What are the best places to stay on Oahu?

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Picking a place to stay on Oahu depends on the purpose of your vacation. To help you choose from the myriad of options, our Forbes Travel Guide editors have narrowed down the best Oahu accommodations:
 
1. Halekulani. The name of this Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel means “house befitting heaven” in Hawaiian — and you’ll agree, once you enter this oasis of calm in busy Waikiki. The five-acre property sits directly on the crescent-shaped beach and offers spacious rooms with deep soaking tubs, large lanais for enjoying the ocean views and luxurious Four-Star SpaHalekulani.
 
2. The Kahala Hotel and Resort. Separated from the buzz of Honolulu by Diamond Head’s volcanic crater, this Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel offers quiet luxury for travelers getting away from it all. With five restaurants, a pool, private beach and 26,000-square-foot lagoon housing bottlenose dolphins with which guests can swim, there is plenty of recreation onsite, but the concierge can also arrange nearby activities such as scuba diving, parasailing, hiking or horseback riding. 
 
3. Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk. If this is your first time to Oahu, a stay in Waikiki provides easy access to the playground of restaurants, shopping, beaches, nightclubs and bars on offer. Five-Star Trump Waikiki puts you right in the middle of the sand. You’ll find the usual signature Trump amenities here — the 24-hour Attaché service, Trump Kids program. But you’ll get island-style perks as well, like a complimentary beach bag filled with sunblock, towels and fruit; a surf school; and a stunning sixth-floor infinity pool with a deck, just in case that sand gets too crowded.
 
4. Turtle Bay Resort. Located in Kahuku, on Oahu’s North Shore, this hotel is just around the corner from seven miles of world-class surf breaks. A true resort, Turtle Bay offers five miles of beachfront access, including a private bay, luxurious beach cottages and villas, two landscaped pool areas, championship golf courses, tennis courts, horseback riding, hiking and mountain bike trails and an onsite surfing school. You’re also just a few minutes away from the historic surf town of Hale’iwa.
 
5. The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort. There’s a lot of history inside the bright-pink Moorish walls of this 1927 hotel. Its site served as the stomping grounds for King Kamehameha I after he conquered the island. Now the Diamond Head hotel can be your stomping grounds, with its beachside location, two free-form pools, 15-foot-tall water slide, three Jacuzzis and a Mai Tai Bar.

6. The Modern Honolulu. This Four-Star beauty lives up to its name: it’s modern without being trendy, it’s hip without being stuffy. This sleek 353-room property is perfect for the urban traveler who tends to mix business with the beach. The stylish guest rooms and suites are outfitted with modern amenities including complimentary Wi-Fi and Keurig coffee makers. The über-cool lobby bar, called The Study, is located behind a rotating bookcase in the hotel lobby and boasts oversized sofas and handcrafted cocktails.

Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk | 223 Saratoga Rd, Honolulu
One of the best places to stay in Oahu is the Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk. The well-appointed studios and 1 bedroom suites are great for couples, while the 2 and 3-bedroom suites are ideal for families who desire a luxurious, spacious, comfortable retreat. Italian marble five-fixture bathrooms with deep soaking tubs, fully-equipped kitchens, in-suite washer/dryer units, and private lanais are just some of the reasons why guests enjoy these gorgeous suites. The hotel is situated steps from the beach, and is surrounded by diverse dining options, and all of the shopping and entertainment that Waikiki has to offer.  Wind down at Wai’olu Ocean View Lounge, which is home to the Ilikea Mai Tai, winner of the World’s Best Mai Tai competition.

The Waikiki destination is famed for its warm hospitality and gracious “aloha spirit”, which is shared by the ambassadors of this island community as they welcome you to paradise.

Catherine E. Toth

Oahu has more accommodation choices than any other island. You can indulge in the luxurious Halekulani right on Waikiki Beach or book a quaint bed-and-breakfast in Kailua on Oahu's Windward side. For the best of both worlds, though, check out The Kahala Hotel & Resort (5000 Kahala Ave., 808-739-8888). It's located about five miles east of Waikiki, past the iconic Diamond Head and in the upscale neighborhood of Kahala. It's far enough away from the bustle and lights of Waikiki, yet close enough to stay in the action. The 338-room oceanfront resort boasts five restaurants, a world-class spa, lush gardens, a private lagoon with dolphins and an 800-foot stretch of white-sand beach. It's an oasis in the middle of Honolulu. (And it's pet-friendly!)

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