This Stunning Hawaiian Resort Has a Three-story Oceanarium in It
The all-new Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach, opening next month, is the latest sophisticated resort to pop up on Waikiki.
The hotel, designed by Rockwell Group, has nearly completed its $115-million renovation, and the results — from the guest rooms to the pool deck — are absolutely stunning.
One of the most exciting parts of the hotel is the dining experience. One of the resort's collaborators is “Iron Chef” Masaharu Morimoto, who brought Morimoto Asia Waikiki, the resort’s signature restaurant, to life. True to his style, Morimoto’s menu integrates Western and traditional Asian ingredients. As if the cuisine weren't enough, this indoor-outdoor restaurant looks out toward the ocean and features a glass-enclosed exhibition kitchen, a dynamic bar, and sleek outdoor lanais.
Morimoto has also designed a casual dining experience for guests at Momosan Waikiki, where guests can enjoy noodle dishes as well as Morimoto sake and beer selections. The restaurant will serve playful small plates and appetizers including pork gyoza, crispy mimiga (Japanese fried pig ears) and Chef Morimoto’s unique take on Oahu-favorite garlic shrimp as well as salads, classic izakaya-style rice dishes, yakitori and flavor-forward ramen dishes.
For guests looking for a night cap, they can head to O-Bar, offering ocean-inspired craft cocktails, local beers, a global wine list and local-infused small plates. Plus, there are several more dining options, including a breakfast buffet and poolside bar.
And speaking of the pool, the resort’s pool deck is almost as fun as Hawaii’s gorgeous beaches. Overlooking Waikiki Beach, it features a saltwater infinity pool, relaxation spaces, a reflecting pool, tiered day beds, custom teak furniture, driftwood sculptures, lanterns and fire pits. Families can enjoy a separate, adjacent family pool. Guests may also enjoy the resort’s fitness center and spa with yoga, two tennis courts, and three spa rooms for couple’s massages and treatments.
There will be 839 all-new guest rooms and suites. As guests turn in, they can enjoy breathtaking ocean, Diamond Head and city views. Each room design is inspired by Oahu’s natural beauty and is decorated with a soothing palette of whites and beiges accented by pops of blues and greens.
Alohilani's large, sophisticated, modern lobby is the first thing to greet guests, it is also home to a three-story oceanarium with more than 1,000 indigenous marine life and coral reef formations.
The resort’s name pays homage to Queen Lili‘uokalani, Hawaii’s last monarch.