|The Experience at Koele|
|The Challenge at Manele|
|Sunday||John Wayne to Maui
Stay at Hyatt Regency Kaanapali
|Tuesday||Ferry to Lanai - Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay|
|Sunday||Lanai - Honolulu - John Wayne|
When we arrived on Sunday it was pouring. It continued raining all day and the weather outlook was bleak. However, Monday dawned overcast but no rain and the weather was perfect for the rest of our stay. So we went to the Hyatt Regency Kaanapali in the downpour. We had dinner that evening at the Maui Brewing Company. We will cross that off our list of restaurants to return to. Monday we had breakfast at the Plantation House in the clubhouse for the Kapalua Plantation Golf Course. Beautiful views and great course. Heidi then took us on a short tour of the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua. It is undergoing a $120million renovation and is still under construction. It is scheduled to reopen to the public in early 2008. After that we visited a couple of different time shares, Sands of Kahana and Kaanapali Beach CLub Resort. Dinner was at Leilanis in the Whalers Village in Kaanapali.
Tuesday we boarded the ferry and headed to Lanai. It was a 45 minute ride on the ferry in beautiful weather. We checked into the Four Seasons at Manele Bay and it is a spectacular resort. Not a place for the party minded as there really is no night life at all. Tuesday dinner was at a reception hosted by Carlson. Wednesday we were on our own in the morning and we went down to the beach and did some swimming. Water was still a little rough from the weekend storm so no snorkeling was allowed. Wednesday afternoon we went to up to the Lodge at Koehle with Carlson. The Lodge is about a 20 minute bus ride from Manele and is at 2,000 feet elevation. Instead of being tropical it is in a pine forest setting. We were in a Croquet tournament and then had a wonderful BBQ dinner out on the lawn. Thursday was a day of Carlson meetings. After the meetings we ate at the Ocean Grill at the resort. Great food with a beautiful view overlooking the bay. Friday I golfed up at the Experience at Koehle. The most beautiful golf course I have ever seen. The course is full of sweeping elevation changes with water features on almost every hole. Waterfalls are everywhere. The views from some of the holes of Maui and Molokai are breathtaking. Friday night we had a wonderful dinner hosted by Carlson on the first tee of the Challenge at Manele golf course. Saturday I played the other golf course, the Challenge at Manele. They had just opened up the second nine holes and they shouldn't have. Most of the bunkers had no sand and the greens were sanded, punched and pretty much unplayable. While this course had the ocean views and the over water tee shots I did not like it very much. It was full of blind shots and forced carries. Anytime you made a small mistake on a blind shot the ball was in the lava or a gully. Saturday night we ate the Asian restaurant at the hotel and had a wonderful dinner. Sunday morning we had a great room service breakfast served out on our Lanai overlooking Manele Bay. It was hard to leave and get on the flight back home.
I would certainly recommend the Four Seasons for golfers and people who wanted some time to just relax and enjoy 5 star luxury. Golfers who visit Maui should certainly take the ferry over for the day and play the Experience at Koehle course..