Lava Lava Beach Club is an anomaly of the best kind.

This Hawaiian dream getaway is able to simultaneously provide an authentic beachfront experience while maintaining modern, luxurious accommodations. With only four cottages on Anaehoomalu Bay, Lava Lava Beach Club caters to the desires of its limited guests who can take in the natural beauty of the island from their private lanai or on the beach just steps away. This one-of-a-kind resort has only recently opened; it just celebrated its one year anniversary in July 2013. But in that short period of time, it has already established a reputation as a desirable retreat.

“When someone imagines what their Hawaii experience would be, this is the fulfillment of their imagination,” said Vicky Kometani, public relations representative for the resort. “It’s not a high-rise, there’s no elevators. It has the unique ability to combine casualness with a feeling of luxury.” “It’s an amazing combination of feeling like you are right on the beach and on the water, but within your cottage it’s very upscale,” Kometani said, describing the modern luxuries in the private cottages, such as the king size beds, outdoor showers, flat screen televisions, impressive sound systems, and more.

Guests never have to venture far from the beach, if relaxation is their objective. Cocktails and pupu, or hors d’oeuvres, can be brought to the cottages each night before guest stroll over to the on-site restaurant. “I think Polynesian paralysis sets it,” Kometani said. “Most people just eat at the restaurant, because once you sit there and watch the sunset, it’s like “I don’t want to go anywhere, let’s just have dinner here.’” 

Not only can the restaurant accommodate daily meals, but it can cater to wedding receptions, with an event lawn adjacent to the restaurant. As a member of the Waikoloa Beach Resort, Lava Lava Beach Club guests and wedding attendees can be accommodated at larger resorts just a short walk down the shore, while the bride and groom enjoy a stay in a private cottage. With shopping, restaurants, golf courses, and other amenities, there are numerous activities for visitors to enjoy, aside from the Anaehoomalu Bay beach, one of only two accessible beaches on that side of Hawaii’s youngest island. Cottage rates begin at $400 per night, and vary depending on the length of nights booked, with special offers available.