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Recent Punaluu Reviews

  • 2 Adults - November 50th Anniversary
    5 of 5

    Even though the weather did not cooperate for us the whole week, flash flood warnings one morning, it did clear up enough later in the day for us to explore some of the other beaches in the area. We were very happy with the condo and the location. It is an older condo in an area that has seen better days, but as the description says, if you are looking for Waikiki this is not for you. We drove down to Honolulu - Waikiki for the day and couldn't wait to get back to this quiet condo on the north windward side of the island. The condo was very comfortable and right on a nice beach. There is snorkel gear available in the closet on the lanai for use if you don't have your own. We did a day of golfing at the Turtle Bay Resort about 25 minutes north, The Polynesian Culture Center 5 minutes north, Waikiki, snorkeling at the Hanauma Bay Reserve and just a lot of relaxing on this private beach. The owner left a binder that was very helpful in providing guest with suggestions of the area activities. This unit has the large lanai which was nice extra space - although it does have a cement wall that prevents some of the view of the ocean. But there is a table with high chairs to sit with your morning or evening drinks/meals to look over the wall. The sunsets and sunrises here are amazing, especially with the daily clouds and rainbows. I would definitely recommend this unit for anyone looking for the quiet part of Oahu.

    Stayed: Oct 2018
  • Going back ASAP...
    5 of 5

    This is an extraordinary spot. It’s appointed with everything we needed. We’ve been to Oahu, Maui, Hawaii & Kauai 10 times in the past 5 years. There’s something special about this location & unit that transcends a building with a perfect view - It’s soothing, it’s ‘old school’ with all the modern appointments. This isn’t a $350 (+) per night hotel where $15 mai tai’s are delivered to your cabana, not that that’s a bad thing. It’s a 3 minute walk from the kitchen to having your feet in the Pacific Ocean. Turtle’s were another 50 feet out into the water last Friday. This is the N. Shore of Oahu where surfers from around the world come and spend the winter. This isn’t Waikiki, Kona or Ka’anapali, it’s the real deal. Families, locals, fish taco trucks...The building is so close to the ocean that I suspect they never stop maintaining the property, there’s no choice if you want to be that close to the ocean - Salt air & salt water will eventually have its way with anything conceived by humans. The condo is very comfortable and well appointed. The bedroom’s on the street side of the building, there was car noise that backed down around 8pm. Bedroom fans all but eliminated the sound in the evening. I’m a complainer & made it through unscathed. (We chose to focus on the 99% upside.) There’s no a/c and it was very humid for 3 days. Conveniently the condo has windows (!) and fans. Employing the fans and open windows got the job done. In 5 days we did have to deal with mosquitoes, 3 of them - That was with every window and the front door open. There’s a swimming pool & an ocean. There’s a reef the protects the beach and allowed for swimming, even on the one day it was particularly windy. It’s private and as relaxing as I could want. We were up on the N. Shore for a conference at a very swanky hotel with prices to match. The day the conference ended we went directly to the condo. One observation for the uninitiated - There are abandoned cars around the area. I’ve been going to the Hawaiian Islands since 1964, once I’ve gotten away from resort areas on any island I’ve seen abandoned cars, etc. Eventually somebody takes them away. The owner, Kathy, manager, Allison, are very kind people who saw to everything we needed. The place is a gem, add in the value and I don’t know how to beat it... Fred & Suzy

    Stayed: Nov 2018
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