Thanks to Kiwi Collection, my stay at the Halekulani was all I’d expected and more.
There is nothing I like better than finding a luxury hotel with added benefits.
I wanted a few days of relaxation and pampering and with the plethora of available resorts along the Waikiki beach, it wasn’t easy to decide which hotel to book. I was torn between the Royal Hawaiian and the Halekulani and spent days searching reviews, looking at both professional and guest photos, reading travel magazine articles on the best luxury hotels in Oahu before I decided on the Halekulani.
There’s a few reasons why.
- Multiple awards won in 2015 along…they were listed as the number #1 resort on Oahu by Travel + Leisure
- Their spa was rated #1 in awards as well
- They were right on the beach, not across the street or set back a little.
- The rooms looked refreshing with it’s all white and cream decor.
The Halekulani hotel is available through most online travel websites – like expedia, travelocity etc but you won’t get the extra benefits at the same price.
After realizing the extra Kiwi Perks (read here for the best way to travel in luxury for less), my choice was made up.
Kiwi Perks: automatic room upgrade (if available), welcome gift of chocolates, late check out, Internet was included.
When I arrived, the taxi ride was roughly $35 from the HLN airport, but I was immediately greeted and my luggage tagged in case my room wasn’t ready (they promised to have my bag waiting for me in my room as soon as possible). When I checked in, the hostess was extremely friendly and without my having to ask, mentioned I was upgraded from an ocean view room to their Jr. Suite ocean front.
Housekeeping was apparently still in the room (I was early) they invited me to stay in their hospitality suite where they had available refreshing drinks and fruit. I was personally escorted there and then escorted up to my room once it was ready (and where the bellman was waiting by my door with my luggage).
- I stayed in room 734 on the 7th floor.
- I could hear the sounds of the waves as they brushed the sandy beach below.
- I had a walk out balcony with a view of their pool and Diamond Head.
- I had a julianne balcony which faced the ocean – directly across from the bed.
- Soft cream shutters surrounded the room (I’m a sucker for shutters).
- A desk and sitting area was off to the side (directly when you walk in).
- There is a sitting area within my room with a large screen tv.
- The bathroom…amazing. Separate toilet area. Walk in closet with safe. Deep bathtub. Separate shower. Vanity with a stool and all the amenities you could ask for.
- There is a small fridge full of waters, they also provide small container of sunscreen.
- The bed was so comfortable and there are two outlets on the side of the beside tables for convenient laptop or phone plug in.
- If you are looking for a hotel that has it’s own private beach – this is not it. They do have a beautiful pool with loungers as well as a very small beach section off the side. There is a boardwalk between the hotel grounds and the sea and beach front off to the side. For me, I didn’t mind this. I’d been warned that Waikiki beach can be crowded and busy and it is very true. If you’re wanting to sit on the beach – you still can. On both sides of the grounds are open beaches where you can frolic in the sand and swim in the warm waters – just keep your key on hand so you can get back through the privacy gates.
Bottom line – I will return to the Halekulani.
- Foot rub with coconut branch massage
- Fresh tea with taste of strawberry ice-cream covered with a compact rice coating (it was delicious)
- Amenities for after your treatment (deodorant, brush, shaving kit etc)
- Extra’s: Welcome gift of fruit and chocolate
REVIEW PRO’s & CON’s
- Free bottles of water
- Luxury feel to the room
- Large bathroom with deep soaker tub and bath salts
- Tooth brush and travel sized toothpaste and mouthwash
- Bidet in separate toilet area
- Personal escort to the hospitality suite and then to my room followed by a tour of the hotel
- No coffee machine or kettle to boil water
- Late night gatherings beneath my window
- Cockroach in my room