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Relaxing Sandy Beach
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Interior - Kitchen & Counter
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Morning Sunrise
ocean play in the afternoon
Outdoor Wrap-around Lanai
shady picnic areas
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Punaluu, Oahu, Hawaii

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DyKluge
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Perfect for a couple or with a kid.”
Reviewed June 17, 2015 for a stay in June 2015
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Just steps to the beach. The lanai with two sliding doors, one facing north and the other facing east so you could watch the sun come up. The heavy curtains are great if it gets too bright and hot. Nothing fancy but there were enough bedding and kitchen supplies. The bathroom is quite small and inside the bedroom, not good if you have a third person sleeping in the living area. We loved our stay except for the noise renovation of one of the cottages outside but of course, it's not the owner's fault.

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bosqueta
Carbondale, CO
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Like camping on the beach in the best possible way”
Reviewed May 7, 2015 for a stay in April 2015
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On this, our third trip to Oahu, we were so glad to find a condo right on the water and away from the crowds. Punalu'u Beach #401 is in on the northeast shore of Oahu, technically the North Shore, but situated between the surfing meccas of Sunset Beach/Ehukai Park/Waimea Bay to the north and the fantastic Kailua and beaches to the Southeast.

If you like the excitement of Waikiki or amenities of Honolulu, this would not be for you. We love peace and quiet, idyllic shady beaches and drop-dead scenery, and this place was perfect for us. The property has a lovely beach with a grassy lawn, shade, chairs, a swimming pool, and very basic gym. The grounds are clean and well-kept with security, which is unfortunately necessary pretty much everywhere on Oahu. Use basic common sense and awareness for security.

The unit itself is very basic. The living room offers very modest furniture, the high point being the daybed/sofa and trundle. The kitchen is well-stocked with dishes and all manner of cooking and storage supplies. The bedroom is really just an alcove with a comfortable queen bed, and the bathroom is quite sufficient. Having a washer/dryer in the unit is terrific.

The high point, for which I would return again and again, is the wrap-around lanai in this corner unit. Four stories up is just enough to be able to see over the cottages below, and the ocean seems to just be a part of the living room. We ate all our meals overlooking the ocean, slept with the sliding doors open and the sea breeze blowing gently over us. There are several beach chairs available, towels, a cooler, hair dryer- pretty much everything we needed.

Like many rental units in Hawaii, there is no air-conditioning. In April, this was fine. There are two good fans. I'm not sure I would book this in the heat of summer, just because I'm afraid I wouldn't cope well without the A/C, especially back in the bedroom. But the living room with its trundle bed always has breeze blowing through it, and the bedroom does have one window and fan.

There are stores close by. Laie is a small town about four miles away and has a Foodland- there's also Long's Drug even closer, and several small local stores in the vicinity. Just know that the town of Laie seems to be owned by the LDS church and everything, even the supermarket, is closed on Sunday.

Speaking of the LDS church, their Polynesian Cultural Center is also in Laie and is truly a wonderful, day-long experience. The food isn't great but the entertainment is amazing.

Before traveling to any Hawaiian island, be sure to order the what everyone calls "the blue book." For Oahu, it's "Oahu Revealed"- just order get one for whichever island before you go. Even though we have visited Hawaii many times, we wouldn't consider going back to any of the islands without it.

Being in unit 401 is like camping on the beach, because with all the sliding doors open, it's really like being outside. However, it's like camping with screens to keep out the bugs, a decent kitchen, comfy beds, a washer/dryer. I'd return in a heartbeat.

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Liked best: The wrap-around lanai (patio) and ever-present ocean
Liked least: The living room furniture and lighting could stand an upgrade
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PVoyager
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
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“Great location on beach ... Very quiet”
Reviewed January 21, 2015 for a stay in January 2015
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Place was very nice. Not lux but functional with washer and dryer. Simple and nice easy access to north shore and great beaches

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mauilover...
Portland, Oregon
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33 reviews
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“Amazing ocean wrap around deck”
Reviewed June 25, 2014 for a stay in June 2014
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The wrap around lanai is amazing. If you don't want the hustle of downtown. This is the place for you. Not stainless and granite but has everything you need. Great breeze. We slept in the living room because of the views and breeze. Amazing. Easy drive to north shore. Don't want or need all the downtown crud. Only a few suggestions to the owner. The beds are sort of firm not as comfortable to me. The curtains and rods could be updated for sure. Has everything you need for cooking that's for sure though. Easy parking and snorkels outside and swam right outside.

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5 Jul 2014
Thank you for your positive review. Its through your feedback , positive improvements can be made. Thank you
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mts514
frederick, md
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Excellent location and accomodations”
Reviewed June 2, 2014 for a stay in May 2014
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A wonderful place to stay. Great location. Everything you would need is here. We would absolutely go back and stay here again. Parking is easy. great views of the ocean and mountains. Friendly staff on the property. Loved it! Thank you so much.

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JimMayTem...
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3 reviews
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“Excellent views, quiet and relaxing.”
Reviewed April 26, 2014 for a stay in April 2014
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Far away from the hustle and crowds of Honolulu. Quiet and relaxing with great views, good beach and snorkeling and friendly locals. The building Is older but well maintained and clean. This is not a resort so no helicopter pad on the roof or bars and restaurants at every corner. The grounds are well maintained with lots of plants and the condo unit is well equipped. Looking forward to our next stay.

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Reviewed April 3, 2014 for a stay in December 2013
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