Rub shoulders with celebrities and dolphins at The Kahala Hotel & Resort
It’s hard to put into words all of the splendour of The Kahala Hotel & Resort — it’s the stunning chandeliers, which have hung in the grand lobby since the 1960s, the spacious recently-renovated guest rooms complete with his and hers bathrooms, the beyond-scenic views of mountains, ocean and dolphins frolicking in their poolside lagoon. It’s the aloha spirit of the staff, eager to chat as they serve up healthy acai bowls or surf & turf eggs benedict for breakfast at one of the property’s four outstanding onsite restaurants. It’s also the exclusivity of the place — the location six miles outside of Waikiki means that while other travellers jostle for a spot of sand on the city’s main beach you’ll have your pick of recliners at the edge of the ocean. During your stay you can also take advantage of free bicycle rental, introductory surf lessons or pay a bit extra to swim with the dolphins, enjoy a lomilomi massage or try your hand at standup paddleboard yoga. It’s all these factors that have combined to make The Kahala a celebrity favourite. Every U.S. president from Lyndon B. Johnson to George W. Bush has stayed at the resort since its opening along with Queen Elizabeth, Frank Sinatra, Joe DiMaggio, The Rolling Stones, the Sultan of Brunei, Luciano Pavarotti, Cameron Diaz and Billy Joel (to name a few). In fact, author Joan Didion in an Esquire magazine piece once described the resort as the place where “Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show guests go to rest.” This sort of exclusivity does come with an above-average price tag, but then again there’s not much about The Kahala that could ever be classified as average.
Room rates start at $425.
Find more information at kahalaresort.com.