Where to Eat, Sleep and Explore in Honolulu
If Oahu is the heart of Hawaii, then Honolulu is its racing pulse, and LuxeGetaways has your insider’s guide to how you can make the most of every minute you have in this cosmopolitan resort destination.
Honolulu is a big little city of more than 909,863 year-round inhabitants on the island of Oahu. Often called “The Gathering Place,” Oahu really does gather the visitor numbers each year. Oahu hosted 5.6 million visitors in 2016. With so many options of where to eat, sleep and explore in Honolulu; where do you begin? No need to worry – we have your solutions for every step of your Honolulu getaway. Honolulu includes Waikiki, the hub of the visitor industry. With the majority of the hotel rooms on the island being located in Waikiki, new hotel concepts and brands are constantly replacing the old. Waikiki offers a mix of price points for accommodations, but as always, the very best are directly on the ocean. Familiar shops along the main drag of Kalakaua Avenue are long gone, and parts of the avenue now resembles Rodeo Drive with worldwide upscale brands dotting the street to the delight of luxury shoppers. Although the face of Waikiki continues to evolve, the most famous “beach at Waikiki” stays much the same, as does the view of iconic Mount Leahi and Diamond Head, encircled by waving palms. On the West side of the island, the Ko
Olina Resort has grown up from a dry, keawe-covered scrubland to now be a manicured resort attracting those looking for an “away from the crowds” experience. From plush hotels, first-class golfing, an upscale Disney experience, cultural enrichment programs, and Hawaiian ocean sports, you will find it here. There are two other island destinations to consider. Kahala Hotel & Resort is a few miles from Waikiki (at Diamond Head and the wealthy enclave of Kahala), and delivers first-class relaxation. And for those who love the relaxed vibe of the North Shore with its surf culture and country feel, Turtle Bay Resort is the place kamaaina (local born) go for family time and staycations in the hotel, condos and villas.