During my time in Hawaii, I fell in love with Lanikai Beach on the Eastern shore of Oahu. Although every beach on Oahu has something unique to offer I couldn’t help but love Lanikai a little bit more than the others. Its calm turquoise clear water was the perfect place to swim, snorkel, or to just wade in the warm shallow water. Walking along the powder white sandy beach for sunrise with the Nā Mokulua islands in the background was beyond anything I have seen before. Hiking Pillbox for sunset to see the sun magically disappear behind the mountains was tranquil and enlightening. It is no wonder why I love Lanikai. What made my Lanikai experience even better was staying 30 yards from the most beautiful beach on the island at Lanikai Studios (Kailua Beach Rentals).
With the nearest stores and amenities being a short drive (walk or bike ride) away in Kailua town, Lanikai is the perfect getaway retreat to escape from the hustle and bustle. With Lanikai Beach being a community beach there are no public restrooms/shower facilities or food vendors on the beach. Be prepared to walk to the next nearest beach: Kailua Beach Park for public facilities. The beach has limited road side parking. With a designated bike path throughout Lanikai, biking to Lanikai Beach makes for an excellent day trip from Kailua. Parking at Kailua Beach Park and walking to Lanikai Beach is always an option, plus the walk to Lanikai is spectacular. Part of what I love about Lanikai Beach is that is no commercial activity on the beach, few tourists, and no public buildings. It’s what keeps Lanikai Beach natural, pristine, and beautiful. During the weekends tourists flee to Lanikai Beach to enjoy its wonder, yet during the week Lanikai Beach is quiet and with few people around. Rather than commuting to Lanikai Beach I opted to stay at the beautiful and modern Lanikai Studios (VRBO).
Lanikai Studios is located right in the quaint and quiet beachside community. Lanikai Studios is on the bus route and is in a central and convenient location to travel to the South shore and North shore. With Lanikai Studios being located across from one of the most stunning beaches on the island there was no other place I wanted to be. The non-smoking Lanikai Studios offer 4 furnished studios with anything and everything you would need. Lanikai Studios is truly a home away from home. The spacious modern open-concept studio was exactly what I was looking for when dreaming of an island life. With the windows and patio doors open the fresh beach air circulated through the studio and there was no need to use the A/C.
The property managers Gary and Mary are fabulous! You couldn’t ask for better hosts. They keep the property and studios immaculate and provide the little ‘extras’ which guests always appreciate when traveling. I was happy to know the studio also offered the following FREE amenities: cable TV, linens & towels, beach chairs, floaties, boogie boards & umbrellas, off-street parking, and secure wireless internet. Upon arrival, Mary spent a significant amount of time showing me around the property, walking me around the community, showing me the beach entrance, and providing me with all the information I needed for my stay in Lanikai. In each studio, Mary provides a binder with all the important information guests would want to know (dining, shopping, area activities, amenities, regional facts, about the property, etc…). Mary goes above and beyond the expected duties of a property manager. I was beyond amazed with the service. I would stay at Lanikai Studios again in a heart beat.
Sunrise and Sunset:
I can’t imagine any other place being more of a paradise than this!
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