Sea­side Luxe

Sum­mer stay­ca­tion f ound! Check- in t o your own pri­vate man­sion at Lanikai Hill­side Es­tate.

HILuxury - - HIDDEN GEM - by OLENA HEU

EV­ERY­ONE DREAMS OF LIV­ING IN A SE­CLUDED MAN­SION PERCHED ALONG A HILL­SIDE OVER-LOOK­ING THE SEA. THIS DREAM can very well be­come a re­al­ity for those who'd like to call the Lanikai Hill­side Es­tate their home away from home. One could liken this to liv­ing on his own pri­vate is­land oa­sis, this hid­den gem along O‘ahu's wind­ward coast­line is truly mag­nif­i­cent.

The mo­ment you make your way through the gated com­mu­nity, to­ward the pri­vate en­trance and up the wind­ing drive­way, you're greeted by breath­tak­ing views of Na Moku­lua islets. A wildlife sanc­tu­ary in the dis­tance, and pow­der-soft white sandy beaches be­low, this truly is a splen­did and lav­ish re­treat to re­lax, re­fresh and re­vive the mind, body and soul.

Step in­side and let the gen­tle warm Hawai­ian breezes ca­ress your face, while im­pec­ca­ble panoramic views of the stun­ning azure Pa­cific Ocean wel­come you. “We don't be­lieve in build­ing homes, we be­lieve in build­ing dreams,” shares de­signer-and-de­vel­oper duo Michael and Chris­tine Wun­nicke. Hints of modern ar­chi­tec­ture are en­hanced by sub­tle touches of Ba­li­nese art in­stal­la­tions and ar­ti­san in­flu­ences. Sleek de­signs com­pli­ment the nat­u­ral sur­round­ings and de­signer fur­nish­ings. This is the stay­ca­tion you've dreamed of and more.

The 5-bed­room, 6.5-bath­room, 8,417-square-foot es­tate is com­plete with ev­ery­thing you'll ever need. Start­ing at $5,000 a night, de­pend­ing on sea­son (quite rea­son­able con­sid­er­ing what you're get­ting), guests can also en­hance their stay with other op­tional ser­vices com­pa­ra­ble to lux­ury re­sort-like ameni­ties in­clud­ing: house­keep­ing, but­ler, chef ser­vices, a pri­vate driver, an ar­ray of mem­o­rable ac­tiv­i­ties and nearby ex­cur­sions and the op­tion to have your villa stocked with your va­ca­tion es­sen­tials.

Be­ing near the wa­ter is a pri­or­ity for many, es­pe­cially when cel­e­brat­ing a spe­cial oc­ca­sion or want­ing a change of per­spec­tive. This home show­cases a sooth­ing in­fin­ity pool that ap­pears to lead seam­lessly into the ocean, wa­ter wall and whirlpool. The ter­race grace­fully over­looks fa­mous Lanikai Beach and a semipri­vate stretch of sand. The main ter­race is the per­fect spot to lounge, re­lax, sun­bathe and en­joy the shaded al­fresco din­ing area. The rooftop ter­race is also an ideal lo­ca­tion to lan­guish in your trop­i­cal bliss, com­plete with com­fort­able lounge fur­ni­ture. Here, you'll also want to spend your evenings gaz­ing at the star-filled skies and cozy­ing next to the warm fire pit.

The es­tate sleeps up to 10 peo­ple and boasts four bed­rooms in the main house and one guest suite. Each bed­room is fur­nished with a king-sized bed. The master suite ( lo­cated in the main house) has a Cal­i­for­nia king bed, en-suite bath­room, pri­vate lounge area along with open and con­ve­nient ac­cess to the pool ter­race.

This home show­cases a sooth­ing in­fin­ity pool that ap­pears to lead seam­lessly into the ocean, wa­ter wall and whirlpool.

In ad­di­tion, the home's spe­cialty large win­dows and fold-back glass walls cre­ate open-air, spa­cious and ex­quis­ite views. While uti­liz­ing the nat­u­ral light­ing and har­ness­ing the trop­i­cal el­e­ments, you could en­ter­tain guests or sim­ply save these mo­ments for your­self. Im­merse your­self in a book on the in­cred­i­bly sleek white sofas, en­joy a snack while sit­ting on the rus­tic cane stools at the break­fast bar, or re­lax with a cof­fee in-hand while com­fort­ably loung­ing in the din­ing area, on the or­ganic wo­ven chairs and graphic Masters chairs from Kartell. The full-kitchen, fit­ness room, me­dia room, sauna and Wi-Fi are just a few of the other no­table ameni­ties found here.

This lux­u­ri­ous pri­vate res­i­dence can be found on Lux­u­ryRe­treats.com, which spe­cial­izes in villa and va­ca­tion rentals around the world. This par­tic­u­lar home is at the top of my wish list not just be­cause of the im­pres­sive ameni­ties or the com­fort­able ac­com­mo­da­tions, but the lo­ca­tion paired with the awein­spir­ing am­biance takes my breath away. I am cer­tain once you step foot on prop­erty and ex­pe­ri­ence the turquoise seas and embracing ocean breeze, you'll never want to leave.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit lux­u­ryre­treats.com, hawai­ian­lux­ury.rentals or house-con­cept­shawaii.com

Aside from the in­finit y pool, f our bed­rooms, pri­vate guest suite and roof t op ter­race, the house also of fers ameni­ties like house­keep­ing, a pri­vate driver and but­ler and chef ser vices ( pho­tos cour­tesy Hawai­ian Lux­ury Rentals).

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