Lanai City, Hawaii
Situated on the tranquil island of Lanai in the heart of Lanai City is the Hotel Lanai. Originally built as a hotel in the 1920s the current owners have lovingly restored the Inn and offer charming 11 rooms and a restaurant serving delicious comfort food.
At a Glance
A charming plantation style inn which has been beautifully restored
The Lana'i City Grille offers some of the island's best American comfort food
Located in the heart of Lana'i City which is a sleepy village with a few quirky cafes and shops
One of the stops for the island's shuttle service which is the best way to explore the island
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The island of Lanai feels a world apart from the other more developed Hawaiian islands, and is ideal for visitors with an independent streak looking for a relaxed and peaceful vacation but with activities to hand. The pulse of the island is Lanai City, a somewhat ironic term given that it's really no more than a village and only has a handful of boutiques, art galleries and restaurants. The Hotel Lanai is an Inn which was originally built as a hotel in the 1920s when the island was the world's biggest producer of pineapples. Its current owners have restored the hotel to retain its colonial charm, but offers modern comfort.
Tropical gardens lead up a single storey painted plantation house whose interiors are all polished wood floors vaulted ceilings, paddle fans, coir mats and rocking chairs. The guestrooms are simple but charming, beds covered in Hawaiian quilts, local art on the walls and some lead onto the verandah. There are no TVs or phones but wi-fi is available in each room.
The Lanai City Grille is one of the island's best restaurants, serving American classics done really well: Truffled mac & cheese, mouth-watering ribs, rotisserie chicken and healthy salads.
Aside from Lanai City, the island has much to tempt active types. Inland there is clay pigeon shooting and archery, horse stables, ATV all terrain vehicle tours, hiking and two world-class golf courses. There is a choice of different beaches, from calm bays with great snorkeling, to surfing beaches, long windswept beaches and coves which are only accessible from the water.
The rooms at Hotel Lanai are full of character reflecting some of Hawaii's history, but they are of course, not without the comforts of the modern day. Each room is unique with individual artifacts and furnishings. They are complete with ceiling fans, hardwood flooring, en-suite with shower, mini refrigerator, pedestal sinks and WiFi.
Although the Hotel Lanai happily accepts families, the hotel doesn't have any specific children's facilities nor interconnecting rooms however there is one room with two queen beds and some rooms that fit a rollaway bed. Menus can be adapted for children.
Lana'i City Grille is the hotel's restaurant open Sunday to Wednesday. The cuisine tends to focus on traditional Pacific style food with lots of local fresh seafood, prime meats and rotisserie chicken on the menu. The appetising dishes are served in a charming dining room with some alfresco seating available too. On Fridays you can enjoy a unique evening of fine food and live music under the stars.
The Experience at Koele designed by golf legend Greg Norman and architect Ted Robinson and the Challenge at Manele award winning signature golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus give golfers of all levels the opportunity to play outstanding golf, with wicked holes and knockout scenery at a leisurely pace.
The waters of Hulopoe‘e Bay about 20 minutes away are a protected marine preserve and the coral reefs offer some of Hawaii's best snorkeling and diving. The hotel can provide snokelling equipment and each room comes with a cooler. Children will love exploring for critters in the tidal lava pools and be sure to walk around to Pu'u Pehe or Sweetheart Rock. Elsewhere on the island there are water adventures galore, from wreck diving and deep sea fishing, to whale watching (from December to March), sailing trips, paddle boarding and kayaking.
On land, there is clay pigeon shooting and archery, ATV All terrain vehicle adventures, horse stables and fantastic hiking.
Location & Directions
Lanai City, Hawaii
The Hotel Lanai is located a block from Dole Square which is in the hub of Lanai City the main town on Lanai Island.
When to go
Lanai is a year round destination with a tropical climate, with the very best months being April to September. Temperatures are high throughout the year but never excessive, as humidity levels are manageable. There is a rainy season from December to March which is also ironically, the tourism high season, when the scenery is at its most lush and long, hot days break up the rainy spells.