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Where to Stay in Lanai City
Almost all of the hotels on the island of Lanai, which spans just over 140 square miles, are located in Lanai City. But since Lanai City is a mere three and a half square miles, location isn’t much of a concern; no matter where you book your room, you’re just a short walk from any destination in the city. You’ll find cheap hotel deals in Lanai City closer to the center of town, while the more expensive and luxurious Four Seasons Resort Lanai Lodge at Koele is located along the city’s northern perimeter.
To book a flight to Lanai City you will make a connection in Honolulu before arriving at your destination. You may even want to make a visit to this smaller island as part of your Hawaii vacation even if it is not your only stop on your trip.
Lanai City Hotel Tips
Accommodations in Lanai City and elsewhere on the island are limited, both in variety and in the total number of rooms. Booking as far in advance as possible is important, but fortunately, finding a great room is otherwise easy.
The island’s two major resorts, both operated by Four Seasons, offer amenities and services comparable to the best hotels on Oahu or Maui. Less grandiose but still perfectly comfortable hotel accommodations can be found in the center of Lanai City at more affordable rates.
A handful of B&Bs and private rental homes can also be found throughout the city. These can vary greatly in price, depending on the season and size of the rental.
For extreme savings, you could consider a stay at a campground near Hulopo’e Bay and Manele Bay. If you go this route, be sure to find out exactly what supplies are available at the campgrounds and bring along everything else you expect to need. The campgrounds are a good distance south of Lanai City, and specialty goods can sometimes be difficult to come by on the island.
Lanai City Hotel Recommendations
Lanai’s premier properties are the Four Seasons Resort Lanai Lodge at Koele and the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay, and while they offer the island’s most luxurious experiences, their settings are worlds apart.
Four Seasons Resort Lanai Lodge at Koele has the look of an elegant and sprawling English estate, filled with authentic European design details you’re sure to notice throughout your stay. You can even enjoy a traditional English high tea, courtesy of a stellar hotel staff consisting mostly of Lanai natives. The Experience at Koele Golf Course, a must for any visiting golf lover, sits at the foot of the hill on which the stately lodge is perched. From its high elevation, the hotel room views are unmatched.
Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay has more than twice as many rooms and fronts the stunning Pacific waters. The majority of its rooms have full ocean views, and all are appointed with luxurious marble baths, private balconies and cheerful island décor. Other perks include four restaurants, an oceanfront bar, an enormous swimming pool, a golf course and a full health and beauty spa. Hulopoe Beach, considered one of the best beaches in all of the Hawaiian Islands, is just steps away from the hotel doors.
If you don’t want to splurge on the Four Seasons, consider Hotel Lanai, a historic hotel with the benefits of an extensive modern renovation. Comfortable rooms with shared balconies, a free daily breakfast and a friendly on-site restaurant help make this hotel fun and memorable. Another excellent choice is the Dreams Come True B&B, a charming bed and breakfast with four rooms. Its gracious hosts are happy to help guests find their way around the island, and the breakfast they serve each morning is one of the best opportunities to enjoy a truly authentic Lanai meal.
Lanai City Transportation
It’s easy to get oriented in tiny Lanai City, and with a comfortable pair of shoes, everything is within walking distance. If you need assistance getting around in town, ask your hotel about shuttle service or hiring a taxi. Otherwise, plan on walking and savoring the plantation village scenery.
Getting back and forth between the hotels in Lanai City and the beaches to the south is also a cinch; Four Seasons regularly runs shuttles between its two properties.
To get anywhere else on the island, you’ll want to rent a jeep or another four-wheel drive vehicle. Most roads are unpaved, and standard cars don’t always stand up to the task. Rent your ride in Lanai City, and if you choose to explore the island’s remote corners, be sure to save enough fuel to get back to civilization.