When you think of Hawaii, you want to wake up to waves and ocean breezes. Possibly the best place to combine a great hotel with matching luxury amenities and off-site experiences is Oahu. Because it gets constant visitor business, the competition is stiff, hotels and resorts tend to go the extra pillow and slippers. These five properties offer something both unique and luxurious if your destination is Oahu.
Four Seasons Ko’Olina
There is plenty of hustle in Oahu, and the Four Seasons gets to a part of the island that is a little quieter and secluded. The hotel is right along the cove, so plenty of access to water sports, beachside dining, and pool lounging. This is the kind of place you can shuttle to, stay a week, and not have to go anywhere while you soak up Hawaiian rays. A much better than average fitness center and spa as well round out the property, as well as Mina’s Fish House restaurant.
Get your hipster on at the ‘Alohilani smack dab in the middle of Waikiki action. The rooms are well-appointed but meant as a base of exploration rather than palatial lounging. Built on a piece or royal land, the hotel stays true to promoting culture while having the three-story, Oceanarium “O Bar” complete with zooming live fish, and restaurants on property. And the surf is literally 112 steps away right across the street. And while it is a trendy place, the various pools, and art displays appeal to all adult ages.
The Laylow Hotel
The Laylow Hotel takes you back in time with a 1960s modern feel where you might think you will run into Elvis. Here the attraction is a small, boutique hotel where you can step out and be in the middle of the Waikiki action. A small but elegant pool plus classic cocktails and great service make an ideal stop if most of your time will be spend exploring Waikiki.
Lotus Hotel at Diamondhead
Possibly the most iconic and photographed landmark is Diamondhead. The Lotus hotel gives you a chance for a little luxury next to this scenic mount in a quiet setting. Waikiki is a short jaunt away for dining and shopping. Expect unique boutique hotel amenities, such as evening wine service and bicycle rentals. Wake up in the Ocean View room with a view to both Diamondhead and the ocean.
Trump International Hotel Waikiki
The Trump Hotel is the only Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Hotel on the island of Oahu, and that should be a clue to that this is the best luxury hotel on Oahu. From the arrival minute to the departure hour, this hotel goes extra and maybe the best jumping-off point for exploring both Waikiki and the island. And, the concierge staff is above and beyond – if they don’t have it, they will get it. The suites include kitchenettes and washer/dryers, which are posh with enormous bathrooms and walk-in showers. The spa offers some unique services such as the Jet Lag Recovery Massage. Cocktails, as well as lunch dinner, are expertly prepared at the signature Wai’olu Ocean Cuisine restaurant and bar.