Sprawling the southern coast of Honolulu, Waikiki is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Hawaii, attracting surfers from around the globe. But there’s more to Waikiki than the beach. Stroll past the designer boutiques along Kalakaua Avenue, marvel at the unique Honolulu Zoo and the Waikiki Aquarium, and feast on the regional cuisine. If you are planning a relaxing holiday in Waikiki, check out this list of the best luxury and 5 star hotels in Waikiki Beach, bookable at Culture Trip.
In the heart of the Waikiki action, the ocean-side Sheraton shares a stretch of white sand with its sister hotel, the Royal Hawaiian. Everyone will love the seaside infinity pool, with a dedicated pool ambassador who brings iced towels to cool you off. Multiple room types include balconies and at least a partial ocean view, but the dreamy sea-inspired murals and sandy decor will soothe you regardless. Breakfast overlooking the beach on tropical fruit and delicious pastries before hitting the surf.
Combining midcentury-modern design with island influences, you’ll be just a six-minute walk from Waikiki Beach and 3mi (5km) from the Diamond Head hiking area at this pastel-painted hotel. Surrounded by a lush garden with a saltwater pool, airy rooms have relaxing lanais with island-inspired furnishings. There’s a dog bed and treats for those traveling with their pet. But humans are cared for, too: you can tuck into modern Hapa Hawaiian cuisine, and sip artisan cocktails or local craft beers on a terrace with fire pits at Hideout.
Across the street from Waikiki Beach on the Pacific Ocean, you’ll wake up each sunny day to views of Diamond Head. Rooms and suites keep the ocean on your mind with monochrome framed prints of the sea and soft, sand-colored furnishings. A bevy of restaurants includes Morimoto Asia, for getting your fix of Peking duck and sticky ribs. Now you’ll want a private cabana by the side of the saltwater infinity pool for a sneaky siesta. Don’t forget to linger in the lobby’s 280,000-gallon Oceanarium.
Half a mile from Kahanamoku Beach and just a short stroll to Waikiki Beach, this hotel features plenty of light-filled airy spaces for guests to unwind and relax after a day exploring the Oahu region. Borrow one of the hotel’s loaner bikes to get to the surf quicker before a mindful yoga class. Spend your afternoon by the heated swimming pool, drying off on the sun deck. Select your tile and wood-clad studios or suite by the view – city skyline, neighboring Fort DeRussy Beach Park or the Pacific Ocean.
Overlooking Waikiki Beach and the Pacific Ocean, you may find your head spinning at the inside treats at this five-star hotel with butler service, palatial beach-view suites with sleek kitchens, saunas, balconies and hot tubs. Each suite gets its own floor, so you won’t hear your neighbor’s champagne cork popping. When you get hungry, try the French-Japanese dining concept, with rare wines only available here.
This luxurious condominium resort facing Waikiki Beach will keep you happy and relaxed with a swimming pool, jet spa, recreation deck with barbecue stations and cabanas, a modern fitness center and a yoga room. Huge oceanfront suites with tropical decor feature floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies you can stretch out on, plus separate living spaces and kitchens for rustling up your favorite breakfast waffles. Complimentary on-site experiences include hula, yoga and ukulele lessons.
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