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Lanikai Beach Rentals LLC
Ranked #1 of 13 Kailua B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 12, 2012

If you've ever experienced fine dining, you know the atmosphere is almost as complimentary as the food. But where a five star restaurant really shines -- and yet, ironically, gets the least press -- is it's service. Without excellent service the experience really isn't possible. The fare by which you feast upon is the most evident and tangible of a fine dining event, yet it's the behind the scenes people who make it happen. Once again, the property in Lanikai speaks for itself with it's postcard-esque views, but the service we received from Rick and Nini Maxey is beyond words.

You see, this trip was a big one. My 40th birthday was upon me and my girlfriend wanted to make it special, so she booked a stay at one of the properties managed by Lanikai Beach Rentals. The view from just about anywhere in Lanikai is world renowned and breathtaking, and this was not to disappoint. There were a few bobbes -- small kine, if you will -- but they were easily fixed and did not even create a ripple in our plans. Even though we weren't staying at Rick and Nini's property specifically, he was beyond accommodating and so respectful and apologetic that we even experienced the slightest inconvenience during our stay. Mind you, this was done via phone contact; not by e-mail or text message as our electronic society knows so well.

We then stopped by to see Rick and Nini, and it was like seeing old friends even though they had not met my girlfriend before. Nini loaned us two of her personal books so we could find some hidden spots on Oahu, and Rick offered us ice water, towels, a beach umbrella, and a cooler full of ice to take with us, even though we were going to the other side of the island for the day. None of that mattered to them; what did matter, and what showed in their kindness, was their willingness to do whatever it took -- to go that extra mile, if you will -- to let us know that we were ohana, and they, too, were the same to us. Rick and Nini are like family to me, and I would do anything to help them out. During a tsunami scare in 2009 and then after a torrential storm tore through Lanikai in 2010, I called them to make sure they were okay and offer anything from the mainland they may need over there. This was their way of taking care of us, even if we weren't staying on their property.

The last day of our stay was highlighted by spending some personal time with Rick in one of his favorite spots where he takes his family, and where he loves to go to unwind. He was gracious and my words cannot express how appreciative we were of him taking his time and day to make up for our bobbles which were no fault of his own.

Make no mistake about it, Rick and Nini Maxey are the best of the best when it comes to Hawaiian hospitality -- known as the Aloha Spirit -- and they are among the kindest and most amazing people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. This trip was a hallmark on so many levels because I got to see some sick family members who really may not be around the next time I fly home, so it was emotional to say the least. Rick and Nini's love and generosity made our stay that much less stressful and that much more enjoyable, and we hope to return the same when they make their way to Seattle in the future. Our love and respect to you both.

Me ka `oia`i`o,

Durand & Dori

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank riceboy72
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Reviewed June 28, 2012

If you're looking for a quiet, clean, relaxing place to hang out this is it. The property is gorgeous, the dogs (yes Sue has 3 of them) are fun and friendly. Sue the host is so accommodating and sweet. The unit doesn't need AC because the trade winds, ceiling fans are perfect to keep things nice and comfy. You are steps from a quiet sandy beach that is the reason people think of Hawaii.

Kailua has some good food, so you're not in the total boonies and have to eat in your kitchen. We ate breakfast and some lunches there but went out every night for dinner. The kitchen is small but perfect for snacks, breakfast or lunches.

This place is great for couples. Wouldn't be good for families or kids. Not because Sue wouldn't make it work, but because it's really set up as a retreat from reality ;)

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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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8  Thank Dave D
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Reviewed June 9, 2012

Kailua Beachside Oasis is one of the rentals offered through Rick Maxey's Lanikai Beach Rentals. This was our second rental through his agency and we were very pleased with the accommodations and the location (a very short walk to the beach.) Rick's website gives a very thorough description of the property complete with pictures and a video.

The rental cottage is located on the grounds of a main house, which is occupied by the owner Sue and her family, including three friendly little dogs. The only reason I didn't rate it "Excellent" is that the pool is located right outside the bedroom window of the cottage. The owner was visited daily by friends and family who used the pool, so bedroom privacy was lacking and availability of the pool to guests was minimal.

Room Tip: If you're looking for privacy, there are better options. We stayed at the Lanakai Tree House (o...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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9  Thank boots900
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Reviewed May 27, 2012

As the saying goes...location, location, location! Loved the location with multiple access points within a few minutes walk just across the street. Got up and watched the sunrise 3 of 4 mornings....just Gorgeous. We stayed in the garden studio and found everything to our liking. The unit is cosy and nicely furnished. Loved how most walls were louvered windows so you could adjust as you liked and get marvelous breezes,
Rick provided much info and recommended many places to shop and eat.
The main beach park down the road was the perfect beach for walks on the sand, dips in the ocean and just sitting in the shade listening to the waves ( made great use of the folding beach chairs and beach towels provided in the studio).
Only thing I would change is the length of my stay!
Highly recommend and hope I get to visit again!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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8  Thank PPTA
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Reviewed March 22, 2012

This was my first trip to Hawaii for my honeymoon. We had several flight delays and lost a day. We stayed in the Lanikai Penthouse. It was very spacious with a great view. The walk to the beach was a short and enjoyable one. There is alot of stairs to climb to get to the property, but I saw it as my daily exercise and it was no problem at all for me. I loved how the owners left a binder with tips and restaurant menus. Had a great time! Hope to return soon!

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank Sophia R
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Reviewed February 13, 2012

We just returned from a 9 night stay in the Lanikai Garden Studio. It was perfect for my husband and I...so quiet and peaceful; we slept like rocks. Just what we were looking for. Rick and Nini were gracious hosts and very helpful when I ended up injuring my leg while running on the beach. The next time we visit Oahu we would definitely stay again.

Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
6  Thank Anita J
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Reviewed December 20, 2011

We have been visiting the various Hawaiian islands for over 20 years. Approximately 15 years ago we discovered Lanikai Beach B&B on the windward coast of Oahu and it became our Hawaiian "home". Rick and Nini Maxey are the nicest people you could ever meet. We've watched their 2 college aged daughters grow up into lovely young women and now are enjoying seeing their 7 year old daughter in action. A lovely family always willing and anxious to help make your vacation extra special.

We have stayed in both the Garden Studio and the Tree House. Each has it's own personality and the descriptions and photos on the web site are accurate. In the last couple of years, we find ourselves partial to the Tree House mainly because it's roomier and suits our life style. We love all the windows which allow the tradewinds to blow through.

Rick and Nini continually update and refurbish both units. This year, there are beautiful bamboo hardwood floors in the living room, kitchen, and dining area. Also new is a large flat screen TV on a beautiful table.

Everything provided for your days on the beach and your days and nights in. It is very well appointed with high quality items. It is spotless. A welcome basket of local coffee, muffins and fruits is waiting for you along with juice and creamers in the refrigerator.

You couldn't find a better location - the residential neighborhood of Lanikai and one of the most beautiful beaches just a few minutes walk from your door. Kailua town is a 5 minute car ride and offers all the shopping and restaurants to keep you occupied when not on the beach.

We're counting the months until we return the our Hawaiian home next November!

Room Tip: The Garden Studio is very large and has a full kitchen. It also has a private patio and yard area...
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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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13  Thank AlohaTravelerOahu
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Additional Information about Lanikai Beach Rentals LLC

Address: 1277 Mokulua Dr, Kailua, Oahu, HI 96734-3249
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Kailua
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
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Ranked #1 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Kailua
Price Range: $90 - $125 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our Lanikai Garden Studio has had a complete make-over! New flooring, kitchen, stainless appliances, paint, double pane windows, window treatments and a 24,000 btu Mitsubishi "whisper quiet" air conditioning system. This home within a room is a place where you will be able to relax and feel totally at ease. With ample space and an abundance of windows and tropical flora views. All of this is accessed through the studio's private gated garden entry, and is just 100 yds. to Lanikai Beach. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Lanikai Hotel Kailua
Lanikai Bed And Breakfast
Lanikai Beach Rentals LLC Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii

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