Halekulani

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(800) 367-2343 or (808) 923-2311
2199 Kalia Rd.

Wow, where do we start? This is an awesome and relaxing place. Comprising 5 buildings (the tallest is 17 floors), this is less of a tower resort than most of their neighbors. Services are unmatched here. For instance the check-in: Forget the desk—just have the greeter take you on a tour, then to your room and give you a box of chocolates and an excellent fruit platter. They track your preferences and try to anticipate your future needs. If you order coffee first thing in the morning, next time you stay, they’ll already have it covered. This is the way a resort should be run. You want it; you’ll get it. Don’t like your pillow? They’ll get you a different kind. Want to eat at their top-of-the-line fine dining restaurant and need a jacket? What size do you wear, sir?

Room amenities are high and include deep soaking tubs. The motif is white and pale blue—designed to resemble their name: Halekulani means house befitting heaven. Their 2011 renovations will not upset repeat visitors since the remodeling was very much in keeping with the theme, while giving the rooms a needed lift.

Halekulani’s food services are incredible, and everything is created on the premises—pastries, ice creams, breads—you name it, except the chocolates. Their spa is so relaxing, you’ll think they removed your bones when you weren’t looking. It’s hard to find much fault here. There is a whole host of attractions around Honolulu, like ‘Iolani Palace, that you can get into for free because the Halekulani is a sponsor.

Biggest ding? Their beach occupies the thinnest part of Waikiki—much of it lined by a seawall. (That may change over time if the government steps up a beach replenishment program. The beach facelift of 2012 did not benefit the Halekulani.)

You’ll be pampered here and may literally weep when you have to leave. The resort exudes a tranquility that’s hard to match in Waikiki. Self- or valet-parking is $32. Rooms (519 sq. ft.) are $520–$900, Jr. suites (720 sq. ft.) are $1,055–$1,140, suites (1,050–1,620 sq. ft.) are $1,345–$3,000. If money is no object, their Royal Suite (4,066 sq. ft.) comes with a personal butler, a baby grand piano, an airport limo ride and breakfast in your room daily for a mere $7,000 per night. Their Halekulani Suite (2,135 sq. ft.) is $5,500–$7,000, and is perfect for a honeymoon, and comes with many amenities. And don’t forget the 2,365 sq. ft. Orchid Suite (also $7,000), which is located oceanfront with a private lawn, butler service, bath with steam shower, deep-steeping therapy pool and a cold plunge tub, as well as many other amenities. Many packages are available.

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Resort at a Glance

  • 453 rooms
  • Pool
  • Free fitness room
  • Free Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet access in rooms
  • 24-hour room service
  • Valet parking
  • 5 shops
  • 6 conference rooms
  • 3 restaurants
  • Children’s program (seasonal)
  • 42-inch HDTVs
  • Blu-ray players
  • iHomes
  • Free laptop-sized room safe (12″)
  • Free local calls
  • Free cribs
  • 24-hour business center/hospitality suite
  • Day spa
  • Valet-only laundry

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