Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Halekulani Hotel, Hawaii

Halekulani Hotel link

The first destination Ben and I decided on for our trip was Hawaii but it was also the one that caused the most debate between ourselves and the travel agent and googling of hotels and reading Tripadvisor reviews. Ben and I have slightly different requirements from a holiday, he needs the sea, relaxation, I on the other get my relaxation from those things but would be bored lying on a sun lounger so easy access to the shops and other activities were needed.

Whilst we had a browse at some of the more exotic Hawaiian islands Honolulu was the obvious choice to provide us with both these things, the hotel search was harder as Honolulu is a City and we wanted to avoid any tower block style accommodations. The Halekulani Hotel was finally decided as the perfect place and on arrival we had certainly made the right decision.



After check in and being shown around the hotel we were taken to our home for the week. It was huge, spacious and had the most amazing views from our balcony of the pool and Diamond Head a popular spot for hiking (so I heard!).




The Halekulani are very generous, when we entered our room we were greeted with fresh fruit and chocolates which we promptly devoured, a ice bucket which was filled daily as well as a fridge stocked with water. Every evening there was a turn down service and you would be left a small gift such as magnets, key rings and shells.


Creating a home away from home didn't end there, each morning you'd wake to find the local newspaper hanging on your door and coffee was available to take away to your rooms (possibly my only complaint was there were no in room coffee facilities).



Ben and I had opted for the breakfast buffet to be included in our stay and I'm glad we did. The buffet may have been smaller than the Vegas style I had been used to it had more than enough on options from fresh fruits and cereals, pastries and the usual bacon and egg offerings one would expect. I especially enjoyed my breakfast starter (don't judge me I was on holiday!) of fruit with pancakes or waffles and whipped cream.


It was no surprise that our hotel was a popular destination for weddings, I think I saw at least one bride a day during our stay - with some fabulously dressed groomsmen too.



The pool was such an oasis where you didn't have to life a finger. Once a towel for your bed - one compete with hood so there was no wrestling to keep it in place and another provided for your dip in the pool you could help yourself to the iced water on offer or work your way through the cocktail menu, I'm sure you can guess what I did.


Watching all the surfing from my sun lounger was tiring work so it was great to sit on the balcony with a martini at the end of the evening and listening to the Halekulani band playing traditional music as the sun went down. I would return to the Halekulani tomorrow if asked.





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20 comments:

  1. This looks like paradise! Absolutely beautiful!

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  2. Filing this one away - Hawaii is on the Places to Go while we're on the West Coast list too.

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    1. I was super impressed and will definitely try to visit again some day x

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  3. Wow!!! Wah!!! I wanna go :-) xxx

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  4. It looks amAzing - got serious wanderlust now; I've just been looking at flight prices to Hawaii!!

    Rosie xx
    http://www.alittlelusciousness.com

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    1. I don't blame you - it's worth the trip x

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  5. How gorgeous, the scenery looks incredible. I love it when hotels give you all those little extras to make your stay really special! Lol!! You and Ben are like me and Mr S (activity vs relaxation) I'm actually doing a post on it tomorrow!
    Lots of love,
    Angie
    SilverSpoon London

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    1. Yes I definitely need a mix otherwise I get bored! x

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  6. It looks like torture lol! Seriously though it looks and sounds fabulous. x

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  7. Oh looks like it was a little slice of heaven! Grace

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    1. I can't wait to return Grace, it really was amazing x

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  8. This looks fantastic, I just wish that Hawaii wasn't quite so far from England. I've been once before and I would love to go back. I love that rather than chocolate you got little gifts with the turn down service.

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    1. I think the same I'd definitely return there for a holiday but I think I'll have to leave it a few years yet x

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  9. Stunning! I think I scared Mr B when I read your post and blurted out "I want to go to Hawaii and get married THERE!" Maybe I'll just stick to the first part of that sentence!
    Z xx

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    1. I kept saying I want to honeymoon there - I just need to find the groom first! x

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