HAWAII IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA With its epic beaches, warm weather, shopping and spirit of aloha, the island of Oahu has our hearts. And while we usually love retreating to the surf beaches on Oahu’s North Shore, we had to check out the new design hotel ’Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach – and we were not disappointed.
Formerly the old Pacific Hotel, the property has recently undergone a $172 million renovation and from the moment you step foot into the soaring lobby, it’s clear that ’Alohilani is a welcome point of difference to the larger properties in Honolulu. The one- and two-bedroom suites are spacious and chic, with views over Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head. Boasting panoramic views and chill zones, the hotel’s two pool areas provide retreats after a day swimming at the beach, and shopping on the bustling streets of Waikiki. Outdoor movie nights are held every Sunday, and there are also tennis courts, batting cages, daily fish feeding and a kids’ club.
’Alohilani can also arrange a family day out at Gunstock Ranch, which is partnered with Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative. As well as horse riding and spectacular views, a day at Gunstock includes a tree-planting ceremony in the first Hawaiian Legacy Forest. Every tree is tagged so guests can track their tree throughout their lifetime.