I loved this place.
First impressions weren't that great, it looks quite old (which it is) and the high rise in particular looks very dated. Up close you see that everything is in immaculate shape. Every inch is freshly painted and clean and there is a real classic feel.
Food was great, breakfast standard buffet but perfectly fine, except that the wait for a table was 15min once or twice, admittedly on the two busiest days of the year. Poolside drinks fantastic, reasonable range of poolside food for lunches. Dinner options good, the bar outside the main restaurant had great drinks, very sophisticated ambience with a superb musician and sleekly attired staff, good wines. Hoku was a fine restaurant, great wine list, and priced OK if I remember rightly.
The pool is pretty small and generally too warm although it cooled down after a couple of days. The kids loved it. I was a bit surprised at how kid-friendly it was as a few people had suggested the Kahala was a more adult-oriented resort...in fact I find it hard to imagine Hollywood celebrities hanging out by the pool which is a pretty noisy hive of activity..lots of great pool toys in the pool or for sale for the children.
Beach was stunning, the staff set you up with a deckchair or pod chair, the beach here is totally calm and perfect for canoeing. You can get more privacy here if you want. We were at ground level so could walk out onto the sand within a minute. Beautiful night sky and stars.
Impeccable, friendly, service, coming from Australia especially you really appreciate people just going out of their way to make sure you are completely happy. Can't praise this highly enough.
No noise issues of any kind that I recall (except for New Year's Eve fireworks)
15 minutes to Honolulu can't be beat...we had dinner at Nobu and then popped back to our "private" beach, what a setup!
Well none to do with the hotel at all, but as you may know the hotel is built around a lagoon housing dolphins. I feel strongly (even more so since my stay) that these animals should not be kept in captivity. They are obviously cared for to the highest standards but this sort of attraction will hopefully be a thing of the past soon. I still give the hotel 5 stars as this is a personal opinion only.
- 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