In this review, we pick the best luxury hotels in Waikiki based on our own experience of this magical city so that you can enjoy the best of Waikiki in luxury. Waikiki is easy to get to. Fly into Honolulu (HNL), and you are a short cab or uber ride from Waikiki. If you prefer to explore the other Hawaiian islands and stretches of beach beyond Waikiki, take a look at our top ten best selection of the best luxury hotels in Hawaii. You may also be interested in which hotels are best for club lounges in Waikiki.
In our opinion, the Four Seasons hotels consistently offer the best luxury hotels on the Hawaiian islands and are a must-stay for any luxury traveler. Find out which is the best Four Seasons hotel in Hawaii. I have written a detailed article on how to get an upgrade & free breakfast at any Four Seasons hotel. Simply book through our Luxury Travel Concierge to get brilliant free VIP benefits. If you want to get the best possible rates, you should also travel out of the main season (avoid Christmas and school holidays). You can then often take advantage of their discounted fourth or fifth-night free offers, extra resort credits, and complimentary golf across all four resorts.
Waikiki used to be a royal retreat and is now the largest and most popular resort area on the Hawaiian islands. It is bordered by a fabulous stretch of golden sand that sits in front of many high-rise hotels and resorts. The best hotels in Waikiki offer grounds that reach right down to the water’s edge. During the day, you can choose to enjoy the vibrancy of Waikiki or simply spend your days lazing by the pool and paddling in the sea.
There are so many hotels to choose from, including all the major brands, that it is difficult to differentiate between the ones that are great and offer true luxury and the ones that sit too far from the beach for a comfortable stroll and should be avoided.
Beyond your luxury hotel, this vacation destination offers a jungle of hotels and restaurants that stretches for miles. Waikiki Beach is one of the busiest and arguably the most exciting and vibrant destinations in Hawaii. Still, some might find the constant noise, activity, and sheer volume of tourists somewhat overwhelming.
Waikiki is certainly not a “get away from it all” destination. If you want seclusion and exclusivity, head over to the island of Lanai, where you can enjoy one of the best Four Seasons hotels on the Hawaiian islands.
However, if you enjoy shopping during the day and going out at night, Waikiki offers a mass of surf stores and all the main brands throughout the town, as well as numerous fast-food joints like McDonald’s and convenience stores (usually ABC stores), so you are never left wanting. On the edge of the main resort area, you will find the Ala Moana shopping mall, which has every major brand missing from the resort center. You will also find designer fashion stores like Chanel on Kalakaua Avenue and nearby streets.
Waikiki offers vibrant nightlife too. Shops stay open till late, and there are plenty of waterside cocktail bars and fine dining venues to enjoy. Of course, this is Hawaii, so you must also take in an evening Hula show at one of the many luxury hotels.
I find Waikiki a wonderful place to start a trip to Hawaii. There is no end to the activities on offer, and if you arrive in from one of the big cities in North America like New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, or in fact, anywhere with a busy vibe, then Waikiki offers a great place to decompress.
That said, my ideal trip to the Hawaiian islands would not exclusively be based around Waikiki. There are so many wonderful, exclusive, and remote resorts that make the most of the beautiful scenery, incredible wildlife, and gorgeous weather in a more sophisticated environment.
I would recommend combining Waikiki with a stay either somewhere quieter on Oahu or island hopping over to Maui or Big Island, where you can completely chill out in luxury.
Visit in Hawaii’s off-season, when the rates are cheaper along with three for two-night deals being available, and the islands are less crowded. Ideally, travel is spring (April to June) and fall (September to November). Winter in Hawaii can be cloudy and wet from December to March, but it is a popular time to travel simply because the rest of the Northern hemisphere is so miserable and cold.
1. Halekulani Waikiki
The Halekulani is the best luxury resort on Waikiki Beach, with a beautiful pool and direct waterside access. Halekulani actually means “House Befitting Heaven”. It was originally built in 1907 and is now completely refurbished. This is a large hotel, but it’s not large by Waikiki standards. All 410 guest rooms are excellent, with plenty of space and large lanais. They range between 415 and 485 ft.², and pricing depends on the view. The standard rooms overlook the gardens. Crucially 90% of all rooms offer an ocean view.
There are also 43 suites at the Halekulani, which tend to overlook the resort pool and beach. The lowest level suites only offer a Romeo and Juliet balcony, so don’t get caught out if you like to sit out on a lounger with the privacy of your own balcony all day. The larger suites have larger balconies, and some even have a terrace. All are beautifully decorated in creams and greys and light blues, which evoke the colors of the beach, the sea, and Diamond Head in the distance. Technology includes a 46-inch flat-screen TV, a DVD/CD entertainment center, and complimentary wireless Internet access. Bathrooms feature a deep soaking tub, a separate glassed-in shower, and a marble basin.
The place to spend the evening is the iconic “House without a Key”. It is the perfect place for early evening cocktails and live music as the sunsets. Follow your cocktail with an exclusive meal. Orchids and La Mer are two of the best restaurants in Hawaii, and they both reside in the Halekulani.
Book with our luxury travel concierge to get the following exclusive free benefits at the Halekulani hotel:
- Upgrade at the time of booking (subject to availability) and valid in select categories only (Partial Ocean View upgrade to Ocean View or Ocean View upgrade to Ocean Front)
- Daily breakfast for up to two in-room guests, at either House Without a Key (buffet breakfast) or Orchids (full American breakfast). On Sundays, breakfast will only be offered at House Without a Key
- $100 USD Hotel Credit for bookings confirmed in Garden Courtyard View, Poolside Room, Partial Ocean View, Ocean View, Ocean Front, Diamond Head Ocean Front, Garden Junior Suite, Ocean View Junior Suite, and Diamond Head Ocean Junior Suite
- $200.00 USD Hotel Credit for bookings confirmed in Pool View Suite, Poolside Suite, Sunset Suite, Ocean Suite, Ocean Terrace Suite, Diamond Head Suite, Diamond Head Prime Suite, Executive Luxury Suite, Orchid Suite, Halekulani Suite, and Royal Suite
- Early check-in / late check-out (subject to availability)
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
The hotel also offers an award-winning spa embracing the Pacific’s healing culture, a wide range of water sports, including outrigger canoe rides, surfing, snorkeling, sailing, or you can just take in Waikiki’s world-famous beach culture. For families traveling with children, a kids’ program is also provided during the summer months and at Christmas.
With its beautiful glass mosaic tiles designed as a rare orchid, the freshwater pool provides one of the most relaxing places for a swim in Waikiki.
It’s worth noting that there isn’t much beach bordering this hotel. The best stretch of beach in Waikiki is in front of the Hilton Village, which is just a couple of minutes’ walk away, or down by the Moana Surfrider, a short walk in the other direction. Here you can hire sun loungers and umbrellas, but having to walk up the coastline to use a beach is far from ideal.
At the Halekulani, you can enjoy the pool and the grounds, but not sunbathing on the beach as the hotel simply does not have much of a beach. On the bright side, you can take up free surf lessons here and paddle out to sea. It’s a great place to start this exciting sport!
2. Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, Waikiki
For any avid Bonvoy points collectors or spenders, this hotel, which is also part of the Marriott and Sheraton SPG group, is undoubtedly a fantastic choice! In fact, this hotel is one of three great beachfront Starwood properties, and if you are looking for chain hotels, there is also a well-located Hyatt Regency with a club lounge in Waikiki, as outlined below.
The Royal Hawaiian opened in 1927. This “Pink Palace of the Pacific” is located slap band in the center of the famed Waikiki Beach. With 528 rooms and suites, The Royal Hawaiian features modern comfort, indigenous accents, and refined luxury. In the Royal Beach Tower, each room provides an intimate lanai for a private vantage point of the sparkling Pacific Ocean. In the Historic Building, fresh and elegant guest rooms. The resort’s signature restaurant, Azure Restaurant, is perched along the Waikiki beachfront and serves some of the best seafood in Waikiki and Honolulu.
This is my second favourite hotel in Waikiki and is the ninth best hotel in Hawaii. It is part of the Sheraton Luxury Collection, and you can get upgrades and free breakfast at all Luxury Collection Starwood Hotels if you book with our luxury travel concierge.
When comparing the Halekulani vs. Royal Hawaiian, both these hotels offer the most luxury hotel option in Waikiki. If you travel further out of Waikiki but remain on Oahu, the Four Seasons Oahu is worth a stay as well, but within Waikiki, these are definitely both your best options. We have reviewed, which is best, Halekulani vs. Royal Hawaiian in Waikiki, in more detail.
Suffice to say that stay at the Halekulani for a luxury oasis, beautiful grounds, and the pool. But there is no beach in front of Halekulani. There is a nice beach, part of which is roped off for the guests at the Royal Hawaiian. If you want a beach, we recommend the Royal Hawaiian. If you are happy sitting on beautiful grounds, the Halekulani is for you. Both hotels are beautiful.
3. Moana Surfrider Hotel, A Westin Resort
The last time I stayed in this hotel was just before Christmas, and there was a charming Christmas train set in the foyer with sparkling snow and a train making its way around these tiny mountains and through petite tunnels. It is one of the three main memories of my stay here. The other two moments that stick with me are sitting on the rocking chairs on the balcony to the front of the hotel, looking out to the main street, watching people walk by, and just relaxing in the heat.
And my third memorable moment was sipping a cocktail in the gardens overlooking the beach on the first night. The sunsets quite early here, so we continued to sip as the and stars came out. I had terrible jet lag, but the swishing of the waves on the shore and the distant Hawaiian tunes made that particular evening rather lovely, regardless of my poorly head and body!
It is the historic setting and the old-fashioned architecture that makes the Moana Surfrider such a special choice in Waikiki. The hotel was actually built in 1901, and the lobby is in the original colonial building. You enter, bypassing the decked front porch lined with white wooden rocking chairs, and you step into the perfectly restored lobby.
Enormous tropical flower displays scent the lobby, and guests are greeted with a lei and a glass of fruit juice. Rooms are, unfortunately, less noteworthy.
The historic and diamond rooms lack a balcony, and although pleasant, they don’t enable you to sit out and enjoy the views. The best rooms here are the more modern Tower Ocean Front and Ocean View Rooms with incredible vistas. If you are not bothered about a balcony, the Historic Banyan Ocean rooms are also cute. Of note, the Royal Hawaiian does not have rooms overlooking the beach like the Halekulani. Still, for a cheaper option, the Surfrider also has rooms overlooking or even hang over the beach. Of course, the ones at the Moana Surfrider come in at a lower price than those at the Halekulani, so this can be a great way of scoring an oceanfront room where you can fall asleep to the sound of the waves, for less!
A couple of points worth noting for the luxury traveler. The base rooms here are small and can be musty. You really need to upgrade to a room with a balcony and views for a luxury experience. Many “City View” rooms overlook the International Marketplace to the hotel’s right from the back. The view is great, but the music can be loud and can continue well past midnight.
The location, right in the center of Waikiki beach with direct beach access, means that you couldn’t be more central. The pool is small, but the location and overall upkeep of the hotel is superb, making it a great hotel choice in Waikiki. The private beach at the Moana Surfrider is a thin strip of over-crowded beach with a small area closest to the hotel property cordoned off by a rope, where you can use hotel beach chairs. But then there isn’t a Starwood or Bonvoy option in Waikiki on Oahu with anything close to a secluded, private beach feel. Book with our luxury travel concierge for advice, discounts and offers at this hotel.
Access to the beach club lounge may actually save you cash even though there is a steep price tag of around $100 USD per room. This lounge does actually feel a bit like a beach club. The lounge is on the ground floor and has an outdoor seating area which is great for breakfast and alfresco or drinks in the evening. You are just a few feet above the beach! The Moana has a popular popcorn machine. There tend to be fewer children at this hotel than at the Sheraton Waikiki up the beach, so usually, this lounge is the more peaceful lounge of the two if your loyalty sits with the Marriott/Westin/Sheraton brand and you collect Bonvoy points.
There is a great selection at breakfast; scrambled eggs, fruit, cheese, and porridge, a nice variety along with coffee, espresso, and bottled water (Bottled water is not available at the equivalent club lounge at the Hyatt across the road, so the Moana beach club lounge offers a much better choice is the hotel lounge is a deal-breaker at your hotel). There are also soft drinks available throughout the day.
In the evening, there is free wine/beer they serve you, but your glass will never be empty. There is also a decent spread of food and excellent service.
4. Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa
This place is enormous, with 3,000 rooms are spread over 20 acres with tropical gardens containing waterfalls, restaurants, and even penguins on the grounds. Yes, you read right. There are little penguins that waddle around one part of the grounds with their own pool!
This hotel is located to one end of Waikiki, towards Honolulu and the Ala Moana shopping mall. The action of Waikiki beach is actually around a 15-minute walk away. The hotel is designed around a secluded lagoon, with three swimming pools, Hawaiian cultural activities, two minigolf courses, and of course, one of the best patches of Waikiki Beach.
There is no Club lounge at this resort, and do remember that there is also a $30 USD resort fee added to your bill per night. On the bright side, many of the bars and restaurants spill right out onto the beach as there is no road between the hotels and the beach towards the Northern end of Waikiki. Book with our luxury travel concierge for advice, discounts and offers at this hotel.
5. Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa
This is a great property, and whether you book it with cash or on points, this Hyatt may offer better value than the equivalent Sheraton property costs on Marriott Bonvoy rewards, and if you book with our luxury travel concierge we can get you extra benefits at this hotel.
The name of this property is somewhat misleading because it is not actually situated on the beach. It is situated not far from the Moana Surfrider Hotel and across the road from the beach.
The Hyatt Regency Waikiki sits above high-end stores in two large high-rise towers. This means there are some great views of the beach and Diamond Head as well as the surrounding city from the rooms. The best rooms in this Hyatt Regency are the ocean view rooms, which are spacious and have been recently renovated. There are, in fact, over 1200 newly renovated rooms at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki. It’s a big property.
The rooms themselves are spacious with a chaise lounge to one side of the room, a large bed in the middle, and a desk with a wall-mounted TV above. The ocean view rooms have a nice balcony with two chairs and a table. The balcony is very private, but it lacks any loungers for laying out on and relaxing in the sunshine. The bathroom is compact but modern.
The pool area at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki is compact and surrounded by loungers. The hotel’s two towers looked down upon this rather small pool area, and to be honest. It is nothing compared to the pool at the Hyatt Regency Maui for the Grand Hyatt Kauai. It is small and very concrete, but being on an elevated floor does have a view over to the beach. The Marriott down the road has a similarly unappealing concrete pool area. You really need to book one of the beachfront hotels for exciting grounds and a pretty pool.
The best feature of this property is the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Regency club lounge. The lounge and, in fact, the hotel is populated largely by Asian visitors but particularly the Japanese, giving it an international feel.
The lounge breakfast offers a nice selection of pastries, a charcuterie of meats and cheeses, along with fruit, including strawberries and melon, salads, salmon, and miso. If you are still hungry, there is toast and loads of fresh buns with various jams and spreads. Although this breakfast is not a patch on what you would expect from somewhere like the Four Seasons hotels, it still offers a fresh and expansive free buffet to fill you up in the morning.
There are soft drinks available from a fridge during the day, which include Pepsi and cans of other soft fizzy drinks like Schweppes plus, you can pick up yogurt, and there are loads of fruit juices but no bottled water to take away.
The evening food and beverage offering includes, once again, a charcuterie of meats and cheeses along with cold salad items and soups with deserts available later in the evening. I can quite easily munch my way through strips of cucumber celery, carrots, peppers, and dips to keep me going, but to be honest, you may feel you still want to eat out after finishing in the lounge. Interestingly, drinks containing alcohol are at extra cost, with Beer coming in around four dollars, a glass of wine at five dollars, and cocktails at six dollars. If you are still hungry, there are plenty of eateries on the doorstep, including things like Subway and McDonald’s, to fill you up.
There is no kids club at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki, and for me, the rather concrete pool area and the fact that you are across the road from the beach means that this Hyatt Regency is not the best hotel in Waikiki. Still, it is one of the few hotels with a club lounge, along with the Moana Surfrider And the Sheraton.
6. Sheraton Waikiki
This hotel is right on the beach with a fantastic pool, beachfront with super beach, and a great if slightly soul-less club lounge (if you are after a character beach club-style club lounge, head over to the Moana Surfrider for a more child-free experience with outdoor seating).
The downside of this hotel is that it is massive, so don’t expect the personal touch. It’s too big for that! But with huge and enormously high blocks comes incredible views! The view from the Club Lounge is also excellent, although it is just a crowded room (often full of kids) with a decent breakfast and light dinner with snacks and free-flowing self-serve wine and beer in the evening. A great spread but lacking in much of a Hawaiian feel.
If you come here to enjoy the pools and beach, right on your doorstep, and a location right in the center of the action, this hotel is a great choice!
7. Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
I have to admit this is one of my least favorite Marriott Bonvoy related hotels on Waikiki beach. I stayed here a few years ago and found that although the resort offers a friendly staff and great views, the location is across the road from the beach rather than on the beach is a problem (no direct beach access), and I found the pools to be on the concrete side and crowded. Add to this that the sun doesn’t get on the main pool until about lunchtime because of the size of the surrounding buildings.
The rooms are large but a little dingy, but the spectacular views can make up for this. With 1,310 refurbished guest rooms and suites, all with private lanai, you can’t go wrong if you want to be near the beach, but please note that although this hotel is described as a resort, it is really a hotel across the road from Waikiki beach.
Amenities include Kuhio Beach Grill, featuring the best in Pacific Rim cuisine; Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar and d.k Steak House; Arancino di Mare Italian Restaurant; newly redesigned Moana Terrace, offering live Hawaiian entertainment nightly; two Starbucks; Royal Kaila Spa AVEDA; a surf school; two freshwater, heated swimming pools (concrete-y); 10-person whirlpool; 3,000 sq. ft. 24-hour fitness center; business center with 24-hour Internet access; high-speed and wireless Internet access throughout the resort’s guest rooms and public spaces; shops and boutiques; and Hawaiian cultural activities.
The daily resort fee here is around $37 USD per night, which may upset you, but most hotels in Waikiki charge a resort fee (the Four Seasons below doesn’t), so you may feel a little nickel and dimed considering the hotel isn’t really a resort. This Marriott doesn’t have a club lounge either, but elite reward members get vouchers upon check-in for the complete breakfast in the newly refurbished and expanded dining room. It’s a good breakfast, but there is no club lounge here. Again, book via our luxury travel concierge for extra benefits.
8. Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
The Outrigger Waikiki offers one of the best club lounges in Waikiki. Voyager 47 club lounge which is on the second floor of this beachfront hotel.
The pool at Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort is nice but with limited sun due to the high-rise buildings on either side. You get direct access to the beach from the hotel. Just bear in mind that this is the center of Waikiki, and, as such, it can be quite busy! The pier or break which juts out from the beach nearby is a real asset and the perfect place to watch the fireworks from the Hilton on Friday nights.
9. Kahala Hotel & Resort
The Kahala has always been rated one of Hawaii’s best hotels, and although not strictly in Waikiki, it must be mentioned as it is a short ride away and such a nice choice! The hotel says that every president since Richard Nixon has stayed here, plus a host of rock stars from the Rolling Stones to the Beach Boys, has stayed here.
This is not a chain hotel where you can earn and redeem points. Although Honolulu has a wide range of chain hotels, including the Royal Hawaiian and the Moana Surfrider, the Hyatt Regency, and Marriott below, all outlined above, this one is independent and, as such, offers something a little bit different.
The Kahala is actually 10 minutes from Waikiki and is described as a “luxury hideaway, adored by stars, presidents, and royalty”. It is in a tranquil location, yet it is so close to Waikiki that it also benefits from all the shops, bars, action, and nightlife, which are just a short taxi ride away.
The hotel is located in a quiet residential neighborhood and has a grand lobby that hasn’t changed in years. Rates here start in the region of $500 USD but book via our luxury travel concierge for extra benefits. It is also worth looking out for fourth-night free type offers here out of the high season.
There is a particularly good breakfast spread here, served in the Plumeria Beach House, as well as Starbucks Coffee and tea, available in the reception. Seaside Grill offers lunch on the beach, and there is a poolside menu. Hoku’s is a fine dining restaurant offering a Hawaiian, Mediterranean, and European mix of dishes. There is also an Italian called Arancino.
There is one swimming pool and a hot tub, but it never seems too crowded poolside, and the peaceful, picture-perfect, private beach is just steps away. You can rent out cabana lounges, tents, and umbrellas (around $30 USD per day) on the beach. Odd for a luxury hotel, as usual, these would be free. There is also a golf course next to this hotel, a fitness center, and a spa. One unusual feature of the hotel is the captive dolphins which you can visit and play within the lagoon.
10. The Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina
The Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina is not in Waikiki but being a short drive away (further than the Kahala from Waikiki but still driveable by rental car, taxi, or uber), it is probably the best and most luxurious hotel choice on Oahu.
Stay here, and you have the option of enjoying the best of Waikiki by taxi-ing or uber-ing into town, but you can also escape the crowds to the glorious and luxurious isolation of this Four Seasons hotel.
This is probably the most convenient of all the Four Seasons hotels on the Hawaiian Islands. It is located on Oahu, around a half-hour drive from Honolulu Airport (HNL), and you can fly direct into HNL from mainland USA and Canada.
I reviewed the best way to get deals and special offers at Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina, Hawaii. The key is to book your next Four Seasons stay via our luxury travel concierge, and we can give you free loyalty-style benefits, room upgrades, and perks, at no extra cost.
Ko Olina, where the hotel is situated, is a 642-acre (260-hectare) resort community on Oahu’s leeward coast, alongside the Waianae mountain range. Home to Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina, the sunny western shoreline offers some of the Hawaiian Islands’ most breathtaking scenery, featuring towering mountains, vast valleys, calm ocean waters, and wide white beaches.
With 370 rooms and 55 suites, this is the largest Four Seasons hotel in Hawaii. The thing that differentiates the Four Seasons Oahu at Ko Olina from the other Four Seasons resorts on the various Hawaiian islands is the fact that it is designed around a calm artificial lagoon beach.
Turquoise in color, this lagoon offers a gorgeous golden sand beach in a circular bay, making it an extremely calm and shallow place to paddle or swim. The comparative safety of this lagoon makes this an ideal Four Seasons to choose if you have kids. There are loungers, umbrellas, and beach equipment available, all free of charge, so you can snorkel, swim, or try other water sports without paying any premium.
If you prefer to avoid kids, there is also an adult-only area of the beach situated near the adult-only pool, so whether you are a family or a couple, you will find your own piece of sandy paradise at this resort.
Other unique features include a private deep-draft marina and a mile and a half of seaside paths making this a great choice if you like to jog or just stroll to wear off the delicious food.
The resort actually sits within a 10-acre nature preserve called Lanikuhonua (“where heaven meets earth”). The jungle-covered mountains behind the resort that drop down to the turquoise sea in front of the resort certainly make this one of the most picturesque spots in Hawaii.
Arrival is a delight, with hotel porters ready to help with luggage and the presentation of a traditional lei along with chilled towels (nice in the heat) and a soft welcome drink.
The décor feels Hawaiian but in a good way. It feels stylish and sophisticated without losing its roots.
Activities beyond the beach, pools and fine dining include a magnificent spa, a golf course, tennis courts, and a 24-hour gym. You are also encouraged to embrace Hawaiian culture with local experts teaching classes to learn to play the ukulele and to stargaze, which is how the ancient Polynesian voyagers found Hawaii in the first place.
The Four Seasons Oahu at Ko Olina has a wonderful garden that stretches down to the beach, and its pools are also an absolute highlight.
There are two family pools that are on tiered levels, which lead down to the beach, along with a serene adults-only infinity pool leading onto the adults-only beach. This adults-only pool is a place to listen to the peace and quiet and the breeze rustling through the palms with views of the Pacific Ocean and with a cocktail by your lounger (yes, you are allowed alcoholic drinks by this pool too help you relax!).
There is also an outdoor lap pool in Naupaka Spa & Wellness complex to keep you fit.
It is worth mentioning that even the cheapest room at the Four Seasons Oahu at Ko Olina is a great room, and you will have a similarly great holiday, whichever room you choose. If you book via our luxury travel concierge we can bump you up a room level for free (subject to availability on check-in). We also add in a bunch of other free benefits, as outlined above.
Rooms at the Four Seasons Resort Oahu average around 640 sq. ft. (59 m2) with a spacious lanai, where you can sit out on comfortable loungers. Inside, lots of traditional local woods and banana leaf headboards bring Hawaiian nature in (in a good way!).
The Resort View room with mountain views is undoubtedly the best deal as you get to enjoy all the benefits of the resort at the cheapest possible price. They offer vistas of the nearby Waianae Range and are wonderful for watching the sunrise over Mount Kaala, but these Lanai can lack sunshine during the day, so don’t bank on sunbathing on the balcony in these rooms.
By booking via our concierge, you will get upgraded from these mountain view rooms to the Garden View Room for free (subject to availability), which are much sunnier, and look out onto the resort’s lush gardens. Both rooms are the same size.
Next up is the Ocean-View Room with a sunny private lanai that looks out onto the shimmering Pacific. If you want to be lulled to sleep by the splashing of the waves, you should go for the Ocean-front rooms with their unobstructed, panoramic ocean views from their private lanai. Again these rooms are the same in size. The only factor that differentiates these rooms is the views.
The best value-free upgrade (subject to availability) our luxury travel concierge offers is when you book an Ocean-View room and get upgraded to an Oceanfront room. On an average night, this upgrade is worth a staggering $225 USD per night, excluding taxes.
Our favorite room is, however, none of the above! We think the best room at the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina is the Delux Room with an outdoor spa tub. With these rooms (which are on the ground floor), you get a stunning outdoor space with 2 chairs, a table, and two loungers, all surrounding your own private pool. They call it an “oasis complete with a lush garden area”, and the space looks right out upon the ocean.
Having this garden area means that you can step out onto the easy-access beach straight from your room. You don’t even have to navigate the corridors for your fix of the beach. Once again, the room itself is the same size, but the added outdoor space makes it feel a whole lot larger and provides a magical space to spend the day or while away the evening in private.
You are spoilt for choice for eateries, the complimentary Kids for All Seasons club runs daily activities for children ages five to twelve, a superb spa and gym, and you can read a little more about this hotel and the other Four Seasons hotels in Hawaii, in our reviews of these Four Seasons hotels below:
Find out which hotels I consider to be the best Four Seasons hotels in the world.
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