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Decided to stay at FS BI instead of Hapuna Prince Sept 5-8 after all! Yippee ki yo ki ya. Here's how we rationalized it...

Decided to stay at FS BI instead of Hapuna Prince Sept 5-8 after all! Yippee ki yo ki ya. Here's how we rationalized it...

Old Jun 17th, 2005, 07:40 PM
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Decided to stay at FS BI instead of Hapuna Prince Sept 5-8 after all! Yippee ki yo ki ya. Here's how we rationalized it...

So, some of you have followed our silly travails in picking hotels for a Aug 30-Sept 16th 2nd trip to Hawaii vacation, the 1st time being 16 years ago with the ex-wife on a honeymoon.

The trip is 5 nights Moana Surfrider Oahu(free w/Starwood pts), 2 nts Kilauea Lodge BI, was going to be 3 nights Hapuna Prince to save the $361 a night over the FS Hualalai... ending up w/ 6 nts FS Maui. Now that we found out we can do the Lodge at Koele for FREE due to Starwood pts, we decided to cut Maui short by 2 nights and do the Lodge AND change the Hapuna to the FS Hualalai instead. Whew. Tired yet? Bored?

SO... now we only pay a total of $233 more for the originally planned total trip AND we get to do the FS BI instead of the Hapuna AND get to do the Lodge on an island I have always wanted to visit since I heard Bill Gates got married there Yes, I know, the Manele Bay will be closed when we plan on going to the Lodge due to renovations to turn it into a FS, but at least we can get the shuttle to the beach by the Manele to check that out for a couple of hours. The reviews on The Lodge on Trip Advisor are amazing!!! We are so psyched. The FS Hualalai was a dream for us too, that we gave up on 3 months ago when we realized that an extra $1083 for 3 nights over another very decent hotel (Hapuna) wouldn't be worth it. But now that the total trip will only be costing us $233 more instead of $1083, we're all over it like "white on rice". Who came up with that silly expression anyway?

Anyway, as you can tell, I'm a little loopy with excitement.

Hope you all are having a wonderful spring - summer's only a few days away. Nothing like planning a trip. If the trip is half as much fun it'll be great ;o) Thanks for all your help, fellow Fodorites. I guess I've just contributed another dripping, gushing thread to the endlessly obtuse posts about Hawaii.

Steve R
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Old Jun 17th, 2005, 08:42 PM
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Lucky you, Stever! Its going to be a very luxurios trip now! And sorry about the Manele being closed for renovations. I'm happy though, as my friend is the architect, lucky girl...
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Thanks lcuy - we ARE very psyched. I hope everything goes ok. We hope to do some relaxing too amongst the sightseeing. The Lodge at Koele sounds like the perfect place to end up. This is what I found on Trip Advisor - what a trip

My wife and I just returned from our eleventh trip to Hawaii in Febuary. The Lodge at Koele is fantatic and is our all time favorite on the islands, (the Orchid at Mauna Lani on the Big Island is our second choice). The lodge is beautiful, immacuately maintained and so cool you sleep with the windows open in near total silence. Fantastic golf at both courses. Jeep trails to secluded and safe beaches, have Mark at Pele's Other Garden pack a picnic lunch for you. When you want have a great dinner at the Hotel Lanai, go to the beach or play golf at Manele just catch the every 30 min shuttle. Be sure to view the billions of stars one night, the field beside the tennis courts is a good spot. My wife says the Lodge and it's grounds may give us a glimpse of what the Garden of Eden was like. Just to prove I'm not a plant for the hotel, there were a lot of house flys at the Manele Pool Grill and at the Manele Golf Course Resturant. Highly recommended for couples without small children and newly weds....mahalo

Koele: "Another World!"
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From the minute you step onto the grounds, you will be transformed and taken to another world! England in Hawaii? This property rocks! The grounds are impeccable! You won't want to leave! The rooms are truly adorable and romantic at the same time. I left our lanai doors open the entire stay so that I could look out at the scenic mountains and see the wild turkeys roaming around our lanai area. We packed picnic lunches and found tranquil spots in the garden (next to the waterfall or near the orchid house) to indulge and take in the beauty. To save $, we picked up lunch in town and took it back to the Lodge. After dinner, we would hang out for the nightly entertainment in the great hall. And we would top off our night with a nightcap in the bar. High tea is a must - served complimentary in one of the common area rooms. Another tip on another freebie - shuttle over to Manele Bay and enjoy the sunset and some fufu cocktails in their bar - they also serve complimentary hot appetizers during happy hour! You will spend lots of $$$$, so these little freebies will alleviate your wallet woes. Have a great stay! We did!

Lanai City: The Lodge at Koele: "A tranquil paradise"

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We recently stayed at the Lodge at Koele on the Island of Lanai in Hawaii. We have stayed at some very nice hotels, but this was the best. Service and food were excellent; the room was lovely and the grounds were spectacular. We visted Manale Bay, the sister hotel on the ocean. It is beautiful but we preferred the tranquility of the Lodge up in the hills. While it may seem odd to go to Hawaii and not stay by the ocean, the Lodge at Koele gave us the best of all worlds -- we had the tranquility and beauty of the hills and could take the shuttle to Manele to use the facilities there. Will we go back to the Lodge at Koele -- as soon as we can!
We have been to the Big Island and Oahu, but loved the simplicity and quiet of Lanai.

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The existance of this hotel is somewhat of an oxymoron, why would you travel to a remote Hawaiin island only to stay way up in the mountains? That being said, my family and I could not have picked a more beautiful, elegant and relaxing property.

The Lodge is beautifully situated on roaming acres (as far as the eye can see) of ranch land. The staff graciously greets you upon arrival and personally escorts you to your room for approval upon check-in. There are a little over 100 rooms which are tastefully decorated in typical Lodge fashion. Everyone strives to greet you by name at this property and the general feel is that of a well heeled and relaxed atmosphere. Amenities located within the Lodge building itself are a library, game room (backgammon, chess and checkers only- no video games or air hockey here!) tea serving room, lounge (bar), 2 reataurants and the great hall where vocalists perform live nightly.

The Lodge is definately a place to relax and unwind in which it offers a superb atmosphere in which to do so, if your looking for excitement and an array of activities you might be frustrated at the Lodges (or the island's) quiet and reserved demeanor.

Thats not to say theres nothing to do, there is a magnificent golf course, horse back riding, hunting, sporting clays, tennis, crouqet, bocce ball, a pool and fitness center. You can even take a free shuttle to theManele Bay Hotel (sister property) and use their beach or pool.

The hotel offers a meal plan which is worth inquiring of, especially if you plan to dine in the formal dining room regularly. Overall the food was very good, one achilles heel was the expierence level of the wait staff. Although everyone was extremely polite and very service oriented there were obvious lapses of a tenured wait staff. Since the property has just been bought by Four Seasons I'm sure more time will be spent on training in fine dining areas.

The only negative comment I have regarding this property pertains to insect control. Upon checking in and opening the door of our guest room we were greeted by a very large cockroach, on its back and close to death. Hotel staff immediately applogized and whisked us off to another room where we had no problems for the duration of our stay. There were however several other sightings on the outside grounds of the property. In all honesty this is a tropical island where they have very large bugs, theres no way around that. The physical well maintained appearance of the property and its obvious cleanliness quickly put things in perspective.

We enjoyed our stay at the Lodge very much
and hope to return soon.

Lanai City: The Lodge at Koele: "A Piece Of Heaven"

The Lodge at Koele is my favorite place - a piece of Heaven for all to enjoy. I recently went back to the Lodge for my 5th time - it was so nice returning and having staff remember me and my husband and welcome us by name. I can't begin to explain the beauty of this property - the grounds are some of the most amazing I have witnessed. The hotel itself is a treasure with many rooms to explore (game room, music room, ect...). Everytime we go back, my heart races as we approach the entrance. It's like coming to a lovely, private estate. The rooms are beautiful and well appointed. Saying the staff is phenominal is an understatement - they are so wonderful that words can't express the right sentiment. Lanai City is adorable and the people are the very best. Lanai is such a gem. I recommend this hotel whole heartedly! Enjoy!

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The only problem I can see is that the 4S on the BI will make the 4S Maui seem less great. It's too bad you can't do Maui first and then the BI.
Have an awesome trip!!!!
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Old Jun 18th, 2005, 12:20 PM
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Ashley24 - I hear ya. I know the FS BI will be MUCH nicer, but we plan on exploring alot around Maui during our FS stay while on the BI we plan on luxuriating by the resort alot!

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