WAIKIKI – Hawaii’s most glamorous tourist district – moves to the island’s rhythm with a sense of festivity all year round.
For years, Waikiki has been the premier holiday destination in the archipelago what with the scores of restaurants and bars that churn out vibrant island cuisine, gorgeous shorelines that serve as podiums to stunning sunsets, and of course, the many palm-flanked luxury shops along the Kalakaua strip that overlook the shimmery waters.
One of the most reliable properties along Kalakaua is Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa, highly sought-after for its strategic location just steps away from the ocean, as well as its views of the iconic Duke Kahanamoku Statue.
The resort boasts 1,230 spacious rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, private lanais, stylish bathrooms, and 55-inch flat-screen televisions to evoke luxurious beach living. If you’re booked into the Ocean Front room, you get to rise to the sight of the vermillion sun bleeding into the horizon.
For a spot of shopping, the Pualeilani Atrium Shops – just an elevator ride away – features over 60 retail shops as well as Kai Coffee Hawaii, Furusato Sushi, Kirin Restaurant, Tucker & Bevy, as well as three ABC stores alongside brands like Billabong, Private Island, Honolulu Cookie Company, and Urban Outfitters. Pick up a flowy kaftan or wide-brimmed hat to craft enviable Instagram posts.
While you’re there, make sure to check out SHOR for extensive buffet spreads that focus on Hawaii’s farm-to-table produce. Pick from healthy juices from the artisan juicer, cheeses from Naked Cow Dairy, a range of fruits and vegetables from local plantations, and Hula Meli honey from bees harvested at the property. Whatever you put on your plate, rest assured you’ll be eating responsibly.
After fuelling up, why not book yourself into cultural activities organized by the hotel? Whether it’s conch-blowing, learning to string a lei, playing the ukulele, witnessing a Samoan Fire knife dancer. or dancing the hula, you can partake in a range of activities to immerse in local island culture.
While booked in, it’s always a treat to get a relaxing massage at the in-house two-storey Na Ho’ola Spa, Waikiki’s premier resort spa. The space features 16 session rooms, a dry sauna, and most impressively, naked views of the Pacific Ocean in all its glory.
The signature Hawaiian Lomilomi massage combines muscle soothing movements that improve overall blood circulation. Lomilomi translates to “the art of love and healing through the hands and heart”, and is a must-try experience when in Hawaii.
You can also consider the Hawaiian Hibiscus Indulgence, which starts with a hibiscus sugar scrub, progresses with a hibiscus body wrap with a heavenly scalp massage, and ends with the application of a hibiscus body butter to seal in the hydration.
After a relaxing session, kick back with a light summer read by the SWIM pool terrace, sip an umbrella-topped mai tai at your private lanai, or watch surfers ride the waves from the comfort of your daybed. Whatever you do, Hyatt Regency Waikiki promises a ritzy beach vacation to write off all others.
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