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Halekulani review: It’s heavenly at this Honolulu hotel

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Halekulani means “house befitting heaven” in Hawaiian.

And the elegant Halekulani hotel in Honolulu certainly qualifies!

Not because of its physical construction – the 453-room resort occupies five relatively standard buildings.

But because of the serenity it manages to instill throughout the guest stay.

Halekulani Review

Halekulani review

Halekulani Review: The Halekulani is one of the best hotels in Honolulu

The first thing to mention in our Halekulani review is that the hotel sits on the quiet end of Waikiki Beach (but still tantalizingly close to luxury shops).

It also boasts a gorgeous pool.

The pool has a beautiful orchid mosaic made from 1.25 million glass tiles.

Halekulani hotel rooms

Halekulani Guest Room

The rooms are very Zen-like and calming too.

“Seven shades of white” is the theme of the décor.

The carpets and sofa are ivory, sliding louvered doors opening onto the balcony are white, and the palest shade of blue-grey silk wallpaper covers a feature wall, adorned with a silver-framed, sea-themed picture.

Big bathrooms are also tiled in all white with a marble countertop.

A little heavenly pampering

But the service is what really makes you cast off the burdens of the real world outside for a moment when you check in.

You’re personally escorted to your room for the process (no standing in line at a busy front reception desk). And you’ll discover a welcome fruit bowl and box of Halekulani’s own chocolates to sweeten your stay. WiFi is free too.

We checked into the Halekulani after cruising on a Hawaii UnCruise between some of the Hawaiian islands.

After hiking, canoeing and snorkeling with manta rays on that adventure cruise trip, we were happy to simply chill by Halekulani’s pool.

The Halekulani boasts a lovely orchid mosaic pool

Beside the pool lies a large expanse of lawn, sprinkled with lounge chairs shaded by swaying palm trees. Attendants make sure you don’t lack for a drink or towel.

The sea-view Orchids dining room is also lovely for brunch (which we enjoyed the next morning).

Think crisp white tablecloths, gracious service by black-jacketed waiters (who shelter you from splashing water with a napkin when pouring ice water from a silver jug) and everything from sashimi to tempting desserts.

Dessert at Halekulani brunch

One of the best Honolulu hotels

Other guests think Halekulani is pretty heavenly too.

It’s won a string of awards over the years. For example, it was awarded the title of #1 Hotel in Hawaii in Conde Nast Traveler‘s 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards.

You can also see Halekulani reviews on TripAdvisor here.

Bottom line? The Halekulani is simply one of the best hotels in Honolulu (and all of Hawaii).

Halekulani, Honolulu

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We stayed at this luxury Honolulu hotel as media guests for the purposes of writing this Halekulani review. But the opinions expressed in all our hotel reviews are always our own. (Photos are courtesy the Halekulani hotel.)

Have you been to Honolulu? Do you like to stay on Waikiki Beach?

About the authors:

Janice and George Mucalov

Luxury travel journalists and SATW, NATJA and TMAC “Best Travel Blog” award winners, Janice and George are the publishers of Sand In My Suitcase. Between them, they’ve traveled to all 7 continents.

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Monday 14th of April 2014

Halekulani looks heavenly indeed. Love the "seven shades of white" design concept - looks chic and tranquil. My husband and I will love it here. I also adore the orchid mosaic on the pool floor. Lovely photos.


Saturday 12th of April 2014

Yes please!! I love the 7 shades of white theme. I think I would be very happy here. Also, the chocolate bar looks divine. What more could you want?!

Irene S. Levine

Friday 11th of April 2014

Definitely looks like my kind of place! Love its tranquil feel~