Typically set amid swaying palm trees and razor-sharp black lava cliffs, Oahu offers a mix of smooth golden- and white-sand beaches that gently shelve into sparkling turquoise waters that are perfect for swimming and snorkelling in summer and massive wave surfing in winter.
Sheltered beneath the volcanic Ko’olau range in the stunning south-eastern corner of O’ahu, Hanauma ‘Curved’ Bay is bisected by a beautiful coral reef, teeming with all manner of fish. Great for beginners, as even in waist deep water you can expect to see dozens of species of reef fish.
Or head to Makaha Beach for clear water, underwater caverns, arches and tunnels. Expect to see schools of taape, octopuses, eels, green sea turtles, dolphins and occasionally manta and eagle rays. Another good spot for snorkelling is Kapiolani Beach near Diamond Head.
Watch the sun rise over an empty beach, try an early morning session of Tai Chi in Kapiolani Park, paddle a kayak to the secluded Mokulua Islands or take a waterfront tour on roller blades along the boardwalk at Waikiki.
Visit ancient sites to see the spiritual influences that shaped Hawaiian culture or explore stylish Waikiki on foot for endless options of shopping, dining and entertainment.
Pamper your body at one of Oahu’s traditional spas, with a range of body treatments and massage options including Hawaiian lomilomi, aromatherapy, shiatsu, Thai and hot stone – often included as part of your honeymoon resort package.
The Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Beach
Location: Waikiki, Honolulu
Ave nightly price: AUD1085 per room
Description: Perfectly positioned at the gateway to Waikiki and fronted by Luxury Row shopping, The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach offers stylishly-appointed studios along with residential accommodations and penthouses, all of which provide unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean. Resort amenities include an elevated infinity pool above Waikiki with private cabanas and The Ritz-Carlton Spa, which offers customized treatments that highlight traditions from different cultures. BLT Market, the resort’s signature restaurant, offers modern, American-inspired cuisine from Executive Chef Johan Svensson for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu changes daily and is influenced by the best of the season’s bounty sourced from the local purveyors and Hawaii growers that supply Honolulu’s freshest farmers’ markets. The acclaimed Sushi Sho is also opening its first location outside of Japan at the resort, led by Keiji Nakazawa, Tokyo’s most influential sushi chef, famed for his mastery of the techniques of the ancient Edo sushi masters. Waikiki International Marketplace Shopping Center is 200 metres from The Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki, while Waikiki Beach Area is 300 metres from the property. The nearest airport is Honolulu Airport, 11 km away.
Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina
Location: Ko'Olina Resort, Kapolei
Ave nightly price: AUD856 per room
Description: Located on Oahu’s sunny west coast, this Hawaiian luxury beach resort includes restaurants, bars, swimming pools and lagoons with water sports. Guests can enjoy a game of tennis or golf then relax in the on-site spa. Offering free WiFi, Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina features guest rooms with a 65-inch flat-screen HDTV. All rooms include a Four Seasons Bed with your choice of plush, signature or firm mattress topper, twice daily housekeeping, a private balcony, a deep soaking tub and a walk-in glass shower. Guests can enjoy 24-hour in-room dining at Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina. A fitness centre is also available. Ko Olina Marina and Ko Olina Golf Club are just 5 minutes’ drive from Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina. The Arizona and Battleship Missouri Memorial at Pearl Harbor are 27 minutes’ drive away from this resort. Honolulu International Airport is less than 30 minutes’ drive away.
Location: Waikiki Beach, Honolulu
Ave nightly price: AUD789 per room
Description: Located on Waikiki Beach overlooking Diamond Head, the Halekulani hotel boasts 3 restaurants, a live jazz lounge and a day spa. A spacious lanai is provided in each guest room. Free WiFI is available throughout the property. All guest rooms include a luxurious en suite bathroom with plush bathrobes, premium toiletries, marble vanities, deep soaking tub and a separate glassed-in shower. A flat-screen TV and MP3 docking station are also provided. The oceanfront, internationally-awarded La Mer restaurant, open daily for dinner, features fine French cuisine utilizing fresh, local Hawaiian ingredients. Orchids restaurant offers seafood specialties for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a sumptuous Sunday brunch. Oceanfront casual terrace dining and nightly entertainment is available at the landmark A House Without a Key restaurant. The Spa Halekulani offers a complete menu of treatments incorporating traditional Polynesian rituals. Massages, facials, body therapies and beauty services are offered. The Halekulani is 35 minutes’ drive from Honolulu International Airport. The Halekulani is 35 minutes’ drive from Honolulu International Airport.
Location: Waikiki Beach, Honolulu
Ave nightly price: AUD545 per room
Description: This historic, flamingo-pink Spanish-Moorish beachfront resort is set in lush tropical gardens facing the sands of central Waikiki, within the Royal Hawaiian Center on Kalakaua Avenue. The luxury resort offers a fitness centre, full-service spa, private beach access and rooms with flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Offering basic high-speed WiFi and iPod docking station, each room is equipped with a refrigerator. Decorated in tropical colors and themes with airy windows the rooms also feature views of the garden or ocean. Guests at The Royal can swim in one of two outdoor pools or relax on the beach. The resort also features a hot tub and water sports rentals. Daily cultural activities are also available to guests. The Mai Tai Bar features tropical cocktails and nightly entertainment with views of Diamond Head. The Azure Restaurant serves seafood and Surf Lanai is open for breakfast and lunch. Guests can also enjoy coffee in the lobby. The Royal Hawaiian is one mile from the Honolulu Zoo. The International Market Place is within a 5-minute walk of the resort.
Kahala Hotel & Resort
Location: Kahala, Oahu
Ave nightly price: AUD960 per room
Description: On a private beach in Honolulu, this luxury resort features 4 restaurants, a full-service spa, and a private lagoon with resident dolphins. A free shuttle to Ala Moana Shopping Center is provided. A 40-inch flat-screen TV and iPod docking station are featured in each Hotel Kahala room. Most include a large bathroom with robes, a deep-soaking tub and separate shower. Every elegant room is decorated in warm colors. On-site activities include free surfing lessons and Hawaiian cultural classes. The Kahala Hotel and Resort also offers daily walking tours. Free access to the outdoor pool, state-of-the-art fitness center and saunas is provided to all guests. Kahala Spa features 10 private treatment rooms, massages and beauty services, and an open-air relaxation space. Dining options include award-winning cuisine, offering a diverse blend of cultural influences. The Veranda features nightly entertainment from Tuesday to Saturday, 7:30pm to 11:00pm. The Honolulu Zoo is 4 miles from this oceanfront resort and Honolulu International Airport is a 20 minute drive away.
Turtle Bay Resort
Location: Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku
Ave nightly price: AUD559 per room
Description: On 5 miles of beachfront on Oahu’s North Shore, this upscale resort offers 2 championship 18-hole golf courses designed by Arnold Palmer and George Fazio. All guest rooms offer ocean views. Cable TV, compact refrigerator and a gourmet, single-serve coffee maker are available in each air-conditioned guest room at Turtle Bay Resort. Modern casual Hawaiian décor and subtle-colored linens are provided. Restaurants include the sandy-floored Ola Restaurant offering modern Hawaiian cuisine. Local, organic ingredients are featured in the seafood dishes at Pa’akai and the North Shore Kula Grille. The poolside The Point Bar & Grill offers cocktails and light bites. Lei Lei’s Bar & Grill, overlooking the golf course, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Lobby Lounge features grab-and-go options for breakfast. Surfer, The Bar offers local beers, cocktails and live music on select evenings. Nalu Kinetic Spa offers massage therapy, body treatments and beauty services. A fitness center features group exercise and yoga classes, and personal trainers are also available. Two hot bathtubs and a water slide are available for guest recreation. Horseback riding, Segway tours, helicopter tours, snorkeling and stand up paddle boarding, surfing and scuba instruction are on site. The Polynesian Cultural Center is 4 miles away. The Honolulu International Airport is 37 miles from Turtle Bay Resort.
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