One of our favourite things to do is discuss travel with our pals that are globe-trotting. Such as the lovely Brian Worley, whose low-key demeanor and heart beat the fact that he plans mega-events in Hollywood! (Think American Idol, Coachella, polo matches attended by British royals…and yes, weddings!)
Among his escapes is Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele on Lanai, Hawaii. It is the sister property to Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay; Manele is from the shore and Koele is put in the highlands in 1,600 feet. Here it is loved by him, in his own words:
“I’ve been fortunate enough to travel all over the world in my lifetime — I’ve been to Tibet and Nepal, New Zealand, Costa Rica, around Europe and Russia. But one of my places on the planet is that the Four Seasons Lodge at Koele on Lanai.
After spending a few days at Four Seasons Manele Bay (also an incredible property), we made our way up into the Lodge and for what I presume was the very first time in my entire life (not to sound too dramatic!) I felt that the burden of the world literally lift off my shoulders. The Lodge is one of the most tranquil, tranquil and magical resorts on the planet! Upon entering the lobby that is open, have a nap and you just want to curl up on one of those oversize couches. The decor and the giant fireplace makes for the perfect place to unwind.
Rooms are spacious and comfy, with tropical-inspired decor that’s not too theme-y or overdone. Mine had windows that appeared on the manicured land. It’s the perfect mix of style, comfort and luxury. I have stayed in several, many resort rooms and these were performed with the traveler in mind — a person that may only want to stay in his room, curled up and seeing a film or taking another rest after the one he simply had in the lobby!
The food at the hotel was always delicious. I loved the breakfasts. If you proceed, be certain that you have the Chocolate Peanut Butter French fries! It melts in your mouth and was good enough to get two days in a row!
I would’ve enjoyed the spa. However, I was so relaxed I did not need my travel massage that was standard. We went horseback riding throughout the street, which provided an opportunity at the stables. We also went into the selection, which is among my favourite things to do. (I Really like to shoot guns at non-alive goals — only making sure That’s clear!) You can lounge by the pool, take a nap, read a book or just hang out. There’s also a shuttle that runs to the shore all day so that you can enjoy the best of both worlds while on precisely the island.
Leaving the best for last: The perspectives, the yards, the landscaping and trees round the Lodge’s sweeping are breathtaking. It feels as if you’ve left Hawaii and landed in mountain heaven. It really is one of the most enchanting places in the world — and that’s coming from someone who has difficulty actually relaxing!”
Note from Your Honeymoonist the Lodge at Koele makes a distinctive Hawaii wedding spot, with stunning backdrops and the beach only a few minutes away. Partners are offered at the hotel but we believe Brian is the person to plan it!