New Season Set for Lanai Hotels

Castle & Cooke Resorts announces Four Seasons management

By: Dawna Robertson

Castle & Cooke Resorts has signed management agreements with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts to oversee the Manele Bay Hotel and The Lodge at Koele on Lanai.

Currently undergoing a more than $40 million improvement program in anticipation of the management change, Manele Bay Hotel will be re-branded as the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay. Slated for a mid-September completion, the initial renovation phase includes upgrading all guestrooms, and the pool bar and grill. In addition, the property will construct a new fitness center and seven new suites including a 3,200-square-foot Presidential Suite.

The Lodge at Koele will undergo a similar renovation to its guestrooms during 2006. Both Lanai properties will join the Toronto-based company’s two other award-winning hotels in Hawaii Four Seasons Resort Maui and Four Seasons Resort Hualalai on the Big Island. Castle & Cooke will retain ownership of the hotels, and will continue to own and operate the two championship golf courses and all of the non-resort operations on Lanai.

 “I am pleased to partner with the world’s most prestigious hotel group, a favorite of mine along with other discerning world travelers,” said David H. Murdock, owner, chairman and CEO of Castle & Cooke. “My vision for Lanai is to offer the very best quality, and I am unwavering in that commitment as this agreement demonstrates. We welcome the Four Seasons brand to Lanai with aloha and great anticipation.”

Surrounded by lavish gardens, the 236-room Manele Bay Hotel sits high above the white-sand beach of Hulopoe Bay. Red lava cliffs and rock formations provide a dramatic contrast to the blue-green waters of the ocean below. The award-winning Jack Nicklaus-designed Challenge at Manele golf course lies adjacent to the hotel.

Perched at an elevation of 1,600 feet among decades-old towering Cook Island Pines, the 102-room Lodge at Koele is reminiscent of a fine country estate. The Greg Norman-designed Experience at Koele golf course provides a combination of upland terrain, inspired landscape architecture and a range of play challenges.

“We are excited about the opportunity to broaden our Hawaii portfolio of luxury resorts,” remarked Isadore Sharp, chairman and CEO of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “These two resorts, combined with Four Seasons’ resorts in Maui and the Big Island, will give luxury travelers the world over even more of a reason to seek out the serenity, natural beauty and recreational pastimes available in Hawaii.”