The area along the south shore of the island of Oahu in Honolulu is known as Waikiki Beach. It has been a prized vacation spot since the mid-1800s, which is when Hawaiian royalty and dignitaries enjoyed the now iconic area known for surfing and outrigger canoe rides. The world-class resorts on Waikiki Beach represent the Hawaiian vacation experience.
World-class resorts cover Waikiki Beach.
HIlton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa
The Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort’s six guest towers soar above its 22 oceanfront acres that include botanical gardens with exotic wildlife and six pools, including a 5,000-square-foot pool with slides and waterfalls and a 10,000-square-foot pool with lava rocks and a view of Waikiki beach. The resort has 20 restaurants and lounges and the Mandra Spa. All 3,432 rooms, 365 suites and 264 condominiums come with either a 27- or 30-inch flat-screen cable TV with HBO, high-speed Internet access, clock radio with MP3 connection, non-allergic feather pillows and mini-refrigerator. Safes can be rented. All have balconies with either direct or partial views of the Pacific Ocean. The resort also hosts the Waikiki Starlight Luau on Sundays through Thursdays, during which you can see traditional Hawaiian dance and enjoy a tropical island feast on the rooftop of the Mid-Pacific Conference Center.
Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa
2005 Kalia Road
Honolulu, HI 96815
Steps from the Waikiki Beach Walk promenade, which is a collection of shopping and dining locations that connect area resorts, sits the Outrigger Reef. The hotel reopened in January 2009 after a major remodeling, with all new guest rooms, a retiled pool and pool deck and a lobby and library adorned with Polynesian canoe art curated by the Bishop Museum. The Outrigger has four restaurants, including the Shore Bird, which features grill-your-own dinners, and the poolside Kani Ka Pila Grille and the expanded Serenity Spa. You can work out or tend to business 24 hours a day in the fitness and business centers. Beachside, you can take advantage of the Outrigger’s packages, which includes four hours of instruction in a range of water activities including surfboarding and outrigger canoe surfing. All 631 rooms and 44 suites include high-speed Internet access, cable TV, refrigerator, safe, and alarm clock/radio in which you can plug your iPod. Interior rooms enjoy free high-speed Internet access. Free Wi-Fi is available in the lobby. If you are flying Hawaiian Airlines, you can check in at the on-site kiosk.
2169 Kalia Road
Honolulu, HI 96815
Made famous by the 1925 Charlie Chan novel “House Without A Key,” the Halekulani Hotel features picturesque views of Waikiki Beach. The hotel has 453 rooms spread over five buildings and 5 acres. Amenities include a 46 by 82 foot outdoor pool with 1.2 million pieces of imported South African glass tiles on the pool floor that form a mosaic of a Cattleya orchid. Every evening, you can take in the sunset by enjoying traditional Hawaiian music and cocktails under the century-old Klawe tree. You can also take part in three luxury Halekulani Living series, the Connoisseur, Wellness and Masterworks, which will immerse you in local culinary, healing, and artistic offerings. All rooms come with complimentary Wi-Fi, 40-inch, flat-screen cable TV, MP3 docking station, electronic safe, marble vanities and a welcome fruit bowl with Halekulani’s own chocolates. Twice-daily housekeeping is available. The Halekulani also features a suite personally designed by Vera Wang that comes with private butler service and in-room 24-hour dining services. All guests can enjoy the fitness and business centers as well as the SpaHalekulani, which specializes in Polynesian treatments.
2199 Kalia Road
Honolulu, HI 96815
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