While Lana‘i is home to two of the most luxurious resorts in the state where you will absolutely feel pampered and relaxed, there is a more affordable—and historic—option for those visiting the island with a budget in mind.
Lana‘i Accommodations for $150 or Less
Small and historic Hotel Lana‘i (828 Lana‘i Ave., 808/565-7211 or 877/665-2624, fax 808/565-6450, $119-219) sits in the center of tranquil Lana‘i City. This was the island’s first hotel, built in 1923 for visiting guests of the ruling Dole Pineapple Company. While you won’t find the same amenities as at the more expensive and posh resorts, the 10 rooms of this plantation-style building retain a historic feel without sacrificing comfort. The best rooms are those with their own private lanai, and there is also a cottage removed from the main building. Wi-Fi and breakfast are both complimentary, rates range from $119 for a standard room to $219 for the cottage, and shuttle service down to the beach is available for a fee of $36, which is good for the duration of your stay.
Lana‘i Accommodations Over $150
Lavish, luxurious, and delightfully over the top, the Four Seasons resorts on the island of Lana‘i are two of Hawaii’s best. New owner Larry Ellison devoted millions of dollars to major renovations when he took over from David Murdock, and the Asian decor that once dominated the hotels has been replaced by Hawaiian designs. The resorts look better now than they ever have, and if it was even possible to make these resorts nicer, it’s recently been accomplished. While both hotels are the pinnacle of luxury, each offers a completely different experience though the amenities are interchangeable. Which resort you choose to stay in depends on the vacation you’re looking for.
Offering an iconic beach resort experience, the Four Seasons Manele Bay (1 Manele Dr., 808/565-2000, $450-up) is set stunningly above the cobalt waters of protected Hulopo‘e Bay. The immaculate pool area sparkles in the sun and half of Hulopo‘e Beach is reserved for hotel guests. You feel like a celebrity when staying here. Expect rates to begin around $450 during slower times of the year.
Above Lana‘i City on the edge of open pastureland, the Four Seasons Lodge at Koele (808/565-4000, $350-up) is a mist-shrouded mountain lodge where you’re struck with the urge to trade the freedom of a bathing suit for the comforting warmth of a robe. While staying at Koele, play a round of croquet on the private course or stroll through the manicured gardens. Hunker down with a newspaper in the Grand Hall and pair it with a nice warm drink. Take a horseback ride through the surrounding countryside, or try your hand at skeet shooting. Marvelously dignified and impossibly romantic, rates at the Lodge are more affordable than Manele and begin as low as $350 during slower times of the year.
At the time Moon Hawaiian Islands went to publication, a third resort was under construction on the east-facing Kahalepalaoa shoreline, with the vision being of private beach bungalows at the site of the abandoned Club Lana‘i. The status of the resort remains to be seen, although it could potentially provide a luxurious accommodation option for the island’s eastern shoreline.