The Kahala Hotel & Resort
What to expect: Opened in 1964 and frequented by Hollywood's elite (Frank Sinatra, Tom Cruise, Michelle Pfeiffer), entertainment notables (Faith Hill, Luciano Pavarotti, Billy Joel), every US president from Nixon to Clinton, and royalty (Queen Elizabeth, Princess Grace, the Dalai Lama), this resort attracts the rich and famous and the discriminating and sophisticated. Ordinary families cavort next to the glitterati. Consistent awards prove this resort is among the world’s best . Amenity highlights: For a modest fee, guests (kids, too) can swim and interact with the resort’s most loved residents, the Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. Emphasizing education, Dolphin Quest scientist/trainers run the program in the 26,000-square-foot salt-water lagoon.
The Kahala Hotel and Resort's elaborate pool complex includes a large ocean-view pool lined with blue Italian-glass tiles, a big spa, and a children's wading pool—all surrounded by a sundeck furnished with thickly padded lounge chairs and fronted by a sunning lawn graced by coconut trees.
Responding to celebrity requests, the resort built five 550-square-foot spa suites (one for couples) where guests can receive various massages and body treatments in an utterly tranquil, private setting, beginning with a foot-bathing ritual.
Insider tip: The Kahala Burger, available at the open-air Plumeria Beach Café, brings guests back to the resort year after year.
This hotel offers Wireless Internet access
The 364-room Kahala Hotel and Resort is comprised of two 10-story towers and a two-story Dolphin Lagoon Terrace. A three-story lobby provides plush seating amid white beams, tall drapes, and wooden shutters. Every imaginable facility and service is available for a relaxed, luxurious vacation: a fitness center offering personal training, aquatic exercise, and yoga, complete with separate men's and women's quarters with saunas, steam rooms, and spas; a Keiki Club for children ages 5–12, offering half- and full-day sessions of Hawaiian culture and activities; an arcade of exclusive shops and boutiques; complimentary health service from the resort's nurse; complimentary shuttles to nearby shopping; and complimentary activities such as lauhala weaving and Hawaiian quilting.
This beachfront Honolulu hotel offers 364 rooms located in two 10-story towers and a two-story Dolphin Lagoon Terrace. Rooms average 550 square feet. Some have furnished sit-down balconies; others have Juliet balconies with sliding glass doors and wrought-iron railings. Views are of the ocean, dolphin lagoon, or mountains. Decor includes teak parquet floors and mahogany furniture. Rich fabrics and hand-woven Tibetan carpets contribute color. Dressing areas are furnished with mahogany-and-red-marble vanities, and huge bathrooms recall grand Hawaiian plantations.
Ridge View w/o Balcony
King bed with canopy or two double beds. Views of mountain ridge. Located in back of hotel. Dressing area with freestanding mahogany-and-red-marble vanity; spacious bathroom with soaking tub, separate shower stall.
Ridge View w/Balcony
King bed with canopy or two double beds. Furnished sit-down balcony with mountain views. Dressing area with freestanding mahogany-and-red-marble vanity; spacious bathroom with soaking tub, separate shower stall.
Ocean View w/o Balcony
King bed with canopy or two double beds. Views of Pacific from unfurnished Juliet balcony. Located in the Diamond Head wing. Dressing area with freestanding mahogany-and-red-marble vanity; spacious bathroom with soaking tub, separate shower stall.
Dolphin Lagoon View w/Balcony
King bed with canopy or two double beds. Furnished sit-down balcony with views of dolphin lagoon. Located in two-story Dolphin Lagoon Terrace. Dressing area with freestanding mahogany-and-red-marble vanity; spacious bathroom with soaking tub, separate shower stall.
Ocean View w/Balcony (Diamond Head)
King bed with canopy or two double beds. Ocean views from furnished sit-down balcony. Located in Diamond Head wing. Dressing area with freestanding mahogany-and-red-marble vanity; spacious bathroom with soaking tub, separate shower stall.
With a direct view of the Pacific Ocean, Cabanas Seaside Grill offers intimate dinners and social gatherings. Guests dine under nine specially constructed cabanas that seat two up to a maximum of seven persons apiece. Individual preferences are noted by having guests choose whether to enjoy the sunset view while dining or draw the drapes to ensure maximum privacy. White linen tablecloths and hand-blown glass tableware add the final elegant touches to this elegant setting.
Hoku's - Hoku's consistently wins acclaim for its innovative Hawaiian regional and Pacific Rim fare prepared with finesse and served with style. Thanks to a multi-level layout, all diners receive ocean-view seats. Hoku's serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch from its open kitchen, which is fronted by a sushi bar. The Plumeria Beach House - Renowned for its Kahala Burger, this casual beachside cafe features bountiful buffets and off-the-menu choices for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with live Hawaiian music at sunset.
Tokyo-Tokyo - Inside or outside by a garden, this stylish Japanese restaurant serves lunch and dinner either robata style or in tatami rooms.
The Veranda - Embodying the graciousness of plantation-era Hawaii and offering panoramic ocean views, a curry lunch buffet, afternoon tea, cocktails, and live-music dancing in the evenings, The Veranda supplies tradition and romance by day, sunset, or moonlight.
Honu Bar & Terrace - Located next to the turtle ponds, Honu (Hawaiian for "turtle") serves lunch, evening appetizers, dinner, and tropical drinks.
The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel; fees may apply.
Extra person charges may apply depending on hotel policy.
Check-in time is 3 PM
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