luxury hotels in honolulu
View from Pacific Beach Hotel

You’ve grown tired of luau-themed parties, and you’re ready to trade in your plastic flower necklaces for a fragrant lei. It’s been decided: you’re going to Hawaii! You can look forward to beautiful beaches, a lively nightlife on Waikiki and learning to dance the hula while you’re in the Aloha State. Moreover, if you’re going to travel all that way, you should do it in style — and that means luxury resorts in Honolulu:


If you’re looking for an elegant accommodation that gets the details right, then Halekulani is the place for you. Just a 10-minute drive from Honolulu International Airport, this five-star hotel has beautiful balconies where you can eat breakfast, deep tubs for soaking and a luxury spa that features a Hawaiian lomi lomi massage. The centerpiece of this gorgeous hotel is its pool: the floor has 1.2 million imported glass tiles arranged in an orchid mosaic.

Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk

For visitors looking for easy access to Waikiki Beach, look no farther than the Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk. You’ll be steps away from the beach as well as from exciting nightlife and luxury shopping. This 38-story building’s floor-to-ceiling windows offer terrific views over the ocean and mountains. This hotel will exceed any expectations you have about a five-star hotel: every guest is treated like royalty.

The Kahala Hotel and Resort

The Kahala Hotel & Resort is in the affluent Kahala district, which means you’ll have access to a private, secluded beach. Here you can get that Hawaiian flavor you may miss in the bigger chain hotels: you’ll get a lei welcome and complimentary surfing and paddleboard lessons for beginners. This is the best place to stay if you want a more active holiday: it’s walking distance from Waialae Iki Park and Laukahi Park. Perhaps one of the more unique offerings at the Kahala is its private saltwater lagoon, home to dolphins, exotic fish and sea turtles. And yes — you can swim in it!

The Modern Honolulu

This hotel is the place to stay if you’re looking for a luxury hotel with a boutique feel. The staff is friendly, attentive and helpful, making your travel experiences just that much better. The Modern Honolulu has two swimming pools and on-site spa services. Every room is decked out with free Wi-Fi, 46-inch televisions and video game consoles available on request. If it’s fine dining you’re after, you can eat at Morimoto Waikiki — owned by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, who serves fresh fish and locally grown produce.

The Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach

Beware: after you stay at the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach, you’ll be spoiled on other hotels! The Waikiki Plantation Spa is fabulous, great for a rejuvenating facial or a relaxing massage down by the beach. You’ll be near some of Honolulu’s most unique attractions, including Kapiolani Park, the Haiku Stairs and the Punchbowl Crater, one of the area’s extinct volcanoes.

Lead photo courtesy of alohaliza via Flickr — CC-licensed at time of publication.

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