Complimentary Wi-Fi and shuttle service to shopping nearby
One of the few Hawaiian hotels with no resort fee
The PGA Sony Open tournament is played next door
The airport is 20 minutes from the hotel by taxi, and Waikiki is a 10-minute drive away.
One of Hawaii's very first luxury resorts, the Kahala Hotel & Resort is a quiet oceanfront hideaway with a glamorous past -- Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor stayed in one of the beachside cabanas after their first wedding. "If you want to get away from the bustle of Waikiki, but still have easy access to the bulk of Honolulu’s best restaurants, shopping, and sights, then the Kahala is a no-brainer" (Travel + Leisure).
The property is sizeable and feels secluded, set on a palm-fringed beach, but is not as remote as it appears. The shopping and nightlife of Waikiki are just 10 minutes away, and there's a free hotel shuttle bus to get you there.
It's one of the few Hawaiian resorts with no resort fee, but still has lots of facilities. There's an 800-foot white-sand beach, Wi-Fi by the pool, five restaurants to choose from plus oodles of activities, including surfing lessons, and swimming with dolphins in the private lagoon (extra charge).
There are also fitness classes and a spa with a range of Hawaiian-style Lomilomi massages on the menu. Golfers take note: the PGA Sony Open is played at the neighboring Waialae Country Club.
The spacious rooms have Colonial-style ceiling fans, polished hardwood furniture and local artwork, and many have balconies large enough for sun loungers. Some face the palm-strewn mountainside, but most overlook the dolphin lagoon or ocean. Upgrade to an Ocean Suite for panoramic views from Koko Head down to Diamond Head.