When my family had the opportunity to stay at Alohilani Resort in Waikiki we were thrilled. The luxury resort is in the perfect location steps from the beach and surprisingly very kid friendly. That is a big deal for my young family of 5.
When we arrived at Alohilani Resort we knew we were in for a special treat right away. The lobby is stunning and the staff were polite and super sweet to the kids, offering them flowers and jokes. My shy daughter was even smiling. Another big thing to note here was no matter how many people were in the lobby I never had to wait long to get help.
Another great feature of Alohilani is the insanely awesome (as the kids said) 280,000 Oceanarium. Located right out of the lobby with a convenient sitting area and bar we naturally stopped here first.
It’s an imaginatively designed space that invites you to be mesmerized by magnificence of our undersea world, while enjoying a bite or drink, for an experience unavailable at other hotels in Waikiki.Alohilani Resort Oceanarium
The kids absolutely were mesmerized watching the diver swim through the fish and feeding them with her hands. My daughter squealed with delight when she waved at her through the window and by the time we made it up to our room we were all smiles and laughter. Not an easy feat for a family checking into a hotel/resort!
When we got to the room we were in awe with the view. The city spread out before us and Diamond head stood proud and center competing with the bright blue ocean at its side. It was seriously beautiful.
Snacks on the patio was a perfect way to break in our stay and get comfortable. The kids ate most of the fresh fruit provided in the mini fridge but I did get to sneak a piece or two and can confirm it was Delicious!
After filling our bellies and letting the kids blow off some steam on the beds (sorry Alohilani but they were to big and cushy to resist a bounce or two) we made our way down to Swell Pool.
Relax and unwind at Swell Pool & Bar, the trendsetting destination at our Waikiki resort. It’s a poolside experience unlike any other. The stunning and expansive 5th-floor pool deck defines Aloha Chic, with its saltwater infinity pool that overlooks fabled Waikiki Beach.Alohilani Resort Swell Pool
We didn’t do much relaxing but it was easy to see why Swell Pool was named one of “The Top 10 Instagram Worthy Pools in America”. This pool was amazing. And though it looks like my children are about to fall out of the pool and off the rooftop it is actually leveled to make us seem much cooler and braver than we are.
With chairs right in the pool ( yes in the pool ) you can sit and chill and watch the kids play or sit in the elevated hot tub that connects to the pool area. There are private cabanas you can rent for a more luxurious and private stay (in case you want to get away from wild families like mine ) and even a private pool tucked away for toddlers if they get to loud or you want a more secure place for them to play.
We stuck with the main pool and for good reason. Watching the sunset was magical and there is nothing better to wear the kids out. Besides maybe the beach which we snuck in a different day.
Overall we were extremely happy with our stay at Alohilani Resort and would by far recommend it to families of all ages. We will miss this view but always treasure the memories made. Read on to see what Amenities the resort offers and tips to make visiting Waikiki a blast!
Alohilani Resort Extensive Resort Amenities
- Swell Pool
- Morimoto Asia Dining
- Longboard Club
This experience offers a private setting at a Waikiki club level for guests to unwind and take part in curated offerings designed to further enrich their stay at the club room hotel.
- O Bar
An open, relaxed gathering place and one of the most distinctive Waikiki Beach bars.
Signature Buffet and family favorites
- Kids Club
With the Monkeypod Kids Club, Alohilani Resort surpasses the offerings of other kid-friendly hotels in Honolulu. Through play, games and activities, kids will learn about Hawaiian culture, history, environment and traditions. Activities vary each day, so your children can participate as often as they wish.
- Island Club And Spa
Your Destination For Workouts, Yoga, Spa Treatments And Massage
Whether you need dedicated time for work, or quick access to a printer, ‘Alohilani fresh, well designed work space awaits, allowing you to take care of business
- Shops at Alohilani
Waikiki Tips for Family Fun
Waikiki is filled with an incredible array of fun for the family and since Alohilani is in the prime spot you won’t have to walk far to enjoy it all!
- The Zoo + Waikiki Aquarium
The zoo and aquarium are both a 10 minute walk from Alohilani and offer a great way to spend the morning with kids. I would suggest early morning to beat the heat and give you time to enjoy the nearby beach and banyan trees.
- Surfing and Beaching
Directly across from Alohilani Resort is an iconic surf spot and perfect lagoon area for the kids. You can watch the surfers or rent a board or lesson yourself from one of the many stands accessible from the beach.
- Waikiki Beach Walk
There is an awesome beach walk with parks and dining when you walk down towards the other side of Waikiki. We loved packing the kids in strollers and enjoying this walk for sunset. You can even catch fireworks on Friday and Monday Nights!
- International Marketplace
Only a few blocks from Alohilani Resort you will find the newly built International Marketplace. Here you can find shopping, people watching, and sight seeing galore. This stylish, modern mall gives every reason to walk around and check out the scene
I hope you find a reason to come and enjoy the incredible experience offered at Alohilani Resort! Let me know if it is on the list or if you too have enjoyed the stay, I would love to hear from you!