THERE’S no doubt that Honolulu – the vibrant capital state of Hawaii – is one of the most beautiful coastal cities in the world. At the heart of the capital is Waikiki, a lively tourist district and a beachfront neighborhood on the south shore of the island of Oahu.
Waikiki holds exactly the kind of Hawaiian imagery you’re probably exposed to in popular culture – bronzed bodies sprawled on sand, palm-lined coasts, blue-green waters, colorful umbrella-topped cocktails, and lei-slung tourists in board shorts.
On the Kalakaua strip is one of Waikiki’s most-loved resorts – Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa. The resort sits on one of the most preferred addresses in all of Honolulu, right in the thick of the action facing the Duke Kahanamoku Statue.
An extensive US$100 million design-forward renovation in 2015 has made the resort one of the most sought-after properties on the popular strip. Since the works, guests have been enjoying expansive rooms and suites with increased storage space, spa-like bathrooms, and the unique option of one king or two queen Hyatt Grand Beds in each room.
The resort boasts 1,230 guest rooms, most of which feature plush Hyatt Grand beds, 55-inch flat screen TVs, iHome stereo with iPod docking stations, free WiFi, Toto® Washlets, and exclusive bath products from Na Ho’ola Spa. From the get go, you’re enveloped in luxury.
The rooms – all which include private lanais – ideal for those hours of peace and relaxation highlight the vibrant and rich colors of the Hawaiian sea. Guests can choose to stay in the Ocean Front Rooms which are some of the largest in the hotel or the Ocean View Rooms that are set against the glamorous stretch of the Pacific Ocean and feature surreal views of the iconic Duke Kahanamoku statue that welcomes you to Waikiki with open arms. A stay here is sure to make your friends jealous back home.
There’s little reason to step out of the property for grub when you’re surrounded by excellent food and beverage options at the hotel. SHOR throws the mother of all healthy breakfast buffets featuring artisanal juices, local cheeses, freshly harvested honey, Hawaiian vegetables and fruits and a range of cereals, baked goods, eggs, and grains.
Meanwhile, JAPENGO Steak and Seafood is exactly what its name suggests, serving up a marriage of premium cuts and fresh catch. Just steps away from Waikiki Beach, the restaurant specializes in hearty dishes such as scallops truffleyaki and Kaua’i grass-fed tomahawk ribeye for two. Sink your teeth in for a truly satisfying experience.
It’s also not a stay at Hyatt Regency Waikiki without a session at Na Ho’ola Spa. Overlooking Waikiki Beach, the two-storey spa adopts conventional treatments alongside health and wellness treatments through the practice of Hawaiian culture and values.
Signature treatments include the Na Ho’ola experience, a whopping five-hour session of “me-time” featuring a spa breakfast, a detoxifying hand and foot treatment, a Lomi Lomi massage, a facial, and finally, a lunch at SWIM. If you’re stretched for time, express packages are also available.
On top of the luxury beach resort experience, Hawaiian advisors are on-site to assist guests with queries about the state and its history. Friendly hotel staff will also recommend activities and tours for visitors who need a helping hand.
If you’re sorted both inside and out the hotel, what more could you ask of a relaxing beach vacation?
Tempted? Book a stay at Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa now.