The Best Luxury Hotels to Book in Waikiki Beach, Hawaii

See the spectacular sunsets from your hotel's infinity pool on a luxurious getaway to Waikiki Beach
See the spectacular sunsets from your hotel's infinity pool on a luxurious getaway to Waikiki Beach | Courtesy of Sheraton Waikiki / Expedia
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7 December 2021
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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.

Trump International Hotel Waikiki, for oceanfront opulence

Trump International Hotel Waikiki outdoor pool on a rooftop beneath palms
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Part of the Waikiki Beach Walk complex, this Trump tower less than a mile from the white sands of Waikiki Beach oozes the opulence you’d expect. Rich textures, from soft leather to rare woods, create a chic look in rooms and suites. Indulge yourself with a personal chef to cook up a feast, then a personal trainer to burn it all off. There’s a sixth-floor infinity pool for splashing in before a session in the sleek spa.

Sheraton Waikiki, for high-rise heaven

Sheraton Waikiki simple double with beach views, colourful wall painting and desk
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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.

Queen Kapiolani Hotel, for a touch of local artistry

Queen Kapiolani Hotel outdoor pool with loungers, mountains in the distance and a bar beside it at sunrise
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Named after the wife of Hawaii’s last reigning king, this colorful hotel provides a glimpse into Waikiki’s past through a collection of posters, photographs and artwork from local artists. Light and airy rooms and suites have big-sky views; the Penthouse sleeps four with a kitchenette, so you can all enjoy freshly perked coffee on the ocean-facing balcony. You’re opposite Honolulu Zoo for an easy attraction and a two-minute walk from Waikiki Beach. If the sand gets too much, dive into the hotel’s sparkling outdoor pool.

Halekulani, for seafront serenity

Halekulani simple double room with balcony with a sea view and a desk, sofa and patio doors
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A 12-minute walk from downtown Waikiki, Halekulani has been one of the best five-star hotels in Waikiki for over a century. Facing Waikiki Beach, you’ll also get amazing views of Diamond Head here. All rooms and suites will soothe a jet-lagged traveler, but the Vera Wang Halekulani Suite adds a wrap-around balcony and spa-style bathroom with sand and sea elements, from soft tones to patterns. The hotel also features ADA-accessible rooms. Multiple sophisticated spaces for eating and drinking include a live jazz bar for a crafted cocktail or two.

The Laylow, Autograph Collection, for midcentury modern meets island vibes

The Laylow, Autograph Collection outdoor pool with loungers, cabanas and plants
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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.

Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach, for ocean-themed relaxation

Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach terrace with fire pit, cabanas and lounge chairs at dusk
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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.

Luana Waikiki Hotel & Suites, for serene outdoor spaces

Luana Waikiki Hotel and Suites classic double with floral blanket and curtains, Hawaiian art and city views
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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.

The Kahala Hotel & Resort, for tropical chic

View of the Kahala Hotel and Resort showing the resort, beach and sea with greenery behind
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Dark wood half-tester beds, soft cream carpets and whirring overhead fans appeal to guests, including royalty, presidents and celebrities, who’ve walked through the doors of this paradise-like property facing the blue waters of Waikiki Beach. You’ll never get bored, between the oceanfront swimming pool, surf and paddleboard lessons – included with your stay – and spa doling blissful Lomi Lomi massages. Now, you’ve earned your Kahala burger packed with wagyu beef, cheddar, Kahala sauce and salad served with a side of french fries and a pickle. Yummy.

ESPACIO The Jewel of Waikiki, for splendid seclusion

ESPACIO The Jewel of Waikiki simple room with four poster bed, floral carpet and sea views from balcony
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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.

Aston Waikiki Beach Tower, quiet condo living

Aston Waikiki Beach Tower breakfast area with funky furniture and open wall leading to outdoor terrace offering sea views
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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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