There is no shortage of hotels and resorts on the most visited island of the Hawaiian archipelago. However, despite having a minimum of 71 properties and 27,318 units available per annum there isn’t much to differentiate them from one another when it comes to your particular tastes. Instead, you’re online and searching “unique places to stay Oahu” because you desire an out of the ordinary experience.
Having laid our heads in every corner of the island we have valuable insight into authentic properties that offer diverse options for varying budgets and discerning souls. Let’s review!
Top 5 Authentic, Cool, and Unique Accommodations to Stay for Your Next Oahu Vacation
Ke Iki Beach Bungalows
Location: Pupukea, North Shore Oahu
Address: 59-579 Ke Iki Rd, Haleiwa, HI
Allow us to make a bold statement; Ke Iki Beach Bungalows (KBB) is hands-down the best place to stay on Oahu. Its distinctiveness is what makes it so. Being located along the sands of the North Shore has a lot to do with this, but there’s more. There’s a total of 11 vacation rental bungalows on the lush and expansive beachfront property. Each bungalow has its own name, features, characteristics, and personality. The caretaker of the property, Greg Gerstenberger, and the entire KBB Ohana further contribute to the spirit of aloha felt throughout the tropical oasis. Moreover, it overlooks one of the best beachcombing destinations on the island and is the place to be to watch the North Shore’s awe-inspiring winter waves.
The property books up fast so be sure to plan in well in advance. View available bungalows and reserve your desired dates.
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Malaekahana Beach Campground
Location: Kahuku, North Shore Oahu
Address: 56-335 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku, HI
Malaekahana Beach Campground provides a cheap place to sleep yet offers 5-star luxury when it comes to ocean views and access to the activities (swimming, paddling, surfing, etc.) you came to an island paradise for.
The property includes multiple hales (cabins) and has designated spaces for tents and camper vans. It’s rough around the edges, but if you don’t mind you’ll have one of the most memorable experiences of your life. View reservation information, detailed photos, and more by reading our Malaekahana Beach Campground reviews and resource guide.
The Breakers Hotel
Location: Waikiki, Honolulu Oahu
Address: 250 Beach Walk, Honolulu, HI
Admittedly there’s nothing “original”about staying in Waikiki for your Oahu vacation, but if you’re going to do it, then The Breakers hotel is where you should set up shop. The hidden gem on Beach Walk road looks and feels as if it’s been pulled from the coast of Southern California circa 1950s, which includes the Polynesian flare that so many of the old beach motels were adorned with. View reservation information, photos, and more for The Breakers in Waikiki.
Gecko’z South Sea Bungalows
Location: Ko Olina, Kapolei Oahu
Address: 92-1200 Olani St #65-6, Coconut Plantation, Kapolei, HI
Amidst the ample and far-reaching resorts of Ko Olina you’ll find a Polynesian retreat behind the gated community of Coconut Plantation. There are a total of 270 villas within Coconut Plantation, with about a dozen of them on rotation on Airbnb. Only one is worth consideration as a unique place to stay on Oahu – Gecko’z South Seas Bungalows. The entire place is adorned with Polynesian decor, including bamboo furnishings, lauhala weaving on the walls, intricate carvings, glass floats, vintage surfboards, and cupboards full of tiki mugs to fill to the brim with rum. The only caveat for booking this property for your next vacation is that there is a 30-day minimum requirement. View reservation information, photos, and more for Gecko’z South Sea Bungalows.
SurfJack Hotel & Swim Club Waikiki
Location: Waikiki, Honolulu Oahu
Address: 412 Lewers St, Honolulu, HI
The SurfJack is a new boutique hotel that is hidden in the backside of Waikiki. Like The Breakers (above) it has a coastal California communal vibe, complete with an on-site cafe and picnic tables by the pool where guests mingle between dips with the “swim club”. Overlooking the pool is the hip Mahina & Sun’s bar and eatery that hosts poolside music which turns the property into a laidback apres-surf party in the evening. View reservation information, photos, and more for SurfJack Hotel in Waikiki.
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