I am writing this while sitting by the pool at Sharon's Serenity B&B. We've been here for three days now and staying for a couple more before heading back into the Waikiki area.
Here's the breakdown:
We booked the "Blue Room", which is the one that overlooks the pool. Room itself is very large and contains a super huge (I think it's king size?) bed AND a smaller twin size bed. Decoration is a bit eclectic, meaning that walls have a aquarium theme to them with painted fish and a blue theme throughout. Two large closets should be enough for even the neediest travellers. There's plenty more storage and a small fridge. This room has a bathroom of its own. I believe the other two share a common bathroom, which is also nicely sized. There is no A/C, but there are a couple of overhead fans that keep the room quite cool during day and night. Overall, quite comfortable.
It's not huge, but it's really refreshing after a day at the beach. There's a couple of tables with chairs and a couple of lounge chairs as well. Overall, there's 11 chairs and 2 lounge chairs on the patio right now. Our usual routine was to go to the beach in the morning, and come back in the afternoon to sit by the pool and relax before going for dinner. You could literally spend the entire vacation here and it'd be great.
This B&B is located very close to Kailua Beach Park. It is a bit awkward to get there at first, but it only takes about 7 minutes or so. Beach itself is beautiful. Sand is VERY soft and there are no rocks. Lots of room for everyone... and on that note you will notice that this beach is WAY less crowded then Waikiki. Really beautiful place to spend the day. A little bit further is Lanikai beach, which is also beautiful and spacious. Now, this side of the island is WINDWARD side and there IS more wind then on the Honolulu side. Just yesterday it was supposed to be rainy and cloudy here so we hopped on the bus and spent the day in Honolulu instead, which brings me to the next point.
We got here from Waikiki using TheBus. We heard that you need to have a rental car and all that jazz, but figured to give it a shot and see what happens. You DO NOT need a car. The city of Kailua is about a 15 minute walk from Sharon's, the beach is about an 8 minute walk and if you want to go all the way to Lanikai, you can easily get there within about 30 minutes of walking. If you have an itchy credit card burning a hole in your pocket, you can hop on the bus (there is a station about 3-4 blocks away) and head into Honolulu. Bus costs $2.50 per person (one way). It takes about 45 minutes total from Ala Moana Center to Sharon's Serenity B&B.
That being said, we didn't quite know how close everything is, so we rented bicycles (great place on the way to the beach. They were $25 for 24 hours each) the first evening and explored the area. Once we realized we can easily walk to everything we need... that's what we did.
Breakfast at Sharon's is a treat. I'm a big meat eater and need a fair amount of calories to get me going in the morning, so I wasn't sure about this business of fruit, yogurt and muffins. Every breakfast has been great! You usually receive a bagel or croissant (with peanut butter, cream cheese, etc), Fresh cut fruit (pineapple, watermelon, etc) and yogurt with a side of orange juice. At first I thought we'd have to head into town to supplement this with some meat, but it turns out it was more then enough to last till lunch :)
Speaking of lunch and dinner... there is a "market" closeby that would correspond to a small local convenience store. There's enough there to keep you fed (this is on the way to the beach). There is also a pizza place (Bob's Pizza) that has HUGE slices for a reasonable amount (I think about $6). Also, there is a BBQ place called T&L or something like that. We tried it yesterday and will not be going back there again. Chicken was chewy and full of gristle. A little further up the bicycle path, there is a place called Buzz's Steakhouse, which we are going to check out tonight. Heard great things so far.
If all of that is not enough, the city of Kailua has your standard fast food fare and a few other restaurants you can check out.
Sharon is awesome. Very caring lady who holds this place together by herself with the help of two puppies. She's extremely helpful and just a pleasure to be around. A couple of times when we left our towels to dry in the sun, she washed, dried and folded them for us while we were away. Most of the time, you won't even notice she's here (unless of course, you spend the entire time sitting at the kitchen counter). Our room was nice and clean when we got it and it's been that way the entire time we've been here. Sharon even packed up a couple of beach pads for us on arrival. Today, we borrowed a couple of boogie boards and beach chairs from Sharon and took that to Kailua beach.
It's my first time at a B&B, as we usually book hotels. After experiencing Sharon's B&B, we made a decision to come here from now on every time we're in Oahu (We used to stay in Waikiki).
Since it is a B&B, it is also someone's house, so that's what you should expect when you get here. It's homey, cozy and a bit eclectic. It's also much roomier then a hotel room and way more comfortable. It's like a home away from home... that's next to a beach. We are definitely coming back here from now on and would highly recommend this place to anyone looking to GET AWAY from the noise and hoopla of Waikiki and experience a quiet, quaint getaway.
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