Our final destination in Hawaii was quite literally the big kahuna – the Sheraton Waikiki which shares beachfront grounds with the Moana Surfrider, Royal Hawaiian and the Princess Kaiulani.
This is the complete opposite of your boutique hotel experience and perfect for those wanting the big resort experience. The rooms were slightly older and less personal but the added benefits and extras outweighed the lack of personality.
Just some of the added extras were
- Free Go Pro rental
- No room keys! Instead, you have a waterproof wristband with your key so you can wear it everywhere (see pic below)
- Free WIFI
- Free MIFI rental for use outside of the resort
- Free Adult pool float hire
- Water Daily
- Unlimited telephone calls
- Press Readers with over 5000 magazines, newspapers
- Discounts at various stores, spas and eateries amongst Sheraton Waikiki, Moana Surfrider, Royal Hawaiian, Princess Kaiulani
There are two pools, one for adults and the other geared towards children as there is a slide… but that didn’t stop us testing it out! However herein lies one of the biggest pains of large resort living… the battle for the pool chair. Luckily they do monitor it vigilantly so you’re not allowed to ‘hold’ chairs before 8am and also they can’t be vacant for more than two hours – but people will always try! See below... #thestruggleisreal
If you have children, there are plenty of awesome free activities such as Hula lessons, Ukulele lessons and Lei making. For those wanting to work off their cocktails, there is daily Yoga and a very well equipped Fitness Centre.
After some mix-ups with our room, we were upgraded to a room that had access to the Leahi lounge on the executive floor which included daily continental breakfast, snacks during the day and then evening drinks and snacks – basically, we just ate and drank there the entire time! It was such a great bonus, plus it had killer views of the city and beach.
Like any big resort, there are lots of shops, bars, restaurants and ample lobby space and quiet areas to keep you entertained and everyone was extremely helpful. Overall, if you have a young family then this is an excellent choice of hotel but probably not the best for a young couple on a honeymoon.
2255 Kalahua Avenue