We spent 3 days/nights here in August and loved it. The setting in Kahala is quiet and attractive. The resort is compact and it was busy, but we never felt crowded out or overlooked. Even when there were functions on, things were business as usual for the hotel guests. All the facilities, from the beach and pool to the rooms, were beautifully clean and felt fresh, and the staff were quick to tidy up at the end of the day. The public areas are airy and welcoming.
We had a very spacious room looking out over the golf course and the hills beyond, and it was lovely sitting out on the lanai enjoying the cooling breezes. The bathroom was large and very well equipped. We dined at Plumeria Beach House, The Verandah and Hoku's, and found the food to be excellent, and for us, genuinely different. One of the aspects of the hotel we liked best was the staff. They were very pleasant while always being professional, were never at a loss, and really added to the holiday atmosphere. Their recognition of our birthdays was very much appreciated.
Plenty of families and children were at the hotel, which we didn't mind at all, but it's something you may want to bear in mind if you're looking for a couples-type romantic getaway. There are dolphins and other sea creatures to watch in the ponds at the centre of the resort, which can be surprisingly relaxing.
Special recommendation: have afternoon tea at The Verandah.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Kahala Hotel & Resort is Hawaii's reigning luxury resort, set on a secluded beach just ten minutes from the world class shopping and entertainment of Waikiki. This legendary hideaway resort in Honolulu's plush Kahala district is a favorite with presidents, international royalty and celebrities. From the moment you arrive, you will know that you are truly somewhere special. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Kahala Hotel And Resort
- The Kahala Hotel Honolulu
- Kahala Resort Honolulu
- Kahala Hotel Honolulu
- Mandarin Oriental Oahu
- Kahala Hotel & Resort
- Kahala Mandarin Oriental
- The Kahala Hotel & Resort Hawaii/Honolulu