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Lai Nani Resort
Ranked #2 of 3 Hakalau B&B and Inns
Reviewed September 2, 2013

Simply superb. Although this review is long overdue - and my apologies for the tradiness - My partner and I stayed with Gary and Cory back in June of 2012, hiring a car and touring the Hawaiian islands for a month. We spent 3 nights here and couldn't have been happier. Upon arriving Cory took us on a guided tour of the grounds and the local area, explaining all the attractions and suggesting activities for us to do.

The rooms/bungalows were clean, tidy and well supplied - from a self catering perspective all we wanted was the BBQ and a local shop to buy groceries from, which although not a walk away was only a 10 minute drive. But you do have microwave etc.

The bed was comfy, the sheets clean - and we got 3 very well rested nights here after a lot of walking and exploring through the day.

The tireless work that goes into maintaining the grounds does not go unnoticed - we were blown away by its beauty, spending our evenings in an Eden like paradise with the pool all to ourselves and the music system playing our selection of music from the iPod as we relaxed and took in the place.

In short this is a sublime place, although a little out of the way from the main town, we enjoyed that as our goal was to have a road trip - it was lovely to come back to a friendly welcome and a beautiful home.

Thanks guys for all of your help. We would make a point of staying here again without question.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 20, 2013 via mobile

Our stay at Lai Nani was great! From the zip lining, amazing ocean views, private accomodations, and personal attention, this place had it all. I would highly recommend staying here if you are looking for that local feel with a resort atmosphere. I will say, be ready to cook your meals as there are not many restaurants nearby and rent a car. Gary and Cory were amazing hosts and truly made our trip that much more memorable :) We look forward to staying here next time we come to Hilo!

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

Stayed at lai nani the owners Garry and Cory were very nice and helpful took me zip lining and horse back riding. Resort is really clean has nice ocean views and the yard has lots of beautiful plants and flowers. Can't wait to stay again.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

Hi me my two children and husband had the time of our life staying at lai nani resort. We got to swim in the pool and relax in the jacuzi. The owner Garry made us a wonderful prime rim dinner and also took us sight seeing to the beautiful waterfalls.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

The property is in a very good location for visiting the Hilo area waterfalls and botanical gardens. Lai Nani is beautiful with gorgeous gardens and a lovely pool and hot tub overlooking the ocean. The room we stayed in was air conditioned, comfortable and right by the pool. We especially enjoyed the stunning ocean views. However, we were disappointed that the room was not cleaned daily. We had to wash our own dishes from the breakfast that we prepared ourselves, and would have liked fresh towels. The owner and his son were very friendly and would have provided extra towels if we had asked, but it would be better to not have to ask for everything. Guests already have to ask beforehand to turn on the hot tub since the switch was in a locked box. We also ended up with ants that got into some food that we had purchased. It would also be a good idea for the owners to put some sort of shade or curtain up in the bathroom for a feeling of privacy for guests who are showering.

Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 14, 2013

Yes, there are beautiful views and the grounds are lovely. BUT at $250/night there were some real deficits with this place.
1. At similar properties we've stayed at in various place around the world, a breakfast is included in the cost. NOTHING here.
2. Woke up to ants in bed the second night morning we were there. Yes, they were tiny and "only" about 3-4 but ick. Politely mentioned to owner and basically were told that they love food sitting around and that we should make sure it was all put away. Which leads to the next issue:
3. No cleaning or room service the entire 4 nights. We are pretty tidy people, but garbage still accumulates. No bed change or remaking. Extra towels stored under sink, but no dirty linen removed.
4. Two tiny bars of soap you would find at cheap motel and little shampoo sample. This is not what I expect with the high cost of the room. Yes, a Motel 6, but not here.

5. Shower is badly designed. Only hot water available from solar tank on top of roof. No cool water and you have to sort of play with the water a lot to be able to shower. The shower head is in the ceiling and you can't turn on water without getting drenched in hot water and jumping back out as quickly as possible. The floor is sloped so much that you must straddle the drain and hope you don't slip while attempting to wash your feet.



6. While not really snooty about furnishings, it's got the look of tacky island 80's. Needs updating.
7. Bathroom window lacks privacy. Not frosted glass and sloping walkway allows views of your bathroom at night that were really freaky.

There is A/C which is nice, but owner let us know how much the electric bill was each month. We didn't mind turning it off and saving the electricity but do guests really need to hear how much his bill is? He also mentioned nearly every time we saw him how much upkeep there is to the place and how hard he works to maintain it. Just seemed tacky and inappropriate to share that with guests. It felt like he was inflating the price of the place to keep up with his landscape costs. Had to tell us how much money he'd spent on plants. Very off-putting.

So,all in all we would never spend this kind of money for an ocean view again. We've stayed in many places while vacationing and adapt well to all kinds of accomodations so aren't as fussy as it might sound. Just be aware of these issues and if they don't bother you, spent all the money you want for the view.

Room Tip: We only saw 2 rooms to choose from. They are both right outside the saltwater pool and were very qu...
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

Gary & Cory are lovely guys, and the most obliging hosts. My wife & I stayed here for the 2nd part of our honeymoon and it is a truly remarkable setting, with a cliff top view of the ocean, sat in the hot tub enjoying a glass of wine - it really does not get a great deal better!

We were also at the resort for New Year, and the guys invited us to their NY party and provided us with the most fabulous food and drink all night asking nothing in return. Real Aloha spirit.

Lai Nani is a fabulous place to use as a base to explore the beauty of the big Island if you want to keep away from the commercialised west coast. One day we will return... but I have to save up my pennies first. Well worth a visit.

Room Tip: Ask for one of the two bottom bungalows.
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank blackorwhite
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Additional Information about 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: $151 - $246 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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