After a not so great flight from Vegas to Honolulu (due to teeny tiny seats and J being approximately the size of the BFG), we finally arrived at the Shoreline Hotel in Waikiki, in the place we’d spent the last two years dreaming off. Gorgeously balmy temperatures hit us straight away, and seeing palm trees everywhere were just the most blissful sight. We didn’t arrive until around 9pm, so went for a late meal and drinks overlooking the famous Waikiki beach.
Our first full day here was spent on Waikiki beach itself, relaxing in the sun and splashing in the sea. We also had the most incredible cocktails inside pineapples, before spending the evening at an amazing restaurant called Cheeseburger, with the most delicious food and extremely strong MaiTais!
Over the next few days, we watched the sunset over the ocean, visited Honolulu Zoo, went shopping, and saw Pearl Harbor and the USS Missouri, which were just unbelievable.
Undoubtedly our most memorable night spent on Oahu was the night we went for dinner at Disney’s Aulani resort. It’s always been such a huge dream to see this place, and it definitely did not disappoint. The hotel was just beautiful, with subtle Disney theming everywhere. Staff were so welcoming and kind, and the food was amazing! After our meal, we took a barefoot walk along their private beach which was adorned with lanterns, before we sat and drank yet more cocktails.
We loved this hotel so much – the staff were so friendly and helpful, the pool on the roof was the loveliest little sunspot, and the 24hr free coffees and drinks were definitely welcomed greatly! Waikiki itself is a crazy place – on the one hand it’s a crazily busy city, with designer shops everywhere you look. Waikiki beach is stunning, but very touristy and crowded. However, just a few minutes walk away from the centre of the city you will find areas of complete tranquility, so peaceful and quiet you wouldn’t ever realise that the main city is so close.
On to Lahaina, Maui!