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You can watch the mist rise over the central highlands of Lana'i from the expansive outdoor porch at The Lodge at Koele as you lounge on an inviting chaise and enjoy the charming vista. From this cozy vantage point the evening sun is framed by the rows of Cook Island Pines as it sets over lush fields that once yielded crops of the island's namesake pineapples.

While the Hawaiian Islands truly come alive in the warm sun, this Hawaiian upcountry resort, stunning in any weather, obliges visitors to slow down to truly appreciate all that makes this such a romantic setting. Perfectly manicured lawns, dotted with striking flowerbeds complement the relaxing views. Meandering amongst the koi fishponds, a Japanese garden, tropical fruit trees, and the old English Orchid House at the foothills, one delights the abundant natural beauty.

Indoors, the stately Great Hall, - with its 35-foot beamed ceilings and natural stone fireplaces, - the handsome oversized furnishings entice you to slow down and find an intimate spot in which to take your afternoon tea, read, or enjoy a refreshing cocktail. The plantation-style lodge is decorated throughout with unique native hand-painting and stenciling. The music room comes alive through the paintings that bedeck the walls, and in the rooms, the stenciling on the headboards and walls bring the unique native flora inside. The room interiors are elegantly colorful and immensely comfortable. Highly crafted details abound at the Lodge at Koele.

Equal attention is given to both the surroundings and the service so that guests are assured of a rewarding stay, be it either relaxing or filled with recreation. The13 by 18 mile Island of Lana'i is your backyard here at the Lodge at Koele. Venturing from the lodge on horseback, the discovery of the Island's quiet beauty continues. Golfers may be distracted by the forested green hills and steep valley gorges at "The Experience at Koele, the 18-hole golf course designed by Greg Norman and Ted Robinson.

For those who crave warm waters and excellent snorkeling, one of the most beautiful Hawaiian beaches at Hulopoe is a mere shuttle ride away. Elegant dining at the Lodge will complete your day, but be sure to take in the warm ambience of the great hall and the other inviting public areas. For those of you who yearn for the tranquility and country charm of an English bed-and-breakfast, and desire the utmost luxury, this is the standard to which others should be compared.

Click here for more information about the Lodge at Koele and traveling to the Island of Lana'i. For ease in trip planning, visiting, and more information about planning the perfect Hawaiian vacation on Lana'i, visit Pleasant Hawaiian Holidays.
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