La La Lanai

Our trip to Lanai last weekend was nothing short of amazing. I fell in love. And to know that this magical place is only a short 45 minute ferry ride away…well, that’s just dangerous. I may run away to Lanai. Maybe. I truly truly loved it.

Lanai reminded me of Hawaii, Zihuatanejo, and a little bit of Fiji all wrapped into one. It has this amazingly serene feeling to it that makes you want to lay by the pool or on the beach all day and then sleep the rest of it.

Here’s our trip as told in pictures…enjoy!

Aloha Maui…We left on the 9:15 a.m. ferry out of Lahaina and headed towards Lanai

(looking back at Lahaina from the ferry)

We pulled into Lanai harbor which is small but beautiful, clean, new and a fantastic welcome to this fantastic island

The white sand beach & the pool peeking through the lush landscape at Four Seasons Resort on Manele Bay

The Four Seasons was…Amazing, serene, heavenly….

We had some lunch at the Ocean Terrace while we waited for our room to be ready.

The Four Seasons Manele Bay has a fantastic Keiki (kids) menu!

Mama let loose and had a yummy beer, let the vacation begin!

We arrived to our room and the view took our breath away.

Four Seasons Manele Bay truly welcomes the kids.  When we arrived to our room they had chocolate chip cookies and milk waiting for the kids, along with mini robes, slippers and stuffed sea turtles and a welcome sign for each with their names written in Hawaiian waiting on the bed.  Four Seasons Manele Bay hits it out of the park as far as kids are concerned!  It’s the PERFECT combination of relaxation and serenity for the adults and fun and celebrating the kids.

The Four Seasons has water, lemonade and SPF in different strengths at both the beach and pool.

They truly have you covered!

We played in the tide pools

We checked out crab carcasses

We took in the beauty of Sweetheart Rock

Then we cooled off with a swim at the Four Seasons pool

Lanai City

We headed to Lanai City on Sunday and found a tiny little sleepy town with all shops closed

But the adorable Blue Ginger Cafe was open and making yummy food, from hamburgers to Mahi Mahi, Blue Ginger Cafe was the place (ok, it was the only place) to be!

Lanai City is small…they talk in yards, not miles here. I LOVED it!

Little shops surround Dole Park and a play ground for the kids…what more do you need?

We then took the resort’s bus to check out Four Seasons Lodge. It was beautiful, QUIET, with amazing grounds to check out. With Buddha statues, lush landscape and wild turkeys running throughout, The Lodge offers a true escape from the hustle and bustle.

After a short trip back to Manele Bay it was time to board the ferry to head back home.

We returned to Lahaina rested, relaxed and IN LOVE with Lanai.  I can’t wait to return to this magical isle in the middle of the Pacific ocean.

Comments

  1. New Post: La La Lanai http://theohanamama.com/2010/06/lanai-wi

  2. So gorgeous. I truly want to just move in with you and see all the amazing things you see!
    .-= Brittany´s last blog ..Songs That Remind Me Of Summer #3 =-.

  3. I would love to visit Hawaii someday. Your photos are gorgeous! I am happy you had a nice trip!

  4. Lots of Lanai pics are finally up! http://theohanamama.com/2010/06/lanai-wi

  5. Absolutely stunning photos! I love the one of the kiddos in their robes. Cute!
    .-= Virginia from Lady V dZine´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday- Hey Mom, this helmet’s too big =-.

  6. NanaTutu says:

    LOVED each and every pic of your visit to Lanai. Hopefully we can accompany you on your next visit and you can share it all with us too firsthand! Apparently Four Seasons is definitely the bomb when it comes to catering to the keiki….mahalo nui to Four Seasons Menele Bay, hey? Might be a great island to have a small “getaway” cottage. Even your writing “Lanai” in the island sand appeared to have little blossoms feathering the edges of each letter….sounds like it was true “Aloha” on Lanai! Eager to experience it myself! Incredibly pics – you and the keiki are all so beautiful! xo

  7. Beyond beautiful!
    .-= verdemama´s last blog ..Bless This Mess =-.

  8. I might have to meet you over there sometime! Looks awesome!!

  9. That is just wonderful. I told DH I wanted to go back to Hawaii next year – he wants to go to Illinois. Maybe if I show him your pics he’ll change his mind. LOLOL.

  10. This is GORGEOUS! Mike and I keep looking for a place to get married or have our honeymoon, and now that our beaches have been ruined here on the Gulf Coast, we are looking towards Hawaii for our travels. Blogs like this make us want to set a date! hahahaha
    .-= Lynsey Jones´s last blog ..Monday Mingle June 7, 2010 =-.

  11. Sounds magical!! I’m ready for a vacation :)

  12. Deirdre says:

    Sarah,
    I love your blog- especially when you post about life in Maui! My kids desperately want to move there (never mind they’ve never been) and sometimes I do feel like packing our bags! I really enjoy your points of view, a mom’s view and would love to hear more about life in Maui. So until we make our merry way west across the Pacific, we will live vicariously through you and enjoy your photos and thoughts about the Islands. Thank you for your blog!!!
    Warmly,
    Deirdre

  13. WOW! Just amazing! Some of your photos do not even look real!

    It really looks like you all had a wonderful, relaxing, pampered time. I’ve never even been to a hotel that nice – much less taken my kids! The little robes are just WAY TOO CUTE!

    So glad you were able to let loose and enjoy yourselves!
    .-= Kasey@All Things Mamma´s last blog ..Clearing The Clutter =-.

    • @Kasey@All Things Mamma, It was one of the nicest hotels I’ve stayed at as well and I think it might be my favorite. It was so magical…becuase they were so kid friendly it made it all the more awesome!

      I wish we could have stayed for a week! I know where I will run away to if the time ever comes ;) haha!