From the white sands of Hapuna Beach on the Big Island to the sandy shores and languid waters of Waikiki and the seclusion of the Kona Coast, Hawaii's abundant beaches create idyllic conditions for travelers staying at hotels right on the beach. Enjoy the sounds of the crashing surf, a mai tai at sunset and a relaxing, rejuvenating holiday replete with the aloha spirit.
The Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach
The Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach is one of three storied hotels on the beach at Waikiki. This stately classic is home to the world-famous Duke's Waikiki restaurant, inspired by the Olympic surfer, grandfather of surfing and ambassador of aloha, Duke Kahanamoku. With its premium location -- the sands of Waikiki on one side and the glitz of Kalakaua Avenue on the other -- the Outrigger is a Honolulu icon. Built in 1967, the hotel features sweeping and gracious lobbies, posh shops and outstanding views of Diamond Head to the east.
Kona Village Resort
The Kona Village Resort offers the solitude of a bygone era. Located along 82 oceanfront acres, this resort, opened in 1960, offers guests the experience of stepping back into a time when all that existed here was an ancient fishing village. With no TVs or phone service, guests can enjoy natural crescent beaches framed by palms and gentle, protected shoreline. Individual hales (small, Hawaiian-style houses) assure privacy.
The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
Locate on the famed crescent beach at Kauna'oa,The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel was the first hotel built along the Big Island's Kohala Coast. Beloved by residents, its employees and visitors alike, this hotel takes its place as one of Hawaii's favorites. At certain times of the year, one can sit on the crescent beach and see the snow at the top of the dormant 14,000-foot Mauna Kea volcano. Try the affordable wine-tasting service at the Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar, which allows guests to preview a variety of expensive wines via the Enomatic wine system.
The Royal Hawaiian Hotel
Recognizable even from the air, the pink-deco architecture of The Royal Hawaiian Hotel stands out among all of the high-rises, and is a charming and quaint tribute to the elegance of another generation. Yet as one of the more expensive of the Waikiki Beach grande dames, its high level of luxury won't disappoint even the most discerning traveler. Over the years, presidents, celebrities, royalty and dignitaries have chosen the Royal Hawaiian for their Hawaii holiday. Its famous Mai Tai Bar serves a signature mai tai that is a must for a toast at sunset.
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