Halekulani: Waikiki’s Premier Resort

Aug 20, 2013 Avatar Dan Ilves Dan Ilves

The 5-acre site along Waikiki Beach on which the Halekulani Hotel resides is a special place with its own storied past. Many years preceding the current luxury resort, in 1907, a small hotel opened on the site. While Waikiki’s growth has exploded around the area since, the Halekulani has remained true to its vision and mission, and with a nearly two staff members per room ratio, provides a special place for its guests whom it truly pampers. It’s a tranquil oasis just steps away from the hubbub of Waikiki’s shopping and dining choices, and for visiting Oahu, an ideal choice for discerning travelers.

One of the iconic features of this resort is its incredible pool, made up over one million mosaic tiles. Even in the heart of Waikiki, you feel like you are in a serene place when relaxing poolside. There’s also a small secluded beach for guest’s use, though much larger beach expanse for Waikiki Beach is steps away in either direction.

Halekulani recently refurbished all rooms and bathrooms, so the hotel is looking great. Rooms are comfortable and luxurious, tastefully decorated in light colors. The junior ocean view suites with Diamond Head views, which I stayed in on my last visit after the hotel’s recent refurbishment, are incredible. And the high-end Toto toilet, with various bells and whistles, fun to use. Another feature I really appreciate is the lack of a resort fee. There is no charge for internet access, and complimentary daily bottled water is provided in the room.

During the sunset hours, on the ’House without a key’ terrace, Hawaiian music and hula dances are performed from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. It’s popular and has a tendency to fill up, and no advance reservations are accepted. While resort guests have priority, I advise showing up a few minutes before 5:30 PM to get good seat, get the mai tai’s ordered, and avoid disappointment. (Most guests stay for about 1 hour or so.)

As for dining at Halekulani, La Mer has earned ’5 diamond’ status for 23 continuous years, as well as Zagat’s highest rating in Honolulu.

As one of our Signature resort properties, we’re pleased to extend complimentary full American or buffet breakfasts and a $75 resort credit per room, as well as an upgrade at time of booking in select categories.

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