Four Seasons Manele Bay Review: Luxury on a Budget Edition

Welcome to the other side of Lana’i–beach and sunshine.  The decor here was impeccable. Definitely had an asian flare but the overall theme again here was just pure serenity.  The staff was attentive but not in a way that you felt like they were hoping for a tip.  There is a beautiful pool as well as a beach just about a one minute walk from the pool.  The staff passed around treats all day long, iced water with a pineapple/mint essence, ice packs to put on your head and fruit skewers with fresh pineapple and melon.  The staff set up chairs and umbrellas for you for you on the beach and brought treats down there too. There was always  sun tan lotions (spf 8-30) available at both water locations.

Gardens and waterfalls cover the property.

Ocean Grill is a must for lunches and definitely for at least one dinner. It’s right next to the pool and has the most spectacular view–especially during sunset. Yes, it’s definitely a litle pricey but it’s not only very convenient the food is definitely spectacular.  We loved the Margharita pizza for lunch–note this was much bigger than the veggie pizza for some reason and could be easily shared to save a buck. Also, from 4-5 everyday there is a happy hour where drinks are specially priced and so are pu-pus (appetizers). It’s like a little hotel party everyday for guests to socialize and well, get blitzed! Try their margaritas. These were a standout here.

Dinner here was effing awesome.  You absolutely cannot miss the pad thai. Pad thai is my favorite food ever and I swear to you it was the best pad thai I’ve ever had. The shrimp were cooked perfectly. I don’t know how else to put it–best dish ever. Maybe my favorite dish I ate in all of Lana’i (see this review for my favorite dessert in Hawaii). The Tuna was also awesome.  If you’re trying to save money here, I’d skip the desserts. We tried two sundaes and weren’t blown away by either.

There are 2 amazing hikes right from the property. Both are wonderful and get you moving before you eat huge meals and lay like a beached whale by the pool while amazing staffers cater to your every need. Plus–they’re free. You can do one and then stop back at the hotel for water. Each took about 1 hour.

Try out the spa! Use of the facility is free! Think steam room and rain fall showers. The hotel also offers mini-spa treatments poolside.

This was the view from our room.  You could actually walk out onto the grass from our porch and see the ocean. Obvs. We read here everyday (until I fell asleep for a daily nap) and listened to the waves.

As for the amenities, there was a huge marble bathroom and L’Occitane products.  White linens and white bathrobes to lounge in along with Four Seasons slippers.

To save money here I would say that you don’t need to rent a car. You can use their shuttle to go most places on the island that you’d want to go. It’s very small (about the size of manhattan).

Rooms start at $259! I mean for a Four Seasons on a remote private island? It doesn’t get much better than this!

To book travel here or check out rates click here.

Or read our review about Four Seasons Lana’i Lodge at Koele.

  1. Tam Warner Minton

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