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Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay, Lanai, Hawaii 

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1 Manele Bay Road
Lanai , Hawaii
Tel: 800 321 4666 (toll-free)
Tel: 808 565 2000
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Built atop a lava cliff overlooking Hulopoe Bay, this Eurasian palace with Mediterranean-style architecture and Ming-dynasty decor evokes postcard-perfect Hawaii. Its 236 Four Seasons–standard rooms are spacious and airy (ask for a walk-out balcony). The grounds include a 2,600-square-foot pool with panoramic views and interior courtyard gardens that are so lush, finding your way back to the lobby can be tricky. There's also a much-lauded Jack Nicklaus golf course and an 800-square-foot fitness center with a studio for tai chi, yoga, and Pilates classes. (If you stick to the cardio machines, you'll be rewarded with beach views.) The stars here, however, are the white-sand beach and the marine preserve bay. Grab your complimentary snorkel gear early in the morning for a chance to swim with the dolphins that sometimes show up, but proceed with caution—currents can be quite strong. Fans of the Four Seasons Maui at Wailea looking for something even more exclusive—and without quite so much primping and posing—will be right at home here. Consider spending a couple of nights, or at least having dinner at the up-country Lodge at Koele as well to round out your Lanai experience. A $38 transportation fee covers a shuttle between the two hotels for your entire stay.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
"The experience was magical" at this resort on a protected marine preserve. Grounds have indigenous plants and are dotted with streams, ponds, and waterfalls. All rooms have "spacious private lanais" overlooking gardens or the Pacific. Hulopo'e Court serves Italian, while Ocean Grill specializes in seafood alfresco. Golfers laud "two of the most beautiful courses in the state." Staff are "extremely attentive."

(236 rooms)
—2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 93.4
  • Activities: 94.4
  • Design: 94.4
  • Food: 84.9
  • Location: 96.0
  • Rooms: 95.2
  • Service: 95.2

Also appeared in the Gold List in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

Amenities: Beach, Golf, Pool, Spa, Tennis, Water sports

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Lanai is the best place in the world

Lanai is soooo beautiful, I love Lanai. Manele Bay is the only place to go. more