Where to stay: Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club
With its central location in Waikiki, popular restaurant, poolside movie screenings and live music, the Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club is sure to give you a warm welcome. The budget-friendly options range from a standard bungalow, to three-bedroom and penthouse suites, offering choices for every price range.
Where to eat: North Shore Tacos and Ted’s Bakery
Oahu’s North Shore is a popular food truck spot, with plenty of delicious options that won’t break the bank—the fresh fish tacos at Shark’s Cove’s North Shore Tacos are a must-try. Pick up some sandwiches from local favourite Ted’s Bakery and find a quiet spot on the beach and spend the day watching the waves and surfers.
What to do: Waimea Valley botanical garden
Down the road from one of the North Shore’s most iconic surfing spots, Waimea Bay, Waimea Valley botanical garden is an 1,875-acre rainforest park located in a sacred valley. For a small fee, you can wander through this garden paradise. Bring a towel so you can take a dip at the foot of the waterfall.
Where to stay: Moana Surfrider
Known as The First Lady of Waikiki, the Moana Surfrider was the first hotel to be built on what is now Honolulu’s most-popular beach. Elegant common spaces, beachfront cabanas and front-row access to Honolulu’s main shopping and dining strip make this historic place one of the most luxurious and enduring on the island.
Where to eat: La Mer
Dress to impress at Waikiki’s La Mer, an AAA Five-Diamond restaurant at the luxurious Halekulani Hotel. The restaurant’s acclaimed menu is inspired by the south of France but uses Hawaiian ingredients. Sample Seared Foie Gras with Pineapple Coulis or Rouget of Hawaii with Fennel Purée and Crustacean Nantua Sauce.
What to do: Luxury Row
Waikiki’s Luxury Row ticks off the most prestigious names in fashion—including Chanel, Tiffany & Co. and Gucci. Celebrate your fashion finds with a satisfying meal at Vintage Cave Club, a private club where non-members can make a reservation for the US$300 French-Japonais prix fixe menu—drinks are not included in the price.
[This story appears in the September issue of WestJet Magazine]
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