For a change of scenery I check in to the Four Seasons Lodge at Ko’ele, enveloped by Cook pines that were planted as a natural catchment. I immediately notice the temperature difference. Koele is routinely 11 degrees colder than at Manele Bay, which is near the sea. Each of the two resorts has its own unique microclimate; figuratively and literally. Opened in 1990, the 102-room Lodge resembles an English hunting manor with large stone fireplaces, deep red furnishings and croquet lawn. I walk to the Belgian orchid greenhouse, mesmerized by the colours. Nearby there is a pagoda that was disassembled in China, and brought along with a crew by ship to the island. The mist that often hovers overhead creates a soft halo around the property and coupled with the croquet match I’ve just witnessed, it feels as if I’ve stepped into an impressionist painting by Renoir.
Four Seasons Resort Lāna’i Thee Lodge at Ko’ele
English country style manor meets plantation at this 102 room two storey resort in Upcountry Lanai. Spa service, stables, and sporting clays available.
One Manele Road, Lāna’I City; (808) 565-7700
Excerpt from an article that first appeared in the Summer 2010 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.