"My wife and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary for a week at this lovely facility with our 3 children, their spouses/partners, and our 3 grandchildren (6, 3.5, and 2). The casual, open, and protected comfort (important for young children) of the main and guest houses made this a wonderful experience for all. We combined family activities with lots of flexibility for each subgroup to venture on their own. On several occasions, most simply stayed on site to enjoy the beach and waves. There were plenty of amenities to enjoy the beach for all ages (boogie boards, sand toys for children, beach chairs, mats, good snorkel gear, towels). The outdoor shower with plenty of hot water was a big hit for everyone! Good idea to provide own hair products and soap for showers. We also appreciated the large table to seat all of us with comfort, including two booster seats for children. Lots of books, board games, cards, etc. My wife and I especially enjoyed the view and surf sounds from our master bedroom in the main house. Tides present dramatically different water conditions. Higher waves at high tide and much more shallow water for children at low tide. Waves still great to ride at low tide. If looking for the perfect waves, walk about 10 minutes down the beach until just before Waimanalo Beach Park.
Sea Life Park was great for kids. Also the tide pools just across the street. Hike up the trail to the Makapu'u lighthouse was easy and full of great views...even saw some migrating whales in late April. Water calmer at Kailua and Lanikai beaches. Kitchen facilities amenable for meals at home. We had breakfasts and lunches on site. Dinners were in local restaurants or take out for eating in main house. Restaurant suggestions: Ono Steak and Shrimp Shack (very close - great for take out), Buzz's Original Steak House, and Food Company Cafe and Catering (last 2 in Kailua). Also check out the farmer's market in Kailua Thursday evening for great food and local produce.
Janet was very hospitable, responsive, and helpful before, during, and after our stay. We would ALL (adults and kids of all ages) highly recommend this facility. Wonderful to enjoy the peace of the water and surrounding (some folks were meditating on the shoreline), yet close enough to the night life of Waikiki if desired. My wife and I are seriously considering returning next year."
Date of Stay: April 2015
Review Submitted: April 22, 2015