Q: We’re heading to Oahu over the summer and would love to find a beachside hotel in Waikiki. Any suggestions? Thanks! ~ FM
A: Hi FM, Hawaii is beach paradise, and Waikiki is among the best known, and most beautiful sandy spots on Oahu. But not all hotels are directly on the beach.
One top option is Halekulani, a luxurious resort on 5 prime acres of Waikiki beachfront. Regular rooms are as big as suites at other hotels, and there are kids camps and programs, but it can be a little pricey (only one child under 16 can stay for free in a room, which is odd I feel), but it is beautiful.
A better value is the Royal Hawaiian, a flamingo pink landmark on a golden stretch of beach. To celebrate their 90th (crazy, right?) anniversary this year, they’re offering lots of great packages – and frequent traveler, bonus, they’re actually part of Starwood, so you can use points in paradise.
Finally, the big kahuna of all Waikiki hotels is probably the one your kids will like the best: Hilton Hawaiian Village has nearly 3,000 rooms, multiple pools, water slides, kids clubs, and a whole lot of fun. There are 20 restaurants (and babysitting on site in case you want to have a date night). Plus, it’s on a perfect curve of beach with stunning Oahu views. And prices start at under $200 per night. But it’s huge, so that’s the tradeoff (and one you might not mind making).