By Patti Pietschmann Pavlus BlogMaster/writer and photos by Richard Pietschmann
The Halekulani: “house befitting heaven”
One of the most sumptuously soothing hotels in Hawaii is the Halekulani in Oahu. Nestled steps from the Pacific Ocean just outside bustling Waikiki, the lavish property oozes with an Aloha spirit. Guest are treated like family and greeted with a “welcome home” lei on arrival. Each time we’ve been there has proven as heavenly as the name implies. Halekulani means “house befitting heaven.
Fine dining with a Hawaiian flair
More than just a pretty place to stay, the hotel attracts a large cocktail crowd especially at sun set at the terrace lounge. A mix of locals and tourists packed the beachfront lounge where a hula dancer and musicians serenade until the sun has fallen into the sea.
The food is out of this world at any meal. We always order room service for breakfast. Room service waiters do an impeccable set up on your lanai (balcony). They even bring a toaster. The view is free and fabulous. Another option for a morning meal is the House Without a Key—the hotel’s outdoor restaurant. For lunch or dinner there is Orchids by the sea. Just upstairs from Orchids is La Mer, an unbeatable fine dining experience.
There is a well-equipped fitness room and a glorious spa offering some of the best head to treatments in the world.
Once ensconced in your room and out by the pool or beach you really never want to leave the place. I’m not kidding. We once spent a week at the Halekulani and left the premises only once for dinner at our favorite Chef Mavro.
When you check into your room or suite you’ll find a box of decadently delicious chocolates, free bottles of water, and awesome views of either Diamond Head or the sea. Creature comforts include the finest linens, flat panel LCD HD-TVs, Sony MP3 docking stations, separate sitting areas, and huge tiled bathrooms with divine Kohler deep soaking tubs. There is also free high speed wireless Internet, free local calls, morning newspapers, safes and impeccable turn down twice a day.
The stunning swimming pool is decorated with 1.2 million individual pieces of ¼ glass mosaic tiles imported from South Africa, provides the centerpiece for the hotel where most guests opt to spend the day.