The Ka­hala Hotel & Re­sort, Honolulu, Hawaii

Vacations & Travel - - Cruise news - By Avi Mel­niker

Old Hol­ly­wood classic glam­our meets re­laxed Hawai­ian charm at this beau­ti­ful prop­erty that is tucked away just a quick 10 minute zip from the bus­tle of Waikiki. Boast­ing views over Di­a­mond Head and Koko Head, Ka­hala’s jewel in the crown is its own beach­front par­adise, where you can take in the re­laxed vibe of Hawaii with­out the hordes of beach­go­ers, and its spec­tac­u­lar nat­u­ral salt­wa­ter la­goon. And while the la­goon is gor­geous, we are starry eyed at what lives in it

– a fam­ily of play­ful At­lantic bot­tlenose dol­phins. The Dol­phin Quest Ex­pe­ri­ence has a host of pro­grams where guests can see, play or swim with dol­phins, and we choose the Kids Aquatic Ex­pe­ri­ence for our daugh­ter, who still talks about it on a daily ba­sis weeks later. She was able to prac­tise her own dol­phin ma­noeu­vres when we went snorkelling in the bay in front of the hotel, and, when a cou­ple of sea tur­tles swam quite close to us, I could hear her squeal­ing with de­light through her snorkel. Ka­hala re­ally does get the bal­ance right for guests – it is fan­tas­tic for fam­i­lies but also ap­peals to cou­ples and celebri­ties, with an im­pres­sive number of A-list guests.

Some guests stay at Waikiki in the thick of the action for a few days, then move down to Ka­hala to catch their breath and re­ally take in the charms of its lo­ca­tion. The res­tau­rant and bar op­tions are ex­cel­lent, the staff are so friendly and if you just have to head back up to Waikiki or you want to hit the shops, the Ka­hala has its own shut­tle ser­vice to Waikiki, Ala Moana Shop­ping Cen­ter and Ka­hala Mall. As for us, I had no chance of get­ting my daugh­ter away from the dol­phins and tur­tles and stingrays and fish and that in­cred­i­ble beach, and be­tween you and me, that was just per­fect. ka­halare­sort.com

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