Garden of Dreams - Kailua
Studio with private bath and entrance, air conditioning, internet access, kitchenette, use of pool.
- Sleeps up to:
- 2 guests
- Minimum stay:
- 3 days
- Daily rates:
- $80 + 13.962% tax
Rating: (69 Ratings)
This air-conditioned cottage is a very private retreat away from home.
Very well equipped kitchenette for light cooking: microwave, refrigerator, coffee machine, electric tea pot, rice cooker, Crock-Pot/Slow Cooker, Convection Steamer, toaster, vegetable steamer, electric frying pan, mixer.
Custom made wall Unit bed, the size is between a full and a queen bed, sleeps two people. Cozy living area with couch, telephone, TV, VCR & DVD Unit, CD & MP3 stereo, internet access, and comfortable dinette for light eating.
Private patio/garden area for relaxation or reading, pool with exercise bars, plus beach chairs, boogie board, cooler, mask and snorkel and towels for your convenience while touring the Island.
Located in quite area close to beautiful Kailua beach and shopping centers. 5 Minutes from bus stop. The bus system in Honolulu is rated one of the best in the nation for service and convenience.
Studio with private bath and entrance, air conditioning, internet access, kitchenette, use of pool.
Sleeps up to 2 guests
Minimum stay: 3 days
Daily rates starts at $80 + 13.962% tax
TAT reg #: W00365442-01
My booking with Affordable Paradise was the best decision I ever made for the next 11 days of my vacation in Hawaii.
My Host was an amazing Woman! She welcomed me the "ALOHA way" the first time I saw her property, I was really amazed on how Clean and Organized everything is. She showed me around and that was it, she gave me privacy. I only seen her twice during my stay which is during check in and check out. She made me feel at home. I love her property and amenities.
if you are going to Oahu, Hawaii. Stay here at The Garden of Dreams. It's very quiet and peaceful. I can't wait to book my next vacation next year.
Mahalo and Aloha
I very much enjoyed my stay at Garden of Dreams. When I arrived, Joe went over how to use the appliances, and other pertinent items. The cottage was very clean. On occasion, I did see some very tiny ants, even though I was very careful to immediately dispose of all garbage. The location is in a very quiet residential neighborhood which I enjoyed very much. I took several walks. I met Kiki when I paid her; otherwise she & Joe left me to myself. I was gone most of the time because this was a trip to visit family & friends. I would stay there again if the opportunity arose.
We had a very quiet and nice stay in Kailua. Family appartment with everthink you need. Very kind renter.
It is always nice to stay in "Garden of Dreams". Kiki and Joe are very nice hosts.The apartment is comfortable and very clean. It is located in a beautiful and quiet neighborhood of Kailua.
I can highly recommend it.
The apartment is very cozy and comfortable for a stay of a couple ideally. A kitchenette is well equipped, only a stove for small cooing is missing. The house is situated in a quiet location, close to a very nice beach (up to 5 minutes by a car) but there are also some stores, a supermarket and restaurants. Irene (Kiki), the owner, she is very friendly and helpful. Can only recommend!
Location is convenient to Kailua Beach but you have to drive or longish walk. The bed is a Murphy bed. The kitchen has a electric griddle but no stove. There is a mini-fridge. Kiki is very nice and there is decent privacy between the houses. The garden is very nice and there is a table to sit outside. There is a nearby grocery store.
Kiki and Joe have a perfect rental surrounded by stunning gardens. We stayed in their studio for 7 nights. It was equipped with absolutely everything we needed and Kiki and Joe were lovely hosts! We only rented a car for two days of our 7 day stay, otherwise we got around by bus and by bike. We purposely chose a rental that was a little further away from Kailua town. That way we could ride our bikes to and from town for exercise and more adventure. Tip: there is a bike-friendly street (Kainalu Dr) one block inland from Kalaheo Ave (main road into town). We bussed (the #56) into town on the first morning of our stay and rented our cruiser bikes from Kailua Beach Adventures. When we wanted to rent a car for the day, we bussed into town and rented from Enterprise. It all worked out really well and we found that we didn't need a car for the whole duration of our stay. There is public beach access just over the canal that runs parallel to Kiki and Joe's street. This section of Kailua Beach is called Castles and it is absolutely beautiful (and quiet!!). We were the only people on the beach most of the time. Thank you Kiki and Joe for being such wonderful hosts. We would absolutely encourage anyone to stay at Garden of Dreams. It is totally dreamy :-)!
This lovely unit is a great place to stay with top class facilities and lovely hosts. It is well located on the outskirts of Kailua.
Kiki and Joe are the best hosts you can have ! The place was beautiful and perfect to visit Oahu. Mahalo again for everything and the good fruits as we arrived !
My girlfriend and I couldn't have asked for a better place than this lovely home at our time on the island. The location is perfect to everything we needed, and the host was truly a remarkable and very sweet person. Thank you so much for your hospitality. I highly recommend this home to anyone looking for a relaxing experience on the island.
We have been at Garden of Dream like at home.
Kiki and Joe are very nice. Our stay in their home was awesome. They were all time telling us places to visit in Oahu, and helping us for everything. Of course, if we go back to Oahu in the future, we'll stay with they!!
We had a wonderful 5 nights stay at Garden of Dreams. Kiki and Joe were considerate hosts and extremely helpful. They have everything that you would need for your stay on Oahu. The Garden of Dreams is very well located, close to the beaches, straight across the mountain to Honolulu, quiet neighbourhood, lovely garden etc. You would probably need to hire a car to get around tho. We have no hesitation in recommending Garden of Dreams to any traveller.
Lovely self contained unit, included everything we needed. It was valuable having a rental car as this property is located a few miles from Kailua township - a little more than walking distance.
Would definitely recommend this as a nice quiet spot to stay.
Kiki's suite and garden were a dream for a gardener who wanted some alone time at the beach. She is a delight to visit with and very helpful. Everything you might need is there. Great location with stores, restaurants and the best beach all close.
We spent a great 8 days in this private little hideaway. The suite had everything we required with some extras we hadnt expected. The bed was smaller than what we are used to but we managed. The pool was great and the garden lovely. We were glad we had a car as most of the restaurants were not in walking distance and the best part of Kailua Beach was not within our walking distance. Kailua was a refreshing change from Waikiki and Kiki and Joe made us feel most welcome to her lovely garden. This was our first visit to Hawaii and we thought the Garden of Dreams was good value and an excellent base from which to explore Oahu.
It was my 2nd visit in the Farden of Dreams. It's a silent place to settle down and relax and there are very nice, friendly and helpful owners. Mahalo for everything.
Great little cottage with all the necessities...nice indoor/outdoor space to eat/just sit. Lovely gardens to give privacy from neighbours. Pool and outdoor shower very appealing after a day at the beach. Easy to drive to beaches and Kailua town...great to be able to walk to Safeway and restaurants. Kiki is a lovely lady and has worked hard to provide a lot of toys....used the beach chair every day. My only complaint would be the bed...way too hard. Having a rolled up foamy (topper) on hand to use (if you chose to) on top of the mattress would be a very easy fix.I will likely return to the Garden of Dreams.
We loved staying with Kiki and her husband Joe!
The cottage and the sourrounding garden are lovely and very well kept,in a beautiful and quiet area in Kailua. Kiki and Joe were so kind and lovely, They provided us with everything we could have needed or wanted during our stay.
Thank you for making our trip To Oahu unforgetable!
Kiora. We really enjoyed our stay at Kiki and Joes place. What a lovely little paradise away from home. We received a warm welcome from Joe on arrival and Kiki made as feel like part of the family.
Kiki has thought of everything that you require when on holiday in Hawaii, from snorkelling gears to sunscreen. This private little "get away" is perfect and private and you can come and go as you please. We loved it. Thank you so much Kiki and Joe for making our holiday and stay over a wonderful experience.
We stayed just one week and Kiki and her husband provided us everything to make our stay as comfortable as possible. They are great hosts and it was a pleasure for us.
The location is perfect as well.
We can definitely recommend this apartment!
Garden of Dreams was wonderful - a real home away from home. The suite was well equipped, the garden enchanting, and the pool cool and inviting. Our hosts were very friendly, informative, and generous. I highly recommend Garden of Dreams for a short or long stay in beautiful Kailua.
Absolutely loved 'Garden of Dreams'. This was exactly what we hoped it would be after reading the previous reviews. Kiki has thought of everything that is needed & then some especially the beach chairs which came in very handy. The garden is beautiful and it was lovely to come home from a day at the beach & sit outside & soak up the atmosphere. The pool is perfect for a cool down & kept very clean also very private. Kailua is a great area & a really nice neighbourhood which made us feel very at home. Kiki & Joe are superb hosts & we loved chatting with them as they are genuine beautiful souls. Mahalo until next time. xx
My husband and I had a wonderful stay at Garden of Dreams - it truely was like a dream come true!
The beauty of the plants and garden that surrounded the home was like a Garden of Eden!
The refreshing pool that we swam in every morning was exceptional!
Having the little mall so close by was very handy for groceries and anything that we might need….but Kiki and Joe made sure that we had everything…so that made our stay very comfortable!
The beaches and the walks and trails were all very beautiful as well….and so close and easy to walk or drive to.
They are both loving hosts who shared about the community that they live in and it was great to learn about the Hawaiin people and traditions and life through visiting with them!
We hope to return someday!! Thanks again Joe and Kiki!! :)
We loved our stay with Kiki in her special little hide-a-way cottage surrounding by plant paradise! The only problem - we couldn't stay longer. Coffee on the patio each morning in the special privacy of the beautiful flower garden was such a special way to start our day. Kiki has thought of everything - inside the cottage as well as fully equipping you for a day at the beach. You don't want to miss it!
We found the lovely studio equipped with everything we needed. Every morning we enjoyed our breakfast in our private little garden. The outdoor shower and swimming pool were great! Beach items (snorkeling equipment, beach chairs, sunshade,...)were also provided. The garden was so beautiful with tropical flowers all over the property.
Kiki and Joe were amazing hosts. They made us feel very welcome. We were greeted with a really nice welcome gift and a fruit basket!
We can highly recommend this lovely place!
After a few days in an other location in Kailua we changed to Kiki and Joe. We enjoyed again the very friendly hospitality of our hosts and the professional work of the agency 'affordable paradise'. It was still quite there and everything was there. We felt like in our own home. The private cottage was very well equipped with DVD's, local books and many private things to make it for our stay warm and comfortable. One of the top things was the very good equipped outside Lanai for a perfect day on Oahu's nice beaches. We found there Beach umbrellas, an ice box, boogie boards an snorkelling equipment.
We will come next time again.
Thank you so much, best regards
La estancia en Kailua fue muy buena. La casa estaba muy bien equipada y fueron muy amables.
Lástima que la playa queda un poco lejos para ir caminando desde la casa. En cambio la zona donde esta es muy tranquila y agradable.
This place was perfect for us! We wanted to stay a little bit off the beaten path. We aren't huge crowd people. This place provided a great "home" for us to go back to on a very short and busy trip. Kiki and Joe were amazing hosts. They made us feel welcome and were willing to help us with anything we needed. We will definitely be staying again in the future!
Moi et mon conjoint avons passé une merveilleuse semaine sur l'île d'Ohau et au garden of Dreams. Toutes les commodités y étaient et plus! Les gentils hôtes nous ont aussi offerts serviettes de plage, chaises et parasol, tubas et palmes et même une glacière portative . L'appartement est propre, confortable et intime...Entouré de magnifiques plantes tropicales et accès à la piscine creusée . Vraiment plus que parfait!
Garden of Dreams was the perfect location on Oahu from which to do a week of exploring. Eating breakfast in the garden outside our door was just the beginning. Privacy. Well-equipped kitchenette. Cooler and other items provided for day use. It provided just the Hawaiian experience we were wanting. And our hosts were delightful.
So glad I found Affordable Paradise online.
Thank you so much for facilitating my stay at 'Garden of Dreams.'
At first I was a little hesitant to stay with people I didn't know (this was the first time I used a vacation rental-service). However my concerns were alleviated as soon as I met the friendly and welcoming Kiki and Joe! Upon arrival I immediately noticed the beauty of the property -- perfectly manicured grounds with the most beautiful and fragrant tropical flowers. Then upon entering my little cottage, I was greeted with a welcoming fruit basket (nice touch!). The unit was spick-and-span clean, the bed was extremely comfortable and the kitchen was fully equipped with anything and everything you could need. And if that weren't enough, I also had access to the swimming pool and beach supplies! My stay here was perfect and I look forward to coming back!
Aloha & Mahalo ~
At first I was a little hesitant to stay with people I didn't know (this was the first time I used a vacation rental-service). However my concerns were alleviated as soon as I met the friendly and welcoming Kiki and Joe! Upon arrival I immediately noticed the beauty of the property -- perfectly manicured grounds with the most beautiful and fragrant tropical flowers. Then upon entering my little cottage, I was greeted with a welcoming fruit basket (nice touch!). The unit was spick-and-span clean, the bed was extremely comfortable and the kitchen was fully equipped with anything and everything you could need. And if that weren't enough, I also had access to the swimming pool and beach supplies! My stay here was perfect and I look forward to my return.
Aloha & Mahalo ~
We stayed at Garden of Dreams for 3 nights near the end of our 3 week holiday. Could not fault the accommodation. Very clean & homely with a most beautiful garden. The owners Kiki & Joe were very nice & made us feel very welcome, even with a little welcoming gift, fruit & nice coffee. There is a supermarket & restaurants within walking distance. The little studio isn't really set up to cook a major meal but there is an electric frypan & a microwave if you want to cook some thing simple. We would definately stay there again.
Wanting to stay away from the noise and congestion of Honolulu. We stayed with Kailua at the Garden Of Dreams. The room was very clean and Kiki and Joes is quiet and their flowers are beautiful. Did not spend much of the day here, but it was what we were looking for when we made the reservation. Kiki was helpful in giving us information on the local restraints and beaches. Would not hesitate to stay here again. The only draw back is the shower is small and the shower head positio is low, nothing you can't work around.
I can't say enough good things about Kiki's impressive space. First thing I have to comment on is Kiki's gardens. They are IMPECCABLE (she would argue this). Kiki works tirelessly to keep them pristine. The fragrance of gardenia and other tropical flowers gently flowing into the sweet, small, clean space of the rental is heavenly. And the accommodations are just what we needed. The tiny kitchen provided enough convenience and refrigerator space to meet our needs on those days/nights when we didn't want to go out (or the rain kept us in!). The little private patio in back is such a lovely place to have a meal or just sit in the morning with a papaya listening to the birds sing and watching the palm trees swaying.
One of the highlights for us is the FULL SIZE and BEAUTIFUL swimming pool. We swim laps every day and it was just heavenly.
Every building and fence is painted crisp clean white which shows off the lush foliage and ever blooming flowers so perfectly.
The neighborhood is very nice, the grocery store is walking distance, and you are 5 minutes drive to downtown Kailua.
There are multiple options to stop and walk along the beach, and Honolulu is not much more than a half hour drive across the Pali. Also recommended: Sand Beach. One of THE most beautiful locations on the planet.
Kaneohe is a convenient drive as well. I wouldn't miss a trip to Haleiwa Joe's! Yummy cocktails, tasty pu'u pu'us in the most remarkable rain forest setting!
And all of this is less than 45 minutes from the airport. And it is one of the most beautiful drives on the island. Within 5 minutes of getting on the H1, you're driving on the H3 through canyons resembling Jurassic Park.
And Kiki and Joe are so welcoming, relaxed, helpful and friendly. Much aloha here.
Having dear friends in Kailua from my mom living on O'ahu for half my life, we plan to visit this "Garden of Dreams" again and again. This is truly our Hawaiian home away from home.
My partner and I stayed at Garden of Dreams for a week at the end of January. The cottage is well equipped and Kiki is a charming and generous hostess. HBO was an unexpected perk. We really appreciated the use of beach chairs and snorkeling equipment The beautiful Kailua Beach is a 15 minute walk away so it was great to just be able to load the equipment in the car and leave it there for the week. We really enjoyed our morning coffee and breakfast in our private little garden oasis. We would certainly consider staying in the Garden of Dreams on a future visit to Oahu.
It was a perfect location for us. We enjoyed the neighborhood and the cottage was lovely. Our hosts were great. Would stay with them again whenever we get a chance to return to Oahu.
I was raised in Oahu, so going back for a vacation was a real treat. I knew Kailua was a very pretty side on the island. Lush mountain views, and a small cute town full of nice people. My boyfriend and I stayed at Kiki's home. Actually, they had a separate house for us. It was a perfect little place that felt very cosy. It had everything you need. The garden on the property is beyond beautiful! Not to mention that restaurants are literally down the road. They even have Boston's Pizza! (Used to eat it as a kid in Aiea). Our hosts were very nice and welcoming, but we're also unseen. We had our privacy, and any encounter we had with the hosts were always pleasant. I would definitely stay here again! I've already recommended it to a friend that have plans to go to Oahu soon.
This was our first time visiting Oahu and this vacation rental was perfect. The suite was separate from the main house and there was a beautiful garden surrounding three sides of the suite. We felt the neighborhood was safe and the houses were well taken care of on the block. The suite was clean and the bed was comfy. The bed was a Murphy bed that pulled down from the wall and it was easy to get up/down. Even when the bed was down the suite was still roomy. The kitchen was well equipped and clean. There were lots of options for seating/relaxing in the suite; a little table and chairs in the kitchen, a couch, a chair in the house, or the table and chairs outside in the garden. The suite felt very homey because of all of the little touches. We liked the décor and enjoyed listening to some of the cd’s provided. The hosts also provided DVD’s, books (novels and travel books), pamphlets for attractions on the island, bus schedules, beach towels, and snorkel gear. We didn’t get a chance to use the pool while we were there but it looked well maintained. The hosts Kiki and Joe were fantastic! We really enjoyed chatting with them in the yard and they had plenty of good advice for activities to do in the area and on the rest of the island. The location was great and there were some good restaurants within walking distance to the suite. There was also a grocery store within walking distance which was great. The Kailua Beach Park was close to the suite and a great place to do some swimming in the ocean and relaxing on the white sand beach. We would definitely stay here again if we came to Oahu!
Lieu agreable, calme, pas trop eloigne du village ,les proprio sont tres sympatiques,belle plage a 5 minutes tres bon rapport qualite/prix
My husband and I came to the Garden of Dreams in Kailua for a long weekend after a business trip in Waikiki. What a pleasant surprise to find such a charming, totally equipped cottage without any hidden costs. No amenities fee, no parking fee no outrageous tax like our hotel in the city. The best part was all the little extras that the hosts put into their place. Beach chairs, snorkeling equipment, maps and travel books, fresh fruit, gorgeous flower garden... my only regret is that we couldn't stay longer. We immediately felt like family with Joe and Kiki and most definitely will be back.
Kiki&Joe were a delight to stay with. We hit it off right from the moment go. Were we ever to visit Oahu again, that is exactly where we would like to stay. Very pleasantly furnished room, well equipped kitchen, excellent location, far away from the hustle+bustle of Waikiki, but still pleasantly close to Downtown for those shopping+sightseeing trips. Not a criticism, but a statement of fact: From home we are used to a 7ft wide bed...Talked to Kiki about it, but there is not much that can be done about that. We did not allow that, to spoil our fun! Lovely tended & beautiful garden, thanks Kiki and a great pool - thanks Joe! A sincere thank you to both our hosts for all the advice given! Mahalo and Aloha - P+P
This was my second time with Kiki and Joe and it was as nice as I expected it to be after my first stay. The unit is very comfortable with a lot of little luxuries like the beach chairs and umbrella or a kickass cable tv. Kiki and Joe are lovely and very helpful. I absolutely love Kailua and would definitely like to stay there again.
Kiki and Joe were just wonderful! They are lovely people.
The studio apartment was just what we wanted. It had everything we needed. Even though the pool was out of order, we were sightseeing so much we did not even miss it!
It is so important to have rentals at a reasonable price for people like us who cannot afford the fancy hotels and eat out all the time. This suited us beautifully. Mahala to all! We had a lovely trip.
We had a great time staying at the Garden of Dreams in Kailua on Oahu. Our host Kiki and JOe where very friendly and helpful during our stay with them. The room was very nice, private, and quiet. Very different from Waikiki. They provided us with everythhing we needed for the beach and added a bowl of fruit for us to enjoy. I would give our stay there 10 out of 10 for an overall rating.
The Garden of Dreams was an absolutely perfect quiet getaway that really functions as a home away from home. Kiki and Joe have thought of everything--including kitchen supplies--dishes, coffee maker, a mini fridge, etc, all of the bathroom essentials, and even snorkeling gear! Their kindness and hospitality was amazing. I would highly recommend this for anyone looking for a quiet, relaxing, clean, beautiful home away from home.
We stayed at the Garden of Dreams for the entire month of July. Very glad we did!
Our hoats, Kiki & husband Joe, have between them created a high quality & delightful accommodation for both themselves & their guests. Kiki is a superb gardner & the title "Garden of Dreams" is a very apt discription. We particularly liked:
- Pool with open air shower cabin having hot & cold running water, so you can just clean up there & not muss-up the bathroom.
- Clean & airy bungalow nicely decorated & Murphy bed that folds up to allow more room.
- Very quiet. So quiet that we could hear the little geckos jumping on the garden wall. We took most all of our meals on the patio amid the flowers.
- Kiki & husband Joe. They're very open & helpful. Shes originally from Belgium & a native French speaker, so you can practice your French while there. He's a retired Marne & skilled DIY'er.
In sum, I don't think there is anywhere else we would like to stay when we return.
Truth is not a case of many words:
We felt at home from the very first hour after our arrival till saying with a heavy heart - good by.
Friendliness does not fully express the character of our host- it was their warmth, their humor and attentiveness which made us feel at home in a very tidy and cosy cottage.
We sure will come back to Oahu - and it´ll be no question that we will come back zu Garden of Dreams.
Kiki and Joe are wonderful hosts. The place was clean, well stocked and you had access to the pool and patio area. We felt right at home from the first minute we walked in. We would definitely stay here again.
What a beautiful place! We stayed in Kailua for one week and hat the most wonderful time at Garden of Dreams. The place is very nice, clean, and you see and feel the care and heart Kiki and Joe put into it. Garden of dreams has everything you need for a stay, from a coffee maker to beach accessories, it is close to the center of Kailua and the beach and it is always nice to chat with the hosts.
If we ever should come back to Oahu, we will definitely come back here! Mahalo for this perfect week!
A great accomodation in kailua. It was a clean and quiet place with a private lanai. The studio had everything I needed for my vacation. It was lovely and homely furnished and the garden flowery and well-kept. The wireless internet access was working fine.
Kiki and Joe were wonderful hosts - friendly,helpful and caring. I had an unforgettable time in Kailua and would definitely stay in garden of dreams again and can warmly recommend this place.
Room was nice, clean, supplies provided were nice, nice to have a pool. Found the shower very small shower head VERY low, especially for my 6"2 boyfriend. Also not a lot of hot water, didn't last long enough for us both to shower one after the other. The mattress on the bed was extremely firm, might be ok for some but I found it far to firm and actually had trouble sleeping because of it.
Not a bad value for the cost thou, great to be so close to the beach, and Kiki and Joe were very friendly and helpful
Thanks very much
My husband and I spent one week here, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We live in a very busy city center in Japan, and this quiet get-away was exactly what we needed. This detached guest house is perfect for a couple, a single traveller, or two close friends who are seeking a relaxing time away from work or a busy life and looking for a chance to recharge their batteries.
It is set up as a studio apartment, with private bath and shower, kitchenette, living room and tuck-away double bed. It is well-lit, with many windows offering natural lighting in the day, and ambient lamps for the night. There is a large cable television, and a dvd player stocked with a variety of films. A stereo radio is set up, and beside it a place to charge your computer. An excellent Wifi system is in place (but hopefully you won't be spending too much time on your laptop!) The kitchenette offers a small fridge, a microwave, and many cooking materials (electric kettle, coffee maker, steamer, rice cooker, electric fry pan, toaster) in order to make light meals. All dishes, utensils and cleaning materials are provided, as well as basic condiments. The bathroom is fully stocked with face cloths, towels, toilet paper, and even some small extras that you may have forgotten to pack.
You can choose to eat your meals right in the kitchen area, or, even better, al fresco in the garden right outside the back entrance, surrounded by beautiful (and exotic!) flowers and trees which offer complete privacy. Don't be surprised if a small lizard or red-headed bird drop by for a chat. Just beyond your breakfast table is the swimming pool, inviting and cool, and also within view of the flowers, and a small koi pond just beyond. Towels are provided, as are other water-themed necessities if you plan a visit to the nearby beach (ie; boogie boards, snorkel gear, sponge ball to play toss.)
Garden of Dreams is situated in a residential neighbourhood with all the comforts of home not a 10-minute walk away. There is a small mall with a large Safeway supermarket, pizzeria, coffee shop, liquor store and both traditional Hawaiian and American fast-food take-away. If you use the Safeway, be sure to look into getting a card before you make your purchases; you can save quite a bit of money! If you want even more shopping options, there is a bus right at the mall that can take you into Kailua town where there are lots of quaint shops, restaurants, pubs and an overflowing bookstore.
Just beyond the mall is the beach - and what a beach it is. Soft, white sand that stretches both directions as far as the eye can see. This is definitely NOT Waikiki, so expect a much more serene place to throw down your towel and soak up the sun without the crowds or the tourists or voyeurs. It's a place where the locals come to walk their dogs and exercise and take evening strolls. I've been to beaches in many locales, and this ranks as one of the cleanest, quietest and inviting I have been to. After the beach, as you walk back to the Garden of Dreams, drop into Pinky's Pupu Bar and Grill for dinner. There's a nice selection of wine and plenty of food options (even for a vegetarian like me). Sit by the window to watch the palm trees over the canal.
Back at the Garden of Dreams you'll have a great night's sleep. Sitting out back, you'll have a perfect view of the stars, and when it's time for bed, the sound of the wind and the odd chirp of a bird will be the only noise you hear. For someone who lives in the middle of the city, this was a treat - no horns, buses or cars to interrupt my dreams.
As this is a residential property, keep in mind that transportation must be taken into account when you're planning your days. My husband and I do not drive, so we rented bicycles, and these suited our needs just fine. We weren't on an adventure holiday - we were seeking peace and quiet and lazy days, and that is exactly what we got. For others who want to explore more of the island, a rental car is recommended, or, at the very least, planning out the bus routes and times in advance for the attractions you would like to see. The bus service is supposed to be very convenient and efficient, but we did not use it at all. We were pretty content to stay at the Garden of Dreams to swim, cook, eat and just hang out, and then ride our bikes 10 minutes to the beach to lounge around some more.
And, saving the best for last. The hosts. Kiki and Joe are helpful, warm, kind, and above all, really good people. It is clear from the decor of the guest house and the gardens surrounding the home, that a lot of love, care and time have gone into making the Garden of Dreams the lovely place that it is. These are people who care deeply about the experience they are offering their guests, and this was clear from the moment we arrived. Joe ensured we had a good grasp of the lay of the land from the inside out, and Kiki made sure we had all the things we needed in order to enjoy our time in their guest house. Joe's sense of humour and Kiki's graciousness were unexpected additions to an already idyllic setting.
Am I gushing? Perhaps. But it's from the heart, and well-deserved. The highest compliment I can really give, though, is to say that I would return to the Garden of Dreams in a heartbeat, and truly hope that I can.
Sarah and Brian
very neat, clean room...easy access to anywhere...owner is very particular on things...quiet, private setting...double bed...
My wife and I enjoyed our stay very much. Kiki and her husband provided a very nice economical room with amenities and a flowery garden area. They were also great to talk to and gave us details of things to do in the area.
Kiki is a lovely host; the garden she and her husband carefully tend is a wonderful retreat and the room has a bay window that views the garden, but is also quite private. Highly recommended.
We really enjoyed our stay with Kiki and Joe. Kiki was very welcoming and hospitable and Joe was very helpful and knowledgeable. We had a great time staying with them and the room was very nice and comfortable. It was private enough to feel like we were on our own yet conveniently located to the places we wanted to be. We enjoyed being away from the chaos of the Honolulu side and yet close enough to drive there within a short time.
We will be recommending to anyone that they should stay here. In fact we already have.
Thanks again Kiki and Joe.
We loved the quiet location which was also close to the beach and the public transportation as well as supermarkets.
We really enjoyed the facilities, e.g. the pool and the well equiped kitchen.
Kiki and her husband were very welcoming and helped us whenever we had questions.
Thanks for offering this accomodation.
We thoroughly enjoyed our 3 nights with Kiki in her tidy little cottage. Nice people; nice location; nice experience. The cottage is perfectly situated for a total Oahu Island experience. We recommend it thoroughly.
I stayed at Garden of Dreams for 6 nights and I really enjoyed it. Everything is clean and proper and there is everything you might need for your stay. There is air condition, TV, DVD player and a lot of movies to watch and books to read. Even beach equipment is there for use. The apartment is separated from the main house so you will always have your privacy inside and outside in the small but beautiful garden. Kiki and her husband are a very nice and caring couple.
There is a supermarket not too far to walk to to get groceries etc. I did not rent a car because my relatives stayed not too far away and picked me up all the time but if you want to get around more a car is needed, even a walk to the beach would be a little far. The bed is a small double bed and I would say big enough for 1 person but for two it could be a bit small. But that is the one and only tiny negative point.
Thank you, it was a great stay
My daughter and I stayed here. Our hosts Kiki and Joe were wonderful. Joe greeted us when we arrived and showed us around their beautiful home and gardens. The studio was perfect. Just the right size for 2 people. We were not there too terribly much as we were always out and about, but everything you could want/need was there.
Thank you for your wonderful hospitality, we are already thinking about returning to your Garden of Dreams!
What a great place for my wife and I. Joe and Kiki were very nice and helpful, the cottage was nice and quiet, and they had beach chairs, ice chests and everything you needed for the beach. We could walk to Kailua beach and the location was very convenient to see the rest of the island. We were also close to Kailua Town, which is a fun, low-key beach town. Kiki has created a wonderful garden to relax in after a long day at the beach. It was a wonderful place to spend my 50th birthday. Definitely recommended for a couple or individual. Thanks again Joe and Kiki.
We absolutely loved staying here. It really was perfect for the two of us. We walked to the beach a lot, which was beautiful; Lanikai Beach wasn't far away. Joe and Kiki were so sweet and amazing. I would definitely try and stay here again the next time I come visit. I much prefer the small town feel of Kailua than the busy hussle and bussle of Waikiki.
I had a great time at the garden of dreams. The B & B owners were super sweet and made me feel welcome and safe. If I needed anything they were there for me. A very cozy,clean and super peaceful place to stay. For the price it was a 5 star stay. Kailua beach is not far away and you have a whole foods very close by. I would definetly stay there again and recommend it for couples and single travelers... aloha jen
It is a wonderful accommodation in the garden, Joe and Kiki are wonderful hosts
We can this House warmly recommend
I loved this place...everything we needed, and a great private lanai. The owners are great, the area is quiet, and not far out of Honolulu. There was everything we needed in the apartment; very well furnished, and attractive. The owners are friendly and helpful; there were maps and tour guides in the room. I'm recommending this to everyone I know.
We loved our stay here! The place had more than enough room for the two of us, and it was very private. There were towels, dishes, kitchen appliances, movies, etc. in the room for us to use. Also, we loved the location - a very short trip to the beach, and the price was unbeatable. We would definitely stay here again. Thanks Kiki and Joe :)
This was by far one if the best places my mate and I have stayed in awhile. We are backpackers traveling around the world and we felt at home with Kiki and her husband. The room had everything we needed and just a 8 minute walk to one of the most beautiful beaches. We came to Hawaii to camp but found out there was no camping on oahu on weds or Thursdays so last minute we were able to book accommodation at garden of dreams. Kiki was a wonderful host with the most lush garden surrounding our room and the warmest swimming pool. We would recommend this property to young backpackers, families, old couples or anyone for that matter. If we return to Kailua we will most definitely be going back to see Kiki. We would have paid double the price because of how lovely Kiki was. This is a must stay for Kailua and it really did make our time in Hawaii perfect
Everything was quite suitable for the 2 of us.
No breakfasts, but a nice basket of fruit and extras in the cupboard was supplied.Movies,books,ample
television, comfortable bed that stores out of the way was good.The lanai and the garden surrounding
us was great. Quiet neighborhood was good for walking and one could walk to the plaza for meals or groceries. The walk to the beach was a bit further away but one could park in the plaza and then make it shorter. Thanks Kiki and Joe !