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Hawaii: Land of Lanai

Jul 20, 2005
Outside Magazine

The realm that dreams are made of: Hawaii's Lanai coastline    Photo: courtesy, Hawaii Tourism Authority


Blissfully undeveloped Lanai will sweep you and your betrothed away with its unrefined beauty. In the central highlands of the rugged 141-square-mile island is the Lodge at Koele, a secluded 102-room hotel. Tie the knot on a lava cliff hundreds of feet above the surf or on a golden beach.
POST-VOWS: Rent a mountain bike on-site and ride seven miles to the Garden of the Gods. Or hoof it on horseback along the Paniolo Trail, which runs through old ranchland that is home to deer, quail, and wild turkeys, not to mention panoramic views. When you return, the luxuries of Koele await you: fresh-squeezed pineapple juice, feather pillows on four-poster beds, and an orchid house to explore.
WEDDING PLANNER: The Lodge at Koele has its own planners, who can arrange everything from the service to the cake.
Doubles from $400; 800-450-3704,