Post # 1
We are looking at honeymoons (yes, already – gotta book those free point flights early!). Hawaii is the plan and we want to do Oahu. I’ve never been except airport layovers and my parents usually go to Maui so I don’t have much firsthand experience to quiz.
What are some good recommendations for hotels near Waikiki Beach? We want beachfront for sure, ideally with a pool right by the beach too. I’ve google mapped and it looks like most hotels there just front onto the main Waikiki Beach? Are there no hotels with private beach or at least hotel designated chairs? Sheraton Waikiki is one I’ve checked out briefly and it looks good. I’m open to other good suggestions though!
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
There are no private beaches anywhere on O’ahu, but the Moana Surfrider and Royal Hawaiian have chairs on the beach for hotel guests.
Hilton Hawaiian Village, Sheraton (I can’t remember what it’s called but it’s not the Sheraton Princess), Moana Surfrider, Outrigger Waikiki, Outrigger on the Reef and Royal Hawaiian are all beachfront. The Sheraton has a cool infinity pool right on the beach
Post # 4
If you want privacy. Don’t stay in Honolulu. That place is so freaking crowded and full of people. The good thing about it is that all of the tours start there and there’s a ton of shopping and people watching if that’s your thing.
However, if you’re looking for a more laid back, private honeymoon. I would definitely reccommend something on the windward side. The prices are the same and it’s a lot less busy and crowded. I don’t think there’s any big resorts or hotels but there is a metric crapton of B&Bs
This place: http://www.manumele.net/index.html is probably my personal favorite. When I was living in Hawaii and got visitors, it was always the place I sent them.
The lady who runs it is super sweet and laid-back, it’s close enough to the Highways that navigating wouldn’t be a problem and it’s right in the area where most of the tours are going to take you anyway. It’s a beautiful 20-30min drive to the Polynesian Cultural Center, waterfalls and parks; right down the road is the place where they film all of the movies and if you drive the other way, you have the Sea Life Park where you can swim with dolphins and snorkle and stuff.
Oh yeah, and while it doesn’t have it’s own private beach, it does have a beautiful little pathway leading to a pretty secluded (by HI standards) beach.
It’s definitely not a resort but it is a lovely place to stay. If you decide not to stay at that place– I would definitely reccommend staying somewhere near there. I might be a little biased but I think it’s so much more beautiful than Honolulu… and the food is better and less expensive on that side of the island anyway.
Post # 5
@givemecouture: Thanks, that’s great info. I’ll check those places out.
@SockJunkie: Yah, we thought about Maui at first for that reason – since it’s a more relaxing time but then we figured we actually want to experience the busy tourist stuff since it is our first trip. But maybe we’ll check out food on that side.
Post # 6
I can totally respect that.
I would say Outrigger or Hilton then. Outrigger, I think, is more reasonable but I’ve never had a bad experience there (on the other islands anyway) and more the rooms are more photogenic/prettier. But the Hilton has flamingos and fireworks and some rockin restaurants (I highly reccommend “Kobe” on the other side of the parking garage)
Neither are right ON the strip…well, technically they are but it’s still a bit of a walk to get to the shops and stuff. The Hilton would definitely be a more pleasant walk (less homeless) but the Outrigger has a better view of the sunset. Oh, just a tip– if you do decide to go with the Outrigger, book the one on the beach, not “Waikiki”.
If you really want to live large though– you can’t beat The Royal Hawaiian. You can’t miss it…it’s the GIANT FREAKING PINK ASS BUILDING on the beach. Right on the strip, you’ll be in the middle of it. It’s one of the oldest buildings in Waikiki but from what I understand, it’s beautiful and wonderful and magical.
Post # 7
Personally I think staying beachfront is overrated, plus the beach in Waikiki is contaminated with sewage far too often for me to ever go in the water. IMO staying on the north shore is way nicer. That said, in answer to your question:
Nicest hotel in Waikiki: Halekulani
Best value: Trump
Post # 8
If you are going to have a car I suggest the Ko’Olina. It is just up the coast a bit and is really beautiful. It is a Marriott Resort. You will be able to drive to Waikiki. We personally love going to Waikiki in fact we are going back this year.
Post # 9
Don’t rent a car unless you are staying out of the city…parking is like $25 a day at most hotels.
The hilton is gorgeous: it’s at the end of the “strip” so the beach is much more quiet, and they have a private lagoon.They also have a great fireworks show on friday nights!!
Post # 10
Thanks for the input ladies! I think we will stay at Trump for the first half so we can have a kitchen and that’s when we will do all of our “activities” like tours and travel around the island during the day since the hotel pool isn’t that great and they aren’t on the beach. Then we will move to Royal Hawaiian for the last half and just lay around the beautiful pool and beach for the rest of the trip. In an oceanfront room of course! I’m pretty excited. 🙂