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Our Lanikai luxury home rentals include a variety of amenities from private hot tubs, spas and saunas to unique architecture and lush landscaping. No detail is too small in the design of these exquisite homes and the planning of your luxury Lanikai vacation.
Below is information about everything you need for a relaxing and enjoyable stay in Lanikai including private jet service, the top restaurants, personal chefs, luxury car rentals, the best adventures, beaches, natural attractions, private yacht charters, helicopter tours and high-end shopping. Also noted are some of the finest restaurants in the Lanikai region, festive events and famous residents as well as television shows and movies filmed in the area.
Private Jet Service To and From Lanikai
Luxury private flights to Oahu are available through several companies offering exclusive and first-class service. EvoJets offers private Oahu jet service with a variety of premium aircraft from turbo props to light, midsize and large jets with on-call access. On transoceanic flights enjoy the luxury of the Dassault Falcon 900EX or Hawker 900 XP, and between islands you can choose the Embraer Phenom 300 or Cessna Caravan. Paramount Business Jets offers several options for Oahu airports with discounts up to 75% on one-way and empty leg flight listings if a flight is not sold until the last minute. Monarch Air Group and Jet Charters also offer private jet charter flights to and from Oahu, and JetCharters accommodates clients with as little as four hours notice.
Finest Restaurants in the Lanikai Region
Lanikai and nearby Kailua town offer many exceptional restaurants with top chefs creating cuisine that will satisfy every palate. Fine Italian cuisine can be found at Assaggio Italian Restaurant which is open for lunch and dinner during the week, and dinner-only on weekends. More great Italian food can be found at Buona Sera including an impressive vegetarian menu. Amina Pizzeria has exceptional calzones and lasagna as well as pizza.
Dine in an enclosed atrium at Baci Bistro which serves up pastas and risotto, ands an impressive wine list including Italian wines. Lucy's Grill & Bar serves dinner only with a pleasing decor of saltwater fishtanks and tiki torches. They have a notable wine list and a comfortable outdoor seating option. Enjoy the ocean views at Buzz's Original Steak House which serves up great steaks as well as seafood in a casual atmosphere. Traditional Thai food as well as vegetarian items can be found at Champa Thai Restaurant, while the Moroccan food experience can be enjoyed at Casablanca Restaurant where you can savor the lamb couscous while dining on divans and hassocks in a Bedouin-style room.
For a great cup of coffee check out Morning Brew which also serves up excellent sandwiches, garden burgers and salads and is adorned with creative local art. A hearty breakfast can be found at the popular Boots & Kimo's Homestyle Kitchen with its signature banana macadamia nut pancakes. If you want to shoot some pool or darts and hang out with the locals check out Boardriders Bar & Grill with a fresh catch of the day on the menu. Stop in at Lanikai Juice for smoothies and fresh-squeezed juice, and treat yourself to gourmet chocolate Sweet Paradise Chocolatier. For fresh fruit and produce check out the Kailua Farmers Market on Thursday mornings at Kailua District Park, and another one on Thursday evenings at the Kailua Town Center.
Take a drive north from Lanikai to Turtle Bay Resort for fine dining at Paakai restaurant with a farm-to-table gourmet menu, ocean views and live music. The menu emphasizes fresh, locally-caught seafood including Kauai prawns, lobster and sea asparagus, and a five-course tasting menu. Many more great restaurant options can be found over the hill in Honolulu. Hoku's at the Kahala Hotel & Resort offers ocean views and an innovative Euro-Pacific cuisine dinner menu with an atmosphere of sophistication complemented by avant-garde dinnerware and impeccable service. They also host a lavish Sunday brunch with unlimited champagne.
The culinary creations of a famed local chef can be found at Alan Wong's with its signature exhibition kitchen and creative menu. Chef Mavro in Honolulu is an intimate restaurant serving some of Oahu's finest cuisine, and Roy's Hawaii Kai on the south shore has great ocean views and is the original restaurant of renowned Hawaii Regional Cuisine chef Roy Yamaguchi. For a cosmopolitan aesthetic try Stage Restaurant at the Honolulu Design Center with an impressive interior design and 500 labels on their wine list. Upscale Thai cuisine can be found at Chef Chai in Honolulu's trendy Kakaako region.
Personal Chef Services in the Lanikai Region
The Lanikai area of Oahu provides access to excellent chefs willing to cater to your every culinary need including finding the freshest local produce and seafood as well as arranging whatever food service you desire. Enjoy romantic sunset dinners, breakfast on the beach, meals cooked in your accommodation or delivered to you ready to eat. You can also have your vacation rental pre-stocked with groceries so when you arrive you will have everything you need fresh and ready to use. Below is an overview of some of the Lanikai region's finest personal chef services.
Chef Maria Masterson has worked as an Executive Chef in restaurants and now offers personalized chef services on Oahu's windward shore including the Lanikai and Kailua regions. She offers boutique catering and cooking for special events including weddings and corporate events as well as food delivery and cooking in the client's home. Chef John Wesley Adams lives in Kailua and offers private chef services from intimate dinners to parties. He has 27 years of professional chef experience and works with local fishermen and farmers for the freshest ingredients. The Private Chef, Inc. provides personalized chef services on Oahu with an option for farm-to-table gourmet meals featuring organic ingredients sourced from Hawaii farms. Hire a chef for the whole day or for a lunch or dinner party. FoodLife Personal Chef service plans and cooks meals for individuals as well as families and special events, and also offers cooking instruction.
Exotic and Luxury Car Rentals in the Lanikai Region
Tour Lanikai and the island of Oahu in style with an upscale car rental. JN Exotics offers many different luxury and exotic car models on Oahu including Maserati, Lotus, Audi, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Bentley. Cars can be customized to your preference. Many luxury car models may also be rented from Hertz including its Prestige collection.
Finest Vacation Adventures in the Lanikai Region
Luxury in Lanikai begins at the beach where you can relax on the powdery white sand and take refreshing swims in the crystal blue water with the scenic Mokulua Islands offshore. Lanikai Beach is one of the prettiest in all of Hawaii and is also nice for stand up paddle boarding, ocean kayaking and other ocean fun. Nearby Kailua Bay is a popular water sports playground with equipment rentals available near the shore.
Just to the south of Lanikai are miles more of beautiful beaches at Waimanalo set beneath the verdant backdrop of the Koolau mountains, and in the other direction are the famed, world-class surfing beaches of the North Shore including Waimea Bay, Sunset Beach and Banzai Pipeline. During the summer months the beaches of the north shore are typically as calm as a lake providing some of the island's best snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities. Also fun on the north shore is a horseback riding adventure in Waimea Valley, or go for a glider ride or skydiving at Dillingham Field. Just north of Lanikai in Laie is the Polynesian Cultural Center with interactive theme villages, an IMAX theater and Hawaiian-style entertainment.
To get a birds-eye view of the spectacular island of Oahu take a helicopter tour or an airplane flight-seeing tour which includes historic sites as well as remote waterfalls and beaches. See the marine life below the surface on a submarine tour. Snorkel in a sunken volcanic crater amidst myriad colorful tropical fish at Hanauma Bay on the south shore, and just to the west in Waikiki enjoy a ride in an outrigger canoe or take a lesson in stand up paddle boarding or surfing.
Golfers will enjoy the Koolau Golf Club in Kaneohe which offers tropical splendor with significant elevation changes and picturesque waterfall views as well as a five-acre practice facility, pro shop and elegant clubhouse with the scenic backdrop of the Koolau Ridge mountain range. Olomana Golf Links on the east shore is Barack Obama's favorite course with impressive views of the green and furrowed Koolau mountains. Also on the east side is is the Pali Golf Course with expansive views of the windward side. Championship beachfront golf courses can be found on the north shore at Turtle Bay Resort.
Private Yacht Charters in the Lanikai Region
Chartering your own motorized yacht, private sailboat or sailing catamaran is a great way to enjoy the beautiful coastline of Lanikai and the windward shore as well as the rest of the scenic Oahu coast, and you can also sail between the islands. Hawaii Sailing Adventures offers private charters on luxury catamaran sailboats including dinner cruises, snorkeling excursions and humpback whale watching during the winter months. Work the sails or just relax and enjoy the views. Hawaii Yachts charters luxury motor yachts as well as sailing yachts on Oahu with USCG safety and reliability. Wild Side Specialty Tours offers Oahu yacht charters with a "green" charter fleet that minimizes exhaust and underwater noise.
Sail Blue Hawaii offers private Oahu sailing charters on a Benteau 411 with an ensuite forward stateroom, full galley, shaded area and large swim platform with fresh-water shower. They also have larger vessels which accommodate up to 49 passengers for custom cruising and sailing. Sailing aficionados on Oahu's windward shore will also appreciate the Kaneohe Bay Base Marina which rents sailboats and has an active adult and youth sailing program.
Lanikai and Oahu Helicopter Tours
Flying over the windward shore is a great way to appreciate the unique beauty of this region from a birds-eye view. Paradise Helicopters offers helicopter tours leaving from the North Shore's Turtle Bay Resort with an option to land at Kualoa Ranch on the northeast shore for an exclusive adventure. Flights also view Pearl Harbor as well as remote waterfalls and beaches. Makani Kai Helicopters flies jet turbine helicopters on Oahu and offers aerial tours with audio and DVD recording. Flights include Waikiki, Diamond Head and Hanauma Bay as well as Honolulu Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial. Blue Hawaiian Helicopters offers private charters on Oahu helicopter tours for yourself or your group with your own custom designed itinerary. Also offered are doors-off flights for professional photography, photo-tours and cinematography.
Finest Shopping Experiences in the Lanikai Area
Lanikai and nearby Kailua town offer a variety of high-end shopping opportunities from lovely boutiques with one-of-a-kind items to upscale gift and apparel shops with top designer labels. Charming Kailua town has a very walkable downtown district for fun browsing. For made-in-Hawaii home care and beauty products check Lanikai Bath and Body which carries botanically-based, environmentally safe body and skin care products, many of which were used to stock the home of the Obamas when they visited Kailua. For fine furniture, bedding and island-inspired gifts check out Red Bamboo which carries many exclusive items. Book Ends is a lovely little bookstore selling both new and used books including children's books and with a nice sitting areas for reading. Pick up some fresh flowers at Picket Fence Florist. Windward Jewelers in Kailua specializes in custom jewelry including hand-crafted and Hawaiian specialty items.
Nearby in Kaneohe is the large Windward Mall with more than 120 shops and restaurants as well as a 10-plex cinema. On the north shore in historic Haleiwa town are boutique gift stores and art galleries housed in quaint plantation-era buildings that reflect the unique heritage of the region. More upscale shopping can be found in downtown Honolulu from the eclectic shops and lively arts scene of Chinatown to Luxury Row in Waikiki which has top names in international fashion like Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Tiffany & Co. and Gucci. Browse through the many shops at the Waikiki Beach Walk and the Royal Hawaiian Center where you can also enjoy live music and local entertainment including hula dancing. Aloha Tower Marketplace sits beneath the historic Aloha Tower at Honolulu Harbor and has many nice shops and restaurants including entertainment venues. In the prestigious Kahala area visit the Kahala Mall with dozens of chic shops including fine apparel, jewelry and gifts.
Lanikai Region Celebrities & Stars
Oahu and the Lanikai/Kailua region have long been a favorite getaway for the rich and famous who come for the privacy and seclusion as well as the serene beauty and year-round wonderful weather. This area has also been the setting for many Hollywood movies as well as television shows including Lost, Hawaii Five-O, and Magnum P. I. . President Barack Obama, who was born in Honolulu, has stayed in Kailua with his family for numerous winter vacations before and during his presidency. He attended the prestigious Punahou School as did actress Kelly Preston and AOL CEO Steve Case, another Oahu native. Actress Jim Nabors who played Gomer Pyle owns a home in Honolulu. Bette Midler was born on Oahu, as were Nicole Scherzinger, Tia Carrere, Michelle Wie and Kelly Hu. Musician Jack Johnson lives on the north shore.
Annual Events in the Lanikai Region and Beyond
One of this region's most popular events is the "I Love Kailua Town Party" held at the end of April and showcasing the food and products of local businesses. This is a great place to meet the town's people and find island treasures while sampling the culinary delights. In July at the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie is the Tahitian dance competition called Te Mahana Hiroa Tumu O Tahiti. In November at Kualoa Ranch on the northeast shore is the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship. On the north shore the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing begins in October, while December marks the beginning of the waiting period for the Quiksilver Big Wave Invitational In Memory of Eddie Aikau featuring the world's best surfers in giant waves.
Other notable Oahu annual events include The Great Aloha Run in February, The Honolulu Festival in March and the Na Hoku o Hawaii Music Festival in May as well as the Honolulu Triathlon. The King Kamehameha Hula Competition is held in June as is the King Kamehameha Floral Parade featuring colorful floats, marching bands and a Hawaiian royal court on horseback. Both the Ukulele Festival and the Hawaii International Jazz Festival take place in July as does Ukulele Festival Hawaii. Also in July is the Prince Lot Hula Festival at Moanalua Gardens. In August is the Duke's Ocean Fest, and September is time for the Waikiki Rough-Water Swim as well as the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival.
Planning Your Luxury Oahu Vacation
Our goal at Hawaiian Beach Rentals is to make sure you have the ultimate Oahu vacation by assisting you in your selection of an outstanding luxury Lanikai home that meets and exceeds all your needs and desires. We offer the finest places to stay in the most desirable Lanikai areas for a Hawaii vacation you will remember the rest of your life. Enjoy all the comforts of home along with the amenities of a luxury accommodation in paradise.
Please browse through our listings to get an understanding of the many different amenities and property features that are available. We take pride in offering the largest selection of high-quality luxury rental properties in Lanikai and Kailua, and we list only the best of the best properties on our site.
For more information about Oahu shopping, dining, beaches and activities please see the Oahu Luxury Rentals page and Oahu Vacation Rentals page as well as our feature pages on Beaches, Things To Do, Golf Course and Hikes. If you have any questions about luxury Lanikai accommodations or if you need any help or recommendations when planning the Hawaii vacation of your dreams, please feel free to give us a call and we will be happy to assist you any way we can.