Four Seasons Resorts has announced that the Lodge at Koele will become part of the Four Seasons brand in 2005. I strongly recommend this property for those visiting the island of Lanai. I will review the property again after the branding change. I anticipate little change.
Four Seasons Resorts also announced that the Manele Bay Hotel will become part of their operation in 2004. I don't recommend this property for those visiting the island of Lanai, I suggest the Lodge. This resort doesn't offer anything different than other high-end resorts on other islands. I will visit the property again after the Four Seasons change.
02/18/2004 - Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts announced today that it has signed a letter of agreement with Castle & Cooke Resorts, LLC, to initiate the re-branding of the Manele Bay Hotel and The Lodge at Koele, both on the Hawaiian island of Lana'i. When details are finalized, the two properties are expected to join the Toronto-based company's two award-winning properties in Hawaii: Four Seasons Resort Maui and Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, on the Big Island, during 2004 for the Hotel and 2005 for the Lodge.
"We are delighted to have the opportunity to broaden our portfolio of luxury resorts in Hawai'i," said Isadore Sharp, chairman and CEO, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. "Both the Manele Bay Hotel and The Lodge at Koele have already earned an enviable reputation. A planned refurbishment, combined with Four Seasons global brand reach, will complement the properties' exceptional location and enhance the overall guest experience."
Surrounded by lavish gardens, the 249-room Manele Bay property sits high above the white sand beach of Hulopo'e Bay, overlooking the nearby islands of Maui and Kaho'olawe. Brilliant red lava cliffs and rock formations provide a dramatic contrast to the blue-green waters of the sea below.
The Hotel's spacious accommodations complement the property's natural setting, and meld with the island's archaeological treasures. The award- winning Jack Nicklaus designed Challenge at Manele golf course is set spectacularly adjacent to the hotel and highlights a wide variety of recreational activities available on the Island of Lana'i.
The 102-room Lodge at Koele, at an elevation of 1,600 feet, is reminiscent of a fine country estate. The Lodge combines an upcountry Hawaiian setting with an extensive collection of Pacific art, as well as series of exotic gardens. Settled amongst decades-old towering Cook Island pines, the Lodge features authentic rustic touches such as heavy timbers, beamed ceilings, and natural stone fireplaces. Golf enthusiasts find The Experience at Koele a golf experience like no other. Designed by Greg Norman, this championship course is unique in Hawai'i, offering an incredible combination of upland terrain, inspired landscape architecture, and range of play challenges. Sporting Clays are also available.
Commenting on the agreement, David H. Murdock the Owner, Chairman and CEO of Castle and Cooke said, "I am delighted to enter into an agreement with the world's most prestigious hotel group, a favorite of mine as it is for many other discerning world travelers. My vision for Lana'i has always been to offer the very best quality. I am unwavering in that commitment as this agreement demonstrates. We welcome the Four Seasons brand to Lana'i."
"Now with four exceptional properties to choose from, including Four Seasons' two AAA Five Diamond resorts in Maui and the Big Island, luxury travelers the world over will have even more reason to seek out the serenity, natural beauty and recreational pastimes available in Hawaii," added Sharp. "With our world-acclaimed Resort portfolio, and the addition of new properties in Jackson Hole, Great Exuma and Costa Rica and Whistler and Terre Blanche expected this year, Four Seasons is perfectly positioned to offer guests the world over with truly memorable leisure experiences."
With a history spanning four decades and a portfolio that extends worldwide, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is the world's leading operator of luxury hotels, currently managing 61 properties in 29 countries. Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica opened on January 17, 2004 and the company continues to grow, with more than 20 projects under construction or development in choice locations around the world. In the first half of 2004, Four Seasons expects to open new properties in Budapest, Provence, Whistler, B.C. and Hampshire, England. In addition to being named to Fortune magazine's Top 100 Employers to Work For Four Seasons continues to have the most AAA Five Diamond properties and Mobil Five Star awards in the industry. The company is also consistently highly ranked in readers' surveys in publications such as Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report and the Zagat Survey. Information on the company and its 43 years in the hospitality industry can be assessed through the Four Seasons website at www.fourseasons.com.