Great Hotels Season 2 - Episode 26: Lodge at Koele / Manele Bay Hotel
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Take a lively armchair visit to some of the exceptional resort hotels throughout the United States. Along the way, host Samantha Brown experiences first-hand what makes these hotel destinations popular, appealing, unique, and memorable. Each episode presents an entertaining "story" of up to two different hotel destinations, complete with encounters and eccentricities that creatively show and tell what makes each hotel a great experience. Episode 26: Samantha Brown is heading to the island of Lanai, where Hawaiians go to get away! This secluded island is one of Hawaii's best-kept secrets. With miles of white, sandy beaches and rugged, pine-covered mountains, it's like nowhere else in Hawaii! And with two world-class resorts to explore, Samantha just can't choose...so she's checking them both out! Her first stop? The Manele Bay Hotel. Nestled on cliffs overlooking the clear blue waters of the Pacific, this tropical resort offers the best snorkeling on the island and it's right in front of the hotel. But now it's time for her to pack her bags and head to the mountains and to the Lodge at Koele. It's one of Hawaii's rare inland hotels - there's no other place in Hawaii like it! It looks more like a lodge you'd find in Colorado than a tropical retreat. Instead of palm trees there are pine trees! Yes, Sam's still in Hawaii! When sold by Amazon.com, this product will be manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply.
Top customer reviews
Which hotel is better? Families with children will prefer Manele Bay, while adults who appreciate peace and quiet will prefer the Lodge at Koele. As this video points out, the two hotels are 15 minutes apart and minibuses run between them every half hour.
We preferred the Lodge at Koele because it is quieter and significatly cooler than Manele Bay (about 8 degrees). The room rates at Koele are also less (as much as $100/night) than those at Manele Bay. Be sure to ask for specials (3 nights for the price of 2)
Another shortcoming in the video is that it doesn't show much of the island of Lanai, and nothing of Lanai City, a laid-back small town that is worth a visit. Hotel Lanai, the only other hotel on the island, offers basic lodging with surprisingly sophisticated food. Plan to have at least one dinner there.
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