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Hotel review: Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger


Traveltalk’s JENNY ROWLAND was one of the first travel writers invited to stay at the new Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger. Judging from her review, she really liked what she saw.

Following on from an extensive US$35 million modernisation, they call the all new Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger a ‘lifestyle’ hotel.

 

 

Having had the pleasure of staying here for four magical Hawaiian nights, I want this lifestyle!

 

The all new boutique property, just steps from the golden sands of Waikiki Beach and adjacent to the re-imagined International Market Place, is the essence of sophisticated, beach-y, chic-hip!

 

It is stylish, contemporary, quirky, casual and comfy, with a very funky edge.

 

You’re immersed in the ‘Aloha’ spirit as soon as you enter the lobby and seduced by the deep aqua underwater imagery that pervades the property.

 

You immediately notice something different about this place. There’s an energy that grabs you and gets that holiday adrenaline racing.

 

 

The Beachcomber originals

The amazing underwater image that forms the backdrop view behind each bed in every guest room was created by Hawaii local Zac Noyle, a world-renowned extreme surf photographer. It makes you feel like you’re sleeping underwater!

 

Zac is one of the ‘Beachcomber originals’, a dozen local artists/tastemakers whose handcrafted, custom-made artworks can be seen all over the property. Their creations capture the vibrant energy and surf culture of Waikiki and convey the many things that make Hawaii such an inspiring
place.

 

These 12 artists collaborated with the Beachcomber to create a one-of-a-kind journey for guests while sharing their personal inspiration and passion for the Hawaiian culture.

 

Location, location

With the Beachcomber, it is just about perfect – you are slap bang in the middle of the Waikiki version of Rodeo Drive, surrounded by designer shops, world-class restaurants and cool bars, and just footsteps from ‘surfboard alley’, which takes you down to the gorgeous golden sands of Waikiki Beach.

 

That is, of course, if you can actually tear yourself out of the hotel. My room was huge and as functional/comfortable as it was stylish, with a jaw-dropping view to watch the Waikiki world go by.

 

There was ample wardrobe and cupboard space, and a massive 55-inch flat screen TV offering up-to-date movies and TV shows that I could even stream my mobile phone from!

 

 

There were USB ports and night lamps either side of the king-size, super comfy bed and a beautiful custom yukata-style bathrobe in which to lounge around. Simply put, it was a haven in which to collapse after a long day at the beach.

 

Other enhancements include an entirely new street presence that re-interprets this iconic address as a contemporary Hawaiian beach house, replete with driftwood cedar, sea glass tile, native puka stone and basalt lava-rock, all framed by a dramatically lush, multi-storey green wall.

 

The pool has also been completely refreshed with all new furniture and an expanded infinity-style hot tub overlooking Kalakaua Avenue.

 

As for food and beverage, in the hotel you are completely spoilt. Locally brewed craft beer at the Maui Brewing Company and hands down the best coffee I’ve had outside of Australia at the uber cool, super-instagrammed Hawaiian Aroma Café. Both set in house, you don’t even need to leave the
hotel.

 

“With its thoughtful design, smart technology and bespoke art, the all-new Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger encapsulates the past, present and future of Waikiki,” said Jeff Wagoner, Outrigger Hospitality Groups President and CEO. 

 

“Outrigger’s legacy in Hawaii spans more than 70 years and this modernisation is the first of many more milestones in our renewed commitment to enhancing this special place for both locals and visitors alike.”

 

The verdict

This US$35 million dollar renovation has created a huge Waikiki wow factor and I’m predicting this lifestyle boutique hotel will soon become a firm Hawaiian favourite for all those who want that wonderful, authentic ‘Aloha’ lifestyle experience. 

 

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Written by: Jenny Rowland
Published: 17 June 2019


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