#VisitOahu Part 4: The Royal Hawaiian


What: The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort

Alias: The Pink Palace of the Pacific

Opened: 1927

Size: 528 rooms and suites divided between the Historic Wing and Mailani Tower

Vibe: Beachfront luxury infused with an old-Hollywood vibe reminiscent of the resort's earliest days

Location: Waikiki Beach

Why I’m smitten: If you get a little weak in the knees for a boutique-like resort with oodles of character and charm, brace yourself for the Royal Hawaiian. Seriously. With roots that date back to the 1920s, there are thoughtful details around every corner. Case in point: Each of the Royal Hawaiian’s guest room doors in its Historic Wing are hand carved, telling their own story of Hawaii’s culture and history. No two are alike.

This beauty, also known as the Pink Palace—because, well, look at it— sits on Waikiki Beach, yet feels worlds away from the hustle and bustle of nearby Kalakaua Avenue. This means honeymooners and other guests can enjoy the hotel’s glamorous tranquility while remaining close to the restaurants, shopping, shows and everything else available in Waikiki. (It is one of only two resorts on Waikiki Beach with private beach access; the other is the neighboring Moana Surfrider.)

Staying in the newer Mailani Tower section of the Royal Hawaiian? Enjoy a private check-in and check-out area  in the Mailani Lounge, as well as complimentary daily breakfast and snacks and beverages throughout the day.

Travel tip: On Mondays and Thursdays, The Royal Hawaiian hosts the oceanfront Aha’aina Luau, complete with vegetarian, vegan and gluten free menus. For an unforgettable night just steps outside your room, ask your honeymoon consultant to reserve you seats.

Fun fact: It’s rumored that the Shirley Temple cocktail was invented at the Royal Hawaiian, where the child star frequented during filming. One night at the on-site Club Tiki, a bartender concocted the now infamous nonalcoholic drink. The rest is history.