Pack your swimmers, download our Experience the Hawaiian Islands guide and check out our suggestion for an all-kinds-of-travellers hotel in the heart of Honolulu.

It’s easy to justify a tropical escape to Hawaii. The sunny white beaches of Waikiki, coupled with amazing cultural experiences, fantastic dining options and endless shopping opportunities mean that more Australians are heading to the 50th state of the USA than ever before. 

The Aloha islands also offer some excellent accommodation options. Not completely surprising given the need to cater to all types of travellers. Whether you’re flying alone, vacationing with friends or searching for something family-friendly you’ll find it in Hawaii, and leading the way is the always-amazing ‘Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach.

Travelling alone and looking for a little me-time to recharge? Wake up to a spectacular sunrise over the Pacific Ocean and Diamond Head (most rooms offer unobstructed views), then head to the luxurious Longboard Club. This elegant destination is a great place to unwind and experience a range of curated experiences including daily breakfast with design-your-own acai bowls; custom craft beers on tap; international cheese and charcuterie selections; and private cabanas, and aqua chaise loungers.

 

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Afternoon. Light. Reflection. Photo: @daniel_krahn

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In town for a girls weekend away? The sights and sounds of Waikiki are right on your doorstep making it easy to access the retail outlets and restaurants along Kalakaua Ave. Or stay in and take a lei-making lesson, enjoy the rooftop tennis court, modern gym and spa, then grab a drink at the O Bar – the lobby bar and lounge serves cocktails that are both delicious and delightfully Instagrammable.

Is love in the air? ‘Alohilani’s Swell Pool & Bar offers couples the opportunity to enjoy a saltwater heated infinity pool hot tub, and nightly live entertainment overlooking Waikiki Beach. Alternatively, honeymooners (official or otherwise!) can enjoy a romantic dinner at one of several restaurants available, including Morimoto Asia, then settle in for a moonlight-movie at the hotel’s weekly open-air cinema. .

 

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Beauty in the moment of shared perspective. Photo: @emely_alves

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Got the toddler (or two) in tow? The hotel features a dedicated kids pool, childcare facilities, Monkeypod Kids club (with daily indoor and outdoor activities such as kite making, lawn games or hula, for guests, aged 5-12) as well as a 280,000 gallon, two-storey saltwater Oceanarium in the middle of the lobby filled with a large variety of colourful native Hawaiian reef life, with twice-daily fish feedings.