Lanai Hotels Among the World's Best

Conde Nast and Fodor's honor inns

By: Dawna Robertson

Standing out from a field of top-ranked Hawaiian hotels, both of Lanai’s resort properties were listed within the top five of all Pacific Rim Resorts in the latest Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards Poll. The Lodge at Koele captured the No. 3 spot and The Manele Bay Hotel came in at No. 5. The island of Lanai itself received high marks as one of the “Top 10 Asia/Pacific Islands.”

Fodor’s also awarded The Lodge at Koele with a top ranking in its first annual Editors’ Choice Hotel Awards. The Upcountry resort was voted one of the “Top 20 Hotels of the World,” with editors describing it as “a grand mountain retreat and a cozy, romantic hideaway.”

“We’re honored and over-joyed that the island of Lanai and the resorts scored so high in awards voted by both visitors and guests as well as industry travel editors,” said Matthew Hart, vice president of resorts, Castle & Cooke Resorts, LLC. “This recognizes us as a complete island destination. We always knew what a special place Lanai was. Hopefully this acknowledgment will encourage others to come and experience the intrinsic beauty of our home.”

The Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are compiled by a random sampling of Conde Nast Traveler subscribers that receive the “Poll of Consumer Attitudes.” For this year’s poll, each candidate was rated criteria by criteria, on a five-point scale that included excellent, very good, good, fair and poor.

To earn the Fodor’s Choice Hotels distinction, over 700 writers and editors reviewed nearly 30,000 properties to pick the Top 20. Criteria was based on properties with character closely tied to their location, that offer an experience that cannot be had in any other place and have a style that sets them apart.

Lanai is unique among the Hawaiian Islands due to its small size and population. It is approximately 13 miles wide and 18 miles long, and has only 2,800 full-time residents. Hawaiian Air-lines and Island Air offer daily flights, and Expeditions operates five roundtrip ferries daily from Maui. Both The Lodge at Koele and The Manele Bay Hotel are members of The Luxury Collection Hawaii of Starwood Hotels and Resorts.