Some of you might remember that we were in Hawaii a year ago, staying on Sunset Beach and spending most of our time on Oahu’s North Shore. I’d never been that tempted to visit Waikiki – to me it represented everything that island life was not. Touristy, overcrowded and overrated. But with a conference in Honolulu to attend, I had little choice but to stay in the thick of it. Luckily, to help ease the pain was a pimpin’ corner suite overlooking Waikiki Beach at the famed Moana Surfrider – A Westin Resort & Spa. If you’re looking for accommodation on Waikiki Beach, the Moana Surfrider is the ultimate. With luxurious rooms, epic views and a killer beachfront pool, island life in Waikiki was looking pretty good.
The world famous beach is lined with resorts, bars and restaurants, making it a hive of activity with everyone from local surfers to tourist families. After working out that Sephora was in walking distance from the hotel, the waves were easy to ride and there was a high-powered air pump on the beach to inflate my Havaiana thong, I was sold. Nothing beats the North Shore, but with incredible shopping, beaches and nightlife, I’ll definitely be factoring a few days in Waikiki into my Oahu visits from now on.
Photography (with me in it) by Jamil Hassan.