KAHALA HOTEL & RESORT, OAHU, HAWAII Review by John Pond

 

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Recently I was in Honolulu for several weeks on a business trip. For most of my visit I was accommodated in beachfront Waikiki properties, but as my stay grew to an end, I felt I deserved a few days of relaxation at one of Hawaii’s best resorts. I had previously stayed at The Kahala over 25 years ago. It was like being on an outer island resort, but literally ten minutes cab ride from Waikiki, so I booked three nights at The Kahala Resort to end our Hawaii stay.

IMG_3266On arrival my wife and I did a quick walk around the property and were enticed by The Seaside Grill, situated literally on the private beach where we enjoyed a casual lunch under the palm trees before going back to our room to unpack.

The foyer area with its huge chandeliers and high ceilings, takes one back to the elegance of yesteryear. The hotel’s décor throughout the property is tropical casual and just sitting and enjoying one’s surroundings is a pleasure.

The hotel offers several dining options. We particularly enjoyed having high tea on the Verandah deck one afternoon. Each morning we ate our buffet breakfast from the huge selection of items available (including great crepes) in the Plumeria Beach House. The made to order egg white omelette and the Eggs Benedict were a favourite.

IMG_3363All the usual amenities one would expect in a five star hotel are on hand. The Japanese Toto toilets with built in bidets and many gadgets, were most welcome.

Rooms range in price from around $440 to $12,000 for the 2 bedroom Imperial Suite. Our room had the highest beds we have ever seen, almost needed a ladder to climb into bed, but very comfortable.

The Dolphin pool/lake area, is home to 5 bottle nosed dolphins; one can pay a fee to swim with the dolphins, under the strict supervision of a marine biologist. Feeding the dolphins is also a popular option. This has enabled the resort to donate millions of dollars to help dolphins and other marine life. Although we did not take these options, we had an enjoyable time watching others participate. The dolphins appeared to be having as much fun as the guests. The number of interactions with the dolphins is carefully monitored.

Every inch of the spacious grounds adds to ones enjoyment and relaxation.

Overall, although it had been many years since I had been to this very elegant property, I was still impressed. Service, room quality and overall ambience was still very much five star.

When only the very best will do.

THE KAHALA HOTEL & RESORT 
5000 KAHALA AVE 
HONOLULU

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About John Pond, J.P.

Pioneer in television as producer of thousands of hours of TV shows on Australian and American television including Graham Kennedy, Tommy Leonetti, People in Conflict, Hollywood Bowl, Major Specials and Dr John‘s Casebook TV Shows. TV manager J. Walter Thompson & McCannErickson Advertising and head of production for Columbia Pictures TV. John changed careers to the hospitality industry working for Sydney’s top 5 star hotel as director of sales and marketing and GM. Then with Harrah’s/Caesar's World, the world’s largest hotel and casino group in Nevada. Playboy Magazine in Chicago, head of worldwide PR/Marketing, for their Resorts, Clubs, Hotels & Casinos. Producer at Fox Studios in Los Angeles. Co-creator of hit US network TV show Joker, Joker, Joker, first TV show to give away a million dollars. Writer travel articles for magazines and newspapers including Washington Post, New York Times, American Playboy as well as local Australian papers and magazines. In the USA represented many personalities including Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, Bob Hope, Mel Torme, and many other major names. John is Editor at Sea of Australia’s leading cruise magazine, Travel & Cruise writer for The Retiree Magazine, Destinations Magazine and Spectator Group of Newspapers. John reviews cruise ships, Destinations and Hotels, and is ably assisted by his Associate Editor Sandra Tiltman.
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