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Oahu (Waikiki in particular) is home to the bulk of hotel rooms in Hawaii, so it can be kind of overwhelming trying to find just the right place to stay. But there’s good news…there are some really great beach resorts on Oahu!
Here are my favorite Oahu beach resorts broken down by location. Click through the links to check pricing and availability for your travel dates.
Not super familiar with Oahu? Read this post to help you get the lay of the land and decide which area of Oahu is right for you.
Royal Hawaiian Hotel: The Royal Hawaiian Hotel (also know as the “Pink Palace of the Pacific”) is probably my favorite place to stay on Waikiki, because it’s so chic and iconic. Most movies filmed in Hawaii in the 1960s (and even an episode of Mad Men) were filmed at the Royal Hawaiian! Click here to check rates and availability during your stay.
Moana Surfrider: The oldest hotel on Waikiki, the Moana Surfrider has been around since 1901 and sits directly on Waikiki beach. No trip to Waikiki is complete until you’ve sipped a mai tai on the lanai here. Click here to check rates and availability during your stay.
Hilton Hawaiian Village: The Hilton Hawaiian Village feels like a city in itself with multiple towers, its own lagoon, an entire pool complex, and plenty of shops and restaurants. Since it’s located at the end of Waikiki (opposite Diamond Head), it often feels less crowded than other nearby options. Click here to check rates and availability during your stay.
Sheraton Waikiki: This relaxed beach resort right on Waikiki Beach has great amenities including three restaurants, an infinity pool (plus another pool with waterslide), and spa. It’s also right in the middle of Waikiki’s famous shopping district. Click here to check rates and availability during your stay.
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Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort: Located right in the middle of Waikiki, the Outrigger Waikiki is one of the few beach resorts on Waikiki that doesn’t charge a daily resort fee. It’s home to the famous Duke’s Waikiki Restaurant and Beach Bar as well as a couple of other restaurants. Click here to check rates and availability during your stay.
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa: Located on the beach, the two towers of this resort have upscale rooms (suites are available) and access to a fitness center, spa, outdoor pool with bar, hot tub, and two restaurants. Click here to check rates and availability during your stay.
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The Modern Honolulu: While not beachfront, The Modern Honolulu is a super trendy waterfront hotel (located on the Ala Wai Harbor) with a great location in Honolulu. It’s not a budget hotel, but it’s getting to be an increasingly popular place to stay. Click here to check rates and availability during your stay.
The Surfjack Hotel: The Surfjack Hotel is one of Waikiki’s most popular places to stay. It’s a midpriced boutique resort that plays up 1960s Hawaiian beach culture. Click here to check rates and availability during your stay.
Turtle Bay Resort: The only resort on the north shore is Turtle Bay and it’s lovely. If you’re looking for an extraordinary Hawaii resort experience without the crowds and noise of Waikiki, you’ll find it at Turtle Bay all while being a stone’s throw from Haleiwa town and all of the gems on the north shore. Click here to check rates and availability during your stay.
Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa: Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa is pretty much my absolute favorite place to stay in Hawaii. Although, when I stay there, I never want to leave the resort! While it does attract families (so great for kids!) many are surprised that it’s not ALL about Mickey Mouse. Read all about my last stay there right here. Click here to check rates and availability during your stay.
Four Seasons Oahu: Ko’olina’s other big resort destination is the newly opened Four Seasons. While it’s super swanky and luxurious, I don’t think it’s on the same level as the Four Seasons on Maui or the Big Island. But, it is the most luxe property you’ll find on Oahu. Click here to check rates and availability during your stay.
Marriott Ko’olina Beach Club: If you’re a points tracker, you may be drawn to Marriott properties. The one in Ko’olina is nice and quiet with great beaches and amenities. Click here to check rates and availability during your stay.
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