The Kahala Hotel & Resort

(800) 367-2525 or (808) 739-8888
5000 Kahala Ave, Waikiki
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Typically this resort is ranked among the world’s best hotels—for good reasons. This is probably our favorite O‘ahu resort. It has all the trappings of a big, fun destination resort without any of the annoyances, like waiting in line or crowds. The Kahala isn’t in Waikiki; it’s about 15 minutes away on ultra-protected Kahala Beach. The Kahala exudes a relaxed, old world, luxurious feel. There’s afternoon tea on the open-air veranda, mature gardens and grounds, and clean, well-tended surroundings.

The resort isn’t stodgy, however. For example, no restaurant requires a jacket for men. Instead of a pond filled with koi, theirs has turtles, sting ray, reef fish and dolphins cruising the waters. (A Dolphin Quest activity is available for an extra fee.) Some of the rooms in the Koko Head Wing are directly over the pond, allowing you to watch these creatures from your lanai.