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Weekend Getaway: Say Aloha to O’ahu

Hotel & Resort Scott Laird October 25, 2016

Weekend Getaway: Say Aloha to O’ahu

PHOTO:Four Seasons O’ahu Cultural Activities (Photo courtesy of Christian Horan/Four Seasons O’ahu at Ko Olina)

October and November are fine months to visit O’ahu. The cooling trade winds have returned after their typical September absence, and migrating whales start to reappear in early November. Although much of the island’s tourism identity and scene is wrapped up in the Waikiki vacation generator, there are a few choice hotels outside Honolulu’s urban core that will delight weekenders, and have special offers available.

$100 Resort Credit on Internet Bookings at The Kahala

Photo courtesy of The Kahala Hotel & Resort

To Waikiki’s immediate East, just on the other side of Le‘ahi (commonly known as Diamond Head) is the tony residential district of Kahala, and its eponymous resort hotel.  Although it’s just ten minutes away from the maelstrom of activity in Waikiki, the pace here is decidedly slower.

From now through Dec. 19, guests booking on the hotel’s website for several packages, promotions, and public rates, including discounted rates, the hotel is offering a $100 resort credit for stays longer than three nights. The credit can be used to dine in the hotel’s restaurants, including the luscious Arancino, book an encounter with the resort’s resident dolphins, or indulge in a spa treatment.

Fourth Night Free at the new Four Seasons in Ko Olina

Lurid sunsets on O‘ahu’s dry west side are worth the visit, even if a weekend must stretch into four nights (given the five hour flight from the nearest Mainland city, perhaps it’s prudent). Ko Olina is well removed from the rest of the island, with still-watered lagoons carved out of the rugged coast and commanding views of the Waianae range a satisfying consolation prize for those without an ocean view.

The newest addition to a small handful of resorts in the master-planned Ko Olina development is Four Seasons’ fifth Hawai‘i property, which opened earlier this year. For a limited time the hotel is offering an introductory fourth night free promotion, which coaxes the total rate somewhat out of the rafters—a quick check of availability found upcoming weekends with an average rate of $479 per night after the discount.

Hot Rates Plus Breakfast at Turtle Bay Resort

Photo courtesy of Turtle Bay Resort

The only large resort complex on O‘ahu’s unspoiled north shore is Turtle Bay Resort, a midcentury modern structure on a lava rock promontory abutting the Pacific. It looks like it’s straight out of a James Bond film. Stuck in the ‘60s however, this resort is not. A new Roy Yamaguchi eatery just opened at the resort’s beach front, and accommodations range from standard hotel rooms to a collection of beach cottages.  The hotel’s location makes it a prime spot for getting to some of the north shore’s best beaches for relaxing and turtle watching and for enjoying charming Hale‘iwa Town before the tour buses start showing up from Waikiki in the middle of the afternoon.

For a series of value rates this fall and winter, the hotel is offering rates from $255 per night plus tax, and they’re throwing in a daily continental breakfast for two people.

That’s all I have for this week. A hui hou (until next week) and warmest Aloha.

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