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“Honeymoon Private Paradise”
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Lai Nani Resort
Ranked #2 of 3 Hakalau B&B and Inns
Reviewed 17 April 2013

Gary & Cory are lovely guys, and the most obliging hosts. My wife & I stayed here for the 2nd part of our honeymoon and it is a truly remarkable setting, with a cliff top view of the ocean, sat in the hot tub enjoying a glass of wine - it really does not get a great deal better!

We were also at the resort for New Year, and the guys invited us to their NY party and provided us with the most fabulous food and drink all night asking nothing in return. Real Aloha spirit.

Lai Nani is a fabulous place to use as a base to explore the beauty of the big Island if you want to keep away from the commercialised west coast. One day we will return... but I have to save up my pennies first. Well worth a visit.

Room Tip: Ask for one of the two bottom bungalows.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 March 2013

You'll never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory. . . Lai Nani Resort! My journey to the 'Big Island' began when I stood at the top of the stairs at Lai Nani and looked out at the amazing view of the endless miles of the Pacific Ocean where the view appears to never end. Seeing and hearing the sounds of the Humpback Whales, and at times hearing nothing but the palm fronds blowing in the wind. Lai Nani is truly a sight to see, and one of the most amazing places I've ever been! The grounds are stunning, customer service outstanding, and talk about clean! On top of all of that, Garry and his son Cory (owners of Lai Nani) greet you with open arms and make you feel like your part of the family. Garry and Cory are extremely knowledgable of the local area, as well as the 'Big Island' itself. They go above and beyond to make sure your stay is a memorable one, and to top it off, you leave with two new friends! Lai Nani is as timeless as the ocean, and will definitely return. I recommend this place to everyone!

Room Tip: Bungalows in the back are closest to the ocean view, pool, and spa.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 16 March 2013

Garry and Corey the owners really make this hotel. The location is stunning and there service is outstanding. Saldy I could only stay 2 nights but hope to go back for longer period soon.
They really take customer service to another level. thanks gents, and sorry for late review.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 8 February 2013

Even if the design of the room isnt perfect and even if the kitchen utilities are far from complete .... You have to give this place a clear Five!
Run by hardworking father and son they do anything to please you.
What they have built hereon top of the cliff is unique!
Sitting in the jacuzzi having a drink and watching the wales.... Wow!
The setting is terrific. Go for it!

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 January 2013

We stayed here for 1 week and did not want to leave. Upon arrival we were greeted by Garry and Cory (and Ice,of course) and that started what we thought was the perfect Hawaiian vacation. The accomodations were perfect- comfortable,tastfully decorated and spotless. We thoroughly enjoyed the fantastic pool/lainai area.And kudos to Cory and Garry for what we thought was the most spectacular landscaping we've seen at a private resort ! Every effort was made to make our stay perfect - ziplining,sightseeing and just relaxing. The camraderie with other guests and nearby neighbors made for an exceptionally enjoyable barbeque and evening of fun. Garry and Cory go out of their way to ensure that your visit is exactly the way you want it.
We look forward to returning very soon. Mahalo to Cory and Garry.....

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 October 2012

My husband and I stayed here for 8 nights from Aug 31, 2012 to Sept 8th, 2012. This was truly our home in paradise. Garry & Cory were exceptional hosts full of the Aloha spirit and made sure we had everything we needed. The grounds & the bungalow were beautiful, clean & quiet. We stayed here despite having to drive for 2 hours each way in order to dive on the Kona side. We did that for 3 days instead of staying on the other side. That's how much we wanted & enjoyed staying at Lai Nani. Actually, what Garry needs to do is open up another Lai Nani place on the Kona side! Then we'll be all set! We will definitely return to this special place. Thank you to Garry & Cory for making our vacation special!!

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 August 2012

Although this is classified as a Bed&Breakfast, it really felt much more like a resort when you look at the views and landscaping. It really feels like you're in paradise when you are on this resort. What made this experience very different than the average resort, however, was the owner, Gary. He really makes you feel right at home during the course of your stay. He asked us what our plans were and made some great recommendations. He even let us borrow a cooler of his so we could have a picnic down at a black sand beach before checking out Volcano National Park. I would definitely recommend staying here while you explore everything that the Hilo area offers.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Jitu P
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Additional Information about Lai Nani Resort

Address: 31-212 Hawaii Belt Rd, Highway 19, Hakalau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96710
Region: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Hakalau
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Hakalau
Price Range: £128 - £213 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Lai Nani Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lai Nani is an oceanfront estate on the Hamakua coast of the Big Island of Hawai'i. We offer a quiet, remote, botanical setting 20 minutes from Hilo. This is a private residence which offers 3 separate bungalow style villas with stunning ocean views. We create an environment for the traveler who wishes to experience Aloha without the tourist resort hype. This is quintessential hawaiian living. ... more   less 
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