Looking for places to stay with kids on your Hawaiian vacation in O'ahu? Here are some hotels and resorts to explore. Looking for places to stay with kids on your Hawaiian vacation in O'ahu? Here are some hotels and resorts to explore.
Hilton Hawaiian Village
At the quieter end of Waikiki Beach, with perhaps the broadest expanse of sand at its doorstep, rise the six guest towers of the Hilton Hawaiian Village. The concierge-served Ali'i Tower offers extras like complimentary evening appetizers. The even fancier Kalia Tower, which opened in May 2001, has enhanced accommodations including executive floors. The HHV's enormous free-form pool with cascading waterfalls was very popular with Sasha, our young travel companion and discerning critic. An excellent year-round children's program saw Sasha participating in a cooking program where he learned (temporarily!) to make healthy wraps on flat bread. And as an added bonus, this Hilton recently completed the renovation of its once murky pond into a beautiful five-acre lagoon. Open to guests of the hotel and the general public as well, the lagoon is the perfect spot for swimming, water recreation or just a lazy day in the Hawaiian sun.
Outrigger Waikiki Tower
This centrally located, recently renovated, 530-room highrise is a moderately-priced option recommended by FTF members. Families can admire the rolling surf from comfortable rooms spacious enough to accommodate two queen beds and a rollaway. Outrigger's new Cowabunga Kids Club for ages 5-13 offers half- or full-day 'camps' with counselor-led activities. It meets at the Outrigger Reef, a huge and less well-located hotel, but the place to be if you need a supervised program.
The Renaissance Ilikai Waikiki Hotel
For families seeking more privacy, this hotel offers another lodging option. With a total of 783 guest rooms, 260 are suites with full kitchens. Eighty percent of the rooms have ocean views.
The Royal Hawai'ian
Easily recognizable by its pink facade and decor, the Sheraton Luxury Collection's Royal Hawaiian is a lovely, gracious resort fronting a perfect stretch of fine-sand beach. While smack-dab in the middle of Waikiki, lushly landscaped grounds insulate it from the hustle and bustle. We enjoyed a grand restored room in the historic building, which dates back to 1927. The new Royal Tower also has beachfront rooms. A free kids' program for ages 5-12 runs year-round from 9am-6pm (in summer and holiday periods, activities include visiting Sea Life Park, the Honolulu Zoo and other popular attractions around the island.)
Sheraton Waikiki Beach Resort
This large, comfortable hotel (1,852 rooms) offers a good range of dining options. For quick, inexpensive yet tasty meals, try the terrace-level Kao Kao Shop.The Keiki Aloha program takes place on fourth floor.
Sheraton Moana Surfrider
Known as the "First Lady of Waikiki," this is an elegant turn-of-the-century hotel with Palladian windows overlooking the ocean. We enjoyed an afternoon tea (one for adults and a separate kid-size version with an Alice in Wonderland theme for children) on the Banyan Veranda. Free historical hotel tours.
Note: Sheraton Hotels offer Family Vacation packages, which include a 50% discount off a second room, kids under age 18 stay free, and kids ages 12 and younger eat free with a paying adult at select restaurants. The Keiki Aloha childen's program, available to ages 5-12 staying at any Sheraton in Waikiki, takes place on the 4th floor of the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel. Hawaiian themes allow children to learn more about Hawaii and its culture through supervised activities and excursions, and days also include beach activities and excursions. Programs run from 9am to 9pm, divided into three sessions (morning, afternoon, and evening). It's $40 per session and $12 per meal, or you can get a package rate of $75 (2 sessions + 1 meal) or $100 (3 sessions + 2 meals). "Stay at One, Play At All" allows guests to stay at one hotel and dine at neighboring Sheraton hotels and charge meals back to their rooms.
Information & Transportation
The O'ahu Visitors Bureau (877/525-6248) provides information on attractions, services and lodging.
Ask your travel agent about special family air/land packages from Continental Vacations, United Vacations, Pleasant Hawaiian Holidays and Sunquest.
By the way, there's no need for a car on O'ahu, except for the day you explore the north shore. The open-air Waikiki Trolley, with its recognizable brass railings, goes to Sea Life Park and around Honolulu's other tourist attractions.
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