A Luxury Stay In Waikiki On Oahu Hawaii

Stay At The Ritz-Carlton Residences On Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Oahu

Luxury Stay In Waikiki On Oahu Hawaii at Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki

Much To Do On A Luxury Stay In Waikiki On Oahu Hawaii

We started our first visit to Hawaii with a luxury stay in Waikiki on Oahu.  Our flight to Oahu from our stay in Vancouver on this trip west was direct and easy.

Flight Vancouver to Oahu

For this first stop, we planned a luxury stay at the Ritz-Carlton Residences in Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii.  We wanted a lazy start to our Hawaii vacation and had only 4 days to begin our explorations on Oahu.  The Waikiki Beach area was great to explore on foot.  And one day we did a full day private tour on Oahu and saw such an amazing variety of sights.

A Great Luxury Hotel

We considered many of the great beach hotels in Waikiki Beach area.  The idea of being right on the beach was attractive but we did not want the crowds.  So we decided on the Ritz-Carlton Residences just a few blocks up from the beach area.  

When we arrived we were welcomed with a traditional lei.  I got a flower lei and David got the Kukui Nut necklace.  We knew the lei was considered a symbol of affection and Aloha (“greeting”).

At the Ritz-Carlton Residence our elite status with Marriott Bonvoy got us fewer of the standard benefits for stays. We managed without the free breakfast.  But we were delighted with the suite upgrade and the amazing welcome amenities we found in the suite.  The huge box of fruit was a healthy morning treat for us.

Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Suite
Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Suite
Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Suite Amenity
Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Suite Amenity -  Luxury Stay In Waikiki On Oahu Hawaii

The suite had a small kitchen which was great when we wanted to make our own meals.  A great way to save some money in expensive Hawaii.  When we went in the bedroom, we smiled at the “Aloha” welcome we found on the bed.  

Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Suite -  Luxury Stay In Waikiki On Oahu Hawaii

We were happy we booked the Ritz-Carlton Residences for a luxury stay in Waikiki on Oahu.

Relaxing At The Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki

We loved having lots of space to spread out in our suite.  But we enjoyed the great outdoor spaces at the hotel even more.  One of the attractions of this hotel was the infinity edge pool high above the city.

Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki
Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Pool -  Luxury Stay In Waikiki On Oahu Hawaii
Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Pool

When we headed back to the hotel in the afternoons, we always got a treat.  The hotel had an ice cream cart on the pool deck for “Happy Hour”.  And everyday we tried a new flavour.

Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Pool Ice Cream

On our luxury stay in Waikiki on Oahu we took some down time to start our visit to Hawaii.

Great Water Views All Times Of Day

The panoramic view was one of the great advantages of a hotel back from the beach.  From our balcony we looked out over the coast line and the beach area.

Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Suite View -  Luxury Stay In Waikiki On Oahu Hawaii

While the view was great during the day, it became quite magical as the sun went down.  We got some amazing sunsets every night.

Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Suite View Sunset -  Luxury Stay In Waikiki On Oahu Hawaii

We were happy we booked our stay on Oahu over the weekend.  The fireworks on Friday night were a local treat.  So we made sure we were on our balcony for the stunning light show.

We had amazing views day and night on our luxury stay in Waikiki on Oahu.

Tasty Food And Drink On A Luxury Stay In Waikiki On Oahu

On a luxury stay in Waikiki on Oahu we sure ate and drank well.  Without a free breakfast provided by our Elite status, we enjoyed our great fruit plate and then wandered out to find nearby options.  On the lower level of the hotel we found the Island Country Market.  They had a great selection of both packaged and prepared foods.  At the other end of the hotel, the Dean & Deluca was a great coffee shop that offered many gourmet treats.  We never had a problem finding great food to start our day.

Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Suite Amenity

When we lazed by the Ritz-Carlton Residences pool in the afternoons, it was easy to order lunch right to the poolside.  For dinner we enjoyed a great sunset dinner on the patio at Quiori.  

Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Lunch -  Luxury Stay In Waikiki On Oahu Hawaii
Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Quiori Dinner
Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Quiori Dinner

One day we visited the Tommy Bahama Restaurant on the top patio for lunch.  And of course, we had to order a traditional Mai Tai.  The view from the restaurant looked back towards the pool deck at our hotel.

Tommy Bahama Restaurant Lunch -  Luxury Stay In Waikiki On Oahu Hawaii
Tommy Bahama Restaurant Mai Tai

When we visited Hawaii, we often went in search of local Kona coffee.  This gourmet coffee was grown on the Big Island of Hawaii.  We were delighted that even the local Starbucks offered 100% Kona beans. On our road trip around Oahu, we stopped at the Waialua Coffee Mill.  The coffee and cacao were grown on the Waialua Estate.  

Starbucks Aloha
Coffee Mural -  Luxury Stay In Waikiki On Oahu Hawaii
Wailua Coffee

A Short Walk To Waikiki Beach With Views Of Diamond Head

From our hotel, it was an easy walk down to the Waikiki Beach area.  We wandered along the streets and found “Beach Access” signs at regular intervals.  

Beach Access
Surf Boards -  Luxury Stay In Waikiki On Oahu Hawaii

We kept walking until we reached the Duke Paoa Kahanamoku statue.  This iconic 9’ bronze statue honoured the Olympic champion who was also considered the father of international surfing.

Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Statue
Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Statue -  Luxury Stay In Waikiki On Oahu Hawaii

When we wandered onto the beach, the first thing we found was a large booth for surf board rentals and lessons.  As we walked along the beach, we saw many people waiting for the right waves.

Surf Boards
Beach with Sailboat -  Luxury Stay In Waikiki On Oahu Hawaii

As walked down the sand we looked back and got our first view of the iconic sight of the Diamond Head Crater.  Diamond Head stood about 760 feet above the sea and the crater on top was about 560’ deep.  As a monogenetic volcano, Diamond Head erupted only once over 150,000 years ago.  Sadly we did not get to hike to the Diamond Head Crater on this visit.

Beach with Diamond Head

On a a luxury stay in Waikiki on Oahu we enjoyed spending time on Waikiki Beach.

Visiting Great Hotels Right On Waikiki Beach

As we walked around Waikiki Beach, we checked out some of the great hotels right on the beach.  The colourful Royal Hawaiian was a big draw.  The patio on the back had a beach view and was a wonderful spot to see Diamond Head.

Royal Hawaiian Hotel
Royal Hawaiian Hotel -  Luxury Stay In Waikiki On Oahu Hawaii

One of the Marriott hotels we considered for stop in Waikiki on Oahu was the Westin Moana Surfrider Hotel.  We planned a stop on our beach walk to check it out for a future visit.  The huge banyon tree at the back was a draw for visitors.  But I found my rocking chair on the large patio to enjoy our iced Kona coffee and snack treat.

Westin Moana Surfrider Hotel -  Luxury Stay In Waikiki On Oahu Hawaii
Westin Moana Surfrider Hotel Banyon Tree -  Luxury Stay In Waikiki On Oahu Hawaii
Westin Moana Surfrider Hotel

We stopped in several of the hotels along the beachfront.  As expected, they were indeed more crowded and far noisier with a livelier atmosphere.  But for this visit, we were still happy with our choice for a luxury stay in Waikiki on Oahu.

Day Trips Around The Island

We were content to enjoy a lazy stay on Oahu but we wanted to see a little of the island on this first visit.  We looked at several tour options and finally booked with Blue Hawaii Photography Tours for a private full day tour of Oahu.

Our tour took us counter-clockwise around the island towards the North Shore.  And then returned through the valley between the two mountain ranges in Oahu to Waikiki.   We started early in the day with some great sunrise views at Makapu’i Beach with a view out to the Makapu’i Lighthouse perched on the edge.  A second stop at Lanai Lookout gave us more amazing cliff views with the Koko Crater in the distance behind us.

Makapui Beach Sunrise Lighthouse Point
Hawaii Oahu Lanai Lookout Koko Crater -  Luxury Stay In Waikiki On Oahu Hawaii

We arrived before the crowds at the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park at the foot of the Koʻolau Mountains.  It was great to enjoy the Byodo-In Temple in peace.

Hawaii Oahu Valley Of The Temples Byodi In -  Luxury Stay In Waikiki On Oahu Hawaii
Valley Of The Temples Byodi In Amida

Our visit to the North Shore gave us a view of the surfing waves.  It was still a bit early in the surfing season.  But that did not stop people from practicing on the smaller waves.

North Shore Surf

As we headed back to Waikiki Beach, we went through vast pineapple fields.  But we did not have time to stop for Dole Whip at the Dole Plantation.  We arrived back on our luxury stay in Waikiki on Oahu very happy we saw so much on our private tour.

A Great Luxury Stay In Waikiki On Oahu

We had great time for 4 days in Oahu.  We really used this first stop on our visit to Hawaii to unwind and get on island time.  It was great to have a luxury stay in Waikiki on Oahu and enjoy the views day and night.

Every day we wandered out from the Ritz-Carlton Residences and explored the area around Waikiki Beach. We loved exploring the beach and the iconic Honolulu sights.  A long day trip around Oahu gave us a good flavour of the beauty of this island and other spots we wanted to explore on a return visit.

When we planned our visit to Hawaii, we had many things on our list for our stay on Oahu.  But we barely got started.  An injury just before we headed to Hawaii meant we moved a little slower on this trip.  The Waikiki Trolley offered hop-on-hop-off tours and were a way to get around the city.  But we were not up to long bus trips.

We were sad we never booked time at Pearl Harbour.  And sadly water sports were out for this trip.  The early Fall was not the right time for whale watching or for great surfing.  So we know we will be back another time to enjoy those Hawaiian treats.  

We left Oahu relaxed and with a small taste of Hawaii.  Our next stop was a longer stay on the Big Island of Hawaii.  And we had more adventures planned.

Did you enjoy a luxury stay in Waikiki on Oahu?

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  1. Looks like a great place to stay. It is nice to have a luxury hotel room and be so close to the beach. I have always wanted to visit Hawaii, and it is important to find a place where you can make the most of your time.

  2. I’m so jealous about your stay here, it looks fabulous! Hawaii is one of my dream destination but I don’t know if we ever will make it there. Everything looks amazing and I like the sound of the ice cream cart at happy hour, yes please! The food looks wonderful here and the views… just perfect.

  3. wow infinity pool? ice cream!? This truly exceeded my expectations of what a luxury stay at a ritz carlton hotel in hawaii would be like. What a beautiful hotel, it looks like you had a fabulous time. Will definitely save this for when I make it to Oahu!

    • We looked at different places to stay in Waikiki Beach and we were glad we picked the Ritz-Carlton Residences. It was a great luxury stop and a perfect base to explore from in Oahu.

  4. The last time I went to Hawaii was on a high school trip! We stayed in Waikiki and it looks like there have been lots of changes – I need to go back ASAP!

  5. For me, Ritz-Carlton Residence seems the best luxury hotel pick! The rooftop pool with those stunning views looks like such a once-a-lifetime!

  6. This looks absolutely amazing! The rooms are so spacious, and I love how they decorate the food. I must admit that I’m really cheap when it comes to hotel rooms since I only spend the night there. However, I enjoy it when I’m invited to a luxurious hotel. But when I have to pay for it myself, I’m like na, it’s a waste of money. Also, it depends on where you are or what you are doing. For instance on a city break where you drop dead in your bed after a long day exploring – who cares?! But when you really have the opportunity to enjoy the room – go for it, life is short!

    • We love to have a great space when we know we will be spending lots of time in a hotel. And for those times when situations keep us in. On the Big Island we knew we would have only a few options to get off the hotel so we were glad to have a great luxury spot for our stay.

  7. Your stay at the Waikiki beach in Hawaii was indeed a splendid one with a serene and relaxing experience and a grand welcome, gourmet treats and amazing views from the infinity pool and the deck catching up with evening fireworks. It’s great that you visited the Waialua coffee estate and taste local kona coffee and were able to watch evening fireworks from the balcony. Walking on the beach and soaking in the pristine beach and the landmarks like the statue of Duke Kahanamaku is worth it. The Royal Hawaiian and the Westin Moana Surfrider hotels are attractive with cool surroundings. The sunrise views from Makapui beach and the Byodo temple perched on the Valley of the Temple Memorial Park are truly amazing.

  8. It’s always fun to stay in a luxury hotel and enjoy the perks! Ritz-Carlton Residence in Waikiki looks like a grand place. I love the word Aloha. It’s all over the place – on the counter, surf boards and on your bed! Your food images are truly inviting. Yum! I would love to visit the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park at the foot of the Koʻolau Mountains. Those shapes are so unique. I look forward to staying here someday when we visit Hawaii and spend time at the infinity pool. 🙂

  9. Your trip to Waikiki was definitely luxurious. The Ritz-Carlton Residences welcomed you so beautifully, I love when a hotel puts in a little bit of effort and leaves cakes in the room, or prepares the bed so nicely. The room you booked looks amazing, and even great that it has its own kitchen. The food at the pool side restaurants looks like it’s coming from a very fancy restaurant. I like that there is so much focus on using local produce, and that even Starbucks is selling locally grown coffee.

  10. It was nice to see these lovely hawaii photos as I have been very sad about the current situation in MAUI. I love Oahu too and this looks like such a great time for you and your husband. Made me smile.

  11. The food and attention to detail at this hotel seem fantastic! I’m glad you had such a nice stay in Oahu 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  12. Wait? You can get free breakfast with elite status?! I need to work on my points! That’s such a perk. You also look so adorable and well rested with your cocktail in the pool. Waikiki looks great on you!

  13. The Ritz-Carlton in Waikiki Beach seems to be an excellent place for luxury stay. So many treats, great location and many things to do nearby. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  14. This definitely sounds like a dream vacation in Hawaii. I find the aloha greeting made of flowers really sweet. The food looks good too! The presentation is superb.

    I did not expect to see a temple in the island but I am happy to know that you were able to enjoy the visit before the crowds arrived.

  15. Thanks for sharing your experience at Oahu Hawaii. The Ritz-Carlton looks like an amazing stay for a luxury experience hopefully I can visit one day. Thanks for sharing your trip.

  16. What a beautiful sunset you have from the balcony of your room in the Ritz-Carlton! The infinity pool is fantastic, and I like how the hotel served ice cream during Happy Hours for its residents. I also like the fruit plate they served in your room even though you didn’t get a free breakfast. Considered it a healthy breakfast to start the day. 😉 It surely is a great experience of luxury stay in Oahu, Hawaii!

  17. Oh my! This looks heavenly. I’ve had Hawaii bookmarked as a place to get to and these photos are incredible! Waikiki looks like a great place to come for some R&R!

  18. The Byodo-In Temple looks peaceful. It doesn’t look like it is in Oahu at all. I hope I could visit Hawaii one day! It was far away from where I am residing right now.

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