Imagine the sun shining, the smell of salt water lingering in the air as the palm fronds dance in the gentle trade winds, and that long, white-sand beach out front beckoning. Welcome to Waikiki Beach, the perfect spot for your family outing. This gorgeous area is practically guaranteed to create memories that remain long after your tan has faded. Of the approximately 118 Waikiki hotels, a few stand out as the best resorts to bring your family on your next vacation.
Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
One of the best Waikiki hotels for families is located in a prime spot—right on the beach. Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort offers you all the amenities you could dream of, from the luxury of oversize oceanfront rooms to the awe-inspiring views of Waikiki from the Jacuzzi bathtub. This resort is all about the ocean and offers the entire family a host of activities everyone can participate in. Embrace the windblown freedom of riding the waves when you stand up on your surfboard for the first time, or experience the warm air brushing past your body as the Hawaiian outrigger lifts up in the surf, moving through the waves and toward the shore. When you and your family return to land, breathe in the heavenly smell of fragrant plumeria flowers as you learn how to string them together to make a Hawaiian lei. Then, throw it around your neck and learn how to tell a story with your hands while moving your feet and hips in time with the music at a hula lesson.
Another of the best Waikiki hotels for families is also located right on Waikiki Beach. Its name translates to “house befitting of heaven,” a perfect summary of this luxury property. Located on five acres on Waikiki Beach, with plenty of room for the kids to play, Halekulani offers large rooms (averaging 620 square feet), most of which face the Pacific Ocean and include a separate sitting area, a furnished balcony, and a deep soaking tub. Kids will love the new entertainment centers with all the electronic connections they want. There are also great children’s programs during the summer months and the winter holidays. These amenities, plus two outstanding restaurants (House Without a Key and LaMer) make this one of the best resorts for families.
The Sheraton Waikiki, one of Waikiki’s largest resorts, towers at 31 stories and overlooks Waikiki Beach. It boasts some 1,636 rooms, but it also has a great kids’ program (including trips to the Honolulu Zoo and the Waikiki Aquarium), floors of tantalizing shopping, a huge variety of yummy restaurants, a large menu of ocean activities, and luxury rooms for families. The recently opened Helumoa Playground on site features not only freshwater swimming pools, but also a 70-foot-long twisty waterside, spouting fountains, and more. Your kids will be thrilled to spend hours playing in this aquatic heaven, making this a great Waikiki hotel for the family.