Couples headed to the Big Island of Hawaii have an intimate new accommodation option to consider: Lava Lava Beach Club. The property, which opened its doors in early June, features just four beachfront cottages located along Anaeho’omalu Bay near Waikoloa Beach Resort on the sunny Kohala Coast, making it a smaller and more laidback alternative to some of the island’s well-established resorts. Set on 10 acres, the 576-square-foot cottages are designed and decorated in a contemporary Hawaiian style – with vibrant yet sophisticated fabrics and sliding glass doors opening onto a private lanai with teak furniture.
Developed by the team that owns Huggo’s restaurant and On the Rocks beach bar in Kailua-Kona, Lava Lava Beach Club mixes the four cottages – named Kahakai (Hawaiian for beach or seashore), Moana (ocean), Nalu (wave or surf) and Wa’a (canoe) – with a restaurant and private event lawn. Waikoloa Beach Resort features two golf courses as well as two shopping centers with grocery stores and restaurants.
The cottages all feature a king-sized bed with high-quality linens, a punee (Hawaiian day bed) in the living room, a natural lava rock outdoor shower and a kitchenette (with refrigerator, microwave, toaster, and plates and glasses, perfect for preparing breakfast or sunset snacks and cocktails). Other cottage amenities include air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and iHome music systems.
The adjacent Lava Lava Beach Club restaurant, seating 120 and serving a casual “farm-to-beach” menu of locally inspired and sourced dishes, is scheduled to open the third week of June. It will also serve blended tropical cocktails and feature live local music. The event lawn can accommodate up to 1,000 guests for a wedding or corporate celebration.
Rates start at $525/night (with a $399 rate available until the third week of June) and a two-night minimum stay. On a related note, Hawaiian Airlines just began its daily non-stop service (10.5 hours) from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to Honolulu, with round-trip fares starting at $757.