As you’d expect Hawaii has the full range of accommodation options from 6-star to twinkle, through quaint and quirky and everything in between. If you haven’t visited for a while, the new Waikiki Beach Walk development might take you by surprise. Six older hotels were demolished to make way for the project which opened back in 2007 and was the largest development in Waikiki's history.
Here are some of the best places to stay in Hawaii.
The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort
If you’re talking about landmarks, then the bright pink paint on The Royal Hawaiian is a conversation piece on its own. This monument to eccentricity on Kalakaua Avenue has welcomed celebrities, heads of state and influential figures to Waikiki since 1927. Where else would you get banana bread and iPod docking in the one room?
Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa
The Moana opened its doors in 1901 and is still known for its exemplary service, elegant surroundings and old world charm. Like The Royal Hawaiian, this hotel recalls the exclusive glory days of early twentieth century Waikiki and offers equally impressive service, style and accommodation credentials.
Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach
Also on the beach boulevard is the Outrigger Waikiki Hotel, the famous home of Duke's Restaurant and Barefoot Bar. Even if you’re not staying, it’s kind of an institution to swing by onto the verandah from the beach and order a key lime pie. Yep, and that’s Duke’s original redwood surfboard on the wall.
Trump Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk
Whether or not you follow US politics or watch American TV, you can’t miss Donald Trump. Nor can you miss his 38-story, 462-room hotel, the Trump Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk. It’s been TripAdvisor’s top hotel there since forever and it’s the first and only Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Hotel on the island of Oahu. Just wow.
On the subject of stunning hotels, it would be remiss not to mention the magnificent Halekulani. Dating back to 1883 when the original owner, Robert Lewers built a two-story house on the site of what is now the main building, the property has been continually modernised over the years and now the 453-room hotel plays on that rich heritage.
Lanikai Bed & Breakfast
Away from Waikiki there are plenty of other options that include B&B, vacation rentals and condos. On the flip side of Oahu is little Kailua, an out-of-the-way beach community with lots of B&B style accommodation. Lanikai Bed & Breakfast on Mokulua Drive is close to the beach and a quiet, private alternative to the bustling resorts.
The Big Island
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows on the Big Island is almost a destination in itself, laid out on sprawling grounds that has room for a golf course and spa facilities among the hard volcanic landscape. Exploring the ancient fish ponds and hieroglyphs nearby or watching the turtles swim through the atrium, makes this quite an unusual hotel.
Four Seasons Resort Lanai
Mention must be made of Four Seasons Resort Lanai just because it is such an outstanding property way out on the island of Lanai. Along with its sibling property, The Lodge at Koele, these resorts deliver a kind of luxurious seclusion that is rock star status. Ride horses, play championship-level golf, shoot clays or putter around with croquet or lawn bowls, it’s quite the exclusive retreat.