Hale Reena, A Tropical Presidential Retreat
Locals call it a paradise within a paradise. Built on the Oahu Island of the Hawaii archipelago, the Hale Reena Estate is an impressive complex where the Obamas have spent their holidays for eight years in a row. With its exotic air, Hale Reena is a truly tropical palace built on the seaside. Let’s now take a peek inside the place where the POTUS finds his much sought-after peace.
Seen from the outside, the oceanfront estate perfectly integrates into the local architectural landscape, with low houses, reed roofs and a lavish vegetation. The villa where the Obamas spent their Christmas last year is an open plan house, featuring rooms spilling into each other and all overlooking the beach. But the President doesn’t have to go all the way to the shore since he has his own tropical lagoon in the home’s entryway, according to Huffington Post which published some impressive pictures of the exotic place.
The interior of the home is a perfect mixture of old Hawaii and modern elegance, with a kitchen and dining room that opens up to the living room, both rooms accented with stylish chandeliers. The estate is a massive 10-suite beachfront complex, complete with six pools (one of which is indoors), cathedral ceilings and giant windows so the occupants enjoy the breath-taking natural landscape around. Every suite has its own private patio and bathrooms complete with lavish soaking tubs, in case the multiple pools and white sand beach isn’t enough.
The Winter White House rents for anywhere between $5,000 to $10,000 a night, depending on the season, and has been known to attract other famous clientele, including Angeline Jolie, Bradley Cooper and Emily Blunt, according to Glenn Weinberg, the estate’s owner. Obama first set his eyes on this estate back in the summer of 2008 when he was still a senator, but was running for the top job in the country. The owner remembers how he had to disconnect all the 17 of the estate’s phones because people were calling for the candidate 24-hours a day.