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Be My Guest - One Bedroom Apartment Short Walk to Ka'Alawai Beach

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Ka'alawai Beach & Diamond Head From Cromwell's

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Last updated: 08/12/2015
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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Our cool and cozy 1 bedroom is located just 300m from the beach (Ka'alawai) near Diamond Head. It has a large tropical yard with Bar-B-Q to savor fabulous views of the Koolau Mountains. Truly a great & convenient location to explore the island from - near & far.
The bedroom has a CalKing sized bed. A second bed (queen sized aerobed) can be made available for extra guests.
Our home is lococated just 300m from Ka’alawai Beach which lies at the base of Diamond Head’s eastern slope between Kuilei Cliff Beach Park to the west and Black Point to the east. Ka’alawai is a narrow strip of sand that fronts the upscale community of Ka’alawai near our home. This isolates the beach from typical crowds, virtually ensuring you will only be sharing the beach with a few surfers and local neighborhood residents. The beach access is just 300m from our home, hidden in a maze of residential streets with no signs pointing the way or identifying beach access; making it a bit of a secret. This golden stretch of sand is one of Oahu’s most picturesque with its backdrop of multimillion dollar homes framed by Hawaii’s most famous volcano crater – Diamond Head. The beach is mainly used by surfers to access popular surf spots (Cromwell’s, Brown’s etc.) beyond the reef. The shallow reef that flanks the beach extends all the way to the shoreline limiting the swimming area. Nevertheless, there are a few pockets of small sandy bottom areas suitable for swimming along the beach. The reef, however, does create an excellent opportunity to do some tide pool exploration with the children! This is an excellent place to bring some water shoes and check out some of Hawaii’s varied marine life. The beach is also lined with palm trees and shrubs, mostly used to maintain privacy for nearby houses, but they consequently create vast shady areas suitable for a cool respite when you are ready for a break from the sun. It is an ideal location for a picnic lunch! At the east end of the beach near Black Point, a black lava rock peninsula, is Shangri-La, a mansion turned museum, built by Doris Duke, the daughter of James Duke, the founder of the American Tobacco Company, and her husband, James Cromwell, in 1937. Upon her father's death, the socialite became one of the wealthiest women in the world. On her honeymoon, she visited Hawaii and the Middle East and became enamored with both. The newlyweds purchased five acres of beachfront property and built the manor which upon her death, per her wishes, became a center for the study, understanding, and preservation of Islamic art and culture. Perhaps its most popular feature though is not the house’s architecture or extensive Islamic art collection, but its small cove created to accommodate their yacht. Named after her husband, Cromwell’s Cove is now a popular swimming spot for locals and those “in the know”. It’s protected blue waters, deep depth, and sandy bottom make it an ideal location to jump off the surrounding lava rock wall and go for a swim. There are other beaches better suited for swimming, especially for families, nearby. If a family dip in the ocean is your objective, consider Kai’mana Beach Park just a couple miles toward Waikiki and the beach fronting the Kahala Hotel and Resort just a couple miles to the east at the end of Kahala Ave.
My home has a prime location in Honolulu, near Diamond Head on the Island of Oahu. Also, just over a mile to the Kahala Mall ( 8plex movie theater, WHOLE FOODS, Macys, Apple Restaurants). Waikiki is just on the other side of Diamond Head a mere 5 minutes away. As is Kapiolani Park, The Honolulu Zoo and the Waikiki Aquarium. In the other direction, just a couple minutes away, is the Kahala Hotel & Resort with fine dining (Hoku's, Plumeria Beach House) and dolphin encounters. The home is truly minutes from surf spots, swimming, hiking, restaurants, bars, shopping, theater, night clubs & farmer's markets.
It is the best location just out of the city and Waikiki, but with easy access if you'd like. The airport is 20 minutes away, Waikiki 5, Honolulu 10-15, Diamond Head Community College 2, University of Hawaii 10, Kailua 30, North Shore 45.

Why VRBO

Property Type

  • Apartment
  • 600 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    No Smoking is permitted in the apartment or on the property....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, Beds for 2-3

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Entertainment

  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Arboretum
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Duty Free Shops
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Partial views of Diamond Head and Kooloau Mountain Range....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people

General

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage:

    For storage but not parking. For instance, your host has snorkeling and boogie boards stored there for use by the guests....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet:

    Wireless...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    The living room is part of the bedroom...moreless

  • Parking:

    Ample Street Parking immediately outside the house. Your host parks on the street too. Temporary parking in the driveway for loading and unloading is fine....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Blender, Coffee Maker, Toaster Other items available on request...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear:

    Snorkeling and Boogie Boards...moreless

Building Type

  • House
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer
Jun 9 - Sep 7, 2015
1 night min stay
$145

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Autumn
Sep 8 - Nov 19, 2015
1 night min stay
$125

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Pre-holiday
Nov 20 - Dec 17, 2015
1 night min stay
$145

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Christmas Holiday
Dec 18 - Jan 7, 2016
7 night min stay

$1,400

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Winter
Jan 8 - Jan 31, 2016
1 night min stay
$120

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
1 night min stay
$110

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest


Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Cleaning Fee $75
  • Online Fee for CC use $50 + tax
  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Tax Rate 13.962%

Notes:

Damage Protection - we have never not refunded the full damage/security deposit. However, if you prefer not to use the refundable deposit you may instead elect to use the damage protection coverage. This is non-refundable fee of $49 dollars. Simply mention the damage protection coverage as your choice when inquiring about our home.

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Last updated: 08/12/2015
Check availability
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24 Available check-in
21 Unavailable
22 Today
23 Selected dates
 

Location

10 Miles
Nearest Airport
Honolulu International Airport
2.5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Waikiki - Bars & Nightclubs
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
Waialae Country Club, Ala Wai Golf course
1.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
H1
1.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
A Large Variety are nearby
300 Metres
Nearest Beach
Ka'alawai - Diamond Head Beach

Car: Recommended

Our home is located just 300m from Ka’alawai Beach which lies at the base of Diamond Head’s eastern slope between Kuilei Cliff Beach Park to the west and Black Point to the east. Ka’alawai is a narrow strip of sand that fronts the upscale community of Ka’alawai near our home. This isolates the beach from typical crowds, virtually ensuring you will only be sharing the beach with a few surfers and local neighborhood residents. The only beach access is just 300m from our home. It is hidden in a maze of residential streets with no signs pointing the way or identifying beach access, making it a bit of a secret. This golden stretch of sand is one of Oahu’s most picturesque with its backdrop of multimillion dollar homes framed by Hawaii’s most famous volcano crater – Diamond Head. The beach is mainly used by surfers to access popular surf spots (Cromwell’s, Brown’s etc.) beyond the reef. The shallow reef that flanks the beach extends all the way to the shoreline limiting the swimming area. Nevertheless, there are a few pockets of small sandy bottom areas suitable for swimming along the beach. The reef, however, does create an excellent opportunity to do some tide pool exploration with the children! This is an excellent place to bring some water shoes and check out some of Hawaii’s varied marine life. The beach is also lined with palm trees and shrubs, mostly used to maintain privacy for nearby houses, but they consequently create vast shady areas suitable for a cool respite when you are ready for a break from the sun. It is an ideal location for a picnic lunch! At the east end of the beach near Black Point, a black lava rock peninsula, is Shangri-La, a mansion turned museum, built by Doris Duke, the daughter of James Duke, the founder of the American Tobacco Company, and her husband, James Cromwell, in 1937. Perhaps its most popular feature is not the house’s architecture or extensive Islamic art collection, but its small cove created to accommodate their yacht. Named after her husband, Cromwell’s Cove is now a popular swimming spot for locals and those 'in the know'. It’s protected blue waters, deep depth, and sandy bottom make it an ideal location to jump off the surrounding lava rock wall and go for a swim.

Our home has a prime location in Honolulu, near Diamond Head on the Island of Oahu. Also, just over a mile to the Kahala Mall ( 8plex movie theater, WHOLE FOODS, Macys, Apple Restaurants). Waikiki is just on the other side of Diamond Head a mere 5 minutes away. As is Kapiolani Park, The Honolulu Zoo and the Waikiki Aquarium. In the other direction, just a couple minutes away, is the Kahala Hotel & Resort with fine dining (Hoku's, Plumeria Beach House) and dolphin encounters. The home is truly minutes from surf spots, swimming, hiking, restaurants, bars, shopping, theater, night clubs & farmer's markets.

It is the best location just out of the city and Waikiki, but with easy access if you'd like. The airport is 20 minutes away, Waikiki 5, Honolulu 10-15, Diamond Head Community College 2, University of Hawaii 10, Kailua 30, North Shore 45.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2007

About the owner: I'm lived most of my life in Hawaii and Switzerland. I first came to Hawaii in 1986. I taught tennis and raced as a professional triathlete. After about 10 years in Hawaii I moved to Switzerland where I did my doctorate in Physiology. I moved back to Hawaii in 2006 after living in New York City area where I coached endurance athletes and taught at Columbia. I still coach and also work as a firefighter and real estate broker. For fun, I like being outdoors, hiking and sports. I still swim, bike and run regularly and enjoy playing tennis, surfing, kayaking etc.

Why the Owner Chose Diamond Head:
It's Amazing!

The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
I live in the same home that the apartments are in. I chose this area because it is the best location on Oahu. It rests in a quiet upscale neighborhood yet is close to Waikiki, it offers the best combination of proximity to the ocean and beach (300m) while still being near entertainment, restaurants and events. Finally, the area has great sunny weather and is convenient for reaching other locations on the island.


Contact us

Speaks: english, german
 

Photos

  • Ka'alawai Beach & Diamond Head
From Cromwell's

    Ka'alawai Beach & Diamond Head From Cromwell's

  • Ka'alawai Beach

    Ka'alawai Beach

  • Cromwell's Cove - Shangri-La above

    Cromwell's Cove - Shangri-La above

  • Entry Stairs to Cromwell's Cove

    Entry Stairs to Cromwell's Cove

  • Back Yard

    Back Yard

  • Sunset at Ka'Alawai Beach

    Sunset at Ka'Alawai Beach

  • Pacific Ocean - In Front of Beach Access (300m from home)

    Pacific Ocean - In Front of Beach Access (300m from home)

  • Shangri-La & Cromwell's Cove - From Beach Access (300m from home)

    Shangri-La & Cromwell's Cove - From Beach Access (300m from home)

  • Bedroom: Cal King Bed, Desk, Closet

    Bedroom: Cal King Bed, Desk, Closet

  • Bar-b-q and Yard

    Bar-b-q and Yard

  • Back Yard with Outdoor Table & Chairs.

    Back Yard with Outdoor Table & Chairs.

  • A frequent visitor at Ka'Alawai Beach.

    A frequent visitor at Ka'Alawai Beach.

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