ALOHA, HAWAII

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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.

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