Growing up in Hawaii, I always got excited whenever my family and I had an event to go to The Royal Hawaiian. The hotel is steeped in history and tradition, and you could feel it every time you drove up to its grand pink facade. After all, the hotel dates back to 1927 and has lived through both the Great Depression and the Second World War, during which it lent itself to the Navy as a rest and recuperation base. You’d never know now given their abundance, but The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort was actually only the second luxury hotel to be built in Waikiki. So you could say that staycationing here last weekend was dreamy to say the least. When I checked in and arrived at my room, I was taken aback by the beautiful ocean view that I could see right from my balcony (the photo I took above of the pool was taken from my balcony as well). I was listening to the waves crashing and surfers doing their thing and then realized I was late to meet some fellow bloggers at a cocktail party a few hotels away…view this good make you lose track of time, and I am the case in point! We got the cocktail party started at the Splash Bar at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani where we did make your own Mai Tais (see mine above) and enjoyed some pupus by the pool. After that, it was off to the Moana Surfrider where we tasted their amazing Mangoes at the Moana cocktail. Then we were off to check out the brand new bar at Azure Waikiki where I had a virgin ginger cocktail and everyone else tried some wine pairings to go with our scallops and duck appetizers. Side Note: even though I’m allergic to most alcohol, it doesn’t mean I’m not jealous of people who get to drink delicious wine, especially reisling! We ended the night at the Edge of Waikiki at the Sheraton Waikiki because the view there is everything and it’s one of those views you need to see in person, at sunset, with a nice glass of champagne in hand….or at least that’s what we did but you do you, girl!
^^Strolled along the beachwalk after the Rumfire Waikiki pool party and enjoyed the view
After our cocktail party, I headed back to my room to turn in for the night and caught up on my guilty pleasure Southern Charm whilst cuddling up in my cozy Royal Hawaiian pink robe. Because my room was located in the Mailani Tower, I was able to take advantage of daily breakfast and evening pupus right in the lobby of the tower, and that’s exactly what I did. It was off to the Royal Hawaiian pool for me. I probably don’t need to mention this because the photos speak for themselves, but this resort has a total pink theme going on and I couldn’t get enough. I now want my house to look like this, or at least my backyard!
Later in the day I headed to a pool party at Rumfire Waikiki and lounged around in the infinity pool as long as daylight would allow. We finished up that day with dinner at Beachhouse at the Moana and it was divine to say the least. My favorites were the crispy tempura asparagus, and the steak paired with the kim chee brussel sprouts. Order these and don’t look back!
On my last morning of staycation the girls and I headed over to the the Moana Lani Spa where we indulged in massages, foot scrubs, microdermabrasion and eyelash applications. We even got a suite so we had tons of privacy, an ocean view, and a jacuzzi tub all to ourselves. Let me say this: we were living our best lives that day and I’m not 100% sure how I’m going to return to normalcy after that. Seriously. Still trying to figure it out.
But I do have some good news, and that is that you too can have an epic Waikiki Staycation by clicking here and taking advantage of The Royal Hawaiian’s special Kamaaina offer. And if you’re not a Hawaii resident, there are plenty of offers you can take advantage of right here. Happy staycationing!