After watching a Brady Bunch re-run when I was about 10, (you know the one where Peter found the tiki doll that put a curse on the family) I wanted to go to Hawaii so badly that I wrote a play for my sister and I to act out to try and convince our granny to take us there. Dressed in our bathing suits and toilet paper grass skirts, let’s just say our acting skills and homemade Hawaiian attire were no match for Gran’s thriftiness. Despite the failure of my theatrical efforts, my fascination for the beautiful Hawaiian Islands and Hawaii beach homes has lived on.
While I didn’t make it to Hawaii back then, I’m sure I’d be better off paying a visit nowadays. The Brady family only had a few hotels to choose from in the 70’s, but today, with the amount of stunning beach homes and villas available to rent, it’s a vacationer’s paradise. You’d be hard pressed to find a better place than a beachfront vacation home to kick back, put your feet up and listen to the waves.
There are 6 major islands to explore: Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Hawaii, Lanai, and Molokai and about 750 miles of coastline, so beach lovers and sun worshipers will find true bliss here. From exhilarating helicopter tours and the latest in exotic spa treatments, this isn’t the Brady Bunch Hawaii anymore. A true paradise for both outdoorsy types and those who want a polished experience, you can’t go wrong putting Hawaii on your vacation agenda.
Renting a villa can provide you with an experience you can’t get from a hotel or resort. While there are many impressive places to stay, there’s something special about staying in a vacation home. When I travel, I like to see my destination like a local and when renting a private residence, you’ll likely be living in a residential area, off the tourist strip which is the best way to do just that. And while you may not feel like cooking every day in your home away from home, you won’t find a hotel suite with as much space as a luxurious oceanfront condo or house. Finding the perfect place to stay in Hawaii can’t get any easier than with a company like Luxury Retreats. Let them guide you to your ideal abode: one with gorgeous views, spacious accommodations and fine details. Of course, here at Tastefully Inspired, interior design and home décor are very important to us and you’ll not see a property on their site without exquisite design and luxurious features.
Adventurer or not, you’ll want to experience the natural beauty of Hawaii by taking in some of the famous waterfalls and hiking trails. And of course, everyone needs to experience a luau at some point in their lives. Snorkel, surf, paddle board, sail or go horseback riding to take advantage of the fresh air and balmy temperatures found year-round in Hawaii. With each island having its own unique microclimate and geography, there is no shortage of things to do and see.
Oahu is an international destination, boasting everything from world-class shopping to exciting nightlife and famous beaches. Home to two of the most highly rated tourist spots, the famous Waikiki Beach and the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, you can experience the best that Hawaii has to offer without ever leaving Honolulu. Get a Lomi Lomi massage, or spend the day golfing at one of Oahu’s finest golf courses.
Or, would you rather see the real, unspoiled Hawaii? Just a short plane ride away is the beautiful island of Molokai where you’ll feel like you took a step back in time. Full of deserted beaches and lush rain forests, it’s a great place to see true island paradise, the way Mother Nature intended.
No visit to Hawaii would be complete without seeing the Big Island. Best known for Volcanoes National Park, the Big Island is unlike the other more developed islands in the chain. It is the perfect place for health-conscious travelers and adventure lovers. With activities like hiking, kayaking, diving and snorkeling, the Big Island is the place for a stimulating and lively vacation.
Ready to dive in and get your luau on? Then, a visit to Maui is a must. A luau spins together a rich cultural encounter with a delicious meal, the best way to experience true Hawaii. And you can’t miss the miles of intimate beaches with crystal clear water that can be found dotted along the shoreline, perfect for swimming and sunbathing. Maui is also home to the famous Road to Hana, a must-see drive along the stunning coastline.
Kauai, known for Wailua Falls and the dramatic cliffs and pinnacles of Na Pali Coast State Park where movies such as Jurassic Park and Raiders of the Lost Ark were filmed, is yet another spectacle of nature that can be found in the island chain. With tropical rainforest covering most of the island, it’s been nicknamed the “Garden Island”. Kauai actually has more miles of sandy coastline than any other of the islands.
Sweet little Lanai. The island without even 1 traffic light is yet another spectacular island paradise to see. With 5 star golfing and misty mountains to hike, Lanai is full of surprises that you’ll have to put on your bucket list.
From a condo in the heart of the glitz and glam of Honolulu, to a beach cottage on the pristine, remote beaches of the outer islands, renting a vacation villa as your home base in Hawaii is the best way to experience it. So, let’s say farewell to the Hawaii of the Brady Bunch days and hello to the new Hawaii, a magical place to create memories that will last a lifetime.