Like all of Hawaii, Waikiki is rich in history, and the new Alohilani Resort pays homage to its past in a style best described as aloha-chic.
Start with the name. Hawaii’s last reigning monarch, Queen Lili‘uokalani, loved this lush region so much that she nicknamed her beachside cottage “Kealohilani,” meaning heavenly brightness. The area had long been a gathering place for royalty and chiefs. It stands to reason the resort, which overlooks a prime stretch of white sand (60 steps from door to shore) would offer regal spaces for guests to lounge and linger. There’s the O Bar and its 280,000-gallon oceanarium filled with tropical fish. On the fifth floor, you’ll find the ocean-view innity-edge pool (the only one of its kind in Waikiki); luxe cabanas; in-water lounges; and the Swell bar, serving drinks and delectables such as the ahi poke stack. Then there are the two new restaurants by famed Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto: Morimoto Asia Waikiki dishes up Pan-Asian creations (think Peking duck, sticky ribs and Korean kalbi) in modern, airy surrounds, while Momosan Waikiki is where adventurers can slurp ramen and nibble on pork gyoza and the chef’s take on garlic shrimp (a can’t-miss island classic). Grab a seat in the outdoor beer garden; sip a sake or a brew; and watch the sun set over the Pacic. Paradise found.
Suites from $899 per night, alohilaniresort.com
Photography by: ALOHILANI RESORT, WAIKIKI BEACH