Where to stay in Windward Coast, Oahu
Although the Windward coast does not have the kind of beachside properties as the other parts of the island, those who prefer the serenity and quiet that this stretch of coast offers can check in at the Turtle Bay Resort, commute from Waikiki, or rent a house. Tourists can opt to stay anywhere in Oahu and commute to the windward coast for a day of surfing or nature hikes.
Accommodations on the Windward Coast
Although there aren’t a lot of 4 or 5 star resorts in the Windward coast, you can find a decent number of bed and breakfasts and cottage rentals along the beach. One of these is Amanda’s Vacation Rentals, which is only a stroll away from Kailua Beach. It features two vacation suites with their own private parking and entrance. This type of accommodation can be quite steep at $100 per night but nothing beats the privacy that they provide.
Another option is the Awesome Oahu Vacation Rentals which has cottages, apartments and beach houses sitting right next to the beaches of Kailua and Lanikai. If you prefer condo accommodations, you can go and check in at Gigi’s Oceanfront Paradise Condominiums on the Windward Coast.
For those who want to rent, they can head to Beach Lane properties where they can enjoy colorful guest studios just a few steps from Kailua Beach. Another option for longer stays is the Hawaiian Beachfront Vacation homes. This is composed of three private beachfront rentals, which include a penthouse studio in Waikiki Beach, a cottage in the North shore and a 4-bedroom in Lanikai Beach. The condo rents for about $150 per night while the cottage rents for $135 per night, with accommodations ranging from 2 to 4 bedrooms.
Another option is the Palione Papalani in Kailua, Oahu, which offers three vacation rentals nestled amidst a tropical garden just a few steps from Kailua Beach. Each cottage has its own private lanai and can be rented as a compound or individual units.
Another popular accommodation option for tourists is Pat’s Kailua Beach Properties. Tourists have the option of staying in Kailua, Lanikai and Waimanalo if they choose Pat’s Kailua Beach properties. They offer fully-furnished units, from studios to five-bedroom units that are perfect for families. The units range from $70 to $600 depending on the size. Still in Kailua is Kailua Vacation House of Waterfalls, four units set in a lush tropical setting just a few steps from the white sandy beaches. It is famous for its swimming pool with waterfalls that makes it unique from other affordable accommodations in Kailua.
Pillows in Paradise is another good choice for accommodations. Located in Awakea Road, Pillows in Paradise is a unit with two private one bedroom suites that overlook the pool. It is only four blocks from the white sands of Kailua Beach and is a little bit cheaper than the others at $85 a night. It also offers a complimentary continental breakfast. Another private cottage for rent is Tutu’s cottage. The cottage is the best option for those looking for a homey feel and easy access to the town of Kailua. It is also just a short walk from Kaiua Beach. At $160 per night the cottage is pretty affordable considering that it can house up to four people.
If you are looking to be near Waimanalo Bay, you can choose to stay at the Aloha Beach Vacation Rentals, located in Waimanalo. Just 100 yards from Waimanalo Bay, these vacation rentals feature spacious rooms, bath and their own kitchens. Suites can be rented as a whole unit or separately. Another rental place in Waimanalo is the Aloha Gateway Home, which is a two-bedroom accommodation sitting on a secluded beach in Waimanalo. It is also a short drive to the bustling cities of Honolulu and Waikiki. Despite the pretty hefty rental fee at about $300 per night, this could be the perfect choice for those who do not want to be so far away from the city.
For those who want to stay in Punaluu, Gigi’s Oceanfront Paradise is the perfect option. They have studio and one-bedroom cottages that are only 20 feet away from the beach. Each unit comes fully furnished with their own kitchens and can accommodate up to six people. Another place to stay in Punaluu is the Hawaiian Sunrise Beach Cottage, a newly remodeled one bedroom cottage by the beach that is only just 4 minutes from the famous North Shore.
Finally,you can also check out HeidiHawaii in Punaluu. It is a group of rental condos in a nine-story complex set on a white-sand beach. Guests can relax on their units’ large lanais or spend an hour in the swimming pool. The condo also has a weight room and a barbeque area.
Accommodations in the General Oahu Area
You can choose to check into one of Waikiki’s hotels or rent a beachfront cottage. Although resorts are few on the island there are 1500 condo units, bed and breakfasts, vacation homes and rentals. Take note though that many of them only accept rentals for one month or longer.
Those looking for cheap accommodations will be happy to find the Backpackers Vacation Inn and Plantation Village. With rooms that go for $27 to $30 and only just a short walk from three of the best beaches in the island, the Backpackers Vacation Inn is the perfect place for surfers and beach bums. Another budget place is the Aqua Waikiki hotels which boast of tastefully decorated rooms that go for rates as low as $99, and features Wifi, valet, shuttle service and spa access depending on the kind of accommodations guests choose.
A prime example of a good mid-range hotel in Oahu where guests can spend the night is the Ala Moana Hotel. It is a contemporary hotel that enjoys a location that is close to the beaches and other attractions of Oahu. You can also choose to check in at the Waikiki Shore, which is the only beachfront condo rental in Waikiki.If you want to explore the Windward coast, you can stay for the night here and ride to the windward coast in the mornings. For a little bit of luxury, you can stay at the Ko OLina Beach resort that offers luxury villas and features an on-site golf course, spa, and fine dining restaurants.
If you can afford to splurge, you can check in at the Aston Waikiki Beach tower, which is condominium resort with magnificent views of the ocean in every unit. Another good place to stay in is the Kahala Hotel and Resort which boasts of its own secluded beach, 5 fine dining restaurants and a luxury spa. It is also famous for Dolphin Quest which allows guests to swim with dolphins. The Kahala hotel is a favorite among international statesmen and celebrities.
Another good choice for luxury accommodations is the Lotus, which sits right on Diamond Head, away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki. There is also the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort and Spa , a 4-star twin tower that comes with its own convention center, spas, shopping center and daily entertainment for the guests.
Where to Get Ideas
Those who are looking for accommodations in the Windward coast can approach Travel Hawaii, a specialist on the more than 300 accommodations in the area. Aside from having local knowledge of the Windward coast they can also assist tourists in looking for accommodations to suit any size of budget, as well as place tourists in any area of the Windward coast that they want to stay in.