view of the ocean. We also had a wrap around balcony which was incredible! The bathroom was all marble with a glass enclosed shower, tub, double sinks and a make-up area. The hotel knew we were there on our honeymoon so they had a bottle of champagne and a fruit bowl delivered to us shortly after we arrived in our room. The ice at the mini bar was always filled and was miraculously replenished every time we returned to our room. It was like the staff knew our schedule and made sure ice was always available.
The beach is a short walk from the pool area. There is a cabana by the beach where you can get unlimited towels, snorkeling equipment (free of charge) and order lunch which is delivered to you (take out style). The lounge chairs and umbrellas are set-up for you by the staff. The beach was not crowded and had great snorkeling! Occasionally, the beach staff would go around offering guests complimentary ice water or cold lemonade. You could also help yourself to these drinks by the beach cabana.
There is a great breakfast buffet every morning which we highly recommend since we were on the breakfast buffet plan we had $50 towards breakfast everyday. We ate lunch at the Pool Grille and had dinner every night at Ihilani since one of the hotel’s main dinner restaurants was being renovated. The service and food at Ihilani was consistently fantastic!!! Make sure you save room for dessert, the soufflés are amazing! Average dinner for two costs about $200 and lunch approximately $50. The quality of the food and service is well worth the price.
The hotel has a free shuttle that runs all day, it will take you to Lanai City and the Lodge at Koele (the sister hotel of Manele Bay). Lanai in general is very rural so don't expect Lanai City to be commercialized. In Lanai City you can shop for souvenirs, groceries and see how the locals live. All the shops are very small and situated around the center of town called Dole Park. Although there isn’t too much to do it is certainly charming and worth exploring at least once.
As far as activities, the hotel staff will gladly arrange jeep rentals (so you can explore the island), skeet shooting/horse back riding (at the Lodge at Koele), golf, tennis and sailboat excursions. There is really no night life but we were quite happy with a great dinner and sitting outside looking up at the stars. There are a million of them out every night!
Overall, the Manele Bay Hotel is one of the best hotels we have ever stayed at. If you want to escape to a private paradise, this is the place to go. The hotel has great service, wonderful accommodations and friendly staff. We cannot wait to return!!!
Perfect Hawaii for adults
Just returned-reluctantly-from a week @ Manele Bay Hotel. Perfection!
The rooms are wonderful, large and updated, very well kept. The grounds are beautiful, with many separate gardens to walk through. All the restaurants are great, expensive, but everywhere in Hawaii the food is pricey. Be sure to add one nights dinner in the little town of Lanai City in the Lanai Hotel. The restaurant is top notch!
The beach @ Manele Bay is one of the best in Hawaii. Beautifulk arc of sand, great snorkling & dolphins!
The Four Seasons is taking over the management of Manele Bay, and extensive renovations are talked about for the pool & other areas. Hope they also preserve the quiet and elegance of Manlele Bay..
And the golf course, wonderful! 17 holes overlook the ocean! Its hard to concentrate on the golf with such beautiful views.
Lots for adults to do, but not much for children, and keeping the little ones fed would be very expensive.
Must see Lanai today before it goes away!
Once you arrive you would want to leave
We stayed at the Manele Bay Hotel from Jan. 5th to Jan. 10th. This hotel was the best. The staff was always very friendly and ready to serve you. The beach area and the tidepools were great. We didn't want to leave either the hotel or the island. It was not only the fact that the hotel was superb, but that the people of the island were very different from the other islands.
The food was a bit over the top, but well worth it. You could also eat at the Hotel Lanai, which has the best fish that I have ever eaten. The shuttle service between the Hotel, the Lodge and the Manele Bay Hotel made life so much easier.
The rooms were above average size and contained many amenities. People who complained about the housekeeping must really be picky, they should stay at some of the hotels on Maui or Oahu (where we found bugs in the bed and rooms with nasty odors). Our room was always clean and well maintained. They are in the progress of updating their rooms. Some of the carpeting in the rooms was soiled from the iron oxide in the soil.
There is not a hotel that can even match the service and amenities of the Manele Bay Hotel. It was the best place you could ever stay.
Just got back from my honeymoon, and we had a great time! The hotel was beautifully situated, and the staff was excellent and very attentive. We were treated like royalty throughout our stay. The hotel does a great job in making its guests feel welcome and appreciated, and they were excellent in accomplishing the little things like cold towels at the pool and a congratulatory bottle of champagne our first night there.
The island itself is very reminiscent of what Hawaii used to look like with largely undeveloped areas and a much slower pace of life (even by Hawaiian Standards). The only weird thing was the "big brother" vibe when going to other establishments on the island and being able to charge it back to the Manele Bay Hotel Room Charge, as a single entity owns a predominant amount of the island. But, Shipwreck Beach was worth the 4 wheel drive rental, and the food at both Hotel Lanai and Manele Bay Hotel was excellent. Even though it was a bit on the pricey side, I would recommend the breakfast buffet at the Manele Bay Hotel Restaurant which serves many island fruits, juices, baked goods, as well as other special foods. All in all, a great experience, and we are looking forward to returning in 10 years!
Manele Bay beach
Manele Bay Beach
Manele Road leading to the harbor
Lobby at Manele Bay