Waikiki Beach is one of the world's most recognizable big city beaches. Cradled on the east by imposing Diamond Head Crater and blessed with soft white sand, the beach plays host to people sunbathing, swimming, paddle boarding, taking surf lessons, strolling and enjoying Hawaii. Kalakaua Avenue fronts the beach, hosting a number of fine hotels both directly on the beach and across from it.
Aqua Waikiki Beachside Hotel
The Aqua Beachside offers an outstanding location on Kalakaua Avenue, directly facing the beach at Waikiki. Asian and European antiques and a tranquil atmosphere distinguish the Beachside from other hotels in the area. Near tony shopping such as Hermes, Cartier and Ferragamo, the hotel also gives guests excellent views of the ocean and Diamond Head from most rooms. Walk to the International Market Place or the Waikiki Beach Walk. Like all Aqua properties, the Beachside employs green principles in its management practices.
Sheraton Waikiki Hotel
The Sheraton Waikiki Hotel plays hosts to guests and numerous large-scale events such as political conventions and galas. The large network of swimming pools with lounges and umbrellas fronting the ocean gives guests an alternative to the hot sands of the beach. You might see the famous among the crowds who hit the picturesque and always hopping RumFire Bar, arguably boasting the best view of Diamond Head of any nightclub on the beach.
The Royal Hawaiian Hotel
Walking into the 1920s-era Royal Hawaiian Hotel feels like entering a bygone era of silent films, movie stars and decadent luxury. With its shell pink exterior and low-rise architecture, the Royal Hawaiian offers visitors a vintage but first-class resort hotel experience without ever having to leave the beach. You won't want to miss the "pau hana" (off-work) sunset hour, when friends gather at the Mai Tai Bar to toast another day in paradise with the famous rum-based, tropical cocktail.
Built in the 1960s, the 30-story Illikai on Waikiki Beach has been a landmark hotel for generations with its position at the gateway to the the cosmopolitan island city by the sea. With sweeping views of Diamond Head and the beach, the hotel offers vhigh-rise comforts and a location near shopping, the convention center, restaurants and nightlife. Work or enjoy a leisure stay in an Illikai room outfitted with plush furnishings and large, flat-screen LCD TVs. The poolside restaurant offers an excellent lunch.
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