Our stay in Honolulu was coming to an end quickly and we wanted to savor every last minute. The 3rd resort we stayed in on our recent trip to Oahu took us to the Outrigger Luana, Waikiki (*the property has changed ownership and is now under Aqua Hotels & Resorts as the Luana Waikiki Hotel & Suites). Overlooking serene Fort DeRussy Park, you’ll find the pace unhurried and mood relaxed. But it’s only a short 5-10 minute walk to the rolling surf at Waikiki Beach and busy central Waikiki, including Waikiki’s most exciting shopping promenade, Waikiki Beach Walk. Though you do still get a city feel when you look out your balconies and see the highrises, you also feel away from it all amongst the park and outer edge of the hustle and bustle of Honolulu.
For two nights we enjoyed a one bedroom ocean view room with kitchen on the 9th floor. Our view from the kitchen window and living room balcony was so peaceful and serene we could almost hear the waves crash! Not looking down into the inner workings of a nearby building we instead could see the unique shape of the swimming pool and surrounding area from our bedroom balcony, it was a nice change. With the ocean so close, the pool area can have those times of the day where you feel like you’re the only one there.
We took advantage of that time shortly after checking in. With chaise lounges abound and an open available cabana, we all took some time to enjoy our new hotel and it’s luxuries. The pool was fabulous for diving and jumping in with an 8 foot depth at one end. Also the steps and shallow are were great for my youngest still learning to swim without floaties! Adjacent to the pool area, you can bring your own goodies to use for grilling on the barbecues available to guests. Having the full kitchen you can save some money by shopping at the local store and dining in if you wish! Also if the heat gets too much for you outdoors, the hotel also has a nice air conditioned fitness center, lit up by the floor to ceiling windows, overlooking the pool.
$25 per day, you have unlimited in and out access with valet parking. The drivers were always so friendly and helpful even offering to buckle my youngest into her seat! At the entrance of the hotel you have the Protea Cafe serving breakfast, thin-crust pizzas, smoothies and cocktails daily from 7am-2pm. In the lobby you have fresh water infused with fruit and chips for snacking, I always got smiles and happy vibes from the staff walking in and out. Also, you can check out complimentary boogie boards and other various beach toys that my kids were thrilled about. We use them here in California each beach trip and we didn’t have to purchase one or spend extra money at a beach kiosk for renting.
The room was huge and great for all of us. The couch in the living area opened up to a bed, which when placed in front of a television is our kids’ dream! The recliner in the living are was huge and wide and was the choice of my son for his bed for the two nights! Separate air conditioners in that room and in the master bedroom helped keep all of us at the right temperatures. Our bedroom was large and airy, crisp white bedding on the best bed of our trip, loved it. The balcony out our bedroom was a nice respite after a long day!
Our stay was hosted in exchange for honest review.