Kahala Hotel and Resort

Sitting on an exclusive, secluded 800 sf stretch of beach on a private peninsula the Kahala Hotel and resort is a very luxurious 5 star hotel situated 4 miles east of Waikiki in the exclusive Kahala area.

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Having hosted celebrities, royalty and presidents since 1964 you're sure to feel very pampered and special. Kahala is home to large homes and estates including Doris Duke's Shangri-La compound.

Originally a Hilton this 338 room resort sits on an 800 ft strand of secluded beach. The lobby has an old Hawaiian plantation feel meets royal elegance. Sitting on its own peninsula there are two 2 story towers

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Ammenities include free wi-fi throughout including on the beach and at the pool, room service, a business center, fitness center, bar/lounge, 4 restaurants, a pool wedding services and valet and self-parking.

Another treat here is the dolphin lagoon where you can swim with dolphins on site. The resort is also pet-friendly.

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Upon arrival you are greeted with towels and a bowl of water with which to clean your hands and refresh yourself.

After checking in you are personally walked to your room and shown how to work everything and where everything is.

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Every US President from Lyndon Johnson to George W. Bush has stayed here.

The beach bar was "Rick's Bar" in the television series Magnum P.I.

Other notable guests: Queen Elizabeth II, the Dalai Lama, John Wayne, The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Cameron Diaz, Bob Hope, the Sultan of Brunei, Adam Sandler, Janet Jackson and Prince

Rooms and Suites

The rooms here are large. I remember feeling like a princess when I stayed here. The deluxe rooms have over 550sf and his and her bathroom vanities and walk-in closets.

There are also cotton robes and slippers. I remember coming home after dinner at Hoku's and the sheets being turned down, the lights dimmed and soft music playing. I couldn't believe it.

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Kahala Hotel and Resort-Activities

There are numerous activities to participate in at The Kahala Hotel and Resort. You can swim with dolphins, hang at the pool, hire a personal trainer at the gym, take yoga classes or participate in local activities.

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Gorgeous pool besides the ocean. Free wi-fi here as well as magazines, sunscreen and hats. You can also rent a cabana.

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You can take a surf lesson, stand up paddle lesson (SUP), go on a canoe surfing tour (for kids also), try fly fishing or spear fishing.Equipment rental of beach toys and accessories such as kayaks, boogie boards, snorkel gear, rafts and stand up paddleboards.

Golf & Tennis-can be arranged through the concierge

Fitness Center- 24 hours; extensive menu of various types of yoga classes including sunset sessions. Private and group fitness classes available incliding hula aerobics, water aerobics, beach bootcamp, pilates, foam roller and TRX core.

You can also have a personal trainer design a regime for your vacation and for you to continue and/or have him/her coordinate with your trainer back home.

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Kid's Club-The kids can be kept busy with a full or half day of fun. Geared toward 5-12 year olds activities such as snorkeling, reef walking, Hawaiian legend storytelling, fishing , lei making, crabbing, Hawaiian art and observation of marine life are available.

The Kahala Stroll-Conducted daily in the mornings you are given a history of The Kahala Hotel and Resort and of those who have stayed there over the years.

Additionally you'll be given a tour and explanation of some of Hawaii's flora and fauna and of the activities available to you that are offered by the hotel.

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Shopping-There's a shopping gallery with a handful of boutiques and jewelers and a hair salon. They mostly carry beach and resort related apparel and gifts. Also on property is a car rental service if you should need to rent a car.

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There are 4 restaurant options on site to suit every mood and palate. From Hoku's for fine dining to the Seaside Grill for casual beachside meals you'll still feel bathed in Hawaiian elegance and style.

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Seaside Grill-sits oceanside; very casual and ideal for grabbing an informal meal.

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Hoku's-Highly rated restaurant in Honolulu that blends a fusion of Hawaiian, Asian and European cuisines. Excellent seafood dishes.

Plumeria Beach House-Open all day, open-air, great place to have a tropical drink such as a Mai Tai or Blue Hawaiian.

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The Veranda-Live entertainment in the evenings such as live jazz or a pianist singing cover songs. I've been there for the latter. It was fun. There's a dance floor in the middle.

I remember blending in with somebody's wedding party and everybody just letting loose and acting silly from getting "funky" on the dance floor to slow dancing to classic favorites all while the ocean crashes just outside.


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Highly rated by such publications as Travel & Leisure and USA Today the spa is definitely world class. You get YOUR OWN SPA ROOM of over 550 sf in which includes an area to just relax, a deep soaking tub and your own changing area and closet.

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You are personally escorted to your spa suite through tropical gardens. Be sure to try a treatment unique to Hawaii such as Lomi Lomi massage.

You have to study under a special Hawaiian teacher or kumu in order to learn this ancient method of massage.


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