The Girlfriends Getaway Guide To Honolulu
When you are your girls think about planning a vacation, most likely a beach destination comes to mind. But you don’t have to go to the Caribbean for sun and sand, the island of Oahu, Hawaii’s capital, offers everything you and your besties need for a relaxing getaway right in the U.S. of A. Here are our recommendations for planning the perfect girls trip to Honolulu.
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Where To Stay
Even in paradise, where you lay your head matters. Go luxury all the way with these three amazing hotels:
The Ritz Carlton is always a good choice, and its Waikiki Beach locale is proof. Here you can expect pristine ocean views and close proximity to all of Waikiki Beach’s best attractions. A spa, on-site restaurants, and a pool mean you never have to leave the property.
The Halekulani five-star hotel spares no luxury, but its biggest claim to fame is the breathtaking natural views of the water that make you feel miles away from society. Authentic Hawaiian spa treatments, waterfront dining, and plenty of nightlife attract the rich and famous to this locale. It’s also one of the most historic sites in Oahu, with decades of guests and memories weaved into its fabric.
A slice of Aloha, the Alohilani Resort is straight from heaven. Private cabanas, oceanfront views, and an oceanarium restaurant work together to create a magical experience every time you stay here. It also helps that they have some of the best bars and restaurants in the city within its walls. A good meal is never far away.
Where To Eat
Oahu has just about every type of cuisine you can imagine, which makes it’s hard to narrow down your options. Don’t worry, we’ve done it for you. Fuel your travels with the best food in Oahu:
Staying at Alohilani comes with tasty perks: four, in fact. The resort is home to Morimoto, which serves up some of the best Asian fares in the city. The two main bars, Swell and O’Bar, each offer a unique dining experience. If you’re looking for happy hour specials, you’ll want to grab a table at O’Bar for small plates, local beers, and craft cocktails. For a poolside experience, Swell never fails to disappoint. In the morning, you can grab a hearty breakfast buffet at Lychee, complete with a view of the property’s stunning oceanarium.
For Halekulani Hotel residents, indulge in a waterfront meal at House Without a Key. This indoor/outdoor watering hole offers breakfast and lunch with cocktails, appetizers, and entertainment. It’s also steeped in Hawaiian history and remains one of the most beloved icons on the island.
Fine Dining Off Property
If you’re craving healthy and wholesome, head to Alan Wong’s or Mahina & Sun. Each has partnered with local farmers to bring you the freshest, highest quality ingredients on the island. Chef Michael Mina’s Stripsteak has perfected the art of the steak, and your taste buds will agree.
For a classic meal, you can’t go wrong with Chubbie’s Burgers. Locally sourced and made to order, they make ’em the old-fashioned way: reasonably priced and 100% delicious.
What To Do
To complete your luxury experience, head to the day spa at the Ritz Carlton. Hot stones straight from Hawaiian volcanoes leaves sourced from the local rainforest, and authentic Hawaiian treatments melt the stress immediately. During your visit, you can expect stunning views of the ocean and a relaxing outdoor terrace that make the rest of the world seem miles away.
If there’s time left, take a private helicopter tour of Mauna Loa with Maunaloa Helicopter Tours to get a glimpse of Hawaii from a whole new angle. From hidden waterfalls to lush rainforest scenes, you can’t experience Hawaii like this from the ground. Every seat is VIP, giving you panoramic views of paradise.
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