Some of the best luxury Oahu resorts are in Waikiki, with thousands of tourists visiting its famous shoreline for some of the best restaurants and high-end shopping in Hawaii.
Below are our top ten picks for the best luxury Oahu resorts.
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Oahu Resorts #1: Prince Waikiki
With a great location just a few minutes away from the breathtaking Ala Moana Beach and the iconic Waikiki Beach, Prince Waikiki is a stunning luxury resort in Oahu offering gorgeous views of Ala Wai Harbor. The property has several on-site dining options ranging from traditional Hawaiian food to authentic Japanese cuisine and a group of international favorites. The resort also makes exploring nearby areas much more comfortable by providing a shuttle service to Waikiki Beach, Ala Moana Center, Hawaii Prince Gold Club, and several other attractions.
The rooms are modern and bright with floor-to-ceiling windows and modern amenities, including flat-screen TVs and mini-fridges. Most of the suites offer spectacular views of those famed Hawaiian sunsets. Upgraded Club Rooms offer improved amenities and access to the poolside lounge. The resort also boasts a 27-hole golf course designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay and a well-appointed 24-hour fitness center with state-of-the-art cardio and resistance equipment. There are two pools on-site, including a magnificent infinity pool with dazzling views of the harbor.
Oahu Resorts #2: The Ritz Carlton Residences Waikiki Beach
A luxurious apartment hotel with suites spread across two towers, The Ritz Carlton Residences Waikiki Beach in Oahu boasts an envious location right in the heart of Waikiki. Each of the hotel’s 552 luxuriously-appointed studios feature apartment-style rooms with balconies and up to four bedrooms. The living areas feature pull-out sofas, incredible views of the Pacific Ocean, and also feature kitchens/kitchenettes complete with washers and dryers. There are two beautiful pools in the property, including an elevated infinity pool above Waikiki offering private cabanas. The on-site spa offers a wide variety of rejuvenating and relaxing treatments taking inspiration from different cultures, along with a fitness center with a yoga studio.
There are several excellent dining options on offer, including BLT Market, the resort’s signature restaurant. It offers American-inspired cuisine and a menu that is changed daily. Other highlights include Hawaii’s first Dean & DeLuca location and the first branch of the acclaimed brand, Sushi Sho, outside of Japan.
Oahu Resorts #3: Four Seasons Resort Oahu
A family-friendly luxury property located on the west coast of Oahu, Four Seasons Resort Oahu offers a gorgeous oceanfront setting in the relaxed Ko Olina resort community.
The well-maintained and expansive grounds are breathtaking, and the resort’s 370 rooms are luxurious and modern with sleeper sofas and spacious and gorgeously furnished balconies with spectacular ocean views. All also offer stylish bathrooms with deep soaking tubs and walk-in glass showers. Aquaholics will be spoilt for choices with four on-site pools, including an adult-only infinity pool and an ocean-view family pool.
The resort offers several dining options ranging from buffets to seafood, Italian, and American cuisine. Other facilities on offer include a spacious gym, a basketball court, and five tennis courts. Guests can also take advantage of free afternoon poolside Mai Tai cocktails, popsicles and snacks, as well as the free oceanfront yoga and several watersports options including stand-up paddleboards, snorkeling, and surfboards. The resort also offers free wifi throughout the property, along with hula and ukulele lessons and a luxurious spa offering several relaxing treatments.
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Oahu Resorts #4: Halekulani
With a great location on Waikiki Beach just a short walk from the main trip and overlooking Diamond Head, Honolulu’s chic Halekulani hotel is one of Oahu’s most popular luxury resorts and offers 453 suites, nearly all of which have stunning full or partial ocean views. The rooms are bright and modern, with well-furnished lanais, sophisticated wooden furniture, luxe en suite bathrooms with premium toiletries, marble vanities, luxuriant deep-soaking tubs and walk-in glass showers. Each guest is welcomed with a fresh fruit bowl and signature chocolates. The resort boasts a spectacular heated outdoor oval-shaped pool with views of Waikiki Beach. The pool is made of 1.2 million glass tiles forming a Cattleya orchid pattern on the bottom and is surrounded by sun loungers and shady umbrellas.
For dining, the Veranda offers afternoon tea and champagne service, while the internationally-awarded La Mer offers stellar French cuisine using local, fresh Hawaiian ingredients in a gorgeous oceanfront setting. The beach-facing Orchids restaurant, on the other hand, features all-day seafood dishes, and the landmark A House Without a Key offers terrace dining and nightly entertainment.
The Spa Halekulani offers a wide range of treatments including massages, facials, body therapies and beauty services inspired by traditional Polynesian rituals. The location is also just 10 minutes away from the upscale Ala Moana Shopping Center.
Oahu Resorts #5: The Kahala Hotel & Resort
Tucked away in the upscale neighborhood of Kahala, the elegant Kahala Hotel and Resort boasts a star-studded history, having hosted countless celebrities, princesses, and US presidents, being one of Hawaii’s very first luxury resorts. Kahala features 338 rooms and suites with chic, earth-toned interiors and floor-to-ceiling windows. Some offer ocean and mountain views, with one offering a view of the dolphin lagoon. Bathrooms are expansive and feature separate soaking tubs and standing showers.
A must try in the hotel is the interactive swim-with-the dolphins experience set in the resort’s 26,000 square foot lagoon, along with free services that include surfing and stand-up paddle board lessons and bike rentals. The Kahala Spa offers several treatments which are based on traditional Hawaiian rituals, including the signature Oli Oli Lomilomi massage, the Hawaiian Body Mask and Wrap, and a traditional Ho’omaka Foot Ritual that includes a sea salt soak, aromatic foot scrub, and eye mask, at the start of every spa treatment. The spacious and well-appointed beachfront CHI Health Energy Fitness Center offers outdoor yoga and Pilates.
There are five distinct dining experiences on offer. Highlights include Hoku’s, which offers “nature to table” Hawaiian cuisine, and Plumeria Beach House, which offers seafood buffets on weekends. Guests looking for superb Italian fare can visit Arancino for lunch and dinner.
Oahu Resorts #6: The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, Waikiki
Located in the heart of Waikiki, the Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort is a gorgeous oceanfront luxury resort offering 528 modern suites. Built in 1927, the resort is one of the oldest properties on the island of Oahu and is one of the most distinctive structures in Hawaii with its Spanish-Moorish architecture and its pinkish stucco façade which earned it the nickname the Pink Palace of the Pacific. The rooms feature views of the garden or the ocean, are decorated in tropical colors, and feature modern amenities including high-speed Wifi, an iPod docking station, and flat-screen TV. The newer ones feature balconies with breathtaking ocean views.
Guests can choose between two outdoor pools, the Malulani Pool and the Helumoa Playground, or just relax in one of the loungers by the beach. For dining, guests can get fresh local seafood at Azure Restaurant, while those looking for classic Polynesian dishes can visit Surf Lanai for breakfast and lunch. The well-reviewed Mai Tai Bar overlooks Diamond Head and serves excellent tropical cocktails and live entertainment nightly. Other resort highlights include direct access to Waikiki Beach, along with facilities including the Abhasa Spa and a well-appointed fitness center.
Oahu Resorts #7: Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa
Opening its doors in 1901, the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa is the oldest hotel in Waikiki, and it truly boasts a historic atmosphere, with a sweeping main staircase and antique furniture in the storied Moana Wing. The Surfrider hotel was the last of the three towers making up the hotel complex to be built in the 70s, and its oceanfront suites feature two separate lanai, one for sunrise and the other for sunset viewing.
There are several on-site restaurants offering a range of cuisines from Hawaiian to classic American fare. Banyan Court offers nightly live music and hula underneath the resort’s prize landmark, its historic banyan tree, while the oceanfront Beachhouse At The Moana offers nightly steaks, seafood, and Polynesian cuisine.
The on-site pool has a relaxing atmosphere with palm trees, ocean views and comfy loungers. The resort boasts the expansive 18,000-square-foot Moana Lani Spa, A Heavenly Spa by Westin, has 9 custom massage therapy rooms, 1 Vichy shower room, couple treatment suites, a nail salon, and 3 custom facial rooms. It offers a variety of oceanside treatments including facials, eye treatments, massages, and makeup services.
Moana Surfrider also offers several activities including Catamaran sails, canoe rides, surfing lessons, snorkeling, scuba diving, and parasailing.
Oahu Resorts #8: Sheraton Waikiki
Sheraton Waikiki boasts all the hallmarks of a luxury beachfront hotel, with breathtaking ocean views, several excellent dining venues, and a plethora of family-friendly activities. This massive property is located just 6 kilometers from the popular Diamond Head Crater Park
and boasts two beautiful oceanfront pools: the elegant adult-only Edge of Waikiki infinity pool, which offers cabanas, sunbeds and loungers for a fee, and the kid-friendly Helumoa Playground which features two freshwater pools, a hot tub, and a 70 foot long water slide. The resort is massive and towers over its neighbors in Waikiki Beach. Most of its 1500 rooms offer views of the famous beach, and its bathrooms provide designer toiletries and plush bathrobes.
Spa Khakara has a contemporary ambiance and a relaxing setting, offering eight treatment rooms and several treatments including facials, massages, and body therapies. The 24-hour fitness center boasts resistance equipment, cario machines, free weights, and complimentary workout classes.
There are 4 dining options on offer: RumFire is a local hotspot which features a local-style tapas menu and excellent cocktails; the Edge of Waikiki Bar is the perfect spot for sunset watching; Kai Market offers a buffet using fresh and local products; and Hapa’s Pizza boasts Italian/Hawaiian fusion.
Oahu Resorts #9: Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
The largest resort in Hawaii, Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort is an upscale luxury resort spread across five towers, with 18 bars and restaurants, five swimming pools, and a separate lagoon. Located on a long, sandy beach just five minutes away from central Waikiki
The resort’s 3386 rooms are bright and spacious, with massive windows offering full or partial ocean views, or views of Diamond Head. All have balconies, mini-fridges, signature Hilton mattresses, and flat-screen TVs.
Guests can expect a fireworks show every Friday night, while the resort’s natural sanctuary features over 60 species of exotic animals and breathtaking gardens. For dining, some restaurant highlights include The Tropics Bar and Grill which serves Hawaiian cuisine, and Bali Steak & Seafood, offering upscale open-air dining with a view of Waikiki Beach.
Water lovers can choose among the resort’s five pools. The 5000-square-foot Paradise pool has the longest slide in Waikiki and overlooks Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon, while the 10,000 square foot Super Pool has an enviable beachfront location.
The 22-acre property features countless activities and facilities on-site, including several shops selling clothing and accessories, a kids’ club offering off-site excursions and activities, and many activities programs including hula dancing and ukulele lessons. The Mandara Spa boasts a full-service salon and offers several massage and treatment options.
Oahu Resorts #10: The Modern Honolulu
A chic 353-room property, The Modern Honolulu is the perfect pick for urbanites looking for a trendy and stylish hotel offering excellent dining and entertainment options. The swanky rooms in the Modern Honolulu are spacious and fresh, with minimal décor and lots of natural lights. Some rooms offer balconies that overlook the marina, and an organic breakfast with dishes including Molokai sweet bread French toast. All feature custom beds, 46 inch flat-screen TVs, iPods programmed with music and free wifi.
The hotel’s signature restaurant, the Grove, is an all-day Pacific-inspired venue offering al fresco dining with gorgeous views of the harbor. Its menu boasts farm-to-table inspired offerings of international coastal fare from Pacific cultures.
There are two pools on-site: a stylish cobalt blue adults-only pool surrounded by sand, and another one with a teak deck. The resort also has three bars, with the Study offering its own signature cocktails and the nightclub Addiction drawing a younger crowd. The resort also offers an on-site full-service spa and fitness center.