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If you're searching for a destination that provides entertainment for the whole family, Hawaii should definitely be on your list. Here's a selection of what's on offer.

THE WONDERS OF WAIKIKI

Families can explore the excitement of Oahu in one of Hawaii’s most fashionable zip codes. Just steps from the world-famous beach, Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa features an award-winning spa, retail shopping, cultural activities and cuisine from celebrated chefs.

The newly-remodelled guestrooms are some of the largest on the island and are the perfect retreat to watch the sunset from a private lanai. Close to Honolulu attractions such as the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, Iolani Palace and Diamond Head Crater, the hotel is the ideal solution for those who want it all.

The 1,230 guest rooms and suites feature modern conveniences and the finest amenities. For guests seeking superior services and upgraded accommodations, the Regency Club features an exclusive lounge open 24 hours to provide private concierge services during the day and snacks and refreshments at any time day or night.

The resort also has an array of leisure activities including a weekly Farmers Market, full-service Na Ho’ola Spa, 24-hour Hyatt Stay Fit Gym, pool, complimentary cultural classes, open-air sundeck and private cabanas available for day or half-day rental.

When it’s time to eat, guests can take advantage of three restaurants. One of the largest breakfast buffets in Waikiki is available each morning at SHOR or enjoy some light fare at SWIM poolside bar.  At night, take in live entertainment at SWIM or dine on local celebrity Chef Jon Matsubara’s Hawaiian Regional Cuisine at Japengo which features fish, steak and other ingredients sourced from Hawaii farms.

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A TOUCH OF DISNEY MAGIC

Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, combines the beauty and spirit of the Hawaiian Islands with the magic of Disney storytelling and guest service to create unforgettable family holiday experiences.

The resort occupies eight hectares of oceanfront property in Ko Olina on Oahu, adjacent to a three-hectare crystal-blue lagoon and white-sand beach. Ko Olina is 27 kilometres from Honolulu International Airport and less than an hour from Waikiki Beach.

Aulani includes 351 traditional hotel rooms and 481 two-bedroom equivalent villas in two towers, each featuring rooms that offer views of the ocean, mountains and the lush surroundings.

Family-friendly amenities include the Waikolohe Valley, Aulani's two-hectare water play area. The overall landscape mimics the flow of a watershed as it moves from the mountain to the ocean. In keeping with the theme of the resort, Disney integrated Hawaiian culture, stories and artistry into the design of the pool areas and restaurant locations.

The 1,700-square-metre Laniwai, a Disney Spa, includes a fitness centre and 15 treatment rooms with many spa treatments drawing upon Hawaiian healing traditions. Guests can also interact with native Hawaiian fish, including angelfish, butterfly fish and tangs, in the 350-square-metre Rainbow Reef snorkel lagoon, the only one of its kind on Oahu.

Aulani features two signature restaurants – the full-service 'AMA'AMA and the buffet-style Makahiki – each offering foods unique to Hawaii. At the chic, beachside 'AMA'AMA, chefs use fresh local ingredients and island flavours to create distinctive dishes at breakfast, lunch and dinner. The buffet-style Makahiki offers guests breakfast among Disney characters or dinner in artful surroundings.

Young guests have their very own kids' club, Aunty's Beach House. Here, they can explore Hawaiian culture through supervised entertainment, including wildlife and nature programs, arts and crafts, movies and traditional Hawaiian games.

Looking beyond its own grounds, Aulani offers a menu of discovery excursions with the aid of local experts. These include exploring tropical forests, hiking local mountains, sailing aboard catamarans and surfing lessons.

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FAMILY FUN ON THE OCEAN

Prince Resorts Hawaii is the premier family of luxury oceanfront resorts on Oahu and The Big Island.  With pristine beaches, championship golf courses, world-class cuisine and gracious island hospitality all within reach, families need look no further when planning their next holiday.

Sharing Mauna Kea Resort with its sister property the Mauna Beach Hotel, the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel offers refreshed oceanfront rooms and suites in a contemporary Hawaiian-style setting. Nestled just above the white sands of Hapuna Beach, this hotel offers kids’ programs including Hawaiian arts and crafts, hula dancing and beach treasure hunts. 

The hotel and luxury accommodations are stylish and comfortable, setting the standard on the Kohala Coast. Outside, one of the world’s most beautiful beaches awaits alongside the celebrated 18-hole Mauna Kea Golf Course and 11-court Mauna Kea Seaside Tennis Club.

For generations, families have made The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel their home on Hawaii's Big Island and the Keiki Club is a fun way to meet new friends with sandcastle building, shoreline explorations of the Kohala Coast and Hawaiian games.

Convenient to everything Oahu has to offer, Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki is home to all ocean-front rooms overlooking the Pacific. Although an easy stroll to beaches, shopping, nightlife and dining, the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle throughout Waikiki and to Hawaii Prince Golf Club.

The Prince Winter Escape promotion includes free nights, up to $1,000 in resort credits and no mandatory resort fees. For further details, visit PrinceResortsHawaii.com/Winter

 

WHERE ALOHA LIVES

Pacific Beach is a beachfront Waikiki hotel that exemplifies the ‘Aloha Spirit’. Located where Waikiki was founded and just steps from shopping, dining and local attractions, this destination has been the perfect spot for locals and visitors for generations and offers a great base for families.

Location is the key on any holiday and Pacific Beach puts you right in the middle of all the action. The property is located right across the street from Waikiki Beach and within walking distance to boutiques, attractions, restaurants and water sports. The hotel concierge is always ready to guide guests to the adventure of their choice.

The iconic Oceanarium Restaurant is a local favourite and features a three-storey, one-million litre aquarium with nearly 400 fish from more than 70 different species of local marine life on display while you dine. It’s also a great place to ring in the New Year and the Pacific Beach will be hosting a dinner buffet which includes a glass of champagne to celebrate the occasion.

Other special events include a Christmas-themed brunch and dinner buffet on December 25 and 26, featuring festive cuisine along with Oceanarium favourites, all for $US65 (approx. $AU74) per adult. There’s also a New Years Day Brunch for $US33.95 (approx. $AU39) with the Bloody Mary Bar available for an additional $US15 (approx. $AU17). The hotel will also feature a ‘Bloody & Benny’ special where parents can choose from three different styles of Eggs Benedict and two Bloody Mary’s for $45.95 (approx. $AU52), which includes coffee and juice.

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GRAB A GREAT DEAL

There are two things travel agents can count on when recommending Hawaii – it always feels like summer and it’s always a great deal for travelling families to stay at any of Outrigger’s Hawaii properties.

Outrigger’s Hawaii locations offer a wide array of accommodation choices to meet the diverse needs of families. There are idyllic beachfront vacation experiences at Outrigger Resorts, wallet-friendly accommodation at OHANA Hotels and Resorts, or spacious apartment-style suites at Hawaii Vacation Condos by Outrigger.

Located on the shores of Waikiki Beach, Outrigger Waikiki BeachResort and Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort feature spacious upgraded rooms, high-speed internet access and Nintendo capabilities. Additionally, both resorts offer a variety of on-site activities ranging from the traditional lei making and hula dancing classes to brief tutorials on learning to play the ukulele.

Families can choose from one of the many resort dining options like Duke’s Waikiki at Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort or Kani Ka Pila Grille at Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort, offering a selection of local favourites and live nightly Hawaiian music.

For families who seek convenient accommodation at affordable rates, OHANA Hotels and Resorts is the perfect home away from home. At OHANA’s three centrally-located Waikiki properties, guests can enjoy amenities like internet access, an OHANA drawstring beach tote and rides aboard the Waikiki Trolley’s Pink Line which takes travellers throughout Waikiki. Plus, each hotel is located within walking distance from popular family attractions, including Kapiolani Park, the Honolulu Zoo and the Waikiki Aquarium.

Life is ‘suite’ when staying at Hawaii Vacation Condos by Outrigger. At all 15 resort condominiums on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii Island, families can expect spacious apartment or villa accommodation in prime locations.  The condos are ideal for families and groups of friends who want a comfortable home base for exploring Hawaii’s beaches, landscapes and local attractions.

If you are an Outrigger Expert Agent, now is the perfect time to book a condo vacation for your clients with Outrigger’s $US50 booking bonus for certified Outrigger Expert Agents. To find out more about the booking bonus special or to book your client’s next family holiday getaway to Hawaii, visit OutriggerAgent.com

 

A MAGICAL MONTAGE

Montage Kapalua Bay celebrates art and artisanship in many forms, from architecture and local art to culinary and spa offerings, all inspired by the rich surroundings and culture of Hawaii.

Set beachfront atop picturesque Kapalua Bay, the nine-hectare resort features Montage branded residences and the introduction of an intimate 50 suite Montage resort. With an oceanfront location which was once the site of The Kapalua Bay Hotel, Montage Kapalua Bay offers access to the best of Maui. Guests experience a blend of relaxation and rejuvenation with every detail celebrating the richness of Hawaiian culture.

Lasting memories can be made while relaxing by the multi-tiered lagoon pool which cascades down the centre of the resort, or while dining on island-inspired cuisine in one of the resort’s restaurants or lounges.

The resort offers all-suite accommodation with spacious living rooms, large private lanais, fully equipped kitchens, elegant master suites and luxurious bathrooms.

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FREEDOM TO EXPLORE

Experience the perfect balance of exploration and relaxation at Kaanapali’s newest luxury condominium resort, Honua Kai Resort & Spa, the ideal jumping-off point for an unforgettable Maui vacation.

Accommodation includes spacious studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom condominiums, perfect for family groups and friends. Pairing the amenities of a luxury resort with the comforts of home, each suite includes a professionally equipped kitchen, in-suite washer and dryer and a separate bathroom for each bedroom.

Wander the resort’s 15 hectares while enjoying views of the ocean and West Maui Mountains. Take a stroll along Kaanapali North Beach and enjoy a front row seat to whales and dolphins playing offshore. The Aquatic Playground features a waterslide, waterfall and a sandy beach for the kids and a meandering lazy river with adjoining serenity and lap pools.

The resort’s dining venues include Duke’s Beach House, which provides oceanfront dining, serving Hawaiian-influenced cuisine with fresh local ingredients. Aina Gourmet Market, a café with full coffee bar, offers healthy grab-and-go meals, or choose to cook your own meals at the family friendly BBQ grilling areas.

Venture beyond the resort with the ‘Room & Car Package’, ideal for exploring more of Maui by simply combining any of Honua Kai’s rooms with your vehicle of choice.

For more details on this package or for information and reservations, visit honuakai.com

 

HITTING THE SWEET SPOT

Embassy Suites-Waikiki Beach Walk is the sweet-spot for vacationing families – providing comfort, convenience and fun at a great value. Located just steps from world-famous Waikiki Beach and in the heart of stylish Waikiki Beach Walk promenade, the resort allows families to experience all that this iconic destination has to offer.

The newly-renovated serviced apartments at Embassy Suites-Waikiki Beach Walk feature ample room for relaxation, with spacious one- or two-bedrooms and ‘the door’ — a barrier separating the private bedroom from the private living room when quiet time is needed. Plus, with a sleeper sofa and kitchenette, families have all of the comforts of home.

In addition to superb accommodation, guests at the resort can take advantage of signature complimentary services and amenities. Start every day with a free full, made-to-order breakfast, including a must-try omelette bar, as well as a nightly ‘Poolside Reception’ including complimentary drinks, snacks and live entertainment. Plus, free Wi-Fi is found throughout the hotel and an upgraded fitness and business center is open 24-hours a day.

Embassy Suites-Waikiki Beach Walk also offers a host of specials and packages, like the family-friendly ‘Fun, Sun, and Trolley Run’ inclusive of sightseeing on the Waikiki Trolley, beach gear as well as a pizza and movie night.

For more information, visit embassysuiteswaikiki.com/specials

 


Written by: TravelTalk
Published: 5 February 2015


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