Oahu’s Six Most Impressive Luxury Hotels

If you’re not Hawaiian, you may not know that Oahu is Hawaii’s most populated and, in turn, the most visited island despite not being the biggest. It gives you the best of both worlds – you can lounge on some of the world’s most beautiful beaches hidden in the South Pacific and when you turn around, there’s a stunning metropolis behind you. Honolulu is the state’s capital city and, as such, houses most of the state’s Hotels, including some of the fanciest and most impressive luxury hotels in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. True, if you’re coming to Hawaii to get away from the hustle and bustle of mainland life, some of these places may not be perfect for you, but if you want to take it easy and still know there’s a McDonald’s a stones throw away, most of these luxury hotels are perfect. Without further ado, these are Oahu’s most impressive luxury hotels.

The Royal Hawaiian

Considered the Grande Dame of hotels in Honolulu, the Royal Hawaiian is simply stunning. You can stay in an ocean front suite and have cocktails on your own private balcony while you watch the sunset, or enjoy pool and ocean views from the two floor Spa suite. The 604 square foot space features a living room and a lanai where you can order room service and share a romantic dinner for two. Built in 1927, the Royal Hawaiian is a first class resort which the locals and aficionado’s call, “Pink Palace of the Pacific.” The resort has everything you need for a five star holiday including a spa and poolside cabanas.

Ashton Waikiki Beach Tower

After visiting, it’s not uncommon to decide to stay. Buying real estate on Oahu is definitely a fantastic investment for both your wallet and your stress levels. The Ashton Waikiki Beach Tower is the perfect place to stay while you are house hunting. The condominium resort offers guests a choice of one or two bedroom suites which include a living area and a gourmet kitchen. Enjoy first class hotel service while you enjoy the comforts of home including turndown service at night. Your own lanai features spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean where you can have a glass of wine as you watch the world go by. The resort also features a heated pool, sauna and a Jacuzzi.

Halekulani

For nearly 100 years, the Halekulani Hotel has been one of the most desired resort hotels in the world. Set on five acres of prime Oahu real estate, it consists of five buildings, three restaurants and 453 guest rooms. The spa is second to none and is the perfect place to have a massage. Returning visitors to Waikiki would never consider staying anywhere else. The service is impeccable and the staff seems to know exactly what you want even before you ask for it. You can relax by the pool and have a cosmopolitan, or grab a towel and head for the private beach. The hotel is undergoing renovations until June of 2012 which could be a downside for some.

Kahala Hotel & Resort

With uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean the Kahala offers first class accommodation that features a private lagoon with dolphins that call Kahala home. The resort has five restaurants and one of the best spas on the island. Bask in the sun on the private beach that is just steps away from the sparkling pool. Although Kahala is a quick ten minute stroll from downtown Honolulu, it is extremely private. The activities are second to none, and if you want to learn how to paddleboard or ride the waves, the friendly staff will have you standing up on your own in no time at all.

Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach

Donald Trump is known for luxury, and his group of hotels is no different. The resort offers five star accommodations that are second to none. Each suite features gourmet kitchens and marble baths. The infinity pool is on the sixth floor of the 38 story five star hotel, and has amazing views. You can sit on the lanai deck and enjoy a delicious Mai Tai, or make an appointment for a facial at the spa. If you have been watching your waist line expand, you can spend your mornings in the fitness center which features state of the art equipment. The only downside of this marvelous luxury hotel is that some of the guest services are not free. You will be asked to pay a bellman fee if you want anything sent up to your suite.

Turtle Bay Resort

Situated on the North Shore of Oahu lies one of the most fabulous hotel resorts in Hawaii, and if you need someplace to relax and rest your tired feet after hunting for real estate in Hawaii with Aloha Tony, Turtle Bay Resort is perfect. Stay in your own beachfront cottage which can sleep up to four people, or opt for an ocean front villa. Each condominium is spectacularly furnished and is just a few steps from the sand. You can prepare a gourmet meal in the kitchen after you have a swim in your own private pool. No need to leave Turtle Bay as the resort has everything. You can play a round of golf, have a game of tennis or go horseback riding. If you do not feel like cooking, you can have breakfast lunch or dinner in one of the world-class restaurants.

Whether you are planning a holiday to the islands or on the hunt for real estate in Hawaii, there are plenty of resorts where you can relax and regroup. If you close the deal on a vacation property in Kailua, finding the perfect luxury hotel will be a thing of the past.

Geoffrey Murie
geoff@luxurybranded.com

Originally educated in business management but passionate about the Internet, Geoff left his job in business to start a company with partner Ryan Clark in 2008. Geoff appreciates timeless quality and uniqueness in his luxury goods and doesn't so much care for tacky, trendy goods. He loves watches, cars and various methods of flight. If you want to pry a little bit into his life, check out this and this twitter account.

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