Happy hol­i­days

A round-up of the best va­ca­tion spots

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Contents - ALOHA HAWAII

You know it’s a sign of a good hol­i­day when your four-year-old begs you at the air­port on the way home not to make him leave. Hawaii had long been on the bucket list, so when the op­por­tu­nity for an in­ter-gen­er­a­tional hol­i­day with the grand­par­ents came up, we jumped at the chance to have a fam­ily hol­i­day.

Ar­riv­ing in Honolulu, on Oahu is­land, we were greeted with a tra­di­tional lei wel­come (only when in Hawaii!) be­fore head­ing off to our first stop – The Grand Is­lan­der by Hil­ton Grand Va­ca­tions, lo­cated next to the iconic Hil­ton Hawai­ian Vil­lage re­sort. Ideal for fam­i­lies, the Grand Is­lan­der of­fers apart­ment-style accommodation with full kitchen fa­cil­i­ties, a large liv­ing area and, in our case, two large bed­rooms with ocean views. Be­ing able to prepare break­fast be­fore head­ing out, or whip up a quick din­ner after a day spent swim­ming was a life-saver (we all know what it’s like tak­ing tired lit­tle ones out for din­ner). The Grand Is­lan­der has ac­cess to all the fa­cil­i­ties at the Hil­ton Hawai­ian Vil­lage in­clud­ing four pools – one with a wa­ter­slide that the kids will love – so you get the best of both worlds dur­ing your stay: the con­ve­nience of self-con­tained accommodation com­bined with the bells and whis­tles you’d ex­pect from a large re­sort.

It’s also a great place to ex­plore Honolulu from, with a trol­ley stop to the fa­mous Waikiki Beach or the Ala Moana shop­ping cen­tre right out­side your door. The At­lantis sub­marines also de­part from the jetty di­rectly out­side the re­sort. In­trepid ad­ven­tur­ers will love div­ing 30 me­tres be­low the sur­face to view Diamond Head’s ma­rine life dur­ing the 90-minute tour.

While Waikiki has plenty on of­fer, if you re­ally want to ex­plore Hawaii, Oahu is easy to get around. There’s plenty of car hire op­tions avail­able, and once you’ve left the hus­tle and bus­tle of down­town Honolulu, it’s pretty much one road around the is­land. Head­ing to the North Shore, with its laid-back at­ti­tude, al­lows you to cir­cle the en­tire is­land. The scenic drive takes only a cou­ple of hours, al­low­ing for stops along the way, such as the famed surf­ing mecca of Waimea Bay. The kids will also en­joy the Dole Pineap­ple Plan­ta­tion (the pineap­ple whip is not to be missed), home to the world’s largest

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