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.
On 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.
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