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Reviewed October 5, 2011

We stayed in the "Lanikai Garden Studio," which is attached to the owners' home on the first story of the property. Note: The "Lanikai Tree House" is the second story over the owners' home. All three lodgings share a long, wide driveway.

Good:

- After studying prices of other Kailua beds and breakfasts, as well as Waikiki high rises, we felt that prices here were at least inline with the amenities provided and the location.
- A very well-stocked kitchenette helped us prepare simple breakfasts and lunches to keep down costs during our stay.
- The private, hedge-screened back yard was a pleasant spot to enjoy a drink or meal.
- The studio was well-sized and matched photos on their web site. We felt like a local.
- During our September stay, breezes made the studio comfortable for sleeping, given there is no AC.
- The owners met us in the driveway the first morning to chat, give island advice, etc. They are very friendly and Rick - both by phone and in person - goes out of his way to help with logistics, sightseeing, security, etc. Much appreciated, without being intrusive, as other B&B hosts can be.
- While there are certainly mosquitos, ants and other bugs outside, the owners seem to do a good job of keeping them from taking over the studio.
- A bottle of wine, fresh-cut flowers, and a nice note welcomed us for our honeymoon.
- Although you technically can walk across the street to the beach, we found it better to drive down a couple blocks with the provided umbrella, beach chairs and towels and access the much-wider, prettier beach there.
- Kailua is a great, low-key base from which to launch a day trip to the North Shore, as well as to the South to see Makapuu Point, Waikiki, and more. The airport is less than a half hour away. The local beach scene is among the best on the island, so there isn't a need to leave anywhere.

Could be better:

- We're light sleepers, so we were guaranteed early awakenings by birds chirping and geckos jostling in the nearby greenery.
- Although the studio seems very private, with all the windows open, we could hear voices from either or both the main house next door and the "Tree House" lodging, leaving us a bit careful in our own talking and activities.
- The web site for these properties could use an update; the "request" for accommodations should be upgraded to real-time availability checking. We found out a day later by phone that our preferred lodging was offline for repairs.
- Although clean and comfortable, some of the furnishings are starting to look a bit dated, and we found multiple levers for the frosted-glass window blinds to be broken.
- Everywhere on Oahu, and Kailua was no exception, we were repeatedly warned about thieves looking to break into our rental car. We had no such issue, but appreciated the warnings; it did leave us feeling constantly on edge.
- Unique to our stay and not a huge issue, the owners left on a short trip after our first night, leaving their 20-year-old daughter in charge. We were told she was very responsible, but never saw her, even despite multiple calls to the provided number to ask questions.
- The cleaning fee stings a bit for short stays, and housekeeping is not provided free daily.

Overall, a pleasant stay and we're happy to recommend, with the caveats noted above.

Room Tip: Bring earplugs if you are a light sleeper and/or wish to sleep in late. Use mosquito repellant outside if you are prone to bites.
  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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10  Thank finickytripper
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Reviewed July 25, 2011

We are just ending a 5 day visit to Lanikai, staying at the garden studio apartmentt. It has been a wonderful spectacular sleepy visit. The studio is just right for a couple, very private, with its own little back garden to laze around in. It is at the back of the house, so almost no road noise just birds. The apartment itself was absolutely spotless, eat off the floor spotless when we moved in and super well equipped (including fruit muffins etc that others have noted). I have no idea what the ant story mentioned earlier is about... we didn't see a single insect inside the apartment our whole stay.
We have stayed in Hawaii many times before on many islands, and in a mix of houses and hotels. This location is in the middle of an upmarket housing area (houses are multimillion $$s), in turn the surroundings are clean, well maintained and very private. There is a beach access path right across from the house, but honestly even at low tide its hard to walk on the beach there, you either walk down and walk in the water to the beach or take the road to the beach... a lazy 3-5 minute stroll.
I honestly dont think we have anything negative to say about the place, or about Lanakai. I guess a few more upmarket restaurants would help... There are only a couple worth visiting, on the other hand the craziness of Honolulu is only a 20-30 minute drive away.
This is a lovely very special romantic and beautiiful place and this little apartment was a very special place to enjoy it from.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Simon W
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Reviewed April 21, 2011

We very much so enjoyed our little bungalow! It was beautiful, right near the beach, and wonderfully quiet. The landlord made a point to stop by and make sure we were doing well - he was delightful and sweet, and made us feel very much at home. I would absolutely recommend this location for travelers.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled with friends
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4  Thank ElBeKay
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Reviewed April 19, 2011

This is our third trip to Lanikai. We have stayed at Rick Maxey's properties before and have been very happy. This time is no different. We rented the Lanikai Garden Studio this time, and it is perfect. The studio is very clean and well equiped. Everything we needed was waiting for us upon arrival. Everything for the beach: chairs, towels, sun umbrella, cooler, etc. We were pleased to find the kitchen well-equiped. Everything from coffee pot and grinder to rice-cooker was there. There was even a fresh bag of kona coffee, a pinapple, POG juice, and some muffins waiting, which was very much appreciated since we arrived late and did not have time to shop until the next day.

There is internet access; I am writing this review from the very private lanai (that's what they call a private patio/garden here in Hawaii). The studio has lots of louvered windows and a nice cross breeze. also plentiful ceiling fans. No need for AC - very pleasent temperature.

The beach is right across the street. This is sandy beach a low tide, which for us this trip is in the morning. At high tide (afternoon) we walk 5 minutes down the road to the wide sand beach. Rick left us a tide chart in the info book, along with other useful information. You can also check the internet for low and high tide times during your trip, or ask Rick. Lanikai is the best beach on Oahu in our opinion. The water is calm and peaceful here due to reef protection. beautiful view of the Mokulua islands, which you will see on every Hawaiian calendar. You can rent a double kayak for less than 200/week and paddle out to them.

Don't pay any attention to the review below complaining of ants. We have had no such issues. Like any tropical location there will be ants outside. With everything being open they will come in if you don't put your food away. Just put any open food into zip-lock bags (provided) or into the frig and all will be fine.

Lots of great places to eat right here in Kailua. But our all-time favorite restaurant is to drive into Hawaii Kai (30 minutes) to go to the original Roy's- it is worth the trip. We avoid Waikiki like the plague.

Walk the ridge above Lanikai if you have the time. Beautiful view for a very reasonable hike.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank e-bob2
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Reviewed November 16, 2010

We stayed at the Kailua Beachside Oasis in early November and couldn't have been happier. The darling cottage was perfectly appointed, everything we could need to cook great meals and relax was there. It was quiet, close to the beach, and oh so clean. Sue is a gracious host, and she even shared her Hawaiian music with me -- the location couldn't be better, and having access to the hot tub was amazing.

Can't say enough good stuff about our experience - highly recommended! Oh, and we loved the 3 little dogs that would come and visit from the main house. What a treat!

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank portland_OR_bird
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