Where to Stay – Oahu, HawaiiWhere to Stay
Welcome to the new Where to Stay series!
When I start my travel planning the first thing I generally research is the accommodation portion of the holiday, so with the new Where to Stay series, The Girls Who Wander will feature recommended accommodation for different locations from all over the globe.
We have both stayed in plenty of great (and not so great!) places, so each post will be an honest opinion as to what it has to offer and why we would recommend it to fellow travellers. So whether its camping locations, hostels, hotels, apartments or resorts, we will feature something for all budgets. We will categorize each review into four categories;
- Budget $
- Affordable $$
- Splurge $$$
- Luxury $$$$
Kicking off the first of this series is a personal favourite of ours – not only is it located in our version of paradise, but it’s our resort of choice and between the two of us we have stayed here a little shy of a dozen times so it’s a subject we are well aquatinted with!
NAME: Sheraton Waikiki Hotel & Resort
LOCATION – Oahu, Hawaii, United States of America
CATEGORY – Splurge $$$
Why stay here?
We vaguely touched on this place in our previous Oahu post so this will be more of a deep dive.
Location-wise – you can’t beat it! Right on the shoreline of the infamous Waikiki Beach and walking distance from virtually anything in the Waikiki area. It has something for everyone – an incredible family friendly pool area with slides included and my favourite part of the resort – the adult only infinity pool. Kick back on a floating beanbag with a cocktail in hand and enjoy the views of Waikiki Beach and Diamond head off in the distance. Keep an eye out for turtles popping up for air in the ocean right in front of the pool too! Sound like paradise? Well no word of a lie… It really is!
All the rooms feature a balcony for you to enjoy the warm Hawaiian sun, with over 80% offering a stunning ocean view. The rooms come in five styles of views – mountain, city, partial ocean, full ocean and Diamond Head.
I don’t think you can go wrong with any of these views and it really all depends on what price you are wanting to pay but we have found that if you aren’t wanting to splash out too much cash, the partial ocean views are the way to go. You get the best of both worlds of overlooking the city and the water and as they are generally the corner rooms of the building, the rooms are often more spacious. In saying that, if you are looking to splurge, you won’t regret spending those extra $$$ to have a full ocean view! It’s pretty spectacular to be able to sit on your balcony and watch the turtles swimming below and the sunset each and every night.
Also worth mentioning how comfortable the beds are! It’s like sleeping on a cloud so you will certainly get getting a good nights rest!
Inside the resort itself there are five dining options available but if none of these places are what you fancy, the Royal Hawaiian Centre is less than 200 meters away and offers a huge variety of restaurants and fast food options. A favourite of ours is Rumfire and The Edge of Waikiki Bar – both offers great food and drink options and you can also enjoy live music daily from 5pm at both of these locations.
The pool areas are by far the highlight of my stay at the Sheraton Waikiki. There are two areas:
The Helumoa Playground which features two fresh water swimming pools, 2 slides, two large spas and all surrounded by pool huts and lounges. A great area for families of all ages.
The Edge of Waikiki is our personal favourite. It’s an infinity pool which is just above ocean level and has the most incredible views looking over the coastline of Waikiki. The pool is an adults only area and provides drink services 8am to 8pm. The pool staff will release beach bags and you can spend your day just floating around the pool or better yet, hang your legs over the infinity edge and enjoy the serenity of the ocean and sea life at your doorstep.
There are numerous hotel stores located on the ground level area ranging from high-end shops, specialty gift stores to small supermarkets.
There a plenty of facilities available at the Sheraton Waikiki including a state of the art fitness centre, child care centre, laundry facility and concierge services.
Avis Car Hire has a desk which is extremely convenient if you are keen to hit the road to check out the rest of what Oahu has to offer. With parking included in your resort fee, you are covered if you wanted the car for a few days. The parking area is connected to the hotel so you don’t even have to travel far and to return the car, you come back to the exact some spot. Simple! There is also an activities desk where you can book a range of tours and one that we highly recommend is the Mai Tai cruise which leaves from directly in front of the resort. Sailing daily along Waikiki Beach on Oahu’s south shore, it’s a fun sightseeing cruise and party all in one! If activities are your thing, you can get involved in hula dancing classes, a water aerobics class run each morning in the infinity pool and yoga classes happen on the near-by lawn area. The staff can even organise tickets for a luau at their next door sister hotel, the Royal Hawaiian which happens every Monday night.
In summary, if beachfront luxury and phenomenal views are a must for your holiday, then the Sheraton Waikiki Resort is for you! And if you have anything to add to this or you have your own paradise on Oahu, add a comment below as we would love to hear from you!