LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER
August 8, 2012
By: Oksana Balytsky
Halekulani has been hosting visitors to Waikiki Beach for nearly 100 years, but even the most hip and trendy luxury hotels need a face lift every now and then. This beautiful Hawaiian hotel has earned its reputation for its gracious hospitality, impeccable service, and incredible cuisine, and with its updates, the Halekulani is now that much more stunning and reputable. For the past year, the Halekulani has been sprucing all of its rooms and suites as well as enhancing guest experiences, services, and amenities. The hotel has also added a new French Bar, L’Aperitif at La Mer, and a new Afternoon Tea experience. Each guestroom has been improved with new furnishings, accessories, amenities, new lighting design, bedding, and enhanced in-room technology. We simply love the new look and feel of the Halekulani and admire how a stunning property can undergo a major improvement period without losing its historic and charming feel. Explore the new look of the Halekulani for yourself and let us know what you think!
By: Oksana Balytsky
April 3, 2012
By: Christopher Roney
Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel: It means no worries for the rest of your days. At least while you're there. Which probably means that if you stay there, you'll end up extending your vacation indefinitely until you forget to return home, abandoning life as you know it to sit on a Hawaiian beach, relaxing to the soft sounds of waves lapping at your ankles as the wind ruffles your thematically appropriate tropical shirt. That sounds pretty good actually. Maybe we should all take a little more vacation. I know when I do, my next one will be to the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel.
On the Kohala Coast, the Hapuna Beach Hotel shares 1,839 acres of beachfront property with the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, another gorgeous five-star property. With that much space, you're practically lost in the wilderness. The rooms and property itself are wonderful, modern and understated, allowing the natural beauty of the surroundings to shine through and carry the experience of the true escape. The Hapuna Beach Hotel is the perfect Hawaiian getaway.
March 13, 2012
By: Christopher Roney
Quiet! Do you hear that rustling? What is that there in the leaves? Ah, ha! Got it! It's the elusive combo hotel, and I'm showing it to you now, live, on national television for the first time. And what a beauty she is...Look at those greens, those bungalows, I've never seen anything like it. You can tell from the way she lies there that's she cold-blooded, all that lying around in the sun.
Now what exactly is a combo hotel? It's an incredibly descriptive term that I've just now invented to explain the incredibly elusive bungalow hotel that is also a golf resort. Now, normally when you think of bungalows, you get lost in an afternoon of daydreaming, but then you remind yourself that you were actually trying to remember where you might find them, and then you think of the Maldives, the native habitat of the quiet and reserved bungalow hotel. And then you imagine a golf resort, and it carries you across the world to Scotland, or any of the mainland courses from Kiawah Island to Pebble Beach. The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows is a holy union of these two concepts, bungalow housing with breaktaking ocean views and a golf course that hugs the shores like it loves them more than its own mother.
For the gender normative family, Mauna Lani's two championship golf courses give the guys a place to play while the children enjoy the Mauna Lani Camp and disinterested spouses relax at one of the "World's Best Spas" according to Travel & Leisure magazine. A less stereotypical family might send the men to the camp, the women to golf and the children to the spa, but I'm pretty sure that violates some kind of age requirement. Either way, you're sure to have some fun at the Mauna Lani, and I haven't even mentioned the farm-to-table dining at the Canoehouse, their signature restaurant. I better stop now before I get carried away. I've probably already oversold the place, and now they're going to be booked up when I try to reserve. To get in before I do, just head on over here to check availability and learn even more about the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows.