Vacations & Travel - - Hotel Update -

On the Hawai­ian Is­land of Oahu, The Ka­hala Ho­tel & Re­sort is tucked away from the buzz of Waikiki, a 10-minute drive away. The 338-room ocean­front re­sort with lush trop­i­cal gar­dens, a pri­vate la­goon and res­i­dent dol­phins is in­spired by the grand homes of Hawai­ian roy­alty. Guests are met with an Aloha Lei greet­ing and tra­di­tional os­hi­bori cool towel at check-in. There are five restau­rants to choose from, where you can savour af­ter­noon tea at The Ve­randa, or en­joy an au­then­tic seafood buf­fet at Plume­ria Beach House. Guests don’t just come to feast here, but also for the world-class spa and fit­ness fa­cil­i­ties at the CHI Health En­ergy Fit­ness Cen­tre, and at The Ka­hala Spa where you can in­dulge in an an­cient Hawai­ian Lomi Lomi mas­sage. The fam­ily-friendly re­sort has a Ka­hala Fam­ily Plan where guests 12 and un­der stay at no cost and chil­dren aged five to 12 can dis­cover their own ad­ven­tures at The Ka­hala Keiki Club. We love the idea of a beach fam­ily por­trait ses­sion cour­tesy of The Ka­hala, in hon­our of the tra­di­tional Hawai­ian royal fam­ily his­toric por­traits that can be viewed in the Iolani Palace, a Na­tional His­toric Land­mark. Af­ter your 45-mintue photo shoot, The Ka­hala will pro­fes­sion­ally edit im­ages that can be viewed the fol­low­ing day, with your favourites avail­able to pur­chase. Prices start from US$420 (about A$581) per room, per night). ka­halare­sort.com

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