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“This IS the place to stay!”
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Lai Nani Resort
Ranked #2 of 3 Hakalau B&B and Inns
Chicago, Illinois
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“This IS the place to stay!”
Reviewed June 30, 2012

Lai Nani is a beautiful place - after seeing much of the Big Island I'd say some of the most beautiful views were at Lai Nani and on the Hilo side. The bungalow we stayed at had all the comforts of home and was like staying in a brand new mini home! From the high end finishes to our own patio and gas grill and open use of the pool and hot tub, the stay was so comfortable. The pictures you see online are accurate, but honestly don't do this place justice - it's so much more beautiful in person. Garry and Cory were the most hospitable and accommodating people to work with, but they became more like friends to us. Be sure to ask these guys about nearby activities - they can get you discounts. It was nice talking with them about the best attractions and places to visit. I'd recommend Lai Nani over any hotel or rental due to the spectacular accommodations and proximity to the Big Island's attractions. We miss this place and can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Waukesha, Wisconsin, United States
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Reviewed May 6, 2012

A beautifully kept, romantic, private, welcoming resort. We were made to feel welcomed and were cared for very well. We spent 4 nights here. The Lai Nani was special. If you want to tour the Hilo area, it is superb. You can reach all the major outdoor attractions easily by car - volcanoes, lava fields, lava tubes, zip lining, horse ranches, botanical gardens, beaches, hidden valleys, telescopes and waterfalls. They were all within a easy day's drive. The pace is relaxed and comfortable. There are many very good, reasonably priced restaurants in Hilo, 15 to 20 minutes away. The cottage has a large refrigerator, microwave, and grill, to allow eating in, if that is desired. The owner and his son have built and run a very special place. Having a beautiful resort helped make Hilo and it's attractions, a wonderful vacation location. It was a great match for our interests and needs. I would recommend it to anyone, at any time, who enjoyed relaxed touring. Please note, the is the first time I have submitted a review for any resort - and may be the last; it was that special.

Room Tip: Only 3 to chose from - the octagonal cabins by the pool are the quietest and the most special. The...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed April 29, 2012

The whole place is really nice (the bungalow, garden, pool, ocean view, etc.), but it becomes less important when you are welcome by Garry, the owner. You can be sure that he will make every effort for you to enjoy your stay and this is what makes this place special.

Room Tip: The two bungalows facing the oceans are the best choice.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed January 28, 2012

What a great place to stay on the Big Island. Gary and his son are warm hosts and very welcoming. The small resort was perfect, We couldn't ask for more. The bungalows are spacious and well kept. The grounds are spectacular. I wouldn't change a thing except to stay longer then our 3 days. Thanks for the tour to the falls and zip line suggestion!!!

Mark N.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kapaa, Hawaii
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Reviewed January 16, 2012

Lae Nani in Hakalau is an experience like no other. This is a spectacular place for a vacation on a beautiful estate, not merely a rental. The 5 star rating I gave it encompasses the aloha/hospitality of the owner, Garry and his son Corey. Garry wants you to leave as friends of his forever and it almost seems like his personal mission to do so. We arrived at about 8 at night after a friend's recommendation to buy food and supplies before we got in. Lae Nani is about 16 miles from any town, so you'll want to stock up first. Not too much, though, it is only a small refrigerator and microwave (no stove) so light meals only. We bought coffee, sandwiches, instant oatmeal, fruit (lots of local fruit!), rotisserie chicken, water. We ate out for dinner most nights, but Garry, as others have mentioned, hosts a lovely dinner where you'll meet other guests and his local friends once during your stay. Where else does this happen? It is often said the Hilo side of the island is rainy, but we only experienced intermittent showers in the 5 days we stayed in January. The gardens are magnificent and the view is one of the most spectacular we have seen in many years coming to Hawaii (all islands). Whales were off-shore and we saw some mothers with babies and some showy males breaching right in front of us. The property is about 125 feet high off the ocean and you have a panoramic view. The bungalow/cottage is large and clean, has a safe which is really not needed, the property is gated and has excellent security as you would expect at a property this special. Hilo is a blue collar town, but Lae Nani is the best luxury experience you can get in these parts. I had mixed feelings writing this review as I want Lae Nani to be there for us when we return! Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kihei, Hawaii
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Reviewed September 9, 2011

I have lived in Hawaii for 40 years. I have stayed at 5 star resorts on the Island of Hawaii and the resort at La`i Nani is far better than those 5 star resorts or private estates on the island! The hospitality of Garry and his staff is outstanding. The cleanliness of the estate is impeccable. Garry had some many different suggestions on things to see and visit, it was like he was a "official" of the island. The estate has tropical plants from all over the island and is like a botanical garden. It's really hard to say what part of the estate was the best experience, they all were very good. The rooms, the pool, the gardens, the hospitality, the views, it all was a wonderful experience!. I will be making many referrals to all my friends!!! Thanks Garry for the wonderful stay!!!!!

Room Tip: Ask for the pool side rooms, they are beautiful !!!!!!!!!
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Louisville, KY
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Reviewed July 16, 2011

This property is truly paradise. We were greeted by Garry and his son the moment we arrived and felt very welcome. They ensured that every need was met. The grounds were immaculate and the bungalows were clean. The estate is near many of the attractions on the Hilo side and Garry steered us to many of the best activities. We traveled with another couple and two teenage girls. We all have a blast. Garry was very hospitable and he was very gracious. He had us for a barbecue where we and another guest contributed sides. It was great fun.

The views are incredible and the pictures do not do them justice. We greeted each morning in the oceanfront gazebo where we experienced some of the most glorius sunrises we had ever seen. You feel as if you are on your own private estate. There are no crowds or noise, except nature. We had a fantastic time and we will definitely be back.

Thank you Garry for sharing your place with us helping us to have an incredible vacation.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Lai Nani Resort

Property: Lai Nani Resort
Address: 31-212 Hawaii Belt Rd, Highway 19, Hakalau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96710
Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Hakalau
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Hakalau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Lai Nani Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
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