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Experience "Real" Hawaii! Private cleanTropical >5 min to beach10 mins to Kailua

Waimanalo, HI, USA
  • Cottage850 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps2
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 - 5 nights

A Bright & Airy-1 bd/1 bath,full kitchen, washer dryer, private yard & large dec

Waimanalo's Zen Retreat one bedroom, one bathroom, full kitchen home was completely renovated in 2014. It's perfect for 2 adults. Enjoy the sounds of nearby horses neighing, wild chickens roaming and song birds singing and incredible(partial) Mount Olomana views from your private fenced in yard.

This spacious, separate home offers an open floor plan and plenty of traditional windows which invite natural light and cool tropical breezes to comfort and relax you. The cottage is equipped with ceiling fans and stand alone fans. There is no A/C.

The high-end kitchen has complete cooking amenities including a dishwasher, full size refrigerator with filtered water and ice maker, high end range(stove & oven)and full size clothes washer and dryer. Quartz counter tops and large windows make cooking a breeze.

The spacious living room overlooks your private tropical backyard, a quiet palm tree nursery and gorgeous Mount Olomana. Enjoy relaxing on the couch while watching nature or your 42' flat screen TV. Choose to disconnect entirely or feel free to use the free internet/WIFI.

Rest easy in the California King sized bed with high quality linens. The 5 curtained windows will allow you to sleep in and also for the trade winds to flow. A large custom ceiling fan will cool you down.

The Zen Retreat has a spa-like bathroom. The huge, natural stone walk in shower easily fits two and will wash away any stress that you may have brought with you. The custom monkey pod double vanity and shelves provide all of the storage needed.

Outside, the private surroundings allow for secured private parking and outdoor dining and grilling, and lounger to soak up the sun. A large deck is perfect for enjoying morning coffee or pau hana cocktails!

Beach chairs, beach towels, boogie boards, and beach umbrella available for use.



Member Since 2013
Response rate:
Response time:
within a few hours
english, My husband can assit French Speakers
Calendar last updated:
Apr 19, 2018
About Marie

My husband, Jerome and I (Marie), feel very blessed and fortunate to get to call Waimanalo our home. It truly is God's Country! We enjoy the country setting with our two children and lovable dog. We live in a separate, private home on the same one acre property as The Zen Retreat. We are a French/English bi-lingual family and are happy to assist you in making your vacation a memorable one.

Marie purchased this Cottage in 2010

Why Marie chose Waimanalo

One acre on Oahu is almost unheard of! Our gracious friend sold us his family property 7 years ago and with lots of sweat equity we have not only made it a home that we love and cherish, but a vacation home for couples to enjoy 'real' Hawaii!

What makes this Cottage unique

Our property was designed, built and renovated with privacy in mind for all. You won't be disappointed!


    • Internet
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king
      • Large master suite with California king size bed, 5 windows to let in light and breeze, curtains, dresser and large closet. Decorated with local art


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower
      • Over sized natural stone shower, custom monkey pod double vanity, toilet

      Location Type

        • Mountain View
          Peek-a-boo mountain view from yard
        • Near The Ocean
          Less than 5 minutes to Dr. Beach rated #1 beach - Wsimanalo Beach!


            • Away From It All
            • Romantic


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                      Sofa with ottomans, recycled boat furniture, large 42 in flat screen TV
                    • Parking
                      Private, secure, off street parking for one vehicle
                    • Towels Provided
                      Bath and beach
                    • Washing Machine


                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Everything you need to prepare a gourmet meal, and if you need anything just let me know!
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Kitchen
                          Full size gourmet kitchen with refrigerator, range, dishwasher and full size clothes washer and dryer
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                          full size
                        • Pantry Items
                          Coffee and tea to start...oil, sugar, spices etc
                        • Refrigerator
                          full size, ice maker, filtered water dispenser
                        • Stove
                          glass 4 burner
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              Inside, in kitchen or outside
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 2 people


                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Television


                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                      Boogie boards, chairs, beach umbrella


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • not suitable for children
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Onsite Services

                                            • Concierge


                                                • churches
                                                • cinemas
                                                • health/beauty spa
                                                • library
                                                • playground
                                                • restaurants

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • photography
                                                    • beachcombing
                                                    • boating
                                                    • eco tourism
                                                    • luaus
                                                    • miniature golf
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • shopping
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking
                                                    • whale watching
                                                    • wildlife viewing

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • massage therapist
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • parasailing
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • equestrian events
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • mountain climbing
                                                            • paragliding
                                                            • deepsea fishing
                                                            • pier fishing
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                            • snorkeling
                                                            • snorkeling/diving
                                                            • surf fishing
                                                            • surfing
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • tennis
                                                            • wind-surfing

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              33 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Great place and a very responsive host

                                                              Alexander B.Minsk, Belarus

                                                              The location is secluded from neighbors and pretty comfortable. The bathroom is the best one we've ever seen. Marie lives nearby and quickly answers any question.

                                                              The only issue during our stay were roosters singing unexpectedly at night and in the early morning.

                                                              As Advertised, Truly Wonderful!

                                                              Larry T.Columbus, Ohio

                                                              It's always great when the place you choose to stay on vacation is as good as advertised. Hawaii always exceeds expectations, and the Zen Cottage does too! It was our first time at this venue, and we loved how user friendly everything was, from Marie's welcoming and casual manner to the posh, user-friendly interior, to the well-manicured, secluded feel of our own deck and yard. We had fresh pineapple and chocolate-covered macadamia nuts waiting for us on arrival. We made dinner half the nights we were there and the kitchen was FULLY stocked with all the tools we needed. It was the perfect home base for our daily forays around the island. One note about the neighborhood chickens: we'd read about their morning wakeup calls and were curious to see if we would be affected; I can honestly say they added to the charm of the natural rustic surroundings. We're definitely coming back! Thank you for everything, Marie!

                                                              Wonderful 40th Anniversary!

                                                              roberta l.

                                                              Can't say enough about how great this place is! The perfect Zen Retreat for any couple. We really were pleased with the house - location was a bit more "country " than we had thought but we even got use to the rosters! They were doing construction on the road which was a pain at times but no fault of Marie's & after driving around the island no matter where you stay this will happen from time to time. Highly recommend !

                                                              The Anti-Waikiki Oahu Vacation - Country Seclusion Hawaiian Style

                                                              Chas B.Sonoma, CA

                                                              Previous reviewers have summarized perfectly the allure - it really is relaxing and secluded. One caveat is that there are a lot of birds and chickens around - charming and very authentic but if you're a light sleeper use earplugs (thoughtfully provided by the owner). Many other amenities are at hand - e.g. hiking poles, boogie boards and the kitchen is well equipped - all the details are covered. There is so much to do on the windward side - whale sightings from Makapu'u Point, the Botanical Gardens in Kaneohe, The Valley of the Temples, stellar beaches, some excellent restaurants - we did not go into Honolulu the entire week we were there.

                                                              Serenity and Peace

                                                              Kiran M.

                                                              The perfect cottage for a relaxing getaway!! My husband and I wanted to stay away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki and couldn't have found a better place. Stocked with every amenity possible and super clean, practically brand new. The owners did a fantastic job in renovating this property. We loved the nearby town of Kailua which is only a 10 min drive with great restaurants and every shopping amenity you can think. We were really sad to leave and can't wait to come back again. Thanks, Marie!

                                                              1 Bedroom Cottage in a Beautiful Lush Retreat, 4th time on property


                                                              This cottage is like a small 1 bedroom house with all needs met. Fantastic private garden for sunbathing or chilling out and gated parking area. A 4 minute drive to Waimanalo Beach with safe free street parking in an area of nice homes. Easy drive to Kailua for restaurants and shopping, also about 25 mins to Waikiki. This is the best of both worlds, quiet jungle like setting with short drive to Polo Fields, beaches, and shopping. The unit has all you need for cooking in, Grilling, Full size washer and dryer, and AMAZING hosts who give you complete privacy and answer questions of Restaurants and activities with a quick text. Bottom line we have stayed 4 times for a reason, Marie and family are great, cottage is amazing, and the local beach is quiet and one of finest in the Islands.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              SO happy to have hosted you both all these years and look forward to all the future visits as well! Don't forget to mention the occasional visit (only for animal lovers!)from Volt the wonder beagle and maybe a surprise visit from Flash the super bunny! See you all next year! Aloha!!


                                                              Waimanalo, HI, USA

                                                              The Zen Retreat Cottage is surrounded by a private, tropical, country setting, complete with wild chickens, neighing horses and tropical birds. The Zen Retreat private cottage is located just minutes to popular Kailua town and gorgeous East side beaches, activities and sights. A short 3-5 minute drive to takes you to Bellows and Sherwood Beaches. These beaches offer 5 miles of sandy coast line for walking and a perfect shore break for boogie boarding and body surfing. Continue on 7 more minutes to Makapu'u beach, Makapu'u lighthouse hike (where you can whale watch in the winter) and/or Sea Life Park. A quick 12-15 minute drive lands you at world famous Lanikai/Kailua Beach, where you can stroll, sunbath or even rent kayaks to explore the nearby Mokulua Islands. The sweeping Ko'olau mountains grace Waimanalo with a wide variety of hiking trails, just steps away from the rental unit. Bring your road bike and explore the back country roads of Waimanalo on two wheels! With Kailua being just a short drive from Waimanalo, guests can enjoy the conveniences of restaurants, bars, shopping, spa treatments and sports rentals while having the advantage of returning to a relaxed, private, rural setting.


                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              Damage Deposit of $200. Damage deposit can be used for damage to property, it's contents or the need for extra cleaning time. If no damage or extra cleaning is needed the check will be destroyed. Cancellation Policy: If your reservation is cancelled 45 days from your check-in date, then your full security deposit will be refunded to you. If your reservation is cancelled LESS than 45 days from check-in date, then your security deposit will NOT be refunded. Payment is made in full by Booking online with credit card or send check for total nights stay and cleaning fee upon booking. Check-in and Check-out times flexible 5 night minimum

                                                              33 Reviews
                                                              Wonderful 4.8/5
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