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LOHA” greets a lovely lady in pink. She grace­fully place a del­i­cate fresh or­chid lei around my neck, and hands me a re­fresh­ing wel­come drink.

I am in the grand lobby, wait­ing to be checked-in atThe Royal Hawai­ian Re­sort Waikiki, one of Mar­riott’s Lux­ury Col­lec­tion prop­er­ties in Oahu Is­land, Hawaii. Af­fec­tion­ately known as the Pink Lady, the iconic pink stucco fa­cade in­spired by the Span­ish-Moor­ish ar­chi­tec­ture is a con­spic­u­ous land­mark.

The Royal Hawai­ian which was built in 1927 is an es­tab­lished re­sort that sits right on Waikiki Beach, among the world’s top 10 beaches.

In fact, it is one of the old­est lux­ury ho­tels on the is­land.

I am al­ready su­per-psyched just be­ing here in Hawaii, let alone given the chance to stay in a lux­u­ri­ous re­sort where so many celebri­ties and so­cialites have stayed.


The His­toric Grove room at the his­toric wing will be my stay for the three nights I’m in Hawaii. Step­ping into the room feels like trav­el­ling back into the 1920s.

It’s a de­cent room with vin­tage in­te­rior of cus­tomised dark wooden fur­ni­ture, the warm pal­lette ac­cented by a bold fuch­sia pink and plat­inum silver head­board, crisp white bed­ding and boudoir pil­lows. It’s so com­fort­able ly­ing on the an­tique wood­carved bed with its lush mat­tress.

The room also has an en-suite bath­room with stand­ing shower and guests are pro­vided with ameni­ties by Malie Or­gan­ics, a lo­cal brand that of­fers all-nat­u­ral prod­ucts em­body­ing the mag­nif­i­cence of Hawaii and its trop­i­cal flora.

Even though I don’t get to check out the Ab­hasa Spa, I still get to treat my body to a lush, nour­ish­ing blend of ther­a­peu­tic botan­i­cals from Malie Or­gan­ics.

My room does not come with an ocean view. Most rooms at the his­toric wings face the gar­den be­cause in the old days, Hawaii could only be reached via cruise ships. Since guests spent months with the ocean be­ing their only view, they re­quested for gar­den and moun­tain scener­ies when back on land.

But, if you pre­fer the ocean view, the more con­tem­po­rary Mailani tower of­fers an in­ti­mate lanai for a pri­vate van­tage point of the sparkling Pa­cific Ocean.


The Royal Hawai­ian is a beach­front ho­tel with a spec­tac­u­lar view of Waikiki Beach and Di­a­mond Head. Although it is not a pri­vate beach, guests still get first-class fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing a sun lounger with a cute pink para­sol along the beach.

Ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude sun­bathing, swim­ming, surf­ing, stand pad­dling, ca­noe­ing

The stun­ning in­te­rior of the ho­tel.

En­joy the Royal Break­fast at Surf Lanai. and more. In fact, surf­ing les­son are also avail­able.

The ho­tel is also lo­cated along the shop­ping dis­trict of Kalakaua Av­enue, where you can shop till you drop. Hard Rock Cafe, Sephora, For­ever 21, H&M, RipCurl and many other brands in­clud­ing the high-end ones are just nearby.


I also re­ceive a coupon upon check-in that can be used to re­deem the finest con­fec­tionery at the Royal Hawai­ian Bak­ery, which is quite pop­u­lar for its Ba­nana Macadamia Nut Muf­fin. Of course, I re­deem mine on the sec­ond morn­ing.

What I don’t know is that I can re­deem not one but six types of pas­try from the bak­ery se­lec­tions. Since ev­ery­thing looks de­li­cious, I se­lect two each of the signature muffins, scones and dan­ish of the day.

I also get to have break­fast at the up­scale beach­side restau­rant,Surf Lanai, on my last day.

It’s an elegant restau­rant with spec­tac­u­lar view of the Waikiki Beach. You

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