I’m back… Finally recovered enough from my c-section to take a little trip. Welcome Elijah to my chaotic world of travel! (The Birth announcement is really low res., but it says: August 29th 2011, 3:38am, 8 pounds 12 ounces, 20.5 inches long!)
For baby’s first ever trip my husband decided to take us to my second favorite Hawaiian island, Lanai. We had stayed at the Four Seasons Koele
twice in the past and now chose to experience the coastal resort, Manele. Upon check-in we were greeted in typical Four Seasons style with kukui nut lei and a cold fruit beverage. Both the upper lobby and lower sitting room/terrace area were beautifully decorated with Christmas trees and festive holiday decor perfect for your Christmas card photo! Soon we were escorted to our room where we found the crib and microwave (for bottle sterilizing) as requested.
We soon discovered that vacationing with an infant was hardly a vacation at all! We made the most of our time at the resort nonetheless. Buffet breakfast was included in our rate so that is where we headed each early morning when E decided to jolt us from our ever so thoroughly savored slumber. Needless to say I had never fully appreciated my precious delta stage of sleep prior to the birth of my gorgeous little boy.
The resort grounds were just as beautiful as the prior two visits we had made. The pool staff assist in setting up your pool/ocean side chair or cabana and periodically come by throughout the day with fruit infused water, fruit shish kabob, sunglasses cleaning services, Evian mist, cucumbers for your eyes etc. The poolside bar and restaurant offer nice, light lunch options and delicious, exotic cocktail choices to be ordered whilst seated in the outdoor dining area or brought to your makeshift poolside retreat.
The white sand beach just a short walk down the trail is a nice place to introduce baby’s toes to the warm ocean water.
Although I didn’t have time to experience the fitness room, my husband commented on its cleanliness, new equipment and ample size. Buffet breakfast was a beautiful display featuring traditional breakfast items, Mexican cuisine, island cuisine, a few Japanese breakfast staples and an omelet and Belgian waffle bar with chef. The waffles were those doughy, succulent ones the size of your fist… not ideal for my post pregnancy weight loss mind frame. I had 8 pounds to lose but after that I’m sure its back up to 10. I loved how they had almond milk available upon request unlike most places these days.
In room dining was outstanding and both restaurant choices featured absolutely delicious dishes. Fresco, the Italian style restaurant located in the same dining area as the poolside lunch place had small yet fabulously flavorful menu options. The steakhouse Hulopo’e Court located in the breakfast area had nice food as well but I became slightly nauseated when my Kauai Shrimp showed up with eerily lifelike black eyeballs staring at me. If you’re an appreciator of that type of fanciful cuisine I’m sure you’d be more than delighted.
All in all we had a magnificent time at this accommodation considering our circumstances. If you have a little one, do try to bring a nanny or perhaps convince your mother in law to tag along. I still love the Four Seasons Lodge at Koele
up on the mountain, but this resort was much more convenient if you plan on basking in the Hawaiian sun for a majority of your stay.