the best luxury value in Hawaii

The Four Seasons Lodge at Koele on the island of Lanai is one of the most beautiful resorts I've ever visited. Set in the middle of the island, one thousand feet above sea level, the resort offers the relaxed and casual feeling of a century-old Hawaiian plantation. Guests enter into a large and comfortable lobby with fireplaces on both ends, and through the windows of the lobby one sees the beautifully landscaped backyard (pictured above). With a pond, lush landscaping, a croquet lawn, and a swimming pool, the natural scenic beauty of Lanai creates the ambiance for your visit to the Four Seasons Lodge at Koele.

Lanai is for quiet relaxation. If you want varied options for nightlife, you will prefer a different destination, but the Lodge at Koele is perfect if you're looking for a romantic, secluded spot to enjoy some special time together — or for families looking for lots of together time. Are you a golfer? The Lodge has its own 18-hole championship course.

Two things I really love about the resort. First, it offers a challenging and fun 18 hole putting course, complete with water hazards; the concierge will lend you putters and floating golf balls. Second, I enjoyed the combination of Hawaiian sun and moderate temperatures. Being 1,000 feet above sea level, temperatures are about 10ยบ cooler than at sea level — 70's instead of 80's during the day. (Winters can be cooler). A free shuttle runs every 30 minutes between the two Four Seasons properties on Lanai; go down to Manele Bay to enjoy the wonderful beach, have lunch or dinner, or play golf on the island's other course!

Incomparable values are available at the Lodge at Koele. Depending upon your dates, you can get your third night free, and rates start at only $345; that works out to just $230 per night. And even at these rates, you get the full Virtuoso amenities: daily full breakfast for two, one complimentary lunch for two, and an upgrade on arrival if available. Do the math; this is a compelling luxury value. Just book through your Virtuoso luxury travel consultant.

Four Seasons Lodge at Koele (search here on Google)

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