Honolulu's diverse resort hotels not only cater to romantic honeymooners but fun-seeking families, retirees and conference coordinators as well. Within easy distance of Waikiki Beach, restaurants, shopping centers, government offices and popular Oahu sightseeing attractions, each of these venues offers select vacation packages, nonsmoking guest rooms and concierge services to assist in planning activities.
From the air on approach to Honolulu International Airport, it's easy to spot the bright pink exterior of the Sheraton Royal Hawaiian. The "Pink Palace of the Pacific" opened in 1927, and its expansive gardens are adjacent to the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center. In addition to two swimming pools, the resort has its own private beach space, a full-service spa and salon, on-site dining, live entertainment, valet parking and a multilingual staff. Moana Surfrider, a Westin resort, is Waikiki's oldest hotel and dates from 1901. Room amenities include mini-refrigerators, coffeemakers, cable and on-demand movies, safes and Westin's signature Heavenly Beds. Live entertainment in the oceanfront Banyan Courtyard is a pleasing complement to the sunset views of Diamond Head. Halekulani made its debut in 1907 as Hau Tree Residential Hotel. In 1925, its "House Without a Key" open-air reception spot was made famous in the first Charlie Chan mystery. Guest rooms feature flat-screen televisions, free Wi-Fi, MP3 docking stations and comfy robes. A full-service spa, banquet rooms, business center and catering services make it perfect for weddings and large-scale conferences.
Sheraton Waikiki's ballroom and 16 conference rooms accommodate anywhere from 10 to 2,500 people, and is located within two miles of the Hawaii Convention Center and government offices. The hotel is environmentally conscious and offers parking discounts for hybrid vehicles, the use of locally grown and harvested produce and seafood, energy-efficient lighting and air conditioning, recycling stations and emailed folios upon check-out. Hilton Hawaiian Village offers extensive indoor and outdoor event space, a full-service post office, a 24/7 business center, audio-visual equipment and 1,700 guest rooms. For the recreational side of conference events, the Hilton Hawaiian has five swimming pools, 20 restaurants and bars, 90 shops, and a full-service fitness center and luxury spa.
If you have kids in tow, the Hyatt Regency Waikiki has no shortage of activities to appeal to all ages. Its Camp Hyatt children's program features water sports, Hawaiian crafts, games, story hours and sand castle building. Package deals include excursions to the Polynesian Cultural Center, USS Arizona Memorial and Queen Emma Summer Palace, as well as free breakfasts and 50-percent discounted rates on a second room for kids under 12. In addition to its city and oceanfront views, Outrigger Reef on the Beach provides daily cultural activities for all ages, free Wi-Fi, a fitness center, surfing lessons, kid-friendly menu items in its on-site restaurants, and one- to four-bedroom suites that easily accommodate large families.
If you're bringing your family pet on an island vacation or are in the process of relocating to Oahu, several hotels accommodate the needs of your furry friend. For dogs up to 20 lb., Aqua Waikiki Pearl requests a refundable $100 deposit upon check-in and a per-night charge of $25 (fees current as of November 2010), and provides your best four-legged friend with complimentary bowls, dog bed and take-home toys. For a boutique resort, try Hotel Renew for a $50 refundable deposit and $25 per-night charge for small dogs, which includes welcome treats. Before you pack up Fido for a Hawaiian getaway, it's critical you familiarize yourself with the state's quarantine and vaccination requirements.
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- Sheraton Royal Hawaiian: Contact Us
- Moana Surfrider: Contact Us
- Halekulani: Contact Us
- Sheraton Waikiki: Contact Us
- Hilton Hawaiian Village: Contact Us
- Hyatt Regency Waikiki: Perfect Family Vacations
- Outrigger Reef On The Beach: Contact Us
- Aqua Hotels and Resorts: Aqua Hotel Directory
- Hotel Renew: Services and Facilities
- Dog Friendly: Oahy, Hawaii Dog-Friendly City Guide
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