Hawaii Mom Blog: Visit Oahu: The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort




September 18, 2014

Visit Oahu: The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort

The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, opened in 1927 and has gone through some major renovations over recent years.  Rich in history, this "Pink Palace of the Pacific" attracts guests from all around the world who wish to experience first-class service and luxurious accommodations.

Nadia and I were fortunate to be hosted for a night at this magnificent hotel, where we each experienced The Perfect Day: Waikiki in our own ways.

I was very excited to stay at The Royal Hawaiian for the first time, and here are the things that made my day perfect...

The "Pink Palace of the Pacific"

After arriving at the hotel and leaving my car with the valet (no need to search for a parking spot!), I proceeded to the lobby for a seated check-in (I love seated check-ins).  Everyone was friendly, and I was even greeted with an orchid lei!

Soon I made my way to my room - a Jr. Suite overlooking the Historic Garden and Grove.

In the suite was a King Size Luxury Collection Bed, a work desk, sofa, 2 flat screen TVs, an arrival amenity of banana nut bread, and a customized welcome gift of macarons and a cupcake (I'm a "dessertaholic").
The Historic Garden and Grove Jr Suite
Customized welcome gift

The decor was warm and inviting - a nice mix of contemporary and Hawaiian designs.

Detailed wood carvings on each room door
Shades of pink were everywhere, which nicely complemented the green and dark brown hues throughout the suite.  It was simply a gorgeous room.

After getting settled in, I roamed the grounds of the hotel to take in the views and all the beauty of the resort itself.
Gorgeous view

In the evening I went to the Kamehameha Suite to enjoy some cocktails and an amazing Royal Papa`aina 8-Course Dinner by Chef de Cuisine Shaymus Alwin of Azure Restaurant.

Royal Papa`aina Dinner
During the dinner we met Kelly Hoen, General Manager of The Royal Hawaiian; Chef Shaymus Alwin; Andrea Stanford, Vice President of Merchandising at One Kings Lane; along with other team members from The Royal Hawaiian, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, and The Luxury Collection, as well as with other bloggers from both Hawaii and the mainland.

After dinner I went back to my room, where I was surprised by yet more gracious gifts.

More surprise gifts!
After sleeping in the extremely comfortable Luxury Collection Bed, I awoke the next morning and strolled the grounds as the sun began to rise.

Good morning, Diamond Head!
I also took a moment to sit in one of the rocking chairs overlooking the garden, where I just sat and rocked while appreciating the beauty of this iconic hotel, and realizing how lucky I was to experience a Perfect Day in Waikiki.

Rocking Chairs
But my day was not done yet...later in the morning I had a delicious breakfast with Nadia at the Surf Lanai.

Scrambled Eggs, Rosti Potatoes with Bacon and Onion, Smoked Bacon

It was the perfect ending to my Perfect Day in Waikiki.

Because I had to leave early to pick up my youngest son from the sitter, my perfect day ended with breakfast, however, if I had more time, I would've lounged on the beach or at the pool with a Mai Tai in hand, taken a Royal Hawaiian History Tour, or checked out the Vintage Menu Exhibit.

There is so much to see and do while at The Royal Hawaiian, and I look forward to visiting with my family one day - The Royal Hawaiian is very family-friendly, with lots of activities for the keiki, such as Pool Games and a Mermaid Appearance at Helumoa Pool, a Royal Young Chef Program, and more!

Although I didn't get to see and do it all, my day was still perfect - a warm welcome, a gorgeous suite, beautiful views, an amazing dinner with friends while making new ones, a stunning sunrise, and a lovely breakfast - all at The Royal Hawaiian.

I was treated like royalty in the Pink Palace.

Thank you for a Perfect Day in Waikiki.

The Royal Hawaiian
2259 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 923-7311

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