Enter the grounds of The Lodge at Koele, a grand, old-world
upcountry resort, through a row of Cook pine trees and a red-brick
driveway. Sip fine champagne while you play the professionally
designed miniature (not "miniature" as in putt-putt, but as in
small and very real) golf course, complete with water hazards and
challenging doglegs, or visit the resort's orchid greenhouse. The
102 guestrooms range from $400 to $2,200, and private villas are
available. On the coast is the Lodge's sister property, the Manele
Bay Hotel (info for both at www.islandoflanai.com
elegant combination of Mediterranean, Pacific, and Oriental design.
Guestrooms and suites range from $400 to $3,500 per night, so get
your money's worth and spend all your time in the lap of luxury. Of
course, you can do Lanai a little less expensively at the only
other commercial property on the island, Hotel Lanai ($105 to $175
per night; www.hotellanai.com
), which is
located in Lanai City; its restaurant is surprisingly good.
The Friendly Isle
Who should go:
Families, repeat Hawaii visitors, and those
who want to experience the laid-back Hawaiian lifestyle and who
don't want glitz and glam.
Walking shoes, a hat, and your sense of adventure.
What you should know:
Molokai has the largest native
Hawaiian population of any of the major Hawaiian Islands. Sugar
cane and pineapple production didn't catch on here like they did on
other islands, and tourism has been slow to grow, making economic
conditions somewhat difficult and the pace much slower.