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Experience "Real" Hawaii! Private cleanTropical >5 min to beach10 mins to Kailua

Bedrooms 1
Space 850 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

A Bright & Airy-1 bd/1 bath,full kitchen, washer dryer, private yard & large dec

Waimanalo's Zen Retreat one bedroom, one bathroom, full kitchen home was completely renovated in 2014. It's perfect for 2 adults. Enjoy the sounds of nearby horses neighing, wild chickens roaming and song birds singing and incredible(partial) Mount Olomana views from your private fenced in yard.

This spacious, separate home offers an open floor plan and plenty of traditional windows which invite natural light and cool tropical breezes to comfort and relax you. The cottage is equipped with ceiling fans and stand alone fans. There is no A/C.

The high-end kitchen has complete cooking amenities including a dishwasher, full size refrigerator with filtered water and ice maker, high end range(stove & oven)and full size clothes washer and dryer. Quartz counter tops and large windows make cooking a breeze.

The spacious living room overlooks your private tropical backyard, a quiet palm tree nursery and gorgeous Mount Olomana. Enjoy relaxing on the couch while watching nature or your 42' flat screen TV. Choose to disconnect entirely or feel free to use the free internet/WIFI.

Rest easy in the California King sized bed with high quality linens. The 5 curtained windows will allow you to sleep in and also for the trade winds to flow. A large custom ceiling fan will cool you down.

The Zen Retreat has a spa-like bathroom. The huge, natural stone walk in shower easily fits two and will wash away any stress that you may have brought with you. The custom monkey pod double vanity and shelves provide all of the storage needed.

Outside, the private surroundings allow for secured private parking and outdoor dining and grilling, and lounger to soak up the sun. A large deck is perfect for enjoying morning coffee or pau hana cocktails!

Beach chairs, beach towels, boogie boards, and beach umbrella available for use.

More Details

Member since: 2013
Speaks English, My husband can assit French Speakers
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 January, 2018

About Marie

My husband, Jerome and I (Marie), feel very blessed and fortunate to get to call Waimanalo our home. It truly is God's Country! We enjoy the country setting with our two children and lovable dog. We live in a separate, private home on the same one acre property as The Zen Retreat. We are a French/English bi-lingual family and are happy to assist you in making your vacation a memorable one.

Marie purchased this cottage in 2010

Why Marie chose Waimanalo

One acre on Oahu is almost unheard of! Our gracious friend sold us his family property 7 years ago and with lots of sweat equity we have not only made it a home that we love and cherish, but a vacation home for couples to enjoy 'real' Hawaii!

What makes this cottage unique

Our property was designed, built and renovated with privacy in mind for all. You won't be disappointed!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Waimanalo in O'ahu

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • near the sea ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Over sized natural stone shower, custom monkey pod double vanity, toilet
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Large master suite with California king size bed, 5 windows to let in light and breeze, curtains, dresser and large closet. Decorated with local art
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • luaus
  • Miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Experience "Real" Hawaii! Private cleanTropical >5 min to beach10 mins to Kailua
average rating of 4.892857 based on 28 reviews

Serenity and Peace

  • 5 of 5

The perfect cottage for a relaxing getaway!! My husband and I wanted to stay away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki and couldn't have found a better place. Stocked with every amenity possible and super clean, practically brand new. The owners did a fantastic job in renovating this property. We loved the nearby town of Kailua which is only a 10 min drive with great restaurants and every shopping amenity you can think. We were really sad to leave and can't wait to come back again. Thanks, Marie!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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1 Bedroom Cottage in a Beautiful Lush Retreat, 4th time on property

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is like a small 1 bedroom house with all needs met. Fantastic private garden for sunbathing or chilling out and gated parking area. A 4 minute drive to Waimanalo Beach with safe free street parking in an area of nice homes. Easy drive to Kailua for restaurants and shopping, also about 25 mins to Waikiki. This is the best of both worlds, quiet jungle like setting with short drive to Polo Fields, beaches, and shopping. The unit has all you need for cooking in, Grilling, Full size washer and dryer, and AMAZING hosts who give you complete privacy and answer questions of Restaurants and activities with a quick text. Bottom line we have stayed 4 times for a reason, Marie and family are great, cottage is amazing, and the local beach is quiet and one of finest in the Islands.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: SO happy to have hosted you both all these years and look forward to all the future visits as well! Don't forget to mention the occasional visit (only for animal lovers!)from Volt the wonder beagle and maybe a surprise visit from Flash the super bunny! See you all next year! Aloha!!
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Great place - good location on the island!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed the cottage. Very well decorated, we felt at home. Perfect kitchen for cooking, all the rooms are large and well ventilated. Well located on the island, its was easy to go on each shores of the island and to avoid Honolulu's traffic. Marie is very welcoming and available if necessary.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci Chantal! I hope to see you all in the future! Aloha!
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Very private - delightful place

  • 4 of 5

The Zen Retreat was lovely. Quite private. There were two houses close by that you could sometimes hear the families at night, you could not see them. Mostly, you heard the birds. The house itself was very pleasant, roomy, and light. I was there for work, and it was a good place to unwind after the work day. For those who want beach time, it was close to both Kailua and Waimanalo beaches (10 min drive at most), as well as to Whole Foods. Drive to Pearl Harbor was less than 30 mins. The only negative is that it can get pretty warm if the trandewinds aren't blowing. I was there during a particularly warm week and it could get a bit warm in the house. I had to use the provided fan after exercising to cool off. I would definitely stay there again if it is available when I am in town again. I live in the country now, and I prefer the relaxed and open spaces away from the city, and this is definitely my kind of place.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Christopher for your review! Yes, we are quite fortunate to have the space we have on our property, and just one neighbor is a luxury in Hawaii! Sorry the trade winds weren't blowing while you were here....even with ceiling fans and two additional fans, if mother nature decides to quit, it does get warm, especially during summer time. Ahhhh, the price of paradise!
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Perfect place for quiet stay

  • 5 of 5

Stay 6/17-6/30/17 was very nice. Cottage perfect for 2 people. Lovely private yard. Great accommodations. Nice bedroom, Fantastic bathroom with walk in stone shower. Washer and dryer(inside!) very handy. Nice to go home with CLEAN clothes. Cottage very close to all beaches. Perfect. Can't wait to go back.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo Valarie!
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We had the time of our lives on Oahu...

  • 5 of 5

The Zen Cottage is amazing, the pictures don't do it any justice. Beautiful & peaceful. It's a hidden gem! Marie is a delight!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

The Zen Retreat Cottage is surrounded by a private, tropical, country setting, complete with wild chickens, neighing horses and tropical birds.

The Zen Retreat private cottage is located just minutes to popular Kailua town and gorgeous East side beaches, activities and sights. A short 3-5 minute drive to takes you to Bellows and Sherwood Beaches. These beaches offer 5 miles of sandy coast line for walking and a perfect shore break for boogie boarding and body surfing. Continue on 7 more minutes to Makapu'u beach, Makapu'u lighthouse hike (where you can whale watch in the winter) and/or Sea Life Park. A quick 12-15 minute drive lands you at world famous Lanikai/Kailua Beach, where you can stroll, sunbath or even rent kayaks to explore the nearby Mokulua Islands.

The sweeping Ko'olau mountains grace Waimanalo with a wide variety of hiking trails, just steps away from the rental unit. Bring your road bike and explore the back country roads of Waimanalo on two wheels!

With Kailua being just a short drive from Waimanalo, guests can enjoy the conveniences of restaurants, bars, shopping, spa treatments and sports rentals while having the advantage of returning to a relaxed, private, rural setting.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £90.24
Damage Deposit £144.38

Damage Deposit of $200. Damage deposit can be used for damage to property, it's contents or the need for extra cleaning time. If no damage or extra cleaning is needed the check will be destroyed.

Cancellation Policy: If your reservation is cancelled 45 days from your check-in date, then your full security deposit will be refunded to you. If your reservation is cancelled LESS than 45 days from check-in date, then your security deposit will NOT be refunded.

$200 US check will be sent to owner to hold reservation. This check is your security deposit. Payment is made in full by Booking online with credit card or send check for total nights stay and cleaning fee upon booking.

Check-in and Check-out times flexible

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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