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Getting the Most Out of Your Oahu Getaway


Settling on a vacation destination is no easy task, but picking the right hotel with the right amenities and services can be just as hard. If you’re like me, then when you go shopping for hotels, you’re searching for the perfect balance: luxurious comfort in an exotic location, but at a reasonable price, and in a place that’s still inviting and comfortable.

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Choose a hotel at either extreme and you’ll end up sacrificing the quality of your hard-earned vacation in the process. A hotel that’s too exotic might consist of a tropical cabana with no electricity, mosquito nets over the beds, and an inexplicable top-dollar price tag. On the other end of the spectrum, a bland hotel might just insulate you from your surroundings, while charging an arm and a leg for services that could be gotten outside of the hotel for much less (though you’d never know it, cooped up inside).

If you’ll be traveling to Oahu for a getaway, you’ll want to find a hotel that meets all your fantasy requirements without making you sacrifice any of the freedom, money, or comfort that makes for a great vacation. So when you’re planning your trip, you need to do your homework on the very best Waikiki hotels, to find places that are well within your budget but also meet certain special criteria.

First, you want your hotel to be engaging — more than just a place where you lay your head at night. This isn’t too hard to find in Waikiki, where there are hotels just steps away from the famous Kapiolani Park, the Ala Wai golf course, the Honolulu Zoo, or beautiful Diamond Head. You also want superior service from a staff who can guide you on how to get involved in and experience the area — and who have the aloha spirit Hawaii is so famous for.

Second, you want your hotel to provide you with more than just service. Your hotel’s amenities are crucially important in determining the quality of your stay. These amenities are those creature comforts that help you feel right at home even when you’re thousands of miles away — or that will help you feel exactly like you’re not at home. It’s all up to you: do you want an in-room kitchenette, or a restaurant that’s home to a world-class chef? Do you want an elegant hotel where you can luxuriate in a spa, or a hotel that caters to your party side with a nightclub — or both?

Finally, you want your hotel to be worth it. Nothing puts a damper on a vacation quite like the feeling that you’ve overpaid, and this is definitely where doing your homework pays off. Every vacation is different, and every hotel is different, so it’s important to know ahead of time what options are available. Explore your options, and you stand the best chance of making vacation memories that will last a lifetime.

This guest post has been brought to you with the support of Aqua Resorts.

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