ALONG Waikiki’s beloved Kalakaua Avenue is Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa, a glamorous resort facing the iconic 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.
Besides the 1,230 well-appointed guestrooms, the hotel is also known for its extensive in-house facilities, cultural focus, retail outlets, restaurants, and spa. It’s easy to spend days in the hotel without feeling the need to step out.
Start your day at SHOR, which throws the mother of all healthy breakfast buffets featuring artisanal juices, local cheeses, freshly harvested honey, Hawaiian vegetables and fruits, a range of cereals, baked goods, made-to-order omelettes, and grains.
For some quick post-swim grub, SWIM offers Hawaiian-inspired poolside fare: sustainably caught fish tacos, sweet crispy chicken, Hawaiian club sandwiches, and soba noodles slicked in shoyu. Of course, there’s also a range of colorful cocktails, from “skinny” coladas to passionfruit mai tais.
At dinner, 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 tomahawk ribeye for two.
Every Tuesday and Thursday from 4pm to 8pm, pop by the in-house farmer’s market where fresh produce and artisanal products are displayed. Whether it’s local honey or specialty Hawaiian coffee, the market is a great spot to pick up souvenirs and sample the island’s bounty of blessings. And don’t miss the daily conch blower at noon every weekday.
The first three levels of the hotel atrium make up the Pualeilani Atrium Shops which feature over 60 retail shops as well as Kai Coffee Hawaii, and Furusato Sushi alongside brands like Billabong, Private Island, Hula Bay Hawaii, and Urban Outfitters. You’ll pull off the effortless island-chic look to accompany those beach waves in no time.
If you’re looking to buy souvenirs for loved ones, look no further than Hawaiian Quilt Collection for a customized quilt bag, Daruma Boutique for an elegant blouse, or the Honolulu Cookie Company for a box of signature pineapple-shaped shortbread cookies.
It’s not a stay at Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa without a long, reassuring session at the two-storey Na Ho’ola Spa. Boasting incredible views of the beach, the spa is a tranquil space if you ever feel the need to escape the tourist buzz.
Health and wellness sessions capitalize on the island’s culture, values, and arts with a range of massages, facials, and body treatments.
For instance, the signature Hawaiian Lomilomi massage combines rhythmic kneading and flowing strokes to soothe pain, relieve muscle tension and improve overall blood circulation.
When you crave something more festive, try the exclusive Mai Tai or Passionfruit Scrubs which will leave the skin soft, supple, and smelling sweet.
Also consider the Carita Anti-Aging Facial that begins with ultra-nourishing dry oil to release everyday tension, followed by a deep exfoliation with a blend of sunflower seeds and essential oils to refine the skin, stimulate cell regeneration, and ultimately reveal a radiant complexion.
With a fresh face and a belly full of food, you’ll be beaming at the end of your stay at Hyatt Regency Waikiki.
Tempted? Book a stay now at Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa.