One of the most popular vacation styles among millennials is the group getaway — where you, your bae, and your closest friends can ditch the daily grind and explore the exotic. And with winter looming, now is the perfect time to book a faraway adventure with your favorite peeps. From relaxing retreats to exciting activities, here are five stunning vacation rentals that will have you and your buddies booking flights to Hawaii ASAP.
Lanikai Hillside Estate
Just outside the town of Kailua is the gorgeous Lanikai Hillside Estate, or “Heavenly Sea”. True to its name, this gated, five-bedroom, five-bathroom estate sleeps 10 and is a paradise unto itself, with modern, Balinese design and killer views of the ocean. Socialize and sip cocktails on the rooftop deck, or enjoy the bliss of doing absolutely nothing by the infinity pool and hot tub, then end the night cozying up by the fire pit and making plans for tomorrow’s adventures. Along with saunas, spacious bedrooms, and a gourmet kitchen, the Lanikai Hillside Estate also offers guests a semi-private beach within just two minute’s walking distance. If you’re looking to venture out a little further, you can find the larger Lanikai Beach one mile away. And to get your shopping fix, take a trip to Kailu Town, just three miles away.
Royal Kailua Estate
Also located in Kailua on Oahu’s lush northern coast is the enormous Royal Kailiua Estate. This 11,000 square-foot beachfront escape boasts two huge pavilions with seven suites, accommodating up to 16 people. A sparkling beachfront pool with cascading waters and natural stone hot tub are perfect for post-worthy soaking, while panoramic views over palm trees, Hawaiian flowers and sprawling green lawns seem plucked straight off a postcard. The Polynesian design is uber opulent and has every convenience and amenity you can think of. You and your friends can lounge in style and enjoy moden luxuries like a private theater, al fresco dining, spacious bedrooms, and a badass cabana with a gourmet kitchen and bar, perfect for hosting parties. If you’re not too hungover the next day, sign up for kayaking, wind surfing or scuba diving at Kailua Beach Park.
Kamilo at Mauna Lani 321
This stunning estate sleeps six and is located in the gated Kamilo community near the Mauna Lani Resort. Kamilo at Mauna Lani 321 is the definition of decadence, with views of the mountains and golf course, high-end furnishings, and three spacious bedrooms that are perfect for a smaller group of friends. Outside, you can take advantage of brag-worthy amenities like the lounge chairs, an al fresco dining area, barbecue, private pool and hot tub, while inside you have full access to a fully equipped kitchen and walk-in closets. From the house, you can access restaurants, shops, fitness clubs, golf courses and more. Oh, and the beautiful Hapuna Beach is a mere 12-minute drive away.
This super beautiful villa, set on a view-hogging bluff in the Kilauea region of Kauai, makes the perfect getaway for you and seven friends. Secret Cove has great beach views, a modern interior, infinity pool and hot tub overlooking the ocean, four bedrooms, and insane bathrooms with outdoor showers. The lit pool, Jacuzzi and fire pit all beckon you outdoors, where you’ll find an idyllic private walking path to Secret Beach. The whole estate is like a well-kept Hawaiian secret with photo opps at every turn. For a unique Polynesian dining experience, try the culinary creations of cooking experts that specialize in local produce. You can shop at several nearby places like the Princeville Shopping Center and the town of Hanalei, and Kauapea Beach is just a four-minute walk away. For outdoor adventure seekers, there’s all kinds of fun activities in Kilauea like volcano tours, horseback riding, wind and kite surfing, and deep-sea fishing (if that floats your boat).
Surf’s Up Hale
Located on Big Island is the funky, beachfront Surf’s Up Hale estate. From snow-capped mountains to flowing magma and rain forests, you’ll find virtually every climate under the sun on this Hawaiian island. The modern interior of the estate features four unique bedrooms that can sleep eight people, with daybeds and original artworks rounding out the decor. Ample outdoor areas provide ocean views and leaning palms, while indoor amenities boast cool extras like a pool table and Xbox. Each bedroom also includes an ensuite bath with outdoor showers nestled in a private garden. Take in the beautiful sunsets above the Kohala Mountains, then strip down and go skinny dipping in the heated infinity pool, just steps away from the Pacific. You and the squad also have access to the nearby Pauoa Private Beach club and all their amenities, including restaurants, shops, spas, and white sand beaches. Nearby activities include snorkeling with turtles in secluded beach coves at Holoholakai Beach Park, one mile away.