The Lai Nani is an oceanfront estate on the Hamakua coast of the Big Island of Hawai'i. We offer a quiet, remote, botanical setting 20 minutes from Hilo.
This is a private residence which offers 3 separate bungalow style villas with stunning ocean views.
We create an environment for the traveler who wishes to experience Aloha without the tourist resort hype.
This is quintessential hawaiian living.
We stayed for just one night and were lucky enough to have the place to ourselves. The property, pool and hot tub are amazing. The villas off the pool have basic kitchen amenties (sink, small fridge and microwave), so plan accordingly when bringing your own food. It's perfect if you plan to grill. I'm glad we found this off the beaten path gem.
Had we known how good this place is, we would have planned to stay longer. The property only takes a few guests at a time, so the facilities (pool etc) are not going to be crowded, which was a nice change after having just stayed at a hotel in Waikiki. Our bungalow was great - close to the pool/spa and ocean views. It was big and nicely furnished. The only downside we found was that the bed wasn't so comfortable - a little too soft for our liking, but the pluses of the property made up for that. We didn't go in the pool, but the spa was excellent. We could sit in the spa and look out over the grounds and the ocean - very relaxing. The property is a great place to stay as a base to explore the area. You just need to keep in mind that there are no restaurants nearby, so need to plan accordingly. This is a very relaxing place to stay, and we would certainly love to stay here again.…
We stayed two nights at Lai Nani and wished it could have been longer. The property is just as pictured. There's a "big house" with steps leading down to three small buildings ("villas"), each with their own private patio space and bbq grill. We were in villa 1. We had a small kitchenette area with microwave, mini-fridge and some dishes, a comfy bed, sofa, very small closet, and bathroom with walk-in shower (no tub). Just outside our door was the pool/hot tub area. You need to turn on the hot tub's heater in advance of using it, but it eventually does heat up pretty well. The pool was too cold for us to swim in. (We only had time for pool/hot tub during the early morning or late evening hours, though.) The pool/hot tub are communal, but I didn't see the other guests while there, so it felt pretty private to me. Besides the pool area, there's a gazebo overlooking the ocean. We saw whales breaching and a lovely sunrise. Another part of the property has a lovely garden; there's also beautiful, well-maintained landscaping throughout. The Lai Nani is run by a property manager who lives nearby and responds to texts if you have questions or concerns. Our first night, I was cold, and learned to my dismay that our villa had no heat! It has air-conditioning but at night, there's nothing but a blanket to keep you warm. I slept with my winter coat on that night. BUT we discovered the next day that the windows (which are covered with blinds) had been left open. We closed them and also did not turn on the air-conditioning before we left for our day's adventures. When we got back, the room was nice and warm from the sun, and it retained that heat all night. Do keep in mind, though, that Hawaii can get cool at night (just as California beach towns can), so bring a sweatshirt or jacket for comfort. The Lai Nani can be difficult to find, especially at night. We learned to look for mile marker 16 on Hwy 19. The property is 17 miles from Hilo, which is where most of the restaurants and grocery stores are. We found Hilo to be crowded with difficulty locating parking at the restaurants we chose; we wished we'd just bought some food and grilled it at the Lai Nani instead. The property is also about a half hour or so from the volcano national park, which we very much enjoyed seeing. No restaurants or shops are within walking distance, as far as I could tell, though there is a zipline place across the street, which we didn't try. The Lai Nani would be a great place for a family get-together or similar occasion where instead of getting three separate hotel rooms, you get three villas and then have the run of the place. There's even a bar next to the pool. Or, you can do as we did, and just go as a couple, and enjoy the serenity you'll find there.…
If you are looking for wonderful solitude 20 minutes from Hilo, this place is for you! We had the salt water pool and hot tub to ourselves (there was only one other couple there). The ocean views and landscaping are gorgeous. Our villa had lots of windows, a super comfortable king size bed, and an amazing shower. The groundskeeper was friendly and the owner communicated well over text. I would definitely stay there again. Note that there is not a restaurant or a way to get food while you are there. Take the trip into Hilo - they have great restaurants (our favorite was Moon & Turtle).
Beautiful setting on the water, GREAT views, nice property, with a pool and lovely outdoor patio. We stayed in one of the bungalows and the room was great, windows on all sides, lots of space, coffeemaker, microwave and refrigerator. The bed was THE most comfy bed I slept on in my two weeks on the Big Island, staying in several nice places. Soft, fluffy pillows too. I slept better here than anywhere with the sounds of the frogs and the ocean waves. Super quiet though, almost eerie. Only one other couple at the whole place. Never saw any staff. The place should really have a restaurant/bar, but it doesn't and it is pretty far from Hilo to drive in for a meal. Service was basically non-existent, you are on your own. Bathroom not too clean--not stocked with toiletries either.