Seaside Luxe


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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 wind-ward 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 semi-private 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.

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, which specializes in villa and vacation rentals around the world. Th is 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 awe-inspiring 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.

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