There are really only 5 Oahu resorts that have the extensive grounds and prestige worthy of the title as “true resorts on Oahu”. The Hawaiian Hilton Village, Turtle Bay Resort Oahu, Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club, Disney Aulani Hotel, & the Kahala Hotel and Resort are your 5 island stars that rise high above the rest!
Unique settings, onsite golf courses, tropical lagoon beaches, exquisite manmade waterfalls, popular luaus, star attractions such as dolphins and sting rays swimming about, spa centers, boutique shops, fine dining restaurants, top notch rooms and suites, and front row beach real estate are some of the outstanding all-in-one features you will find at these luxury Oahu resorts that are hard to find anywhere else.
Travel to the tip of the North Shore countryside, and you will find the welcoming gate that leads you inside this fabulous 880 acres of the Turtle Bay Resort.
This resort captures the true meaning of the word peaceful! Although it’s only a short ride to Haleiwa Town, you are truly isolated from much of civilization.
The beautiful rustic grounds include not one but two championship Oahu golf courses, a dozen tennis courts, 2 separate pools, an outdoor spa, a fitness center, 6 restaurant dining options, an extensive collection of hotel rooms and suites, and that’s in addition to the beach cottages & resort villas available to those who have a need for more space and privacy.
Staying at Turtle Bay Oahu can be a little pricey, but if you are searching for peace and tranquility, it might be worth it! Take a horseback ride or feel free to wander on the 5-mile stretch of undisturbed North Shore sandy beach coast.
At the top of Waikiki, you can’t have a more grand entrance than one that leads into the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Las Vegas would be proud to have this Oahu resort in its line up of eye candy.
So what makes each of these Oahu resorts grand? Let the Hilton Hawaii Village set the standard with…an elaborate waterfall entrance, 6 hotel towers, close to 100 boutique shops to satiate any urge to loosen the purse strings, 2 dozen restaurants and bars, the only outdoor Waikiki luau, a world conference center, a manmade swimming lagoon, huge park-like grounds, 10 swimming pools, and prime Waikiki beach real estate. Oh…did I mention this place is home to the legendary Don Ho?
It’s no doubt that the Hawaiian Hilton Village is a first class Oahu resort, but also an endless oasis of entertainment and fun!
About 45 minutes North of Waikiki is a fairly new secluded resort on the Leeward (westside) side of Oahu, known as the Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club.
The 650-acre gated Marriott Ko Olina properties currently consist of 2 hotels each with its own crescent-shaped beach lagoon. The 3rd and 4th identical lagoons are set to also have their own hotels to be built in the near future.
This expansive beach club also includes an 18-hole championship golf course, award winning Roy’s Restaurant, the Paradise Cove Luau production, tropical pools to splash around, and prime beachfront setting to enjoy the perfect Hawaiian sunsets.
The Ko Olina resort hotel rooms and multi-roomed villas are spacious and tastefully decorated with a modern and luxurious island plantation feel.
But it’s really the manicured garden surroundings, and the 4 individual magical crescent moon beach lagoons that separate this getaway from other Oahu resorts. The Ko Olina beaches rank as some of the best on the island, and happens to be one of my favorites to visit!
The Disney Aulani Hotel is the latest
addition to join
the short list of amazing Oahu resorts.
It’s located about 30 minutes north of Waikiki, next to the Marriott Resort & Beach Club. If you haven’t been to Ko’Olina yet, it’s a magical oasis, that’s away from everything and has these 4 pristine moon shaped ocean lagoons.
Walt Disney’s team worked hand in hand with the Hawaiian community to create a flowing symmetry of Hawaiian & Polynesian culture throughout the hotel and premises, and mixing in the Disney magic we’ve come to love over the years. The Aulani opened its doors to the public in 2011, and has already expanded their capacity to over 800 rooms, suites, and villas in 2013.
The Ko’Olina beach lagoons are highlight, but you’ll find many guest enjoying the extensive water park on the Aulani campus.
A legendary Oahu resort secretly tucked in the back side of Diamond Head, away from Waikiki... Think world class and the Kahala Hotel & Resort should come to mind. This is where you come to feel like the rich and famous or hang out with them –such sightings are quite common, but you have to come see for yourself!
Residing on only 6.5 acres of prime real estate, the Kahala Hotel might seem a little small compared to the other Oahu Resorts, but not in terms of class, beauty, and entertainment! No details were spared in this classic luxury getaway!
Features not to be missed include an extensive spa & fitness center, a private long stretch of beach with calm ocean waters, a 22,000 sq ft lagoon, that winds through botanical gardens, and it’s home to bottlenose dolphins, sting rays, sea turtles and a school of tropical fish.
The Kahala Resort is also home to an award winning restaurant known as Hoku…one of 5 dining spots onsite.
My favorite pastime at the Kahala Hotel & Resort is hanging out in their open air lounge, where you can enjoy cocktails from the bar and listen to the live jazz music on the weekends.
Also take a look at the best Oahu hotels page for more Grand stays in Hawaii! Don’t miss the classic hotels on the island, including the Royal Hawaiian, the Moana Surfrider, and the Ilakai Hotel, and many others worth noting .....
Aloha & Enjoy!!