The Royal Hawaiian on Waikiki Bay
Where to stay, eat and shop when visiting in paradise, also known as Honolulu, Hawaii.
Aloha, Hawaii! Just when it feels like winter will never end, senior web editor Natalie DiScala suggests a dose of sun, surf and fresh seafood to brighten spirits.
WHERE TO STAY: The Royal Hawaiian
Its signature pink exterior makes The Royal Hawaiian instantly recognizable on the shores of Waikiki Bay and has earned it the name “Pink Palace of the Pacific.” The luxurious rooms are a mix of modern amenities and charming local design details, creating an elegant home-away-from-home feeling for guests. 2259 Kalakaua Ave., royal-hawaiian.com.
WHERE TO STAY AND EAT: The Modern Honolulu
The hotel is a destination for design lovers, with its simple, streamlined interior and clean palette. Even if you don’t stay here, plan to dine at The Modern Honolulu’s restaurant, Morimoto Waikiki. The menu offers fresh Pacific seafood and blends the best of Hawaiian and Japanese cuisines. 1775 Ala Moana Blvd., themodernhonolulu.com.
WHERE TO EAT: Bogart's Cafe
In my opinion, the best breakfast on the island is about a 15-minute drive from the heart of Waikiki. Try the delicious açai bowl, topped with granola, berries and bananas. 3045 Monsarrat Ave., bogartscafe.webs.com.
Illustration by Emilie Simpson
WHERE TO SHOP: Kalakaua Avenue
Kalakaua Avenue is the place to shop in Honolulu. There’s something for everyone – from designer boutiques to kiosks offering traditional local crafts. And don’t leave without stopping by the Honolulu Cookie Company for one of its pineapple macadamia or white chocolate Kona coffee cookies.
WHAT TO DO: Waikiki Beach
No Hawaiian getaway is complete without a splash in the Pacific Ocean. Family-friendly activities abound on Waikiki Beach, from surfing lessons to snorkelling to outrigger canoe rides. Most hotels can help guests set up excursions and day trips with reputable operators.