Oahu

Hotels in Oahu

Hawaii as a whole is home to a myriad of all-inclusive resorts, and many of the best hotels on Oahu offer guests their hallmark amenities just steps from its sandy beaches.

Oahu hotels like Halekulani are set along the island's famed Waikiki Beach, a tourist destination that's buzzing day and night. The century-old hotel boasts a 5-acre property dotted with upscale features -- open-air dining at Orchids Restaurant and a suite designed by Vera Wang primed for wedding days.

Also located on Waikiki, the bright-pink Royal Hawaiian resort occupies a particularly wide stretch of sand. And, the historic digs received a $60-million renovation that includes 21st-century updates, a new pool and private beach cabanas.

Other hotels on Oahu with first-class reputations include the Aqua Lotus Honolulu, set on the slopes of Diamond Head in Kapiolani Park. The recently constructed hotel features Asian-inspired designs and 50 guest rooms with private verandas. Visitors also have easy access to a path leading to Sans Souci Beach.

Hotels on Oahu with a foothold in local culture include the Turtle Bay Resort, the only one of its kind on the island's North Shore. Guests of the 880-acre property can sign up for surfing lessons and ride horses on site. The resort also features two 18-hole golf courses.

Terraced 17-story hotel with a wonderfully remote location at the edge of a lagoon. A vast marina offers catamaran snorkeling and sunset sails.

With direct access to Waikiki Beach, the Outrigger Reef on the Beach resort has a decidedly Hawaiian feel, from historic canoe art at the reception desk to a sitting room library stocked with Hawaiian literature and artifacts from the Bishop Museum.

Service rules at this recently renovated 5-acre Waikiki Beach beauty, which has existed for nearly a century. The Orchid Suite, the newest of the hotel’s premier rooms, made its debut in 2008 (the rest of the guestrooms were updated in summer 2012).

Along with spectacular views of natural blue Pacific and Diamond Head, the hotel showed its eco-commitment with heat pumps and exchangers to recover waste heat for hot water (which saves 50% in gas usage), as well as low-flow toilets.

Based in the center of Haleiwa, this real estate company has a modest listing of rental properties scattered along the famous North Shore of Oahu. All condos, cottages, and villas are located on or near the beach, usually within a few hundred feet.

The Aqua Lotus at Diamond Head, formerly the W Waikiki, is a 50-room boutique hotel at the foot of Diamond Head and about a half-mile from the beach in Oahu’s Kapiolani Park.

The main draw at this 226-room budget hotel is its exceptional views of both the ocean and Diamond Head (a massive volcanic ash ring that was long ago consolidated into what geoligists call tuff.) Slight upgrades have been made to the oceanfront rooms, but the other standard rooms can have

Framed by Diamond Head, one of the world’s most climbed (extinct) volcanoes, and with nearly two miles of continuous white sand and palm trees, this iconic beach—over the past 80 years its image has even been printed on tens of thousands “aloha shirts”—is almost always full of tourists and surfer

Located on Kuhio Avenue, just 10 minutes from Kapiolani Park and the Honolulu Zoo and three blocks from the beach, the 93-room, budget Aqua Bamboo and Spa is housed inside a repurposed apartment building.

Meticulously restored 1901 Beaux-Arts property—the first hotel on Waikiki Beach—with an Old Hawaii vibe (afternoon tea is de rigueur), plus one of Waikiki's only beachfront spas.

Oahu classic—fresh from a three-year, $52 million renovation—with thoughtful in-room details (Egyptian-cotton linens; chenille robes; oversize rainfall showerheads). This 1964 colossus benefits from having about it a whiff of retro glamour.

The expansive Hilton Hawaiian Village, the largest resort in Hawaii, is comprised of five towers housing 3,386 guest rooms and offers on-site amenities for vacationers.

Toward the quieter eastern end of Waikiki this family-friendly hotel packs 800-plus rooms into a high-rise across the street from the beach.

The only luxury resort on the North Shore; an outdoors-lover's dream, with 880 beachfront acres—plus amenities like the top-notch surfing school, horse stables, and 36-hole golf course.