Facing a private beach, this luxury resort is a favorite of celebs, royalty and other rich-and-famous types who crave Kahala’s paparazzi-free seclusion. The grande dame still maintains an appealing island-style casualness: staff who have been working here for decades and guests who return every year know each other by name, and it’s that intimacy that really separates it from the Waikiki pack.
A lei greeting at check-in, Hawaiian cultural classes, rental bicycles and stand up paddling lessons are all complimentary, but overnight parking costs $25.
A 40-inch flat-screen TV and iPod docking station are featured in each Hotel Kahala room. Most boast a large bathroom with robes, a deep-soaking tub and separate shower. Every elegant room is decorated in warm colors.
On-site activities include free surfing lessons and Hawaiian cultural classes. The Kahala Hotel and Resort also offers daily walking tours.
Free access to the outdoor pool, state-of-the-art fitness center and saunas is provided to all guests. Kahala Spa features 10 private treatment rooms, massages and beauty services, and an open-air relaxation space.
Dining options include award-winning cuisine, offering a diverse blend of cultural influences. The Veranda features nightly entertainment from Tuesday to Saturday, 7:30pm to 11:00pm.
The Honolulu Zoo is 4 miles from this oceanfront resort and Honolulu International Airport is 20 minutes’ drive away.