Destination: Hawaii: Lanai
Four Seasons Lodge at Koele
Only twenty minutes by car from Manele, the cool green hills of the fertile upcountry around the Lodge at Koele feel more like the Pacific Northwest than the South Pacific. The plantation-style lodge sits at the end of a long allée of Cook pines on the crest of a hill. While Manele Bay’s architecture is meant to wow guests on arrival with a sweeping view of the sea from a grand lobby, the Lodge at Koele was designed to feel like an upcountry ranch. Wide porches wrap all around the main building, with wicker furniture that invites seating and staring out at the view of giant pines, horse pastures on one side and croquet lawns, formal gardens and fern-fringed hills on the other. The views call for roaring fires, and you’ll find them at either end of the Lodge’s Great Room, where fires blaze in huge stone fireplaces that are flanked by large leather tufted couches. (Sadly, the room’s cozy effect is sometimes marred by exhibits or conference boards set up for groups.) The Lodge’s 102 guest rooms are spread between the main lodge building and separate wings that are reached via a breezeway. Their rainbow-striped rugs, four-Poster beds and quilted pillows bring to mind Sister Parish’s bright American-country look. They were designed to feel more like guest rooms in a friend’s country house than hotel rooms, so you will find country pine furniture, chintz curtains and original local artwork. Most also have private terraces. But, as at Manele Bay, the rooms are not the real attraction; rather, it is what lies outside of the rooms. At the Lodge, the stables, waterfalls, formal gardens with a hothouse full of orchids and tennis and golf are a short walk away. For the more active, there are stables, hiking trails and the clay-shooting range nearby.
Best room to get: No. 103 in the main building at Koele is a corner suite that has a fireplace and enormous porch with views of the horse pastures.
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