5000 Kahala Ave., Honolulu, HI
The Pitch Nestled in a well-heeled Honolulu neighbourhood about five miles away from the hoopla and traffic from Waikiki, the Kahala Hotel & Resort is next-level luxurious, but not flashy. If Oahu had a Cape Cod, it would be Kahala. Since opening its doors in 1964, the property has made every one of its guests feel like royalty, so it’s perhaps fitting that a number of them actually are. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton stole away here to dodge the paparazzi after getting married (the first time). Michael Jackson, the Dali Lama the Rolling Stones, Snoop Dogg and every single president since Lyndon B. Johnson have also all been guests here. Suffice to say, the hotel commands a certain elegance, but fortunately, no fuss.
What We Love Many of the staff at The Kahala have worked at the property for more than 20 years. While most luxury hotels bill their top-notch service as what sets them apart, the service at The Kalaha is legendary. No request feels too big or small, and most desires need not be requested at all. Twice daily room service visits, complimentary bikes to explore, introductory surfing lessons and yoga on paddleboards are just the start of the services on offer. The “small touches” at The Kahala aren’t that small.
Don’t Miss It’s hard to find a beach near Waikiki that a thousand other people haven’t also discovered. The beach in front of The Kahala is gloriously quiet, due to the neighbourhood being mostly residential. The occasional resident (two legged and four legged) will stroll the beach, but they are few and far between. Best of all, the water here is ethereally calm thanks to it being nestled into a bay that is protected by a reef.
Rooms from US$450 per night