Monthly Archives: January 2014

Royal Hawaiian – The Pink Lady by John Pond

I think in reviewing this classic hotel it is important to know a little of this landmark’s history. The Royal Hawaiian opened on February 1, 1927. The then six-storey, 400-room structure was fashioned in a Spanish-Moorish style, popular during the period and influenced by screen star Rudolph Valentino. The Honolulu Star-Bulletin described the newly opened Royal Hawaiian as “the first resort hostelry in America”.
Set on ten acres of prime Waikiki beachfront, the hotel’s site boasts a majestic lineage having been used as a playground for King Kamehameha after he conquered the island of Oahu. Continue reading

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Hotel Paradis D’Ouvea – Heaven or Hell?

Half an hour’s flight from Noumea, (often flights are cancelled or just do not leave) you find yourself in what could be described as a mini-paradise. Unfortunately you quickly realize it is more like hell. Continue reading

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Le Meridien Hotel At Anse Vata Beach, Noumea, New Caledonia

On a recent trip to Noumea we stayed at Le Meridien Hotel. My wife and I decided to spend a few days here and were delighted with our large hotel room with a generous balcony offering sweeping views of the ocean. Continue reading

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